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FUN DANCE ACTIVITIES TO DO AT HOME

 

These dance activities are fun things students and families can do, in addition to practicing dance choreography. In fact, they are being used by some families to meet their homeschooling gym requirements. They are good for our bodies, minds, and spirits to be moving and keeping our minds set on dance!

 

 

 

I Will Survive, Section 1 (long version) -- This 30-minute training video is linked through our Facebook page that breaks down all of the moves, count by count. We encourage children to grab their parents and learn it together. It's a possibility we will put it on stage during the recital if enough families want to perform. No worries -- no costumes are special practices!

I Will Survive, Section 1 (short version) -- This is a shortened, finished version of section 1. Please feel free to post your pics on our Facebook page.

I Will Survive, Section 2 -- Ms Jackie will review the first section and add on more as we continue to survive social distancing.

I Will Survive, Section 3 -- Ms April will review the first two sections and add on more as we continue to survive our new home-schooling.

I Will Survive, Section 4 -- Ms Terri will review the three sections and add on more as we continue to survive a new way of dance lessons.


 


Yoga for Children with Ms Jackie (children ages 4-8) -- kids, get out your Yoga mats, a towel, or blanket and get centered with Ms Jackie as she takes you through some interesting poses inspired by Disney characters!
 

 


 

 

Students in Ms April's Monday and Wednesday classes should do these exercises at least one weekly, but preferably daily so they'll be ready to work hard when we return to classes at the studio.

Conditioning with Ms April, video 1

Conditioning with Ms April, video 2 

Conditioning with Ms April (legs, glutes, hamstrings) (video #3)

Conditioning (abs, arms) (video #4)


 

 

Students in Ms Shannon's Pre-Pointe classes should do these exercises at least once weekly, but preferably daily since you might have time on your hands!

Pre-Pointe with Ms Shannon


 

 

This Princess Ballet Tea Party is geared for our youngest students -- Itty Bitty, Pre-Ballet 1, 2, and 3 (up to age 8). Grab a real or pretend wand (or make one), your favorite stuffed animal, a plastic cup, plate, and spoon and get ready for a fancy tea party with Ms Shannon!

 

Princess Ballet Tea Party


 

This Springtime Ballet is gear for our youngest dancers  -- Itty Bitty, Pre-Ballet 1, 2, and 3 (up to age 8). Grab your favorite springtime stuffed animal, a bunny or chic. This is a great ballet as we anticipate new life at the end of these long winter days. It reminds grown ups that there will be new life at the end of this pandemic as well.

 

Springtime Ballet


 

 

Bring your eggs to hide, a basket, and an instrument. Don't have any of these items? That's ok, you can make one or use something similar. We'll have an egg hunt and an Easter parade to celebrate this joyous occasion. 

 

Happy Easter Ballet 


 

Join Ms. Shannon for a Teddy Bear Picnic. You’ll need a small blanket, a basket with your favorite picnic food, and of course your teddy bear. All teddy bears are welcome, and feel free to have your real lunch ready to eat with your teddy bears after we do ballet. Have a "beary" good time!

Teddy Bear Picnic

 


 

 

Announcing MDA's 30-Day Split Challenge!!! 

 

We want to see more of our dancers have their splits. We have designed this stretch guideline for our dancers to follow. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds and do both sides. Practice for 30 days in the next five weeks (this includes one rest day a week). 

Take a pic the first day you start and every Sunday to track your progress. Tag us and use the hashtag #MDAsplitchallenge and you could be featured on our page. You will be surprised how much progress you will make if you are consistent. Also attached is an accountability calendar to mark the days you practice. We can't wait to see the progress you all make! 

#MDAsplitchallenge (Instagram)
#MDAsplitchallenge (Facebook)

 

CHOREOGRAPHY AND CLASSES

 

We ask that students warm up with the warm up videos and then practice the choreography. They should run through it several times a week so when we come together the first two weeks in August, they will know it.  Parents can watch the video as their children practice. Please feel free to post practice sessions (video or pictures) on our Facebook page.

This year, the recital will be a little different, but the show must go on!

 


ITTY BITTY BALLET and PRE-BALLET 1

 

The Itty Bitty Ballet classes do not perform in the recital; however, they learn the same steps as the students in Pre-Ballet 1, but they do it with their grown up.  Pre-Ballet 1 students are in the recital. Their teacher dances with them on stage. 

