Would your child benefit from having the opportunity to really be themselves?

September 5th, 2018

To not have to conform? To do what’s in their heart?

Here at Dancewise, we UNDERSTAND how important that is!

Yes, we teach excellent technique.

Yes, we teach students how to access the incredible performance skills they have within them.

But we also understand the VALUE that needs to be placed on a student dancing how THEY want to.  Putting something together that THEY think is good.  Expressing themselves through THEIR choice of music and steps.

We’re the experts in our field.

But we wouldn’t be arrogant enough to think we know it all – we learn SO MUCH from seeing the students just “doing them”.

It’s truly heartwarming.

And they always come up with something beautiful and unexpected.

With this in mind, we wanted to give you guys a heads up to save the date for Choreo 2018!

14th October, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Whether you haven’t yet joined the #dancewisefamily, or if you’ve been part of the fam for years, come along and feel the buzz around this incredibly beautiful event.

Want to enter?  Click here and just fill in the form

https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/eventcalendar.asp?orgid=509954

⭐️ WE HAVE HAD TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES DUE TO TIME RESTRICTIONS AT THE VENUE SO ENTER NOW SO YOU DON’T MISS OUT ⭐️ 

The last time we did an event at Hanger Farm it virtually sold out so if you’d love to see who are dancers really are, book your tickets now – we’d hate for you to miss out.

Want tickets? Click here

https://www.hangerfarm.co.uk/events/dancewise-studios-choreography-and-improvisation-competition/

Save the Date – Choreo 2018 is back!

September 5th, 2018

14th October, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Want to enter?  Click here

https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/eventcalendar.asp?orgid=509954

Want tickets? Click here

https://www.hangerfarm.co.uk/events/dancewise-studios-choreography-and-improvisation-competition/

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Save the Date – Choreo 2018 is back!

September 2nd, 2018

14th October, 2:00 – 4:00pm

Hanger Farm Arts Centre

Want to enter?  Click here

https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/eventcalendar.asp?orgid=509954

Want tickets? Click here

https://www.hangerfarm.co.uk/events/dancewise-studios-choreography-and-improvisation-competition/

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Is your child thriving at big school? Or do they need a little help?

August 20th, 2018

Here at Dancewise we have just one goal – and it’s so close to our hearts:

Transforming lives through passion and positivity.

That’s right – we DON’T aim to teach your child to dance!

What we DO do is:

⭐️Take anxious, quiet children and turn them into thriving young adults

⭐️Take children that struggle to engage socially and give them the confidence to do so

⭐️Take children that don’t find school easy and give them complete mastery over their own learning both at school and everywhere else

⭐️Take children who are shy and give them massive confidence

⭐️Take children who don’t feel like they fit in and give them a place in the world that is theirs 

Our classes start for the 2018/19 season on 25th August 2018.  They fill up quickly so sign your child up now & hold their spot.

You can always change your child’s classes if you’d like to.

Let’s get you started!

https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/regv2.asp?id=509954

You found us!  Welcome home!

Are you looking for a dance studio where your child enjoying special opportunities is the norm?

August 7th, 2018

That’s what we do here at Dancewise.

We take every opportunity to make our students feel special, loved and really valued.

That’s why when the show DVD is ready, we LOVE to make a big song and dance about it!

Meet Jess

She came along to last years’ DVD Premiere….and this is what she had to say about it:

“The excitement of having people around you who feel the same as we watch the DVD

It felt nervously amazing?? And also professional”

If you’re thinking about coming along to the Premiere this year, Jess has this message for you:

Have pride in yourself while watching yourself dance with the most amazing people! Because it isn’t selfish to be proud of a passion. ”

Sound good?!

Then get your tickets!

Sunday 2nd September 

9:15 arrival for 9:30am screening

Harbourlights Picturehouse, Southampton

Book your tickets here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dancewise-dvd-premiere-tickets-48303826044

Is your child made to feel REALLY special in their extra-curricular activities?

August 5th, 2018

Here at Dancewise we believe with every piece of our hearts that our students should be made to feel not just welcome, but truly SPECIAL.

We give everything we have to making sure that happens in every single class – that every person that comes through our doors is made to feel special, loved, secure, nurtured….and like a VIP!

Because they are.

All of our students are special.

And loved.

And secure.

And nurtured….

And yes, sometimes they even get to be VIPs!

We’d love you to come an experience all of those things with us – we want YOU to come and feel special, loved, secure and nurtured.

