Level III tappers age 10-12 wowed audiences at Stagelight Performing Art’s summer showcase with their “I Have a Dream” dance piece. The routine, choreographed by Stagelight’s Alyssa Gramer, began as a simple fit to the show’s dream theme. But after rehearsals began, Alyssa and the dancers quickly saw that the piece was so strong it needed more exposure than one performance. Alyssa endeavored to raise funds to get the routine professionally filmed by selling hats that read, “Show Your heART.” The tap dancers filmed the routine, then performed the routine during a screening of the film at the summer showcase. The audience was moved and demanded a second performance the following night. Watch the film here.
How well do you know the language of dance? Movement is a powerful communication medium. Through movement, a dancer can convey strong emotions, tell stories, and even change the way people think about certain topics. But in order to communicate well with only movement, a dancer must know the elements of dance and how they work.
“Being able to identify and understand these aspects of dance can make you more fluent in the language of dance and help you get your own messages across through movement.”
Check out this video for great demonstrations of the basic elements of dance: Body, Action (Movement), Space, Time, and Energy. In our dance classes at Stagelight Performing Arts, we delve into these elements through experimentation, technical training, and by providing rich historical or social context.
I am so impressed by our students and families at Stagelight Performing Arts. Our students and families are organizing lemonade stands, yard sales, and other events to raise money for the CHOC Walk. They truly care about helping those in need. Developing this empathy and understanding in our students is really what it’s all about. Bravo, parents and teachers, for pouring into these kids’ lives. We are indeed shaping these young kids to become responsible, altruistic people.
Meghan Pulley, a parent of two of our students at Stagelight Performing Arts, has donated much of her time to organizing a team to walk at the CHOC Walk. Thank you, Meghan! And thank you to all the parents who are carving out time to support our kids as they plan and work these small events. Every moment spent doing this is making a lasting impact. Every dollar raised is helping babies and young children stand a chance when faced with health problems.
Every participant who walks at the CHOC Walk is required to raise a $65 donation, but we have our sites set high on a goal of $5000. Follow the team’s Facebook page here. To join our team or donate, click here.