Plainfield Dance Academy in the Herald News!

Plainfield Dance Academy in the Herald News!

If you hadn’t already heard, Plainfield Dance Academy will be performing the student showcase on August 11th!

Not only are we at P.D.A. excited for it, but the Herald News is excited as well! So excited, in fact, that they’ve written up a nice little article to promote the event! You can see it here: The Herald News- Plainfield Dance.
Share it with your friends and family to get everyone ready for the big night! We’ll see you on the 11th!

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3 Amazing News Websites for Dancers!

3 Amazing News Websites for Dancers!

Finally something for the dancers!

Every news website either seems to be aimed towards audiences focusing on either pop culture or politics. But, we’ve done our research and found our top 3 picks for all the news in dance!

1.) Dancing Times (UK)

dancing-times.co.uk

2.) Dance Spirit

dancespirit.com

3.) Pointe Magazine

pointemagazine.com

These sites have countless articles varying in topics from technique to diet to life behind the curtain. If you love reading about the world you’re so immersed in, you should check these three regularly. AND US! In addition to world dance news, we also upload regular posts about the goings-on here at Plainfield Dance Academy! So, make sure that you’re keeping up with all of our posts at plainfielddanceacademy.com/plainfield-dance-academy-blog

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Refinery29 Shows Ballet Some Respect!

Refinery29 Shows Ballet Some Respect!

The dance world on the internet has been going crazy for the past 24 hours because of a recent video posted by pop culture mega channel, Refinery29. Refinery29 covers all sorts of topics whether it be breaking news, fashion, music, films, etc. In their series called Lucie for Hire, one of the execs. named Lucie tries a new profession for 24 hours. The video causing such a stir stars Lucie training as a professional ballerina for a day.

Here’s where it gets interesting…

Rather than splicing together a montage a’la Rocky where Lucie goes from a no-nothing dancer to a pro ballerina, she starts the video by stating that it takes years, nearly a lifetime, to perfect many aspects of ballet and that she will be nowhere near professional by the end of the video. THIS is what has the internet a-buzz.

The respect that Refinery29 has shown, in this small way, to those who dedicate their lives to this art form is rare. And we couldn’t be happier to share the video with you, too!

Watch it here!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=978hy7luTnc

(This article was inspired by a synopsis written by DanceSpirit.com)

Happy National Dance Day!

Happy National Dance Day!

According to the calendar, July 29th is the U.S.’s annual National Dance Day! While this isn’t a widely observed day like your more traditional holidays, we think it should be! We are a dance academy, after all! So, let’s a look back a dance through the ages!

Since the earliest of times, people have been greatly entertained by another’s ability to dance; to express emotion or tell a story through movement. Theatrical entertainments began as early as the Ancient Roman Empire with plays being put on for royalty and nobles. While these plays were not musical and involved little to no dancing, true ballet did not begin to appear until the Italian Renaissance in the 15th Century. As it grew in popularity, it began to be studied and developed in France where many of it’s technical terms are now based.

As the age went on, ballet and many other forms of dance began to evolve and grow more popular with larger audiences. Once Hollywood finally added sound to films, they mad their first musical, The Jazz Singer. This film is full of song and dance and only grew the popularity of dance in the mainstream. The 1950’s and 60’s saw countless movie musicals being produced and adapted for the stage. While the movie musical genre is a well-known form of dance entertainment, the dance found on Broadway and Ballet have never been more respected and competitive. Young men and women train from some of the earliest years of their lives all in the hopes of reaching the top of the dance world. With all of this history and adoration for the dance world, what are you going to do to celebrate National Dance Day? Will you take out your favourite concert dvd and binge watch a Russian ballet? Will you and your friends choreograph your own dance? Maybe you’ll venture out of your comfort zone and post a dancing video on YouTube! Who knows!

Any way that you do it, do it with all your heart! That’s what dance is all about anyway!

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Master Class Day 3: Chrissy Eltvedt

Master Class Day 3: Chrissy Eltvedt

Day 3 of Plainfield Dance Academy’s Master Class Week will be on 7/27 with our special guest instructor, Chrissy Eltvedt! Eltvedt has worked with various dance companies across the U.S. performing everything from traditional ballet to contemporary to interpretive ballet. Plainfield Dance Academy is very excited to welcome her to teach the students of our Advanced Ballet and Pointe classes.

Advanced Ballet will begin at 10AM
Pointe will begin at 11:30AM

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Master Class Day 2: Samuel Opsal & Anthony Rosario

Master Class Day 2: Samuel Opsal & Anthony Rosario

Wednesday 7/26 will be Day 2 of Plainfield Dance Academy’s amazing Master Class week featuring various special guest instructors! Let’s see who tomorrow will bring us!