Your children will have the opportunity to make up their classes once we return to the studio. Meanwhile, we thought parents might like to review some of the basic steps that are taught in both Itty Bitty Ballet and Pre-Ballet 1 classes. Parents can watch the video and practice with their children. Grab a small plush animal to balance on your heads, a scarf (or a small washcloth), or a wand (you can always make one together!).

We are doing special, super cute live ballets on Facebook for our little dancers, such as Ballet Tea Party and Springtime Ballet. Children learn so much from these videos -- dance moves, warm ups, following directions, and creativity -- just like in the classroom. 

You can do the same moves with props. So everyday you were supposed to come to the studio (or more frequently), click on of the links below and a memorable time dancing together!

We will be adding videos throughout the following days, so stay tuned! 


LOWER LEVELS (PB-2, Minis, PB-3, P-J/HH)

 

Pre-Ballet 1

Pre-Ballet 2

Hip Hop Minis

Pre-Ballet 3

Pre-Jazz/Hip Hop


UPPER LEVELS (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop)

 

Ballet

Modern

Jazz

Tap

Hip Hop

 


 

MAKE UP TIMES FOR LOWER LEVEL CLASSES

(for when we return to the studio)

 

Upon reopening and returning to oiur regular schedule, students in the lower level classes are encouraged to make up the two weeks of classes missed. The schedule below lists all of the classes, day/time, and instructor. These classes will be able to be made up anytime during the Spring Session.

In order to be more organized, it will be helpful, but not required, if you schedule the make up class. Either way, when you arrive at the studio for a make-up class, please check off your child's name at the front desk.

 

CLASS NAME DAY TIME INSTRUCTOR
Itty Bitty Ballet Thursday 5:45-6:15 pm Ms Jackie
Itty Bitty Ballet Friday 9:30-10:00 am Ms Shannon
Itty Bitty Ballet Saturday 10:30-11:00 am Ms Jackie
Itty Bitty Ballet Saturday 12:00-12:30 pm Ms Jacke
Pre-Ballet 1 Wednesday 5:00-5:30 pm Ms April
Pre-Ballet 1 Tuesday 6:30-7:00 pm Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet 1 Thursday 7:00-7:30 pm Ms Jackie
Pre-Ballet 1 Friday 9:00-9:30 am Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet 1 Friday 10:00-10:30 AM Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet 1 Saturday 9:00-9:30 am Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet/Tap 2 Monday 3:45-4:30 pm Ms April
Pre-Ballet/Tap 2 Tuesday 2:45-3:30 pm Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet/Tap 2 Tuesday 4:00-4:45 PM MS SHANNON
Pre-Ballet/Tap 2 Thursday 6:15-7:00 pm Ms Jackie
Pre-Ballet/Tap 2 Friday 9:30-10:15 am Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet/Tap 2 Saturday 9:15-10:00 am Ms Jackie
Pre-Ballet/Tap 2 Saturday 9:30-10:15 am Ms Shannon
Hip Hop Minis Monday 4:30-5:00 pm Ms April
Hip Hop Minis Tuesday 3:30-4:00 pm Ms Shannon
Hip Hop Minis Thursday 5:45-6:15 pm Ms Jackie
Pre-Ballet/Tap 3 Tuesday 4:45-5:45 pm Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet/Tap 3 Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm Ms Shannon
Pre-Ballet/Tap 3 Thursday 4:00-5:00 pm Ms Jackie
Pre-Ballet/Tap 3 Saturday 10:15-11:15 am Ms Shannon
Pre-Jazz/Hip Hop Tuesday 5:45-6:30 pm Ms Shannon
Pre-Jazz/Hip Hop Thursday 5:00-5:45 pm Ms Jackie
Pre-Jazz/Hip Hop Saturday 10:15 am -12:00 pm Ms Shannon

 

MAKE UP CLASSES FOR UPPER LEVEL CLASSES

 

As you may know, it's a little more complicated for upper level students to make up classes during our regular schedule because some of the students take every class offered at their level. Therefore, we will be scheduling some make up classes to be held Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. That schedule will be available as we receive more clarity on the pandemic situation and the recommendations by the CDC and Illionois public schools.