We’d also love the chance to be able to make you feel like a VIP!

That’s why we’d like to give you this very special invitation.

We’re showing the DVD Premiere of this years show on the big screen in September and we’d love you to join us.

Here are just some of the things you that you can experience when you accept your invitation to this fabulous, star-studded event

💫 Feeling really special as you saunter down the red carpet towards the screening

💫 Smelling the delicious waft of popcorn and feeling your mouth water!

💫 Feeling the buzz of excitement as you wait with anticipation for the big moment!

💫 Feeling connected to your friends and family as you giggle your way through posing for pictures at the Dancewise photo booth

💫 Being just enthralled as you see Dancewise students, young and old, giving incredible performances

💫 Feeling pride as you see people just like your child achieving things on stage that they NEVER thought possible

💫 Feeling surprise, shock and awe as you receive your special money-can’t-buy-gift from your Dancewise Dream Team

Excited?!

Then get your tickets!

Sunday 2nd September 

9:15 arrival for 9:30am screening

Harbourlights Picturehouse, Southampton

Book your tickets here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dancewise-dvd-premiere-tickets-48303826044

Are you looking for someone to teach your child to dance?

August 3rd, 2018

Or for someone to give them a totally enriching year full of beautiful experiences? AND to teach them to dance!

We’re so excited to welcome you to Dancewise – and we have some beautiful experiences lined up for your child. We can’t WAIT to share them with you and your family!

We believe in teaching children to love dance first. THEN teaching them an authentic range of beautiful techniques and then MOST IMPORTANTLY, teaching them how to unpackage those techniques into their foundational elements.

This enables them to take what they’ve learned in class and then use it to be able to create for themselves. What a gift.

We even have a very special event where students get to do exactly that – create, play, experiment, unpackage what they’ve been taught in class and have the chance to show who they really are in their souls!  Look out for Choreo 2018!

Next up is our Halloween Spooktacular – if you’ve never experienced a Dancewise Halloween before, you need to feel the magic, be part of the connection and enjoy a whole week of the most spooktacular classes on the planet! Halloween Spooktacular week gives children who are a little shy a fantastic excuse to literally pretend to be someone else for the day! And year in, year out, we see their confidence grow and grow.  Sometimes the right environment, the right people and a silly mask or costume is all a child needs to give them a loving nudge in the right direction!

And NEW for this year, we have a beautiful Christmas event – our brand new Crimble Mingle. This family-orientated event encourages students of all ages, and their families, to mingle, dance, play, explore, build connections together and celebrate the festive season with their Dancewise family.  Just gorgeous!

Due to demand, these special events are only open to enrolled students – and our classes fill fast – here are the latest updates on classes that are either sold out, or only a few spots remaining:

Starchaser Street – SOLD OUT
Singing – SOLD OUT
Starchaser Ballet – 1 spot left
Starchaser Irish – 1 spot left
Pilates – 1 spot left
Dreamcatcher Ballet – 3 spots left
Stargazer Boys – 3 spots left
Dreamchaser Modern – 3 spots left
Starcatcher Acro – 3 spots left

As you can see, our classes fill up really quickly – so sign your child up now & hold their spot.

You can always change your child’s classes if you’d like to. Join us!

Let’s get your started:
https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/regv2.asp?id=509954

You found us! Welcome home!

Did you come to last years’ DVD Premiere?

July 31st, 2018

No?

Well here are just some of the things you missed out on last year that you can experience in September!

💫 Feeling really special as you saunter down the red carpet towards the screening

💫 Smelling the delicious waft of popcorn and feeling your mouth water!

💫 Feeling the buzz of excitement as you wait with anticipation for the big moment!

💫 Feeling connected to your #dancewisefamily as you giggle your way through posing for pictures at the Dancewise photo booth

💫 Being just enthralled as you see yourself, and your Dancewise family giving incredible performances

💫 Feeling pride as you witness yourself and your Dancewise family achieving things on stage that you NEVER thought possible

💫 Getting a whole new tingle of excitement as you collect your copies of the DVD to take home and eagerly anticipate showing them to your loved ones and closest friends

💫 Feeling surprise, shock and awe as you receive your special money-can’t-buy-gift from your Dancewise Dream Team

Excited?!

Then get your tickets!

