Dance Academy News ~ Jan – March


Hello Dance Academy parents and students!

January and February flew by, and here we are at Spring Break already! Take a look at what we’ve been up to the last couple of months, and what’s to come!

***PLEASE NOTE – THE FINAL SHOW HAS BEEN MOVED TO: Tuesday, May 28 @ 7pm***

JANUARY

  • Warm-up Assignment and Presentation
  • Elementary School Workshops (Jan – March)
  • Field Trip: Circus Lab

FEBRUARY

  • Mini-Film Project
  • Field Trip: Yoga Class at Open Space Yoga
  • Final Show Choreography: Small groups Jazz and Lyrical
  • Field Trip: Ballet BC Dress Rehearsal at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

MARCH

  • Final Show Choreography: Jazz/Lyrical cont’d and Salsa Fusion NEWS AND EVENTS

WARM-UP ASSIGNMENT

We started off the New Year with a unit on warm-ups! Dance instructor, Melissa Pribula, first taught students about the importance and elements of a good warm-up. In small groups, dancers then had to create and present their own dance warm-up.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

In January, we began preparation for our elementary school visits. Our dance instructors, Jessica Caldera and Melissa Pribula, choreographed a hip-hop routine and taught it to our dancers. We then ran three workshops for grade 7s at local elementary schools: Ladner Elementary, Holly and Jarvis. This was an excellent chance for Dance Academy students to practice their leadership skills and patience! They did a great job, and we finished off with a performance that was enjoyed by all.

In February, we challenged students to create their own mini-film. They were asked to explore movement using the various tools in imovie: reverse, slow-mo, rapid, etc. All students came up with something unique that suited their style, and they were so much fun to watch!

FINAL SHOW CHOREOGRAPHY

***PLEASE NOTE*** Our final show has been moved to Tuesday, May 28 @ 7pm

We have started some exciting new choreography that will be performed in our final show on Tuesday, May 28! We started with the small group pieces: A Jazz, choreographed by Melissa Pribula, and a Lyrical, by Jessica Caldera. And we are now working on a salsa fusion piece, also by Jessica Caldera, our resident salsa expert! You don’t want to miss this final show!

FIELD TRIP: BALLET BC

On February 28, we had the unique opportunity to be in the audience for a Ballet BC dress rehearsal! This was a rehearsal for their Program 2 show at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The show was absolutely mesmerizing, and the talent of the dancers – incredible!

*REMINDERS*

  • Please remind students to check their marks on student connect. If assignments are missing, students must see me immediately to get them completed.
  • All students should have an online portfolio/website up and running. They are expected to write reflections and post assignments here regularly.

FIELD TRIP: CIRCUS LAB

In January, dancers got to experience the circus first hand! Circus Lab offers a workshop on basic circus-type skills. Students were able to practice trapeze, trampoline, aerial silks and partner gymnastics (don’t worry – they were all low to the ground!)

GOOD-BYES

We had a tough few months saying good-bye to many of our international students. Janneke, Luca, Miriam, Margherita and Elisa left in January, and Mika, Kaoru and Bunu left in February. It was such a pleasure to work with all of you, and your presence is truly missed!

 

MINI-FILM PROJECT

In February, we challenged students to create their own mini-film. They were asked to explore movement using the various tools in imovie: reverse, slow-mo, rapid, etc. All students came up with something unique that suited their style, and they were so much fun to watch!

LOOKING AHEAD

April            (April 18) Field Trip: The Dance Centre

                      Guest instructors: Jyla Davis and tanner Plecas

May              FINAL SHOW: Tuesday, May 28 @ 7pm (New date!)

June             Urban Dance Photoshoots

 

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