Check out this amazing blog from expertise.com naming us one of the top 16 schools in the area! We take a lot of pride on who we have teaching at our studio and we are so happy it hasn't gone unnoticed. Thank you expertise.com for the wonderful recognition and write up on us.
If you have a little one who is interested in dance but you don't want to commit to recital, try out our January Preballet or Spring DancerGarten sessions! Each is 8 weeks long and a great way to get your little one into dance! You can register at here or contact us for more information!
January Preballet will begin January 25th. Class will be on Mondays from 5-5:30 pm with Miss Abigial and is only $100 for the session.
Spring DancerGarten will begin February 26th. Class will be on Fridays from 10-10:45 am with Miss Sara W and is only $120 for the session.
Boys don’t always flock to the dance floor, but they should. Here are 10 reasons why:
#10. Coordination, strength, flexibility, agility. Dance keeps you in condition and makes you strong and fit for other sports – and life in general.
#9. Dance builds strong, healthy muscles and bones. It’s also good for posture, deportment and aesthetic formation. Dance is especially good at assisting in building a strong core.
#8. Team work. Dancing is more of a team sport than you’d think. Dancing in a group or with a partner hones team skills that will come in handy in all areas of life and work.
#7. Guys change the feel and momentum and possibilities in dance. Guys bring a power and force to dance, that feels different than the gifts that women bring to dance. Older dancers also get to do some pretty cool lifts!
#6. Mental strength. The discipline required to be a dancer is beneficial to any area of life. Dance teaches perseverance, focus and the importance of positive thinking.
#3. Adventure and job opportunities. Not every child that takes dance has the goal of being a professional. However, in the dance world, there are thousands of female dancers, and only hundreds of men. The dance world is ready and willing and eagerly seeking out male instructors and performers. Dance can send you traveling all over the world, working with inspiring people in incredible locations.
#4. Self-esteem and confidence. Dancers are forever putting themselves in challenging circumstances, such as on stage or in a difficult dance class. If you can slay a dance floor, an audition or company performance, you’ll feel like you can achieve anything. Because you can.
#3. Health benefits. As well as body awareness and general conditioning, dance has many health benefits. According to Better Health, these include improved function of your heart and lungs, improved brain function and psychological well-being.
#2. Creativity and self-expression. A dance studio is a safe place where people are free to express themselves creatively. Dancing also helps to process emotions that are difficult to put into words.
#1. Everyone thinks it’s cool. Seriously. Even if they pretend otherwise, they are secretly envious of dancer’s abilities!
There are articles out there that argue that dance is not the best physical activity because it doesn't fit certain criteria. What they don't take into consideration is all the other benefits of dance other than just physical and the fact that most kids take more than one class. Check out this blog that discusses how dance is a great activity for kids!
Battement Tendu is one of the first steps you learn as a young dancer. In french tendu means to “stretch.” It may seem like a simple step, but its importance is high on the scale of dance technique. Through this movement, dancers become aware of the energy expelled through the feet. The strength developed through this articulation is how dancers take off and land their jumps with cushion.
“In ballet and other dance forms, this stretched action (and the way the body reacts to it) is important preparation for just about everything, including rising to pointe, lifting, throwing, or balancing on a leg.” Gail Grant
Tendu is the gateway step for assemblé, grand jeté and entrechat quatre to name a few. Without the dexterity in the feet and toes, jumps would land hard and movements would be lacking the finished look that pointed feet provide for dancers. Whether it’s ballet, jazz or modern/contemporary- tendu is sure to be a part of the curriculum in those styles.
You may think the working leg (the leg doing the tendu) is the most important, but the standing leg is just as important. Tendu is the introduction to standing on one leg, preparing the body for other steps and positions such as dégagé, passe or arabesque.
5 TIPS FOR TENDU
1. Maintain body alignment and hip rotation to ensure proper turn out. I tell my students to start with your best turn out, being careful not to roll in. If rolling in does occur, decrease the turn out. The direction your feet are pointing from first position is the pathway your battement tendu a la seconde (tendu to 2nd position) should travel on. Your tendu will be slightly in front of you, unless you have perfect 180 degree turn out. At that point, it would be directly side. The hips should remain even on a neutral axis with no leaning to either side.
2. Dancers should strive to spread the toes and push them through the floor to create resistance, articulating the toes into the tendu position as the body slightly shifts over the standing leg. There should be no weight on the tendu, just the very tip touches the floor. Reverse that same resistance to close back in to first position.