Sunday 2nd September 

9:15 arrival for 9:30am screening

Harbourlights Picturehouse, Southampton

Book your tickets here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dancewise-dvd-premiere-tickets-48303826044

 

What are you seeking in a dance studio for your child?

July 27th, 2018

Here at Dancewise Studios we are devoted to changing lives through passion and positivity.

We are known for our ability to take children who are nervous, or shy, or maybe don’t thrive in a traditional learning environment and turn them into incredible, confident, positive people who are also amazing performers!

We believe in everyone being valued equally and no-one being “the star”.

We put more emphasis on everyone having an amazing time than most studios do – everyone having a passionate and positive experience is our highest priority.  

We’re not about everyone standing in lines – we’re about finding a million different ways to practice something so that the students get to perfect steps without even realising that’s what they’re doing.

If you’re a parent who really values the quality of the experience, the quality of the environment that students spend their time in and the quality of the tuition,  we’re the studio for you.

We would so love to be able to nurture your child, get to know them and what they’re passionate about exploring in their Dancewise journey.

Our classes start for the 2018/19 season on 25th August 2018.  They fill up quickly so sign your child up now & hold their spot.

You can always change your child’s classes if you’d like to.

Let’s get you started!

https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/regv2.asp?id=509954

You found us!  Welcome home!

Save the Date!

July 23rd, 2018

Are you looking for a studio
• that does a major show EVERY YEAR?
• where EVERYONE is involved in the show, regardless of their ability?
• where the programme of training is so beautifully evolved that EVERY student is given the confidence throughout the year so even the shyest student takes part?
• where the support backstage is such that no student has EVER backed out of going onstage at the last minute?
You’ve found us!
Welcome home!
We’re the studio that where everyone participating in our show is what we’re ALL about…..and you might have missed it this year.
But don’t worry, it’s all good!
You can be the FIRST to see it on the BIG SCREEN at our premiere of
this years show DVD!
Just put the 2nd September 2018 in your diary now and watch this space for more info!

*SNOW CANCELLATION*

March 2nd, 2018

Hythe students, we have emailed you and posted an update to the student FB page re cancelled classes tomorrow.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused – stay safe and enjoy the snow!

*SNOW CANCELLATION UPDATE*

March 1st, 2018

Having checked the weather forecast, as well as the decisions of schools and other businesses, we’ve decided it’s best if we remain closed in ALL LOCATIONS until at least Saturday morning.

If you have a free trial class booked for any of our classes, we’ll get in touch as soon as we are able to get back into the office and reschedule with you. Unless it doesn’t work for you, we can just postpone your free trial until next week.

Thank you for your understanding.

*SNOW CANCELLATION*

March 1st, 2018

We’ve just been notified that Meadowside are closed with immediate effect, until at least Saturday morning.

Therefore we will be unable to run any of the following classes tomorrow:
Intro to Street (4:30pm)
Level 1 Street (5:15pm)
Teen adult tap level 1/2 (6:15pm)

If you have a free trial class booked for any of these sessions, we’ll get in touch as soon as we are able to get back into the office and reschedule with you. Unless it doesn’t work for you, we can just postpone your free trial until next week.

Thank you for your understanding.

Snow closure

March 1st, 2018

All Dancewise classes cancelled today – please see the Dancewise Students Facebook page for more info.

Class update for today

February 28th, 2018

Please check the student FB page for more info about tonight’s classes.

**IMPORTANT – CLASSES IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER**

February 25th, 2018

With all the talk of severe weather conditions heading our way over the coming weeks, we wanted to ensure everyone is aware of MISS A’S BLOG on our website and our student Facebook page –  https://m.facebook.com/groups/160151744580668?tsid=0.11167022225832657&source=result

This is where we will post updates in the event that any classes need to be cancelled due to severe weather.

Whether a class can go ahead is ultimately the decision of the venue where the class takes place.

If a venue decides to close their site for Health & Safety reasons we will not be permitted by them to run our classes.

However, even if a site is open, we have to ensure our Class Instructor can get there safely and some of them have quite long distances to travel to classes.

In the event of severe weather, we will notify any class changes on our Facebook group and on MISS A’S BLOG.

Here are the direct links:

http://www.dancewisestudios.com/news-2

https://m.facebook.com/groups/160151744580668?tsid=0.11167022225832657&source=result

Please check MISS A’S BLOG or Facebook before you set off for your class.

(Note we may not be able to send any notifications by text or email if our team can’t get to the office so you will need to check either Facebook or the Blog.)

