Meet Mexican Dance Ensemble!

Meet Mexican Dance Ensemble!

We are very excited to introduce yet another incredible dance group who will perform in the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum! Meet the Mexican Dance Ensemble!

In November 2001, the Mexican Dance Ensemble was founded in Chicago, IL. M.D.E.’s mission is to expose the bright and beautiful traditions of the Mexican culture through the art of dance. Intent on preserving the beauty of Mexican heritage, M.D.E. strives to enrich it with their particular point of view so that they may spread the essence of this magnificent and varied heritage. With a growing audience and fan-base, M.D.E. has performed nationally as well as internationally in such countries as France, Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of China, Greece and Turkey!

“Our main objective is to serve as a liaison of Mexican Culture and to offer a Mexican performing platform for emerging artists while expanding the importance and values of the arts and the artist community.” MDEChicago.org

To learn more about the Mexican Dance Ensemble, check out their website linked above or follow them on Twitter!

Meet Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

Meet Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

Who’s ready to meet another group performing at the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum?

Meet the Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

M.R.D.C. was founded by Monternez Rezell in 2010 as a way to integrate street culture into concert dance. Inspired by elements of jazz, lyrical, contemporary and African dance, M.R.D.C. pulls everything together to push the limits of dance, pay tribute to the founders and originators of hip hop, and reach beyond the endless possibilities that dance provides.

Our motto is “Dance is our ART, Movement is our paint brush and the World is our Canvas!” ~MovementRevolutionDanceCrew.com

To learn more about this amazing dance crew, you can visit their website (linked above), or follow them on twitter: @moverevolution2

Meet the Mulhern School of Irish Dance

Meet the Mulhern School of Irish Dance

With an impressive three existing locations in Westmont, Hinsdale and Chicago, the Mulhern School of Irish Dance has expanded by now offering classes in St. Louis Park, Minnesota! They focus on keep the art of dance a passion rather than an exercise which results in a massive student body dedicated to their school. Mulhern is known both nationally and internationally for it’s competitive performances and winning spirit.

“The Mulhern School holds numerous National & Regional Championship titles and have medalled at the prestigious World Championships,  All Ireland Championships, All Scotland Championships, the British National Championships and the Great Britain Championships.” ~MulhernSchoolofIrishDance.com.

Such accomplishments guarantee an amazing performance at the Chicago International Dance Forum. We can’t wait!

To learn more about Mulhern School of Irish Dance, visit their website linked above!

Meet Ballet 5:8!

Meet Ballet 5:8!

Are you ready to meet another group who will be performing at the Chicago International Dance Forum?

Meet Ballet 5:8!

“The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.” ~Ballet5:8.org

Located in Frankfort, Illinois, Ballet 5:8 performs in downtown Chicago, the city suburbs AND the U.S.! The mission is to reach and relate to audiences from all communities to set all social, cultural and economic differences aside. To bring all people together using dance as their words. In only 5 years and with over 250 students, Ballet 5:8 expands further and further each year. Their performance at the Chicago International Dance Forum will undoubtedly blow this audience away.

To learn even more about Ballet 5:8, you can go to their website (linked above) or follow them on Twitter!

Meet Forum Dance Theatre!

Meet Forum Dance Theatre!

October 8th marks the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum!

The Chicago International Dance Forum is an ethnic and cultural event which features some of the finest ethnic dance ensembles in the Chicago area, celebrating Chicago’s position as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. A unifying experience for an audience of all ages. And as the event approaches, we’re going to use each blog post to introduce to you the groups that will be performing!

Forum Dance Theatre

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” ~ Plato

Forum Dance Theatre is a 501(c)3 youth dance ensemble within Talent Forum of Libertyville, Illinois

Forum Dance Theatre began with only 5 members in an in-studio performance at Talent Forum. The Company has grown one of the Midwest’s best pre-professional training programs, and today has nearly 50 members, three divisions, an artistic staff of four, an administrative staff of five, and over 50 volunteers.

Artistic Director Kimberly Fletcher-Stibal’s mission for Forum is to serve as a catalyst for young, aspiring artists to envision, expand and collaborate on dance works which challenge the artistic depth and creativity that are involved in Contemporary dance. With national and international performances to their credit, Forum is known for their discipline and excellence among their students.

Please visit the Forum Dance Theatre website for more information about this phenomenal company!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Guess what! Guess what! Guess what!

