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.
Our next 6-week session of Mommy (or Daddy) and Me dance classes is right around the corner! Classes will be held on Mondays from 10:30-11:15 and Saturdays from 11:30-12:15. Classes will begin on Monday, March 30 and Saturday, April 4.
Mommy (or Daddy) and Me classes are a great way to introduce your child to music and movement. In class, we work on rhythm and counting to the music, body awareness ("Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes", anyone?), gross motor skills, listening, and FUN! We utilize a number of props, including instruments, hula hoops, bubbles, and a parachute. Come try it out some time!
I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in our Nutcracker variations over the past 2 months! We were lucky enough to perform at the East Weymouth Congregational Church's Christmas fair in November, Harbor House nursing home in December, and Little Christmas in Jackson Square over this past weekend. We've had some busy dancers! I cannot begin to express how proud I am of all their hard work and dedication.
The community service team will perform throughout the year, so stay tuned for more performance opportunities! Thanks again for all of your support - looking forward to what 2015 brings!
Hi! My name is Jayme Caruso. I am a licensed Zumba® Fitness Instructor at South Shore Dance Academy in Weymouth. If you have never taken a Zumba® class before, don't sweat it! Just have fun with it! Zumba® is an aerobic Latin-based fitness program, perfect for anyone wanting or trying to lose weight, burning anywhere from 800-1000 calories in just one hour! Zumba® is so much fun, you forget that it is in fact a workout. Zumba® isn't about knowing and learning all of the moves, as long as you keep moving, sweating & smiling is all that counts. In class you can expect loud music to keep you going & take note of visual cues. It is important to wear comfortable sneakers and clothes that you can move comfortably in. Also, Zumba® is very repetitive, if you don't get it the first or second time, you will the third! If you don't understand something, please don't hesitate to say so! I'm always willing to stay & break down a couple of steps for you. I hope to see you all on Monday nights from 7:30-8:30!
I'd like to take a minute to share something with you that I am particularly passionate about - our community service dance team. I think it is important to give back to your community and what better way than through dance? Last year, students of South Shore Dance Academy performed at a number of community events, including: Nutcracker variations at a holiday fair and at a nursing home, performing at Columbian Square, volunteering at a library, and helping with a Halloween 5k. This year, I'd like to give back even more!
It is free to join our community service dance team - there is no tuition or costume fee. All I ask is for your time and energy. If you would like more information about the community service dance team, please do not hesitate to contact me. We will have our first "rehearsal"/meeting on Friday, October 10th from 6:30-7:45. This team is open to all dancers, even those who are not SSDA students. Please spread the word and let's all give back through dance.
In addition to offering regular classes for children and adults, we also offer wedding choreography here at South Shore Dance Academy. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of working with a number of couples and have helped them create their first dance as newlyweds. I've choreographed traditional waltzes, incorporated the occasional foxtrot, and have even choreographed some high energy jazz inspired routines for couples to wow their guests with!
Here is what to expect if you decide to come to South Shore Dance Academy for wedding choreography:
I usually will ask the couple to let me know their music selection by the day before our scheduled appointment. Once I know what song we'll be working with, I begin creating the choreography. Typically, I will teach the couple a handful of traditional ballroom steps (usually waltz and/or foxtrot). Many couples have expressed some anxiety around memorizing an entire routine, so what I have found to be helpful is to repeat the same combination of steps throughout the dance. Once the choreography is complete and the couple has attended their lesson, I always email a copy of the choreography that they have learned. This seems to be especially helpful when couples are practicing at home.
If you have attended South Shore Dance Academy for wedding choreography, I'd love to hear from you! And to anyone who is planning a wedding, please keep us in mind for your first dance!
I don't know too many baby ballerinas (and sometimes even older ballerinas!) who don't love tutus. So for today's tutorial, I've decided to show you how you can make your own tutu! You'll only need a few materials:
Before you start, it's helpful to cut all of the tulle you'll be using. To figure out the length of the tulle, first you'll need to decide how long you want your tutu to be. Measure from the dancer's waist to wherever you'd like the tutu to end, then double that number (i.e. you want it to be 10 inches from the dancer's waist to the end, so you should cut 20 inch strips). Each tulle strip should be approximately 3 inches wide. Sometimes you can find tulle on a small roll (which is really convenient because you won't need to cut it into 3 inch wide pieces). For example:
After you've cut all of your tulle strips, it's ready to start your tutu. You want to fold one strip of tulle in half and loop a knot around your elastic or ribbon waistband. It looks like this:
Repeat this step with every piece of tulle, tightening your loops as you go.
If you're feeling particularly crafty, try adding different strips of fabric to your tutu. Or try different colors. Make it unique!
And that's it...your tutu is done! Hope to see some hand made tutus this year at the studio :)