Week of April 16-20, 2018

Week of April 16-20, 2018

Happy Sunday! I hope you are staying dry. Maybe the rain will help with all of the pollen and allergies we all have!

Now that we have Unit 5 behind us, we enter into our last unit of the year, Unit 6. In this unit we will learn a little bit about the ballet “Cinderella”. The version that has been successful and became a classic ballet, known world wide was originally performed in Russia in 1945 by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow and twenty one years later performed in the United States by the Kirov (Maryinsky) from Leningrad (St. Petersburg in 1964 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.  (Many of you were just there for the Spring Break trip to NYC where we saw the Opera!). The music is by Prokofiev and the successful choreography was by Zakharov. It is based on the fairytale by Perrault. It is also the FIRST full length ballet that Sadler Wells performed. Sadler Wells is now called the Royal Ballet in England.

Friday: the changing of the chairs will occur for the Juniors and the Seniors during homeroom which will be during first period. You will report directly to homeroom at the beginning of the day on Friday. Some time will be taken from second period but the rest of the day will be normal. Mr. Davis will be teaching the Silver groups on Friday.

Have a great rest of your day!

Ms. D

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Week of April 9-13, 2018

Week of April 9-13, 2018

Wow, it is hard to believe that Spring Break is over. I hope you had a great time….I am not even going to mention that I hope your are well rested. The New York trip was great but we are still at the airport and will be lucky to get home by midnight and already not running on very much sleep. What are great trip though!

Back to reality…yes, unit test will be Wednesday or Thursday this week and we will continue on the choreography for the spring concert. See you soon!

Ms. D

Week of March 26-30, 2018

Week of March 26-30, 2018

I hope you are having a great weekend! You all looked fabulous at the Prom! Thanks for the pictures!

~In class this week, we will focus on choreography and costumes!

~Silver groups have Mr. Green on Friday.

~The Unit test will be when we return from Spring Break, which is next week! The unit test will probably be on Wednesday, April 11 or Thursday 12 as the six weeks ends on the 13th. Then we only have one more six weeks left of this year! Be sure to be looking over your notes including “La Bayadere”. The word wall will still be a key feature in helping you review for the test.

~Jury grades will go into the next unit, the 6th six weeks.

~Don’t forget about the Dance Concert dates: May 11 and 12 at 7:30!

Have a great week!

Ms. D

March 19-23, 2018

Week of March 19-23, 2018

As many of you are thinking and planning toward your P.A. juries for the next couple of weeks, I want to provide information on the ballet juries. In ballet, I am looking for your knowledge based on your improvement and training this year. Each of you will be assessed individually with a ballet combination that is not like anyone else but is based on what you have learned this year. To help you prepare, continue to use the dance steps referenced on the word wall. Do you know all of them? Do you remember how to do them all? The steps will be combined with your body positions to give you a combination that I will video. Basic steps and terms will be used from your barre work as well. The grade that you receive will be based on the “Ballet Rubric” that you will be receiving and discussing in class on Monday.  We will begin juries Tuesday, this week in different classes.

Of course we still have choreography and costumes that we need to work within the class period, hopefully before Spring Break!

Congrats to everyone that was involved with “Murder on the Nile”. It was so good! I loved how each of you stepped it up and truly presented your talents beyond what you have presented in the past! Congratulations again!

Have a great day!

Ms. D

 

 

March 12-16, 2018

March 12-16, 2018

I hope you are having a great weekend!

We are continuing with “La Bayadere” and beginning to get a better feel for the choreography this week.

As of now, only one announcement for this week: The drama show is this weekend on Friday-Sunday! I am sure it will be great, so don’t miss it in the black box!

Have a great Sunday!

Ms. D

Week of March 5-9, 2018

Week of March 5-9, 2018

Good morning! I hope your dance classes went well while we were at the dance festival. We have been working hard auditioning, dancing and attending showcases and Galas. We observed a lot of interesting dancing and creativity from all over the world. You would have been proud of your fellow dancers representing your school in the classroom, in auditioning and on stage! Congrats dancers for a job well done.

This Wednesday, March 7 we will have another master class after school from 4:30-6:00. The teacher is an alum,  Allison Gupton. She attended the University of Alabama as a dance major and is now the director and owner of Dance Fest which includes Jazz on Tap and Ballet Fest. Many of you have performed and have taken classes through the event.

Have a great Sunday as we are off to take more classes this morning and attend the awards ceremony before we go to the airport and return to Georgia.

Have a great Sunday!

Ms. D

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

A typed, 12 font, double spaced paper is due March 7, 2018 by the end of the day. NO late papers will be accepted. The paper must discuss and include six paragraphs of which three paragraphs will include three similarities between “Don Quixote” and “La Bayadere” and three paragraphs will include three differences between these ballets. Choreography and music can be one paragraph, not separated into two paragraphs. Your choices of discussion must be different in all of the paragraphs. You cannot say that a similarity is also a difference. You must support your choices with facts. Your information cannot be the same as anyone else in dance. Do your own work! Grades will reflect your original content.

For those of you that are at the National High School Festival and at LGPE, use the internet to check out “La Bayadere” as you will miss the video that will be shown in class on Thursday.

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