dance styles

dance styles

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Holiday Performance Reflection...

1st and 2nd grade students recognize the importance of self evaluation. The students were hard at work identifying different elements of their Holiday Performance.
If you would like to purchase a copy of the Holiday Performance from December 17th, 2010 , please contact Ms. Eifler.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What exactly is a transition and how do we do it?

6th grade dancers are currently studying different dance structures. They have studied repetition, unity, and tackled transitions this week. After defining the vocabulary term with a brainstorming web, they worked in small groups to choreograph 4 transitions, or changes through various types of movement. Great minds are hard at work as they brainstorm and share ideas with one another.

Jr High students utilize their body as an instrument to communicate to the audience..

The students are currently studying the art of dance. They are working to create "dance stories" that are clearly understood by  audience. The clip above shows the students as they learn new choreography for the "beginning" of the story "Rocketeer". They are looking forward to a performance on February 4th at 2:15 in the Performing Arts Center. Come check them out!!!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Kindergarten students identify different ballet positions and movements..

Finding balance while doing a passe is difficult, but as you can see the children never give up. They also demonstrated how to do a tendu, which also requires great balance.

Jr High students exploring various roles needed to execute a difficult lift..

Although the students were nervous, they excitedly attempted new lifts and stunts during dance class. They worked at communicating through eye contact and motion as opposed to speaking to each other.

Students hard at work stretching and increasing flexibility

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


As we begin the new year, students are excitedly learning new dance concepts.

~Jr High students are hard at work creating and analyzing movement thru video observation.
~Students in grades 3rd thru 6th are learning about how choreographers create dances. They are currently studying repetition, unity, and transistions in dance.
 ~Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade students are currently using books to help inpsire and motivate choreography.

Be on the look out for pictures and videos of dancers hard at work!

A Dastardly Production... December 8th thru the 10th

7th and 8th grade srudents received rave reviews following their musical performance, "The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux".
   "It was dastardly. I was amazed at what the students accomplished." ~Ms. Eifler

   "I had so much fun. I felt like I was watching a broadway show!" ~6th grade student
   " Their hardwork really paid off. It was a wonderful show". ~ Mrs. Castrigano