December: Learning about Dances from Other Countries

 

Happy December!  This month at dance we will be focusing on Christmas dances, the Nutcracker--with an emphasis on learning about dances from other countries.  We will be exploring the concepts of weight,  Energy; Pathway; Speed; Direction; Energy; Opposites and Same; Level; Place; Body Awareness; Size.

 

Come and observe your dancer's class the week of Dec 17-22--this will also be wear your favorite tutu or Christmas outfit/tights, etc to dance class week!

 

 We will be on Holiday break: December 24 - January 5.

 

 

Family Nutcracker: Saturday December 15

One of my dreams for Simple Gifts Dance is soon to be realized--our very own production of the Nutcracker!

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 The Nutcracker is a classical ballet in two acts. It is based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. It tells the story of a little girl who goes to the Land of Sweets on Christmas Eve. Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa adapted Hoffmann's story for the ballet.

 

 All students are invited to participate, but not required.  This is going to be a fun opportunity for each dancer! Performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm and 6:30 pm at the Star Theater in Upper Sandusky.

 Nutcracker Rehearsals & Info


Saturday, December 8 at Simple Gifts Studio


1 pm-3:30 pm (all dancers ages 5 & up--including party guests/adults/dads/brothers)

1 pm: Parent Meeting for all parents of dancers age 8 & up

3:15 pm: Parent meeting for all parents of dancers age 5 & 6 (mice/soldiers)


All ages Dancers are invited to wear their favorite jammies for this rehearsal.  We will have time to practice and time to have a fun Christmas party! Crafts, snacks & more!


3:30pm-4:15 pm (all dancers age 3, 4 & 5) ---SNOWFLAKES!

3:30 pm: Parent meeting for all Snowflakes

*please attend this even if you attended a meeting for an older sibling*


Friday, December 14 : DRESS REHEARSAL


4:45 -5:30 pm: SNOWFLAKES (& Snow Queen & Prince)

Dancers will need to arrive in their leotard/tights at John Stewart UMC.  They will dress at the church and practice at the Star Theater at 5 pm. We will also be taking a picture of all our precious snowflakes!  


5:30-6:15 Principal Role Rehearsals (Clara, Nutcracker, Mouse-King, Dolls, Maid)

Dancers should arrive at theater at 5:15 pm and dress in costume in basement of theater


6: 30 pm Full run through of performance.  Dancers age 8 & up will arrive at theater at 6:00 pm to dress in basement. Adults arrive dressed in costume.

Dancers age 5 & up will meet at John Stewart UMC in leotard/tights and will dress at church.  


*This will be your opportunity to take Non-Flash photography & videos.  No photography will be permitted during Saturday (Dec 15)’s performances!*

 

 

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Dancers Manners
What is expected of your dancer, the instructor, dancer's family-- during ballet class at Simple Gifts Dance.
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What Is My Dancer going to Learn this Year?


 “Dance classes at Simple Gifts Dance are focused on teaching age appropriate skills, as well as encouraging creativity in a positive dance environment.”

 

The following are the skills we will be focusing on this year: We practice & perfect many of the same skills from year to year, adding on and building as students grow and develop.



 

3 years old

Classroom Behaviors

1. listen & obey the teacher

2. raises hand to speak

3. stays in assigned spot

4. Able to form Line

5. Dances to the end of the floor with stopping

6. returns to line without prompting

7. walks along the back of the room to avoid interfering with dancers

 

Physical Dance Skills

1. Increased flexibility

2. Increased strength

3. Hears & Interacts with Different Rhythms

4. Taps to the beat (identify body parts)

5. sits and stands like a dancer

6. Sits up Straight

7. fully straightens legs

8. stretches & flexes the feet

9. Parallel position

10. Demi- plie (little bends)

11. Tendu (from parallel to the front)

12. Battement Pique (fairy taps)

13. (flamingo) Passe

14. Weight Shifts (rocking babies)

15. Saute (jumps)

16. Echappe (parallel) (jack in the box)

17. hop

18. Ballerina Walks

19. Tightrope Walks

20. Contrast walks

21. Forward/backward walks

22. Marching

23. Cat & Mouse Gallops

24. Kangaroo Jumps

25. Frog Jumps

 

4 year old

Classroom Behaviors

 

1. listen & obey the teacher

2. raises hand to speak

3. stays in assigned spot

4. Able to form Line

5. Dances to the end of the floor with stopping

6. returns to line without prompting

7. walks along the back of the room to avoid interfering with dancers

 

Physical Dance Skills

 

