We're officially back into the swing of things here at the studio! One of the things I'm most excited about is our community service team. We've begun our rehearsals for our first two performances, scheduled for November 21 and December 12. We will be performing Nutcracker variations as we prepare to usher in winter and the holiday season! This year, we have close to 20 students who have joined our community service team. They are excited to perform for all of you! Keep an eye out for our team - we may be performing at an event near you!
Join us from July 13 - July 17 for our Princess Dance Program! This is open to all children ages 3-6 and will run from 9:30am-12:30pm. Students should wear a leotard, tights, and ballet slippers and should bring water and a snack (no nuts, please!) Students will begin each day with creative movement/pre-dance, followed by princess-inspired arts and crafts, movies, and snack time. On the last day of the program, students are invited to wear their fanciest princess costume!
Our second dance program will be Dance Me A Story, held from August 3 - August 7, 9:30am-1pm. This program is open to all children ages 3-7. Students should wear a leotard, tights, and ballet slippers. They should also bring water and a snack (no nuts, please!) In this program, students will learn what it's like to create a full dance performance. They will be involved in creating a story, characters, costumes, and scenery/props. Each day will begin with creative movement/pre-dance and then students will work on these performance elements. On the final day of the program, the students will perform their final masterpiece! Family and friends are invited to attend.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when dancers do not properly point their feet. I see far too many dancers scrunching their toes, almost like a claw. It looks painful (both for the dancer and for me)! So this entry is dedicate to properly pointing your feet.
First, when I'm teaching students how to point their feet, I try to emphasize the word FEET. It is not just about pointing your toes - it begins much higher, in your ankle. You should begin pointing your feet by pushing the ball of your foot downward, or away from you. After elongating your foot, then you point your toes. Here are some pictures that should help explain.
Step one: push the ball of your foot away from you.
Step two: point your toes downward.
This is something you can easily practice at home (and something you should practice at home)!