Miss A’s Blog is also where you can find news and info about life at Dancewise.

Fingers crossed that all classes will run as normal, but if not, enjoy your snow days!

Among the Stars – Last few tickets left!

July 6th, 2017

Want to see the Dancewise fam strut our stuff onstage? Want to see us play with fire?! Only a handful of tickets left for each show. We’d love to see you there!

https://www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk/…/summ…/among-the-stars/

SELFIE CONTEST!

March 3rd, 2017

We want you to find the best location for you (or your child) to strike your favourite dance position for Dancewise’s

All you have to do is upload your photo to our Facebook page and the one with the most likes wins. The winner will be announced on Monday 13th March.

How to enter…

1. Like our page
2. Post your super awesome dancing selfie to our page
4. Caption your selfie with the hashtag #DancewiseSelfieContest
3. Share this status with your friends!

Here’s an example of DancewiseWhiteley‘s 2015 selfie winner Holly

Contemporary Tip Number 1 – RELAX!!

March 3rd, 2017

If you’ve taken one of my classes before you will have heard me say, “imagine the floor is like a bouncy castle or a big marshmallow!” Whether you’re performing a standing phrase or one on the floor, the more you can relax into the movement and release into the floor the more the movement will just flow!

And then you can really begin to put your own stamp on it!

So get rid of the unnecessary tension and just let go!

Contemporary tip

March 3rd, 2017

As we spread the Contemporary Dance love with our TWO new Contemporary courses starting this week in Whiteley, keep your eyes peeled for some helpful hints and tips that will boost your Contemporary dance technique!

Intro to Acro

March 3rd, 2017

NEW Intro to Acro Course! The course will run every Tuesday from 4:00-4:45pm for six weeks, starting Tuesday 28th February. Book your little one in now for just £42 for the whole 6 weeks!

Choreography Competition

March 3rd, 2017

NOT LONG TO GO!

Still need to enter? Just let us know in the office on 023 8001 9845 or info@dancewisestudios.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/196505127485616/

 

Chase your passion

March 3rd, 2017

It’s true fam! Just keep chasing your passion! Whether it’s dance, downhill skiing or donuts!

Just keep chasing your passion like it’s the last bus of the night!

Zoe started dancing with us when she was 4. This is her story…

March 3rd, 2017

“Dancing makes me a lot happier and is my hobby away from school. I’m always really excited to come to dancing. It just makes me happy and I don’t think about anything else, I just think about dance.

If I hadn’t started classes at Dancewise I definitely wouldn’t be as confident as I am today. I’ve made friends for life and everyone just welcomed me in. Dancing is my own little bubble, it just makes me happier and more confident. If something bad happens I use it in my dance – if Im angry about something I can take it out on the floor.
The more classes I come to the more confident I feel.
I think my greatest moment was when I did my first performance when I was 5, I was really scared before I went on but I did it and then felt really proud of myself.
Since being at Dancewise I’ve had some amazing opportunities including the chance to work with Fran Dunne who has danced the lead in Lord of the Dance and got lots of tips from her.

“If you are thinking about your child starting dancing I would definitely say sign them up. They will just have a really enjoyable time. Have them try something different, thats what I did, step out of your comfort zone – that’s where the best things in life are. They’ll be happy with themselves and have had a really good time and they’ll want to keep irish dancing. “

Zoe also said before she spend time with the Dancewise family, she didn’t even want to set foot on a stage – the second photo is her at Southampton Airport having danced for the inaugural flight in from Ireland!

What lovely comments from one of our Dancewise Mums

March 3rd, 2017

What lovely comments from one of our Dancewise Mums

“….Dancewise is no ordinary dance school they are also an extended family with a big heart and care so much for their students. The teaching styles are superb offering authentic street. Its great that the students are given the opportunity to choreograph some of the routines and their input is valued. They always feel listened to, supported and helped by the teachers to become the great people they are.”

Thank you Kelli!

February 7th, 2017

Some selfies of Miss A’s day spreading the #Dancewiselove in Wickham! 500 flyers dropped through letter boxes and a lovely coffee in La Bocca!9

Win FREE dance classes for you and a friend!

February 7th, 2017

Hey fam, who’d like to win a months FREE dance classes for you and a friend?
Of course you would!!
Enter below!
http://s.heyo.com/807459

Miracle dancing baby changes thousands of lives!