Samuel Opsal

Originally from Pullman, WA, Samuel Opsal started dancing at 16 years old. As time has gone by, Opsal made his way to the Ballet 5:8 company in Chicago in 2016.
According to his introductory interview on ballet58.org, Opsal states, “It is hard for me to define my love of dance. On one level there is a joy that I feel when I am dancing that is related to pushing my body’s limits. Mentally I also like the challenge that dancing provides, and the continuous struggle to improve.”

 

Anthony Rosario

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Rosario came to the U.S. when he was 3 years old and began ballet at the age of 16. At the Ballet Hispanico, he studied bellet, flamenco, jazz, Latin jazz and modern! Wow!
In his interview with gkaballet.com, he is asked about how he portrays emotion through dance, “You have to feel (the music) within yourself – if you disconnect yourself or even if you’re on the music and still don’t give your all with the music you won’t be “one” and then it looks kind of separate. I’ve seen dancers – they’re with the music but for some reason it looks disconnected.”

Plainfield Dance Academy is very excited to welcome these two incredible performers to teach our pupils from all of their years of experience.

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Master Class Day 1: Jennifer Grund!

Master Class Day 1: Jennifer Grund!

Jennifer Grund is a nationally renown dancer and teacher in the world of ballet. For twelve years, she performed as a full company member of Dayton Ballet and has danced in such shows as Romeo and Juliet, the Nutcracker Ballet, Dracula, and An American Cinderella. Once retiring from dancing, Grund began teaching and has done so for the past twenty years!

Plainfield Dance Academy is thrilled to say that Grund will be leading us off as we begin Master Class Week tomorrow! All who sign up will have the opportunity to learn from a true professional dancer and see first-hand what it takes to master your craft.

Go to our homepage to see who else we’ve got lined up for the rest of Master Class Week!

What You Need To Know

She will be instructing Ballet @ 10AM-11:30AM,

Followed by Pointe @ 11:30AM-12:30PM.

Classes are priced at $15 per class hour.

Student Spotlight: Shelby Vennekotter

Student Spotlight: Shelby Vennekotter

2017 marks the 14th Annual Seoul International Dance Competition.

The Seoul International Dance Competition is an annual competition in Seoul, South Korea where dancers from all over the globe travel to compete and introduce the arts and culture of their homes. This year, we are proud to announce that Plainfield Dance Academy’s very own Shelby Vennekotter has been invited to compete in the finals a the Seoul International Dance Competition. It is a huge honor in the arts to be considered for this competition and an amazing opportunity to showcase the best and the brightest in the world of dance. Shelby began dance at Millers Dance Studio in Denver, Colorado. Her dance studies included… ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre, and Irish. After a series of moves, Shelby came to Plainfield Dance Academy in the spring of 2014. Under the direction of Altin Naska-Owner Plainfield Dance Academy, Olena Nalyvaiko, Corinne Emmenegger and Reida Dobi. Her studies focused on ballet, contemporary and character, and she quickly decided to make ballet her life.
Shelby attends Laurel Springs School which is an accredited online private school. Shelby’s ultimate goal is to be in a professional ballet company.

 

Her accomplishments include acceptance to numerous renowned schools of dance including:

1. Denver School of the Arts
2. Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts
3. Harid Conservatory – Boca Raton
4. Kirov Ballet Academy – Washington DC
5. Zurich Opera Ballet School – Zurich, Switzerland

She has earned prestigious awards such as:

1. 2014 Carrie Rose Winski Scholarship award 3rd place
2. 2015 YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix) Indianapolis Regional classical and contemporary Junior division top 24
3. 2015 IIBC (Indianapolis International Ballet Competition) accept as a competitor
4. 2015 Carrie Rose Winski Scholarship award 2nd place
5. 2016 YAGP Chicago Regional classical and contemporary Senior division top 24
6. 2017 YAGP Chicago Regional Classical and contemporary Senior division top 12

Shelby performed in Zurich, Switzerland in a benefit for domestic abuse as a part of a trio choreographed by Eurika Rorto just last month as the headlining group. While attending the Plainfield Dance Academy, Shelby auditioned and won the role of Cinderella for the Wheatland Dance Theater’s 1st Spring full length production of Cinderella. Currently, Shelby is company member of Wheatland Dance Theater, a youth studio company of Plainfield Dance Academy.

Plainfield Dance Academy could not be more proud of Shelby for all that she has accomplished in such a short time and wishes her the best of wishes in the Seoul International Dance Competition. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead of her as she continues to follow her dreams and pursue her passions.

Congratulations, Shelby!!