PlainfieldDanceAcademy.com will soon have a full photo and video gallery of all of the amazing goings-on here in the studio! You’ll soon be allowed an inside look at the fun, the passion and the beauty of the amazing talent we’ve got taking our classes. We’ve got A LOT of photographs from classes and performances past. So, get ready to relive some wonderful memories with us. We are very excited to be able to remember where we came from and continue to add to those memories as we continue on this journey of dance and performance education together.

Stay tuned for the gallery grand opening!

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Have A Laugh!

Have A Laugh!

Ballet is a serious business. It can take a lifetime to perfect a technique, to strengthen your abilities to emote or to connect your story with your audience. As serious as a dancer is about their craft, there’s also a funny side to the art of ballet. With all of the time spent focusing, rehearsing and exercising, it’s not too hard to imagine that dancers need a good laugh now and then. It’s never been said (or said with any truth, that is), that ballerinas don’t have an awesome sense of humor. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. And when comedy meets ballet, all rules go out the window.

Today being Friday, we’ve decided that it’s probably time to share a good laugh with our readers. First off, here’s a terrible joke told to us by one of the studio’s instructors:

“How many dance teachers does it take to change a light bulb?

Five!… Six!… Seven!… Eight!”

It’s terrible but, you laughed and you know it.

So, about that good laugh that we just promised you… We’ve, once again, scoured the internet to find one website and videos from YouTube that are guaranteed to make you laugh. First, the websites.

That last joke we told you was also found on the page that we’re about to recommend now! These jokes come from none other than The Rockettes themselves! Who doesn’t want to be a member of that prestigious kick line?! And, of course, they would come up with hilarious/groan-worthy cracks like these! Now, for the videos that you were promised. We won’t spoil them for you if you haven’t seen them already but, we are going to provide you with a tiny little description and review of them. So, here we go!

1.) This first one is called Funniest Ballet Performance EverAnd boy is it ever! What makes this piece even better is that these dancers are clearly trained ballerinas! Not only do we get to see this hilarious parody of the awkward dancer character, but we’re also subtly exposed to some actual ballet. With the combination of the two worlds in one performance, this performance is laugh out loud amazing!

2.) Making the switch from somewhat genuine ballet to not at all, this video entitled Funny Ballerina: A Funny Ballet Dancingis clearly made purely for a bit of comic relief. With a few props and a few clever maneuvers, this routine is sure to bring a smile to your face.

3.) THIS. LITTLE. GIRL. IS. EVERYTHING. The video is Johanna Channeling Aretha Franklinis beyond hilarious as we watch little Johanna take the stage in a way that no one saw coming. No more description is necessary. We’ll just leave you to witness the magic for yourself.

 

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Reach Your Goals As A Dancer!

Reach Your Goals As A Dancer!

Dancing is not only about being passionate and loving what you do; it’s also about working hard and putting in the time and energy required to push yourself to be better. Sometimes, we fall flat on our face and decide to stay there. Sometimes, we work harder than we ever have and only improve in the slightest ways. It’s easy to feel discouraged and even easier to discourage ourselves. Time and time again, we tell ourselves that “it’s never going to happen” or that it’s “always going to be a dream”. But, it doesn’t have to be. Instead of only looking at the giant end goal that we’ve set so far ahead of ourselves, let’s break it up into smaller, individual goals that will get us closer to what we want to achieve.

This can be helpful in any type of mission. But, dancers are something special. We have so much to accomplish and tend to feel the senses of accomplishment or defeat much stronger than the average person. Because of this, breaking up an overall goal will help to ease the anxiety and stress that dancers often cause themselves.

But, how do we break our goals up? Here’s how to do it:

1. Set Monthly Goals

Just as the current month ends, sit down and make a small (PRACTICAL) list of goals to accomplish within the next month. This way, you won’t overwhelm yourself with too much at once. Do this for each month.

2. One-Year Plan

Where do you want to be with your goals in a year? Don’t be too specific or you’ll feel unaccomplished by the time you get there. When a full year goes by, stop and look at how much you’ve accomplished already. Then, set out for your next One-Year plan. Your plan should be something that you could only accomplish within that year. For example, after joining your first dance class, you should not make your plan to be starring in the Royal Ballet as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. That’s just not going to happen. Instead, the goal should be to learn and improve as much as possible to exceed into the next level or levels of training. A one-year plan is only good if it’s realistic.

3. 5 Years From Now.