1. Increased flexibility

2. Increased strength

3. Hears & Interacts with Different Rhythms

4. Taps to the beat (identify body parts)

5. sits and stands like a dancer

6. Sits up Straight

7. fully straightens legs

8. stretches & flexes the feet

9. Parallel posiition

10. 1st Position (very little turnout)

11. 2nd position (very little turnout)

12. Demi- plie parallel (little bends)

13. Demi- plie with turnout

14. Tendu (from parallel to the front)

15. Tendu 1st to 2nd

16. Battement Pique (fairy taps)

17. (flamingo) Passe

18. Weight Shifts (rocking babies)

19. Saute (jumps)

20. Echappe (parallel) (jack in the box)

21. hop

22. Ballerina Walks

23. Tightrope Walks

24. Character walks

25. Running (on tip-toe)

26. Marching

27. Cat & Mouse Gallops

28. Flamingo walks

29. Leaps

 

5 year old

Classroom Behavior:

 

1. listen & obey the teacher

2. raises hand to speak

3. stays in assigned spot

4. Able to form Line

5. Dances to the end of the floor with stopping

6. returns to line without prompting

7. walks along the back of the room to avoid interfering with dancers

 

Physical Dance Skills

 

1. Increased flexibility

2. Increased strength

3. Hears & Interacts with Different Rhythms

4. Taps to the beat (identify body parts)

5. sits and stands like a dancer

6. Sits up Straight

7. fully straightens legs

8. stretches & flexes the feet

9. Parallel posiition

10. 1st Position (very little turnout)

11. 2nd position (very little turnout)

12. Demi- plie parallel (little bends)

13. Demi- plie with turnout

14. Tendu (from parallel to the front)

15. Tendu side

16. Tendu devant/derriere (turnout towards the end of the year)

17. Degage (parallel/devant)

18. Battement Pique (fairy taps)

19. (flamingo) Passe with foot roll

20. Weight Shifts (rocking babies in various combinations)

21. Weight Shift foward & backward

22. Temps Lie

23. Saute (jumps) parallel

24. Saute in 1st

25. Echappe (parallel) (jack in the box)

26. Ballerina Walks

27. Marches

28.  Gallops/chasses

29. Flamingo walks

30. skips

31. polka steps

32. skating

33. jump vs. hop

34. pas de chat (parallel)  *jump like a cat

35. assemble (parallel) *rabbit hole jumps

36. Waltz

37. run, run leap

 

6 year old

Classroom Behavior

 

1. listen & obey the teacher

2. raises hand to speak

3. stays in assigned spot

4. Able to form Line

5. Dances to the end of the floor with stopping

6. returns to line without prompting

7. walks along the back of the room to avoid interfering with dancers

 

Physical Dance Skills

 

1. Increased flexibility

2. Increased strength

3. Hears & Interacts with Different Rhythms

4. Taps to the beat (identify body parts)

5. sits and stands like a dancer

6. Sits up Straight

7. fully straightens legs

8. stretches & flexes the feet

9. Parallel position

10. 1st Position (very little turnout)

11. 2nd position (very little turnout)

12. Demi- plie parallel (little bends)

13. Demi- plie with turnout

14. Demi- plie with eleve

15. Tendu (from parallel to the front)

16 Tendu en croix

17. Tendu devant/derriere (turnout towards the end of the year)

18. Degage (parallel/devant)

19. Degage (turnout to 2nd)

20. Battement Pique (fairy taps)

21. Demi Rond de jambe en de hors (frontward)

22. Rond De jambe en de hors

23. rond de jambe en de dans (backward)

24. fondu (parallel)

25. Grand Battement (parallel, to the front)

26. tombe a la second

27. tombe devant (turnout)

28. (flamingo) Passe with foot roll

29. Weight Shifts (rocking babies in various combinations)

30. Weight Shift foward & backward

31. Temps Lie

32. Saute (jumps) parallel

33. Saute in 1st

34. Echappe (parallel) (jack in the box)

35. Ballerina Walks

36. walks with tendu

37. pique en avant

38. Pas de bouree (flat)

39. Marches

40.  Gallops/chasses

41. Flamingo walks

42. skips

43. polka steps

44. skating

45. jump vs. hop

46. pas de chat (parallel)  *jump like a cat

47. assemble (parallel) *rabbit hole jumps

48. Waltz

49. run, run leap

50. Paddle turns

51. monster turns

 

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Simple Gifts Dance is a Leap N' Learn licensed dance studio.

Leap 'N Learn is specifically designed to teach students to dance at their current level of mental, physical, emotional, and cognitive

development. It gives children a strong

foundation in dance while keeping the movement on a child's level so that they are

always having fun and mastering new skills.

  

Psalm 149:3 ESV

Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!