3. Weight should be balanced over all three points of the foot, keeping all five toes on the floor. Balance points are on the first and fifth metatarsal and The calcaneus (heel bone).
4. Closing in can cause problems in hip alignment. Often times, dancers will lean over the standing leg and lifting the working hip up. This causes the tendu to lose resistance in the floor and can cause problems when approaching more difficult steps.
5. Elongate the toes when working tendus to fullest stretch. They should never be crunched or have weight on them. Again this relates to support in the working leg to maintain balance. After all, tendu is a one footed balance.
“Plie is the first thing you learn and the last thing you master.” -Suzanna Farrell
As beginners, plie and tendu are two of the first moves we learn in ballet class. Many times, we forget the importance of that and take those first few exercises at the barre for granted. Not only do they warm up our bodies, but they are the base upon so many dance movements are built. The tips I’ve provided are just a glimpse into improving your tendu. Hope this gets you started, and on your way to improvement.
On December 13th we will be presenting A Lifetime of Christmas! Our unique, original holiday show is a heart warming story that is great for all ages! The show will be at the Mitby Theater and our proceeds of this show will be donated to the Henry Vilas Zoo. Tickets are $16 general admission and on sale now at our studio or through www.brownpapertickets.com. We hope you can come!
Hip Hop Master Class with Cedric Gardner
A Step Above Dance and Music Academy is excited to announce two master classes with Cedric Gardner!
These master classes will be held on Sunday, July 13 from 1:00 pm-3:30 pm at A Step Above.
Classes will consist of hip hop technique and choreography. This is a great opportunity for our students to take class with a fantastic dancer, choreographer and teacher.
Students 9-12 will have class from 1:00-2:00 pm and is $25 per dancer. Students 13+ will have class from 2 to 3:30 pm and $28 per dancer.
Payment in full is due the day of registration. Click here to register.
Only cash will be accepted for any students registering the day of the class.
Cedric Gardner was a top 14 finalist on the third season of the American dance contest series, “So You Think You Can Dance”. Cedric began formal dance instructions at the age of eighteen. At the age of eighteen Cedric, created “Fuel”, a Hip Hop dance company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During this time “Fuel” also performed with Neil Young's “Greendale”, and under his artistic direction had the privilege of opening for entertainers such as; Little Bow Wow, India Arie, and Fantasia Burino. In 2004, at the age of twenty, Cedric choreographed his first commercial. “The Wisconsin Lottery Badger 5”, which was aired during Super Bowl Sunday.
Opportunities have continued for Cedric after appearing on “So You Think You Can Dance”. As a working professional dancer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Cedric has had the privilege of working with some of the most elite choreographers such as: Brian Friedman, Debbie Allen, Dave Scott, Mary Murphy, Mia Michaels, Napoleon and Tabitha, Nick Flores, Poppin Pete and Shane Sparks. His unique and innovative dance technique has given him the opportunity and privilege of performing with, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Neil Young, NE-YO (Macy's Celebrity Catwalk), and Sheila E. Cedric has also performed on “Macy's Celebrity Catwalk Challenge” and “America Idol Gives Back” Cedric has had his first film appearance in a Wayans Brothers Production, “The Dance Flick” and he was also featured in the film “Step Up 3D” which was released 2010. Cedric is now working on the Nick Jr TV show "Yo Gabba Gabba." Cedric considers his dance style and technique to be “freestyle”, under the umbrella of multiple dance styles. He calls his style of dancing, emotion-driven; expressing emotions through dance.
A Step Above Dance & Music Academy
Announces their Holiday Show Auditions!
Our show will blend multiple
styles of dance in an original, heartfelt story.
We are looking for dancers of all ages, levels and styles!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at A Step Above
Ages 5-9 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Ages 10-14 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Ages 15-Adult 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at A Step Above
Ages 5-9 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Ages 10-14 12:45-1:30 p.m.
Ages15-Adult 1:30-2:15 p.m.
This Holiday Show will benefit 1-2 charities yet to be determined.
Performances will be on Saturday, December 13, 2014
All auditions will involve ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap combinations. All dancers are asked to try all combinations even if they don’t have training in all styles.
If a dancer wishes to take part in our show but cannot make an audition please contact our office for your options.
Bring a recent non-returnable photo.
There will be a $20 non-refundable audition fee
If the performer is under 18 years old a parental signature is required on the audition form.
Please wear appropriate dance attire.