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Jazz/Lyrical

In this FUN class, intermediate level dancers will further develop their technique and style as we explore a variety of jazz disciplines including Lyrical, Contemporary, as well as Broadway Jazz. Lyrical jazz is slow and very expressive, and a beautiful way to praise and worship our Lord.

  Jazz/Lyrical Praise Dance - $12/class minimum suggested donation   Teacher: Tanya Fisher                         tanyafisher@questforeducationsandarts.com

Jazz/Lyrical Praise Dance - $12/class minimum suggested donation

Teacher: Tanya Fisher                        
tanyafisher@questforeducationsandarts.com

September 12, 2017

Please set a few goals for yourself to work toward this year.   Write them down!  Share them with me verbally or on paper.   

A few examples:  I would like to gain more confidence and style so my dancing can be more expressive.   Or.... I plan to work hard at improving my techniques for better turns this year.   or....   I hope to keep my focus on dancing for the Lord and using the gifts He gave me to the best of my ability.  or.... I want to increase my body strength and flexibility, specifically my splits.    

September 19, 2017

Please work on your core strength at least twice this week.   Hold your plank position for at least 30 seconds (like you are getting ready to do pushups but on your forearms).  Do 10 push ups and 40 crunches minimum.  Think about proper technique and alignment.   Lunges: right and left side, hold each for 30 seconds.   (make sure your knee is right on top of your heel, if needed slide your back leg farther back so your knee is NOT over your toes.  Keep your back leg straight).   

September 26, 2017

Here are some great exercises for strengthening the core.   Core strength is very important to keep dancers / athletes safe, as well as to greatly improve performance.   I recommend doing these exercises at least 2-3 times per week.  Be sure to use music to make it more enjoyable!

October 3, 2017

October 10, 2017

This is a catch up week :)  If you have not yet shared your goals for the year with me, please do so this week.   verbally or on paper.   Also, please continue to practice at home using the Youtube videos for ideas if you'd like.  (previously posted on yellow box).  

Handout:  If you joined my class late, or if I failed to give you my class information handout, please ask for one this week.   

October 17, 2017

Ballet provides a great foundation for gymnastics and many dance forms!   Dance and Acro students: Practice these ballet barre exercises at home to improve your strength, flexibility, and grace.   You can use the back of a chair, or counter top to hold for balance.     I recommend doing these exercises at least once a week.  

(Tap students are also encouraged but not required to do this.  Ballet will improve your turns and posture etc).

October 24, 2017

Mark your calandars for May 10th, 2018.   Many of my classes will perform at this Quest Connects show at Via Elegante Assisted Living facility.   I will announce which classes will be performing once I know the size and surface type of the performance area.   (stretch / strength class will not perform).  

This is a "your choice" week.   You may practice some steps or combinations, or just continue stretching and conditioning your body.   Choose one of the videos previously posted this year for help and inspiration.  

 

October 31, 2017

Please come to the office and get some Fall Gala fliers this week and hand them out to your friends and family!   This is your homework for the week :)

Watch a Christmas show!   An important part of your dance education is seeing quality, professional level performances.   I highly recommend "The Spirit of Christmas" put on by Tucson Dance Academy.  The TDA owners are Christian and many of the dances in the show are a beautiful artistic expression of God's love.    My son, my assistant Sophia, and the Chelpka kids will be in the show.   Two weekends:  Dec. 2nd at Centennial Hall and Dec. 9th at Saddlebrook.   Tickets are already selling fast, so don't wait too long.   (Saddlebrook tickets are less expensive than the Centennial Hall show).  

 

November 7, 2017

Now that you have written down your goals for the year, please write down your plan of action to work toward those goals.   (examples:  coming to class regularly, working hard w/ a positive attitude, practicing at home a certain number of minutes or hours each week, checking email and yellow box assignments. ...etc).   If you would like, you may share this with me verbally or on paper during the next 2 weeks.   :)

 

November 14, 2017

Please remember to pay your costume deposits this month.   $35 / dancer per class.   (or $25 for rhythmic gym. students)

 Homework this week: please research your options and chose one (or more) dance movies to view and / or dance concerts to attend.   Please watch a dance movie or see a concert sometime before March 2018.  For extra credit, please write a paragraph or two about the show.   You can write about the choreography, costuming, dance technique / style / stage presence, lighting, staging etc. 

  Movies I recommend:   Gene Kelly movies (especially "Singing in the Rain", "An American in Paris" and "Anchors Aweigh"), Fred Astaire movies (especially "White Christmas"), and "First Position" (ballet).   Or, you can watch a couple episodes of  "So You Think You Can Dance" TV competition (parents should pre-view these first.  Some of the hip hop and other choreography might be too mature for your child.    The one for younger kids might be safer, "SYTYCD Next Generation") 

I highly recommend the following dance concerts at Centennial Hall:

  • Premium Blend- this weekend!
  • Spirit of Christmas - Dec 2nd
  • Momix- Jan. 18th
  • Stomp (tap) Feb 2nd and 3rd

you can purchase tickets at UAPresents.com

 Spirit of Christmas will also be at Saddlebrook on Dec. 9th.   This is one of the only professional level shows in Arizona that includes praise dancing to glorify God.   

Please remember to email me if you would like to set up a parent - teacher conference.   I'm happy to meet in person or discuss your child's progress via email or phone if that is easier for you.  

Happy Thanksgiving!   no classes next week.  

 

November 28, 2017

 

Thank you to those students who have shared with me their goals and plans of action.   Its important to write these things down or share them verbally w/ someone who can help hold you accountable. :)   If you have not yet completed this assignment,  please do so this week.   Keep practicing and stretching / conditioning too!  

 

December 5, 2017

Please practice your passe balance.   highest releve ("high heel shoes"), foot above the knee if you can, pull your abs in, and hold arms in a strong first position.   Practice right and left sides.   Always keep stretching too. :) 

 

December 12, 2017

Please continue stretching and exercising over the break!   Merry Christmas!  :)

 

January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!

Practice: 

  • chaine stag jump to a sit / roll.  (point toes while rolling)  
  • 6 step then passe or pirouette.   (coupe and pencil too)
  • pique turns.   
  • fuette jump (body turns 180 degrees and leg finishes in arabesque).  
  • chase step leap (bring arms to first position before and after the leaps.   keep shoulders down and long neck on leaps)

Do everything on R and L side.

 

Please set at least 1 goal for this semester for each dance or acro class you take.   Share this goal with me verbally or on paper.   Happy New Year!   (and as always, continue to stretch and exercise at home!!!)

 

January 16, 2017

Please practice the steps and / or choreography we have been working on in class.   If you or your parent has a smart phone please record the material during the last 3-4 minutes of class each week or every other week.    I will post more detailed notes and / or videos later.   (I'm sorry I can't do that this week as our family is going through a tough time.   Our dog Daisy died on Sunday and we are recovering from some illnesses too.  A visit to the ER and another to Urgent Care in the past 2 weeks)   

 

January 23, 2017

I would like you all to sit down with your planner and schedule at least 30 minutes each week for dedicated dance practice.  (or stretch / exercise for acro students).  This can be accomplished in just 10 - 15 minutes on 2 or 3 days per week.   Consistent practice is essential this semester.     

This weeks homework:  Put serious thought into when and where you will practice, write it down, and tell your parents.  Starting next week, I will give more detailed practice instructions.   As always, remember to at least stretch / exercise 2 or 3 days each week, outside your dance or acro class.   Refer back to the youtube videos I shared last semester if you need ideas and inspiration.

January 30, 2017

February 6, 2017

 

February 13, 2018

February 27, 2018

Continue practicing choreography and technique. Ballet technique too!  passe balance etc.  

March 6, 2018

please practice the choreography and passe balance and pirouettes (parallel and turned out). 

March 13, 2018

STRETCH!   Please and thanks :) 

 

March 20, 2018

 Start experimenting with the improv section at the end. Go on YouTube for ideas.   I recommend searching “so you think you can dance” contemporary and lyrical. Have fun! 

 

March 27, 2018

 

April 3, 2018

 

By now you all should have all or most of the steps memorized.   Keep working to improve the technique / execution of each step, and please work on counting the music so your TIMING is correct.   I will also begin recording the students each week, or every other week, so you can watch yourselves and use this as a learning tool.   Once your technique and timing is good, begin working on your expression and stage presence.   

 

April 10, 2018

Please watch this to review the technique of the toe rise.  We will work on these in class next week.  Be sure to follow the important reminder at 1:10 if you attempt this at home.   (do not try it at home unless I have worked with you on it in class.  Some students are physically ready sooner than others).    

 

April 17, 2018

This week I recommend you practice improvisation.   Put music on and just dance!   This can be hard for many people, but it is a valuable skill (and an essential skill if you want to go far with dance).   Be sure to also practice the choreography for the show, and STRETCH and exercise too :)

Hair for "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again":  Low ponytail or low bun.   Use lots of hairspray so you wont have fly aways.  

show make up:

stage lights can wash you our if you don't wear any make up.   I recommend wearing foundation, red or pink lipstick, blush, natural colored eye shadow, and mascara.   fill in eyebrows if needed.  

Feel free to record the dance on your phone next week because my phone is acting up.   Maybe have a friend record you, and then return the favor for them.  its a great learning tool to see yourself.  

 Please refer to past videos for practice ideas, and complete any assignments you might have skipped this year.   

 

April 24, 2018

May 1, 2018