Hello Dance Academy parents and students!
I can’t believe it’s already Christmas break! Below are some of the major activities we have accomplished over the past few months. See News and Events for more detail.
- Remembrance Day choreography & performance
- Website Portfolios: Students are continuing to add to their portfolios with photos, videos and reflections.
- Salsa Unit: Taught by professional and award winning Salsa dancer, Jessica Caldera!
- Solo/small group project and presentation
- Field Trip to the pool for water ballet
- Holiday fun week: Air band lip syncs and treats!
NEWS AND EVENTS
REMEMBRANCE DAY PERFORMANCE
In November, dancers began working on a performance for the Remembrance Day Assembly at Delta Secondary School. The piece was choreographed by Melissa Pribula and Jessica Caldera, and set to the song “Silent Night” by Sinead O’Connor. We filmed the performance during our dance academy block on November 8, and it was then played during the assembly on November 9. This was an extremely moving and solemn piece, and the dancers did a phenomenal job in portraying that. Please check out the video on our website!
OUR BODYSUITS FINALLY ARRIVED!
After much anticipation, and a few hurdles, our bodysuits finally arrived! These are custom made bodysuits from Eleve Dancewear. They are part of students costume fee for the year, and theirs to keep! We do ask that students take extra care if using the bodysuits this year, as we will wear them in our final show. They should always be washed on gentle and hung to dry.
We are so lucky to have a world champion salsa dancer as one of our in-house Dance Academy Instructors! In November, Jessica Caldera led students in a mini ballroom unit with a strong focus on salsa. Students learned some basic steps and technique, and then started working on a jazz-salsa fusion combo that will eventually be performed in our final show!
SOLO / SMALL GROUP PERFORMANCE
Towards the end of December, dancers were assigned a solo/small group performance. They were asked to choreography an original routine, selecting a genre, music and costume of their choice. All students worked extremely hard in creating their choreography and perfecting their routines. We held dress rehearsals on Wednesday, December 12 and the final performances on Friday, December 14. These performances were amazing to watch. We have such a unique variety of style and talent in our group this year! A compilation of the dances can be seen on our instagram, facebook and twitter accounts.
All dancers should now have their websites up and running. These digital portfolios are meant to be a place for dancers to track their progress, and reflect on their experiences throughout the year. After each performance or field trip, students are asked to add a reflection (specific criteria has been handed out). They should also have a dancer profile (biography about themselves) and their headshots. Please ask your students to have a look at their websites!
January 2: Field Trip to Circus Lab in Langley (students will arrive home later than normal this day – more info to come early January)
January – February: Visits local elementary schools and lead dance workshops
January – February: Sadly, we will be saying good-bye to some of our international students
February 28: Field Trip to Ballet BC Rehearsal at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 14: Final Dance Academy Show in the evening!
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