The Nutcracker by Disney!

The Nutcracker by Disney!

December 10th, 2017 at the Plainfield South High School Auditorium, Plainfield Dance Academy will be performing their annual production of The Nutcracker!

Now that we’re a little less than a month away from the big day, we thought it’d be a fun idea to do a few special posts about this most beloved holiday ballet leading up to our performance! And since Saturday mornings are when we have our Pre-Ballet – Ballet 2 classes with the little ones, we thought that we’d talk about our favourite childhood memory of the music from the Nutcracker: Disney’s Fantasia!

In 1940, Walt Disney with his best team of animators, accompanied by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, created what would become one of Disney’s most beloved classics. Using classical music to narrate the stories, the animators created their own works of art not based on the original intent of the music but, the feeling and imagery it brought to mind for them. Through this concept, they changed the way people listened to the music from Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.

What is The Nutcracker?

The story that appears in The Nutcracker ballet is based on a story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816 called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. The story follows Marie, 7, her eight year old brother Fritz, as they spend the Christmas holiday with their grandfather, Drosselmeier. Marie sees a nutcracker on the mantel, which Drosselmeier says she can be the special caretaker of. After an argument with her brother for breaking the nutcracker, Marie sleeps and dreams of many different adventures with the nutcracker, armies of mice and other fanciful dreams.

Using this story, Tchaikovsky wrote his last and most famous ballet of a similar name: The Nutcracker, in 1891. Changing Marie’s name to Clara, as well as a few other minor details, the music as well as the ballet itself has become one of the most recognizable works of art in the world. Oddly enough, it’s widely known that Tchaikovsky wasn’t pleased with the end result of the music, thinking of it as one of the worst pieces he’d ever written. How wrong a person can be!

Fantasia!

When Disney gained the rights to use the music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker in their film, they created stories completely different than that most commonly associated with this music.

The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

In this visual recreation of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, we follow the clever fairies of the forest who bring color and life to the dull, colorless world. They dance and fly about spreading joy, whimsy, color and fun to the flowers, trees and waters.

Some fairies use their magic to make flowers bloom and spread a glistening dew upon the various plants in the forest, representing the Spring and Summer.

This imagery makes the changing of the weather seem more magical than you could’ve possibly thought! Click the image to watch the video!

The Chinese Dance

In this sequence, we are introduced to a small family of mushrooms, dancing in a circle, with the star of the number being the runt of the group. During this performance, the tiniest mushroom tries desperately to keep up with the bigger mushrooms without being left out. He struggles to keep up with the number but, ultimately takes center-stage in the finale spotlight!

It’s as whimsical and light-hearted and the music itself and one of the Fantasia crowd-favorites.

Dance of the Reed Flutes

The animators used the idea of dancing flowers and turned them into ballerinas. Following the music as it speeds up, increases in volume and intensity, and decreases its intensity, the flowers spin on point just as dancers in a pair of pointe shoes.

The majority of the flowers, the company of dancers, are a variety of orange, pink and blue. In the center is the solo white flower’ the prima ballerina. At the end of the number, the entire company of flowers and the white flower spin off of a waterfall to bring us to the next number.

The Arabian Dance

This scene slows things down a bit with an almost trans-causing dance by a fish that the Disney animators interestingly enough named “the Lola fish”. Take that however you will. It’s a very short piece that Disney didn’t really make too much of a story out of.

But, the animation is top notch for it’s time with the way they animated under water movement and it’s effect on the water itself. Many people said the same thing and saw this as a turning point for the Disney animation team. Oh boy, if they only knew what the future had in store for them.

The Russian Dance

Not only is this one of the most popular numbers in the Nutcracker suite, this animation sequence is one of the most beloved number in Fantasia. The Disney animators knocked it out of the park with bright colors and lively imagery that they put to this music. The thistle flowers represent the male dancers and the orchids represent the female dancers, even looking somewhat similar to what traditional Russian dancers wear!

The joy and uptempo beat of the song makes it very easy to watch and enjoy. For a brief moment, you almost forget that these are dancing flowers because of the animators ability to humanize them through their appearance and mannerisms!

The Waltz of the Flowers

Do you remember the Spring and Summer fairies from the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies? Well, in this final Nutcracker piece, we are introduced to the fairies of the Autumn and Winter. The music helps tell the tale of the fairies who change the colors of the leaves and bring the frost and snowflakes to the world. These are the fairies who freeze water and skate upon it leaving behind trails of their magic.

The way the music captures the power and might of the winter at the end, moves seamlessly with the work of the animators. It’s images like these that helped so many little girls decide to become little ballerinas themselves and then find out that they get to dance to this exact same music!

The Disney animators responsible for the classic that is Fantasia are considered pioneers in the way animation is perceived and in the way we perceive music. The music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is timeless and brings many different memories to each person that listens to it.

Tell us, what does this music do for you?

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What’s New at P.D.A.?

What’s New at P.D.A.?

THERE’S SO MUCH HAPPENING!!!

Well, friends, Winter is upon us and there are so many things going on here at Plainfield Dance Academy. Like what? Well, I’ll tell you!

The Nutcracker!

First of all, we’re in the heat of rehearsals for the 2017 production of The Nutcracker, which will be at the Plainfield South High School Auditorium on December 10th. With more and more people getting involved, things have started getting busy, busy busy! And while we’re talking about The Nutcracker, let’s talk parent volunteers.

Volunteers!

We’re still looking for parent volunteers to help out during the dress rehearsal and at the performance on December 10th. Parents will still be able to see the show from their seats in their reserved area in the theater. So, don’t worry! You won’t have to miss a thing! Let us know if you’re available to help out. You know the P.D.A. phone number, it’s (815)230-5893, remember?!

Fundraiser Time!

You know what else we’re excited about? Our partnership with Butter-Braid for a fundraiser! This fundraiser will help us raise money for new costumes for our dancers! That’s something we can ALL get excited about, right? And who can resist the amazing food from Butter-Braid? We get to sell 7 incredible breads like the Apple, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Raspberry, Caramel Rolls Strawberry & Cream Cheese, and the 4 Cheese and Herb! YUM YUM YUM!!!!! All orders are to be turned in by November 28th to the P.D.A. front desk.

Random News!

The P.D.A. Nutcracker So-Called “Class”.

We’ve created a “class” in the Jackrabbit system for those participating in the Wheatland Dance Theater/Plainfield Dance Academy Nutcracker as a way of keeping track of those involved and communicating to the entire cast and crew more efficiently. So, don’t panic if you’ve seen a class added to your schedule! DON’T PANIC!!

New Tap Classes!

If you haven’t seen the new sign on the front door, Plainfield Dance Academy is now offering a Tap class for Ages 7+ on Wednesdays at 5:30PM until 6PM! We’re also going to introduce a brand new Adult Tap class: Beginning Adult Tap for ages 18+ on Wednesdays at 6pm until 6:30PM! If you’ve had enough of your kids having all the fun, it’s time to have some fun for yourself! See the front desk for more information!

The “Shupa Lounge”!

Who’s seen the brand new dressing room and third studio space here at Plainfield Dance?

Beautiful, isn’t it? One question we keep getting is “Why does the wall say Merde?”. Well, allow me to explain.

One of the most popular stories involving this word comes from the streets of Paris in the earliest days of ballet. Most people would perform in the streets as a way of earning extra money or because they were unable to afford time in one of the few theaters of the city. During these public performances, passersby and viewers would shout “Merde!” as a way to warn the performer not to step in the… merde of an animal. As this continued, this became a strange tradition and inside-joke with the dance community and a way of wishing someone good luck. There’s your fun fact for the day! Maybe we’ll expand on this in the next blog post!

Anyway…

We’ll be posting photos of the studio on Facebook and our other social media outlets once we’ve put on all of the finishing touches. But for now, we think you’ve gotten pretty caught up on the goings-on of the studio.

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Dance Because You Love It!

Dance Because You Love It!

Why do we dance? Is it because we’re expected to? Is it because we’re told we have to?

We dance because we love it. Dance is a form of self-expression for which only a select few posses a talent. When your craft is fueled by passion, the combination is virtually unstoppable. Sometimes, it’s easy to loose sight of the initial passion you have for the art when you’re constantly on the go with rehearsals, competitions, classes and so on. So, let’s take a moment today to think about why we dance.

Why did we start?

When we were little, most likely, we saw ballerinas as perfect and beautiful. We wanted to be just like them. They were beautiful and graceful and everyone loved them. Once we started our first ballet class, we wanted to show what we could do to everyone we knew. Our parents, aunts, uncles and other adults praised us for behaving so well in class, working hard and for doing such a lovely job. We loved that attention and all of the positive reinforcement.

Going to class was a treat. Not only did we get to dance, but we got to dress in the most lovely “ballerina outfits”, see our ballet friends and our favorite teachers ever! Class was always a blast because we were learning to do a special dance for our first ever dance recital.

When it came time for the first dance recital, that spotlight was the greatest thing we’d ever seen and we wanted MORE. Being on stage in front of an audience was the greatest thrill we’d ever known. If this was what being a ballerina was like, then that was the life for us!

Do you remember being that little girl? Which feelings come back to you when you think about those days? Sometimes, going back to the beginning can help you remember why you started. How long has it been since you were that little girl? What about you has changed? How much have you learned in all that time?

How the Time Flies…

If you could go back and let your little self see all that you’ve learned in your ballet career, do you think she’d be proud of you? She would be. She would because you’re what she envisions for her future. She wants to grow up and as much as she can about ballet along the way. Have you been doing that? Yes? Good. She wants to stay focused and perform in front of many more audiences at many more recitals. Have you done this, too? You have? Wonderful. She wants to become a ballerina that the little ones like her aspire to be. Are you doing that for the little girls around you? You are? Beautiful.

The hardest part about following your dreams is that we don’t have the chance to see into the future and know how things will turn out. I’m sure we’d all love a chance to revisit our younger selves. But, having a passion doesn’t means 100% assurance that you’re doing things perfectly. It’s about loving the art that you’ve chosen and doing your best to present it in the most thrilling, thought provoking and stunning ways possible.

When you feel like you haven’t done enough or you’re questioning why you’re still dancing, remember that little girl. Remember how much the art of ballet meant to her. And then show her that you haven’t let her down. Keep working, keep learning and keep your sights set on your dreams. Dreams are only dreams until you make them come true.

Dance Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day!

Dance Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day!

Fall or Autumn, however you choose to refer to it, is the #2 favourite season according to numerous online polls. Why? Could it be the leaves changing color? Maybe it’s the fashion such as boots, jackets and scarves! It might even be the popular craze of making EVERYTHING pumpkin spice flavored. For most people, it’s simply the change in weather. And with good reason, too! This change in weather usually includes gloomier, cloudier days or rainy days. Sometimes, when it’s raining outside, all you want to do is grab a warm blanket and watch a movie. When we see this kind of weather coming, we’ve got a particular selection of movies that are reserved for days like this. These are what are commonly referred to Rainy Day Movies. But, wait, this is a blog all about ballet and dance! So, what do you think the theme of today’s movie list is going to be? Dance, of course! This list will be in order of most recently released to the old classics.

So, grab your favorite fuzzy blanket, pour yourself your favorite warm tea, dim the lights and enjoy these amazing movies for a perfect rainy day!

A Ballerina’s Tale

What dancer doesn’t love Misty Copeland?

This documentary, made in 2015, introduced the world to the ballerina who would soon take the world by storm. With her fame already rising by the time the film came out, Misty Copeland is now a household name for those privy to the world of ballet. For those unaware of her story, this documentary takes you along on her journey through triumphs and obstacles such as race and injury.

If you’re stuck inside while the rain comes down and you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, watching anything that has to do with Misty Copeland will put an extra pep in your step. This film, in particular though, will give you hope for your wildest dreams and motivation to see them through.

Watch the trailer here! –> A Ballerina’s Tale

Back Swan

This suspenseful film from 2010 was the one to take Academy Award season by storm. This film is rated R, so viewer discretion is advised.

The film follows Nina who wishes to portray the roles of Odette and Odile in Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, Swan Lake. Unable to portray the darker of the two, Odile, Nina struggles to find her footing in the company. With another dancer beginning to seem like strong competition, Nina spirals out of control and begins to lose grip with reality.

That’s as much as can be said without giving away the ending. But, if you’re age-appropriate, this is definitely an intriguing and fascinating story to watch unfold.

Watch the trailer here! –> Black Swan

 

Hairspray

2007’s summer hit, Hairspray, took the box office by storm and made the idea of the movie musical cool again! The story follow Tracy Turnblad who lives in Baltimore and rushes home everyday after school with her best friend, Penny Pingleton, to watch the Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance show. The teens on the show are the most popular kids in town and have the after school job that everyone dreams of having, dancing on television!

Tracy dreams of dancing on the show someday but is body shamed by the mean girls at the audition. Determined to make everyone feel beautiful and to bring to segregation in Baltimore to an end, she rallies with her friends to fight for justice. Doesn’t sound like much of a dance flick, huh? Well, you’d be surprised! Known as one of the most dance-heavy shows on Broadway, this film adaptation is no different!

Watch a movie clip here! –> Hairspray Movie Clip

Billy Elliot

After years on the Broadway stage, the inspirational story of Billy Elliot was brought to the big screen in 2007. Raised by a tough-as-nails father who’s facing a strike as a miner in 1984’s England, Billy is enrolled in boxing lessons (which he has no interest in) just like his brothers and his father before him. One day, Billy accidentally wanders his way into a neighboring studio where a ballet class is in session. Unexpectedly, he finds a love for the art and hopes to make it his life’s work. Surrounded by naysayers, especially his own father, Billy must rise above all those who would oppose his dreams.

Gritty and heart-wrenching at times, this is one film that will have you rooting for the underdog and inspire you to dream big.

Watch the trailer here! –> Billy Elliot

 

 

Dirty Dancing

“Nobody puts baby in a corner.”

Who hasn’t seen this movie or said that line before?

Dirty Dancing came out in 1987 to critical acclaim as a smash hit. Today, it’s still revered as a classic dance flick. The story follows Baby, the daughter in a wealthy family who makes their summer trip to a prestigious country club. Appearing as a pretty sheltered young lady, Baby meets Johnny who works at the club and teaches dancing lessons to the women there. After some time, Baby finds her way into the staff hangout where, you guessed it, they’re “dirty” dancing, a.k.a. basically any dance that would shock the old fogies.

Johnny begins to give private lessons to Baby and the sparks start to fly between them.

Watch the trailer here! –> Dirty Dancing trailer

West Side Story

An absolute classic for any dancer, 1961’s West Side Story, which stars Natalie Wood at the height of her career, is the story of Maria and Tony, two star-crossed lovers from the two rivaling sides of town. The Jets hate the Sharks and the Sharks hate the Jets. Tony and Maria accidentally meet and fall in love despite their communities. Considered the 60’s remake of Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story is filled with amazing dances and timeless songs such as  Tonight, Tonight and I Feel Pretty. With themes like social and racial prejudices, and street violence, this film has remained a favorite passed on through generations.

So which team are you on? Are you a Jet or a Shark?

Watch the trailer here! –> West Side Story trailer

 

 

 

Singin’ In The Rain

You see the irony in this choice, right?

If you’ve never seen the classic 1952 movie musical Singin’ in the Rain, then congratulations on finally coming out from under that rock you’ve been living in.

This movie stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor who sing and dance their way into your hearts. Set during the introduction of “talking pictures”, a.k.a. movies with sound, a movie studio struggles and begins teaching their top stars how to act for this new development in cinematic technology. This movie is jam-packed with songs that everybody knows such as Good Mornin’, Make ‘Em Laugh, and of course Singin’ in the Rain!

Considered one of the greatest, possibly the greatest, movie musicals of all time, this movie is still one of the best selling films even on the digital market! For dancers in particular who are looking to be amazed, watch out for the song and dance called Moses Supposes. This, too, is considered one of the greatest tap numbers ever performed. And, amazingly, it was all shot in one take!

Watch the trailer here! –> Singin’ in the Rain trailer

Here Are Some Honorable Mentions (All Old Classics)

Baby Take a Bow from 1934’s Stand Up and Cheer starring Shirley Temple –> WATCH HERE!

I Like Myself from 1955’s It’s Always Fair Weather starring Gene Kelly –> WATCH HERE!

At the Codfish Ball from Captain January starring Shirley Temple –> WATCH HERE!

You’re All The World To Me from Royal Wedding starring Fred Astaire –> WATCH HERE!

You’re Gonna Dance With ME from Living It Up starring Jerry Lewis –> WATCH HERE!

The Dance of the Dead!

The Dance of the Dead!

It’s October! And you know what that means!

HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

And with all of the excitement surrounding this holiday, it’s a wonderful time to showcase your talents as a dancer by creating routines to some truly haunting music! Here’s our list of our favourite spooky tunes! We’re going to cover everything from classical compositions to horror movies to creepy songs that everyone knows and loves!

Classical... 

  1. Toccata and Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. Funeral March by Chopin
  3. Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky

Horror Films...

  1. theme from Dead Silence
  2. opening theme from Psycho
  3. theme from The Shining
  4. theme from Nightmare on Elm Street
  5. theme from The Exorcist
  6. This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Songs Everyone Knows...

  1. Thriller by Michael Jackson
  2. I Put A Spell On You by Jay Hawkins

 

A quick search on YouTube will give you all the help you’ll need!

Happy Choreographing!!

Costumes So On Pointe, It’s Scary!

Costumes So On Pointe, It’s Scary!

Quick History Lesson

As many already know, Halloween was originally a pagan holiday called All Hallow’s Eve; a night in which the spirits of the dead could walk amongst the living. People of the time would dress as ghouls themselves to trick the spirits into leaving them alone and out of harm’s way. The tradition of trick-or-treating began as a peace offering from the living to the dead. Leaving out treats for the spirits and offering treats to those dressed as spirits would show a sign of peace among the two worlds, the world of the living and the world of the dead.

Now for the fun!

To this day, we keep up the tradition of dressing up, although the motivation behind the tradition has changed over the years.

As dancers, we have an ability that most others don’t. We have the ability to move swiftly, gracefully, almost gliding past others with our movements. Some might say that a ballet dancer sometimes looks like they’re floating on air rather than dancing. So, why not take this opportunity to relive the past and really celebrate Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, the way it was intended. Here are some costume ideas that are so on pointe, it’s scary!

The Lady in White

If you’re a fan of ghost hunting shows like Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State, etc., then you’ve heard countless stories about places being haunted by a lady in white. And no, it’s not the same lady. There ladies in white haunting buildings and sites all over the world. Usually they’re quiet, polite and mostly seen roaming the halls or appearing in doorways or balconies. While many ghosts are known to be scary or spooky, the lady in white is mostly intriguing and mysterious.

With some tulle or other sheer white/off-white fabrics, nude pointe shoes and and some sort of prop (recommended: a candlestick, candelabra or a lantern), you can float around and catch the eye of everyone around you. For some extra effects, use a pale foundation for a “lifeless” face and gray powder for dull, dead eyes. If you’re going to a Halloween party, it’s an even better opportunity to surprise your friends by disappearing around the corners!

The Bride of the Dead

This is another excellent choice if you want to go for something more creepy and mysterious than full-on scary. The bride of the dead, or the black bride is yet another figure in the paranormal that has been seen in many different haunted locations. Sometimes evil, sometimes broken-hearted, the bride of the dead is another character who floats amongst the living and disappears into thin air. Anyone can rock this costume but, especially dancers because of their grace.

Using a long black dress, maybe spray paint an old prom dress you don’t care so much about, black gloves and a black veil to cover your face. If you want to go the extra mile, you can dust some black powder and use any other black makeup to hide your face further. Talk about a dark spirit!

The Grim Reaper

What’s scarier than death itself? Talk about the ultimate creeping, looming figure.

The grim reaper instills fear in everyone it passes, especially on Halloween. This costume is perfect to creep out your friends, fellow party-goers and passerby. The key is to move as smoothly as possible and remain absolutely silent. The one thing the grim reaper is known for is silence, mystery and intimidation. Never answer anyone’s questions and always hover. And when people ask you who’s hiding in that costume (because they definitely will) you will give them no answer. BOOM! Instant fear!

Find a large/over-sized black or gray hooded cloak at a costume shoppe, or creating one on your own, that’s basically your entire costume! For extra spook factor, dust it with a light application of baby powder to give it an aged look. I mean, think about it, have you ever seen an old haunted mansion that isn’t covered in dust? I think not. The final step is to cover your face with dark makeup or find a dark mask to wear. Get a lantern or candelabra or (FAKE) reaper to carry and spook your friends.

And Now, The SCARY One…

The Undead Ballerina!

What’s the perfect costume for a ballerina? A ballerina of course! But, this is Halloween, a time for the dead to walk among the living. So, an undead or zombie ballerina is obviously a perfect fit!

Find some of your old costumes that you don’t use anymore and are allowed to mess up for this costume. Add some dirt, tear it up a little, splash it with fake blood and you’re off to scare the pants off of those trick-or-treaters!  If you can stand wearing costume contact lenses like the ones in this picture, then more power to ya! This is a costume that’s guaranteed to shock friends, disgust family and give party-goers the heeby-geebies!

Well, those are our costume recommendations for you! Do you have any that you’d like to share with us? Leave us a comment! Which one of ours is your favourite? If you’re unsure what to be this year, we hope this helped!

Meet Extensions Dance Company!

Meet Extensions Dance Company!

It’s time, once again, to meet yet another incredibly talented group that will be performing in the Chicago International Dance Forum in TWO DAYS!

Meet the Extensions Dance Company!

Beginning their journey in 2005, Extensions Dance Company has committed themselves to training young dancers to follow their passions, perfect their techniques and tell a story through the art of dance. Their dedicated training has led some of their students to go on to study at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

“The Mission of Extensions Dance Company is to provide a loving and encouraging environment, where young dancers can train fearlessly, discover their potential and through their art, give back to the community.” ~ ExtensionsDance.org

Known for their jaw-dropping performances regardless of the genre, Extensions Dance Company is a must-see at the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum. To learn more about them, follow the link to their website 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!

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.

 

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Tiny Dancers!

Tiny Dancers!

Pre-Ballet, Baby Ballet, Kiddie Ballet, call it what you like.

From a very young age, many little girl dream about being a ballerina; wearing a radiant tutu, having a perfect princess bun in their hair, and dancing their hearts out. They ask to go to a ballet class and then the whole family gather together to watch them become a star onstage at their first dance recital. Parents couldn’t be more proud of their little one as they remember their routine, follow close instruction and bravely go out in front of everyone to dance. Childhood ballet classes are a wonderful experience for the parents because their children is learning a new form of structure, discipline and art. But, what about the child? What is it about ballet that draws their interest?

In a little girl’s eyes, most ballerinas look like a fairy tale princess come to life. Their kind, beautiful and graceful. Once they see ballet for the first time, they’re hooked. They want to be that princess. They want nothing more to be beautiful and to dance gracefully without a care in the world. The dancers are beautiful and they seem to live in a world where everything is express through the most gorgeous music and delicate dances. The ease and fluidity of the ballerina’s movements is something that a little girl tries to imitate with all of the determination their little hearts can carry.

Soon, the tiny dreamer is insisting on wearing nothing but tutus and dancing their way all over the house. Every bed frame, chair and counter top soon becomes a barre for her to practice with. After a short while, it’s clear to see that this fascination isn’t going anywhere. And thus begins her first ballet lessons.

At this point, she will be introduced to her first dance teacher/ role model. This teacher will be the epitome of grace, beauty and elegance. And what makes them so special to the little ones, is that they get to learn and “play” with them personally. Most tiny ballerinas think of their first dance teacher as someone to look up to and emulate. They want nothing more than to hear their teacher yell “great job” while they rehearse for their first recital. And when they do get that recognition, their self-esteem sky rockets.

When they get home from their lessons, all they can talk about is what they did in class, their teacher said this, their teacher did that. It’s easy to see that they’ve been bitten by the performing bug and there’s not much of it going away. They eagerly go through their week at school, looking forward to that time in the week when they get to go to dance class. That is what’s driving them to be the best they can be.

When their first dance term is almost over, it’s time for the recital. To the parents, it’s going to be a cute performance of little ones dancing and having fun. For the tiny dancers, it’s a make or break, life changing moment. They’ll view the small auditorium as a giant palace filled with hundreds of people all there to watch what’s going to be an amazing performance. To them, this is the defining moment of their “career”.

Once they get on that stage, it’s time to show what they’ve been training for this whole time. They do their very best to remember each step, be brave in the face of stage fright and make their teacher immensely proud. All of this, is part of the thrill of dancing. All of the practice, energy and time spent devoted to these dances have all led up to this.  And once they’ve finished dancing, they’re filled with both pride and sadness because it’s all over now. What is there left to do?

I guess it’s time to start the next class…

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry