Month: September 2018

Are You making These 3 Competition Mistakes?

This is a great article for anyone who competes or performs. It can be applied to any aspect of life even though the focus here is on competing in dance.

“Aiming to learn from and be inspired by the success of others rather than comparing yourself is an opportunity to grow as a performer.”

With Concert season upon us please share this article with you budding dancers. This quote is very inspiring for class as well as on stage. Be inspired not crushed.

 

Are you making these 3 competition mistakes?


Article sourced from stageminded.com
Feature image sourced from jitterbugs.com

SOME QUESTIONS FOR OUR AMAZING EMILY

When did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was nine years old!

What’s your favourite part of teaching?

My favourite part of teaching is watching my students grow every week.

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?

I definitely would be a detective!

What is your life outside of Stepnout?

My life outside of Stepnout is performing, teaching and spending lots of time with my dog Billie.

What’s your favourite dance step?

A triple time step!

What advice would you give your younger self?

That I am not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know me.

What’s your next holiday destination?

New Zealand!!

Who is your favourite performer?

My favourite Performer of all time has to be Lin- Manuel Miranda, hands down!

 

What was the last show you saw?

The Voice!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years time I hope to be a successful actor and maybe a mum!

What is your greatest strength?

My greatest strength is turning negative situations into a positive!

What are your goals for the future?

To meet Beyoncé and to travel around the world!

What is your best childhood memory?

Playing with my Barbie dolls and creating stories with them!

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

I would definitely would want to complete my VCE

What do you feel most proud of?

I feel most proud of myself and how far I have come within the last 2 years

What is your favourite music?

Musical Theatre (Hamilton!)

SOME QUESTIONS FOR OUR AMAZING STEFANIE

When did you start dancing?

When I was 5 years old.

What’s your favourite part of teaching?

Seeing my students do things they once never thought they could!

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?

Performing as a dancer!

What is your life outside of Stepnout?

Outside of Stepnout I run my own Pilates studio in St Kilda.

What’s your favourite dance step?

I love pirouettes and all turns!

What advice would you give your younger self?

Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Set your goals high, even higher than you think is possible.

What’s your next holiday destination?

The Maldives!

Who is your favourite performer?

I have a few…Caroline O’Connor, Rachael Beck, Meghan Hilty.

What was the last show you saw?

Aladdin.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Still doing the same things! I love teaching dance, Pilates, Yoga and performing in Musical Theatre. Perhaps living in New York City though ☺

What is your greatest strength?

Never giving up

What are your goals for the future?

To grow my Pilates business and become a bigger influence in fitness and dance.

What is your best childhood memory?

Dancing around the living room with my parents

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

Nothing. I believe you are exactly where you are meant to be in every moment and the lessons you learn from every experience were exactly what you needed to learn.

What do you feel most proud of?

That I’ve never had a car accident (this doesn’t include parking accidents 😉 and that I don’t have any fillings in my teeth hahaha!

4 Muscles That Will Save Your Students’ Pirouettes, Plus 4 Exercises to Strengthen Them

The perfect Pirouette …. every dancers dream. This article has some great tips on the muscles to strengthen to improve your Pirouettes. Just imagine how impressive you could be at the concert. You answers are just 1 click away.

Happy strengthening!

https://www.dance-teacher.com/4-muscles-that-will-save-your-students-pirouettes-4-exercises-to-strengthen-them-2589569506.html

 

Article sourced from dance-teacher.com

Photo sourced from www.dancespirit.com

 

Performance Teams or Recreational Dance classes – what is the best fit for your family?

Wow. This is quite a topic. I hope that I can provide some information about the benefits of both but at the same time highlight the differences. As you know Stepnout Performing Arts offers both streams of dance. It’s wonderful to have options but deciding which option best suits your child and family circumstances can make the waters a bit murky.

Recreational dance classes are a main feature of our timetable and we have many different dance styles available to sink your teeth into. All students at our studio attend recreational classes and have the possibility to extend themselves and really push to achieve great things in dance class. All our recreational classes have a technical aspect regardless of style to assist students to reach their potential. The children are not pressured to competitively perform but as long as a student is willing to work very hard and focus in class there is no limit to what they can achieve.

Performance Team classes have a very specific aim and the students are encouraged to extend themselves every week. These students have the opportunity to perform on stage multiple times throughout the year. They spend their class time advancing their technical skills while promoting teamwork, goal reaching, and self-esteem. The classes are designed with the serious dance student in mind and they demand a huge commitment to the team and studio. Our teams attend several dance competitions throughout the year as a way to stimulate and encourage personal growth and help children excel in something they enjoy, as well as giving a sense of achievement.

There are many professional dancers that never took part in a Performance Team but there are certainly benefits to being part of the competition circuit. This provides opportunities to develop the child’s confidence in his/her dance skills. Competitions provide students with the opportunities to learn and share techniques with other students from ours and other studios. Competitive dance also instills dedication and a love for dance since they devote so much time practicing and improving.

Most recreational dancers want to learn dance in a relaxed atmosphere. Learning is enhanced when children enjoy the classes and have fun first before concerning themselves with achieving the goals. They enjoy dance and love to hang out with their friends but they don’t always have the desire to extend themselves and stay focused.

Any student who attends several classes a week has the possibility to improve their skills faster but those students that are part of the Performance Teams will generally fast track improvements as they also have a class with like-minded students and work in a more intense environment. The team is taught dance structure, discipline, respect and hard work. These dancers also learn the importance of working as a team to achieve goals.

Competitive dance does come with a higher financial and time commitment from parents as well as students but the results prove that it is money and time well spent. Parties, holidays and other events must be sacrificed for performances and workshops but as the results show the love of dance brings these students joy and self-confidence.

In 2018 under the tutorage of Ashley Grottoli our Performance Teams have taken the next step and are now performing and competing at more experienced competitions. This has required a much greater commitment from everyone but the results are there to be seen. We are looking to extend these teams even further in 2019 so students and parents alike must be prepared to come along for the ride if they want to be part of our Performance Teams. If this is for you contact the office to find out more.

We can’t wait to showcase their work in our annual concerts in November and December.

 

SOME QUESTIONS FOR OUR AMAZING HAYLEY

When did you start dancing?

At the age of three

What’s your favourite part of teaching?

Sharing my love passion and knowledge with my students while learning new and awesome things about them

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?

Writing

What is your life outside of Stepnout?

International level cheer and dance

What’s your favourite dance step?

Jumps

What advice would you give your younger self?

Everything happens for a reason

What’s your next holiday destination?

Sydney

Who is your favourite performer?

Cider lake contemporary ballet

What was the last show you saw?

Aladdin

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully still teaching and sharing around the room

What is your greatest strength?

Acrobatics and positive reinforcement

What are your goals for the future?

To live a life I’m proud and happy with

What is your best childhood memory?

Dance comps with my Mum

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

Nothing because everything has gotten me where I am today and made me who I am

What do you feel most proud of?

Standing my ground and being who I am through all I have achieved: conquers and push last

What is your favorite music?

All except country haha!

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