Dance Practice for Apr 14-19
Congratulations everyone! Yes our main festivals are now over but we are not slowing down quite yet!! Recovery day is today!! I would ask that everyone clear up your festival accounts immediately if you haven’t already done so. This week … Continue reading
March 24, 2014
Cleaning up the dances
To Accommodate our cleaning process the next 2 Monday/Thursday schedules are going to switch up just a bit. I can also get the senior students done a little earlier on the next 2 Monday’s. No one has indicated that they … Continue reading
March 18, 2014
Dance Power Updates
Here are the changes for Dance Power that have been confirmed: READ CAREFULLY SO NO ONE MISSES THEIR ROUTINE! Gypsies is moving to Friday evening session. Laura Forrest will dance later in the Power Solos for costume change time. We … Continue reading
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We are officially 2 months away from our scheduled jazz exam test day. The jazz exam session has been confirmed for Sat. May 31, 2014. A schedule for that day will be sent home in May. Mock exams will be held on Tuesday May 27, schedule to be determined. Looking ahead at our April and May calendar, we have many weekends tied up due to festivals. Because of this I will be offering extra classes on some Thursdays. Last week these classes were well attended and I will be doing another Thursday session on April 17.
The schedule for that day will be:
- 4-4:45pm pre-intermediate1
- 4:45-5:30pm junior 3 jazz.
Attendance is important, so please make every effort to be there. I would like to hold a session on Saturday April 19(sounds like there will be tap exam rehearsals this day as well), and on Thursday April 24. These two dates classes will be held for all exam levels students. Please let me know if you can attend on these dates, so that a proper schedule can be prepared. Please watch your emails regularly for other extra practice sessions through May. Students have received practice packages with correction notes. These were sent home several weeks ago. Please ensure that your child is practicing regularly. I have put together a collection of music we use in class on a cd for purchase. These can be purchased for $5.00 at the office. Please note that there no "set" music for exam day, but that students have requested to have a practice cd available to ensure they are practicing with correct tempos, etc.
Home practice is ESSENTIAL!! Knowing the work is not enough, students must practice to build up the strength in their bodies to do the exercises correctly. Students should be stretching EVERDAY to improve flexibility. Full splits are required for full marks in stretch from junior 3 and beyond.
Exam attire for class:Students should be wearing a bodysuit and tights with proper jazz shoes to every class. Hair should be in a bun with bangs pulled off of the face.
Exam Attire for exam day: Students will wear the navy blue RAD bodysuits as worn for ballet exams. They will also wear beige tights (non-shimmer), and beige jazz shoes. Hair in a bun with no bangs. No jewelry, make-up, or nail polish. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Types of Dance
We often get questions about what the various types of dance are. To help with some of the inquiries we have prepared a guide which describes the various types of dance. You can access the document by clicking here or by contacting the studio for more information.
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