February 7th, 2017

Jan & Clive Foster were told their little baby, Alison, would never walk, after she suffered brain bruising at birth in October 1981. 35 years on and Alison spends her time teaching dance to thousands of people at branches of Dancewise Studios across the South.

Thanks to her parents, who spent hours doing physio at home with her, Alison did learn to walk against all the odds. She then learnt to dance, to the amazement of her doctors, before creating Dancewise in 2005 to “change lives through passion and positivity”.

Dancewise has now expanded with branches in Whiteley, Abshot, Fair Oak and at Pixies Day Nursery in Locks Heath as well as in it’s flagship studios in Hythe. Alison says “me and my team are committed to welcoming everyone to the Dancewise Family, and to supporting them in order to make their dancing dreams come true.”

Dancewise offers classes for kids, teens and adults in Authentic Street Dance, Irish, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Acro, Contemporary, Pilates and Singing and also offers a unique boys only training programme. If you think you know someone who would benefit from being part of the Dancewise fam, you can book a free class by clinking on the BOOK NOW button or by calling 023 8001 9845.

New flooring goes in!

July 27th, 2016

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Sprung flooring goes in at Dancewise HQ!

July 25th, 2016

So after lots of hard work, raising funds, and carrying the flooring upstairs, we’re delighted to announce that sprung flooring is now installed in studio 1! Just the tap vinyl to go down tomorrow and this ones ready to roll! Then we’re moving straight on to fit studio 2 on Wednesday!

Exciting times!  Our Dancewise family deserves great flooring to dance on!

And just realised how poignant it is……the sprung flooring goes in at Dancewise HQ 11 years to the day after we opened!

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Teaching assistants 2016/17 season – applications now open!

July 22nd, 2016

Interested? You need to be doing at least 3 hours of training per week at Dancewise so you are of a high technical standard yourself then just email alison.jones@dancewisestudios.com with “TA 2016/17” in the subject line.
Just write why you’d like to be a TA for the coming year AND why you’d be a great choice. Really sell yourself!
We think this year we’ll have more applications than classes that need TAs so make sure you get your email in soon!

image#teachingassistants #danceteachers #danceteachersoftomorrow

Choreography tips – Part 3

March 4th, 2016

Hit a brick wall with choreography?

Need some tips?

Read on for my final set of choreo tips that will help ANYONE produce great quality choreography quickly, effortlessly and with amazing results!

  1. Change the world! No really! Go at your choreo thinking really big! My most recent piece of choreo aims to make a powerful statement about our studios ethos on bullying. It doesn’t aim to fill 4 minutes of music and maybe win a competition or two. All it Takes 2008 was created to make dance more accessible to guys in our region. We now have a ridiculously high percentage of male dancers in our studio. We didn’t choreograph it to win awards (although it did that too!). Think big! You may have to compromise at some point in the process, but begin with the thought of changing the world! Even if you don’t succeed that’s fine – your choreo will be a million times better for aiming high!
  2. Dance more think less. This should be a mantra for life, not just choreography! Students (and teachers) I’ve worked with over the years who consistently produce interesting, musical choreography (and freestyles/improv) really get this. Put on your music.  Just dance.  The end. If something great comes out of your feet, great – that goes in your choreo. If not, put on your music, just dance……..and so on! Just keep dancing more, thinking less, until you have enough great stuff to put together to create your piece.  (Now you see why I asked you to pick music you love, cos you’ll be hearing it a LOT!)
  3. Students always ask how long a dance can be.  We can give you guidelines of course but the only real answer is “short enough that it’s still entertaining”.  If your piece is longer than three minutes try using the Golden Mean. Create a major contrast 60 to 70 percent through your choreo and just see the effect it has on your audience!
  4. Consider your costume. It shouldn’t matter.  But it does. Dance is a visual art form so we can’t help but view the whole package. Costume can enhance your choreo in so many ways – maybe the colours highlight the emotions or characters in a piece. (Think about the two teams in All it Takes 2015 – would the division of who was on which team be as clear for the audience if the sleeves of the costumes hadn’t been different colours?) Maybe the costume will affect the movements you create – think about the phantoms! The costume covered their eyes to aid them moving in a ‘sightless’ way. Even if your piece doesn’t have a strong concept, you’ll perform better if you wear something you feel like a million bucks in. Try filming yourself performing your choreo first in your pyjamas, then your dance kit, then your costume/clothes you love if you don’t believe it’ll make a difference to how well you dance!

