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DanceFIT news & events
DanceFIT news & events
Mermaid Magic & The Enchanted Forest Dance Workshops
We had a wonderful vacation week. Earlier this week the theme was Mermaid Magic. We moved like crabs, fish, sharks, dolphins and magical mermaids. We love how first position looks just like mermaid tails.
On Thursday we travelled to the Enchanted Forest to meet unicorns, fairies, and lots of animals like bunnies, bears and birds and of course beautiful trees. The dancers enjoyed learning choreography and making fairy houses.
Enjoy the photos from these special workshops and we hope you join us this summer for more fun themes!
Pajama week is always so fun and it is the perfect week to share an important message. At the end of our adult fitness classes we always take a moment to enjoy how our bodies feel after movement. We took a few mindful moments at the end of our kids dance classes to enjoy how strong, joyful & happy our bodies felt. In a few of our classes we tried a meditation activity and the dancers stayed so still while we placed a gem on their forehead.
In our toddler Tippy Toes classes, dancers continue to work very hard on their balance. We are so proud of how well they walk on the balance beam!
In Pre-Ballet classes, dancers worked on strengthening their feet and using their demi plie as they pretended they were monkeys "jumping on the bed." In tap they worked on running flaps like butterflies.
In Pre-Ballet II classes dancers practiced a new song, "Heel & Toe" which works on flexion of the feet, partner dancing & group dancing. In tap they were introduced to the buffalo step.
In 7-8 year Ballet & Jazz we introduced the creative side of dance: choreography. Each dancer had to design a dance that featured a grapevine, pivot turn, jazz square, scissors & a final pose.
In ACRO the dancers are getting very independent in their skills and proud of their progress. Our focus has been strengthening our upper body for back bends (upside down wheel) and cartwheels. We are hoping to put these skills in our recital dances in the Spring
This week we have been looking at one of our favorite books written by our favorite ballet dancer, Misty Copeland. It's called Black Ballerinas and is about some of Misty's favorite black ballet dancers who worked very hard and danced from the heart to overcome tough situations including prejudice and discrimination based on the color of their skin. I recommend this book for every young ballerina. When we did freeze dance we would open the book and copy one of the dancers beautiful poses. The young dancers loved this exercise. We also were inspired by the beautiful illustration of Michaela DePrince (currently dancing with the Boston Ballet) and her beautiful grande jeté as we did our leaps across the floor.
At DanceFIT we focus on cultivating a positive & community focused environment. Our classes focus on positivity & motivation. We want to share our love for dance with everyone from our youngest little dancers to hard-working students, and adult dancers attending class for the joy of it!