Many parents start off with choosing one particular dance style and class for their child and after a term or two realise with joy that the child is in her/his element and would love to do more. First of all find out whether your child would like to add another class of the same dance genre each week. For example The Dance Centre Peregian Springs offer two classes of each ballet level per week and by adding a class your child will really become proficient at a much greater pa
Balancing academic schooling and dance classes is a form of extreme mega multi tasking. Often overwhelming and tiring it can also be challenging in an exciting way and a great life lesson. A young student positively balancing school and a full dance schedule will do well in any career later in life.
The number one priority has to be PLANNING. Get a diary, electronic device, huge desk planner - whatever takes your fancy and note down EVERY school class, dance lesson, exam
Every year at about this time, I find myself having the same discussion with many parents. Every time casting goes up, every time certain dancers get pointe shoes and others do not. Every time level placements come out, I receive the same phone calls from distraught and disgruntled parents. Their child is mortified and so disappointed. All his or her friends got better roles, got moved up or got pointe shoes and now he/she is feeling left behind and left out. Everyone ha
I am often asked, by first time parents, what the process is once their child has been entered for one of the several assessment choices in the Royal Academy of Dance organisation. For all these options, the process in our studios at The Dance Centre Peregian Springs is the same and may vary slightly from studio to studio. Once entries are in and everyone knows which assessment options have been chosen, work begins on building the student's confidence, technique and performi
Before launching into the beauty and magic of the art of extension, I would like to explain the different ways dance teachers and students use the vocabulary of 'extension.' 1. Extension Ballet Term Definition: Extension is a classical ballet term describing a dancer's ability to raise and hold a leg extended in the air. E.g. The height of the extension leg in developpe devant, or Sylvie Guillems six o'clock a la second, or the height of the back leg in an arabesque. 2.
As an adjudicator for many years in America, I'm often asked, "What are you looking for when you judge/adjudicate a dance competition?" As each person who is assigned the role of 'judge' may have different answers for that question, here are mine. In this world of glamorizing sports, sometimes the 'art' of what dance is all about can get lost to the highly technical and stylized dance we see today. I believe we are seeing less and less of creative artistic expression in the
Good advanced planning and preparation can take a lot of stress out of entering and attending competitions, allowing you and your dance child to really enjoy the occasion and maybe be successful in terms of dancing to the best of one's ability. And, maybe even gaining a place amongst the winners. How much time you have until the competition can help determine how many dances they enter, and what dance ability level they currently are at as opposed to what level they wish to
With our wonderful Summer Workshops and Holiday Dance Camps coming up soon, follow these tips to prepare yourself, to avoid injuries, and to stay confident and strong throughout the Workshops and into Term 1 of a great 2015 ahead! The week before a Holiday Dance Workshop Practise a short barre at home – Doing some barre work helps strengthen and reawaken your technique. For endurance, try some swimming – Add cross-training to your routine – running, elliptical, Pilates, weig