The weather is turning slowly and we are all feeling the chill in the air. Most dream of cosy evenings in front of a fire, tucked up on the sofa, cuppa in hand.
A warm start is what is needed each day before entering the classroom….a warm up of the body and mind.
It is essential to slowly warm up the body and its muscles before starting your lesson as this prepares it to tackle the physical activity of the tasks ahead as well as helping prevent risk of injury.
A proper warm up:
- Raises muscle core temperature which makes movement feel easier.
- Increases endurance and speed
- Causes blood vessels to dilate which aids the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles.
- Increases your range of motion by heating the synovial fluid (lubricating fluid) in your joints, improving flexibility.
- Warms you up mentally thereby increasing motivation and focus, improve technique, skill and coordination.
So do yourself a favour and make sure you are properly prepared for your lesson each day. Your body will thank you.
It is with great excitement that we welcome Tapatak Oz back to Studio 53 for their annual workshop April 14th – 16th and this year’s workshop is shaping up to be extra special as it also features the opportunity for local studios, their teachers and their students to work with Australia’s super star contemporary teacher and choreographer Adam Blanch.
Adam is currently in demand all over Australia for his teaching, choreography and coaching of elite classical ballet and contemporary dancers, which sees him working with Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching, Ev & Bow and ED5 International, as well as running his own exclusive training programme “ Advanced Contemporary Technique with Adam Blanch” – which runs in Sydney. Adam also choreographs and coaches students for the prestigious “ Youth America Grand Prix”.
This is such an incredible opportunity for local dancers and we can not wait to have the work shop in full swing. You can see more about Adam here: https://www.adamblanch.net/home/
Of course the Tapatak Oz Workshop will be running alongside this event, with local Mackay girl Christine Denny running all tap classes personally. Christine is the Director, Creator and Chief Examiner for Tapatak Oz – a modern twist on the traditional tap syllabus that has been offering examinations Australia wide for the past 10 years. For more info on Christine and Tapatak Oz – check out www.tapatak-oz.com
Christine tells us that Mackay workshops have a special place in her heart, as these very studios are where she herself grew up and learned to tap with her mother Lynette Denny. “ The cycle of life “ as she calls it.
So – hold on to your hats everyone – Studio 53 will be buzzing from April 14th – 16th with tap dance and contemporary dance rocking the halls. Christine and Adam are both thrilled with the response to their workshops with record numbers enrolled for this year with students and teachers from a large number of schools attending including: Dance Express Mackay, Fame Talent School, Centre Stage, Leisa Payne School of Dance, Robyn Rogers School of Dance, Aspire Performing Arts, Emerald Academy of Dance, and Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence.
When asked if there were still spots available for the workshop Christine responded that there were a few spots available in the classes, but that the classes were quite full! So if you are wanting to attend – jump on line and don’t miss this opportunity!
Bookings are still open via Sticky Tickets: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/search?keywords=tapatak+Oz+with+Adam+Blanch&postalCode=3146&city=Glen+Iris&state=Victoria&country=Australia
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whats new to the Leisa Payne School of Dance Timetable in 2018?
Progressing Ballet Technique or PBT is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon (Educator of Students, Teachers and Professional Dancers for over 40 years) for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.
Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with inspiring music composed by Grant Kennedy.
Robyn Franke has taken on this new training program in 2018.
“It is a wonderful additional teaching tool which will benefit the students classical ballet training greatly as well as giving them a better understanding of their own bodies and capabilities.”
It has also seen the corridors full of bouncing rubber balls and young classical dancers eager to focus on their fundamental technique.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1518143764294-5eda2df2-e859-0″ include=”373,372,371″][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Dancers waiting eagerly for class in the hallways of Studio 53 Mackay
In January this year the Dance Virtuosos Workshop returned to Studio 53 Mackay for their second consecutive year – kick starting the year for so eager and talented dancers from the region.
The teachers, Naomi Bishop, Czuba Buday and Darren Disney, offered an array of classes from Stretching and Conditioning to Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Classical Dance in a 4 Day Workshop in our Astaire and Taglioni Studios.
It was attended by dedicated students from all around the region who then performed for their parents In a special performance event held on the afternoon of the last day. The performance was exciting, the students showcasing all the different forms of dance and the steps and dances learned throughout the workshop.
Studio 53 Mackay loves being the hub for visiting teachers to share their knowledge and expertise with the eager students of Mackay and region. Much fun was had by all . . . . and there are more Workshops to come!