This Winter we have got a fantastic opportunity for kids to further develop their own creative talent.
July 6th - 8th,
9am - 4pm (Intermediates 9 - 11)
9am - 5pm (Seniors 11 - 14)
Creative kids are smart kids. Creativity development involves more neurons crossing from the left side of the brain to the right, and when it's done physically, it is so much more powerful. Choreography is an art unlike any other, it's like painting with your body at the same time as writing a script, and it takes some time to understand and refine! Normally kids don't get this opportunity, and so this is a unique intensive where we are specially giving kids training and practise in developing as choreographers.
NATALIE PELAREK, one of Australia's rising stars in the contemporary dance world, will be teaching for us these holidays. Dance technique classes will be contemporary dance, and focussing on getting the kids moving in new and exciting ways! This is an event not to be missed. I would love to talk to you more about it.
For ALL the details, and to sign up, click HERE!
In the ballet dept. we are starting to think about Ballet Exams! One thing that I know gives parents headaches is how to do a ballet bun.
Doing buns is like riding a bike. Once you have got the knack, it's as easy as pie. But until then, it's a painful learning curve!
Well I have done a lot of the hard work for you here, and I have found the best ballet bun tutorial on Youtube.
Before you begin, you will need:
Hair Gel, Hair Spray
Bun pins (not Bobby pins)
Bobby pins or clips for stray hairs.
This should REALLY help you. Let me know how you go trying it this way!
“If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
― Mary Pickford
I love this quote so much because it is a great illustration of the lesson of persistence. People may think that when they send their children to dance classes, we are teaching them to dance. This is true of course! But what is FAR more important is the character development that the process gives. One of the most valuable life lessons anyone can have is developing persistence, it is the key to success in anything.
In fact I think that is so true I'm going to say it again. Persistence is the key to success in anything a person may do in life.
Dance is more than a sport because you must train all year round. Because it demands far greater levels of attention to detail and co-ordination, strength and flexibility than anything else. (Gymnastics comes close but does not require the detailed finish, the sophisticated body awareness that dance does.)
The amount of effort it takes to keep trying is immense. And failure is an everday thing.
I got up this morning feeling rotten. I did not want to do my morning stretches. Now before you start thinking I am one of these super-human WAG type women with clean-eating cookbooks, white teeth and washboard abs, let me tell you that morning stretches are a recent thing, and something that has come and gone in various phases of my life. I'm no iron woman. But I do know that having the discipline to keep trying is the only thing that is going to get me to do stretches in the morning. These stretches keep my spine healthy, my migraines at bay, and give me more energy for my day, and so they are very beneficial, but they are SO easy to skip when you get up grumpy and tired from a bad night's sleep! Who's going to know if I skip it? Nobody. Who's going to care? Nobody. Who will suffer? Me. I'm the only one accountable, and I'm the only one who can make me do it.
Self-discipline is the key thing - and when I don't have enough of it, I go through the day fighting the guilt that says I should have stretched. I should have done it. I feel like a failure, and that makes me less likely to want to do my stretching the following day, because I don't want to face the failure and guilt of the previous day! So what's going to pull me through this silly cycle and get me back on the wagon? Just the will to try again.
As Mary Pickford says. I haven't failed if I fall down... only if I stay down. Persistence is the only thing that will make me keep pushing through.
Oasis Dance and Drama School is about Excellence, Creativity and Encouragement.