Similar to the one-year plan, a plan for 5 years ahead needs to be something you can actually accomplish in that time frame. Are you trying to land a spot in your studio’s Company? Are you trying to make it into a prestigious company that you’ve been eye-ing? Then, set out to do that. Five years gives you time to perfect your craft and improve your technique to the point that you may be able to study even further!

 

Always keep working towards your goals. And when they seem too daunting, think to yourself, “Is this something that I really want?”. If the answer is yes, then break down what needs to be done to get you there. Then go for it. A goal is only a dream if there is no action behind it. As time progresses, keep breaking down those goals and meet them with confidence. Life will be less difficult, less scary, less stressful, and more rewarding.

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Finding Your Midweek Motivation!

Finding Your Midweek Motivation!

It’s Wednesday once again, friends. It’s no longer the beginning of the week yet we’ve not exactly made it to the end of the week. We’re stuck in that annoying one day stretch most commonly referred to as “Hump Day” Wednesday is like reaching the peak of a hill (the hump) only to find the rest of it on the other side. When we realize that there’s still that much more of the week to tackle, it can be so easy to lose motivation.

#Relatable

We’re all dancers here! It’s our job to support one another and push each other to work hard and be the best we can be. So, naturally, we’ve done a little research and found a some great ways to keep your spirits up, motivate you and add a bit more pep in your step to get you through to the weekend. Shall we begin?

1. Treat Yourself!

It’s always nice to indulge in a small, sweet treat now and then. And it’s nice to reward yourself when accomplishing tasks. So, here’s the plan: Each week, set out to accomplish something important at the beginning of the week. Then on Wednesday, you can allow yourself a small treat to reward yourself for your dedication to achieving your goals. Don’t go crazy and suck down a 7 course meal but, enjoy your favorite candy bar or baked good. Whatever it is, it should be something that you won’t feel guilty over for the rest of the week. That’s what the weekend’s for. 😉

2. How Pinteresting!

What do you use Pinterest for? Everything? Yeah, so does the rest of the world. One of the best ways to give yourself a bit of encouragement or motivation is to scroll through a gallery of images that move you, inspire you, and remind you why you love to dance. In fact, why don’t you follow Plainfield Dance Academy on Pinterest? It differs for everyone, what will be an effective image to spark one’s interest. There’s something about seeing a professional dancer or ballerina onstage or reading just the right quote that helps us stay on track with our goals and the fire burning in our hearts.

3. Just Hit Play!

Just like Pinterest, watching a video following your idol or your field of passion is one of the most effective ways of inspiring your creative side, reigniting your passion. For ballet dancers in particular, check out YouTube’s Ballet InsiderGiving us a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put together a Russian Ballet, introducing dancers to the viewers and, the most popular type of video, a day in the life of the various dancers in the company. In order to keep a dream alive, sometimes, getting a sneak peek into the life that you’re aspiring to live can be the one thing to get you on your feet and back to work.

4. Relive Your Journey

It’s time to break out the cringe-worthy videos, people. Find those recital tapes and watch what a goofy, uncoordinated kid you were. Think about all of the training that you’ve done between then and now. Think about how long it’s been since you were that little, just beginning to dabble in what would become your life’s passion. As much as you want to burn the evidence and never let it see the light of day again, these memories are important. Think as that little kid with all of that endless optimism and happiness, and remember how you felt when you first stepped on that stage. What’s different now? Use these memories to bring that feeling back.

 

It’s only Wednesday, everyone! There’s still the rest of the week to show the world (or at least the studio) what you’ve got. Work hard, treat yourself well and prove the nay-sayers wrong. We know you can do it; you know you can do it.

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Why Do We Dance?

Why Do We Dance?

It can be difficult to explain why we have the passions that we have. It’s true that we can pick up hobbies out of choice but, sometimes, we can’t help what we love. We can’t help having a true passion for something. Dancers are among the most passionate and artistic people in the world. Verbally, this post is going to be quite short. We’re going to let the passion of this young artist do the speaking for us. But as you watch, think about how much love she’s sharing in each movement. Imagine being so passionate about something that you are completely unable to fight expressing it. Dance isn’t just a fun little thing to do when a good song comes on. Dance is a story of many different emotions. The dancer is the author. If this video doesn’t motivate you to keep dancing, we don’t know what will.

Ballerina From Palestine Could Not Resist The Melody of a Street Musician in Italy.

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry