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Dance Academy News ~ Nov / Dec


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.

NOVEMBER

  • 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!

DECEMBER

  • 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.

SALA UNIT

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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.

WEBSITE PORTOLIOS

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!

LOOKING AHEAD

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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Dance Academy ~ Fall 2018


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The first month of dance academy has flown by already!  The focus for September was getting to know each other, and exploration of our abilities and passions in dance. Below are some of the major activities we accomplished, or are working on, for September and October:

SEPTEMBER

  • Website Portfolios: All students created an online website/portfolio where they will keep track of their experiences throughout the year
  • Technique lessons in ballet and jazz / Combinations in lyrical and hip-hop
  • “Thriller “Flash Mob choreography
  • Head shots: All students had both studio and natural light head shots taken and will receive digital copies in the next month.

OCTOBER

  • Rehearsals for Halloween “Thriller” Flash Mob
  • Field Trip to Cirque Du Soleil – Sunday, October 13 (see more information below)
  • Starting choreography on our Remembrance Day Performance
  • Technique and combos

HALLOWEEN “THRILLER” FLASH MOB

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Dance Academy students are performing a Thriller flash mob at Tsawwassen Mills Mall over Halloween on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 23 @ 1pm (rehearsal only)
  • Thursday, October 25 @ 1pm
  • Wednesday, October 31 @ 1pm
  • *DSS students will also perform in the DSS cafeteria on October 31 at 12pm*

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FIELD TRIP

CorteoSunday, October 13 @ 1:00 pm at the Pacific Coliseum.   Cirque Du Soleil Info

Dance Academy students are beyond excited to be attending “Corteo” next week!  Thank you to parents who have volunteered to drive students and attend the show with us.  Please see the email for more information on transportation to and from the event.

 

 

Thanks to all parents and home-stay parents for your continued support of Dance Academy students this year.