Feeling inspired? Tomorrow we’re holding Dancewise Studios annual choreography competition at Hanger Farm in Totton. It’s not too late to enter!  Email us or call 023 8001 9845 for more info or to enter.

Choreography Tips – Part 2

March 3rd, 2016

Hit a brick wall with choreography?

Need some tips?

Read on for my second set of choreo tips that will help ANYONE produce great quality choreography quickly, effortlessly and with amazing results!

  1. Use the space! Make sure you use all of the space on the stage. Particularly strong points are centre stage (downstage centre, dead centre and upstage centre) and the four corners (downstage left, upstage left, downstage right, upstage right). So if you have special moments in your dance, or for a starting or finishing position, make sure you do it on one of these hotspots. It will be way more effective (your audience won’t know why it hits them harder but it will!! Ninja skills!). I hate to say it, but if you plan to die in your piece (!) do it upstage centre – this is known as the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ position – THE most powerful space to die onstage. Ever! If you’re working in a duet, trio or group, make sure you have lots of transitions and formation changes to keep changing it up for your audience. This will keep them interested.
  2. Take a chance! Got stuck? Don’t be! Try chance choreography. This method was devised by Merce Cunningham, one of the most influential choreographers and teachers of the 20th century. It uses chance to help generate the choreography which means you often come up with stuff that’s much more exciting and unexpected than your regular choreo. There are lots of ways to do this but for example, try allocating movements/movement concepts/spatial concepts to the six numbers on a dice then roll the dice to build sequences. Interested? click here
  3. Keep. Making. Decisions. Just keep going! Survival specialist Bear Grylls says just keep making decisions. And the same is true for choreography. Don’t second guess it, don’t review, don’t over-analyse – just keep making decisions until you finish your piece. THEN if you want to review and improve it, go for it but ONLY once the piece is finished. Otherwise you may never get past the first phrase. I always say “run it up the flagpole, see if anyone salutes!”. In other words, have a bash, see what happens, if it’s not effective then by all means change it, but don’t pursue perfection until you have something to perfect. Done is better than perfect!

Check back soon for the next round of tips!

Feeling inspired? This coming Saturday we’re holding Dancewise Studios annual choreography competition at Hanger Farm in Totton. It’s not too late to enter! Email us or call 023 8001 9845 for more info or to enter.

Choreography Tips – part 1

March 2nd, 2016

Hit a brick wall with choreography?

Need some tips?

Read on for how ANYONE can produce great quality choreography quickly, effortlessly and with amazing results!

  1. Do something that inspires you! If you love a piece of music, have a favourite dance style, love a particular costume, want to explore working with a certain prop………DO THAT! It sounds obvious but so many people get tied up in what other people will think – your choreo is your chance to do what YOU want – so do it! (And if you find you keep getting ‘stuck’ on your choreo, try changing music/style/prop etc and I guarantee it’ll start to flow.
  2. Have a hook! No I don’t mean instead of a hand – I mean try and do something with a concept, story or theme. Being brutally honest, if you try and do just great choreo for the sake of it, you’re going to have to REALLY go some to be remembered. imageThink about the dances you remember from last years show – for me, Mr Ts Lockerdile routine and Miss A’s Irish dancing liquorice allsorts come to mind. But why?  Because they had a hook, a concept, something that made them more than a locking routine or an Irish dance. This made them memorable.
  3. Choose things you/your dancers can do well. No-one cares if you can ‘nearly walkover’ – just use stuff you know you can do brilliantly. Do it musically, do it with style, do it with your own flava but simple done well will ALWAYS look better than something complex that you almost pull off.

Check back soon for the next round of tips!

imageFeeling inspired? This coming Saturday we’re holding Dancewise Studios annual choreography competition at Hanger Farm in Totton. It’s not too late to enter! Email info@dancewisestudios.com
or call 023 8001 9845 for more info or to enter.

Top 5 Youtube videos to improve your street dance

February 5th, 2016

imageThis post is for you if:

You’re brand new to the street dance world and want to start with some legit knowledge

You’re already involved in street dance and want to push yourself to get deeper understanding of the dance, the music and the culture

You’re a teacher who knows they don’t have the knowledge they need to teach street dance and are ready to do something to improve your understanding

 

Whichever of these is you, if you’re serious about really improving your street dance and getting a much deeper understanding of street dance culture, you’ll love what’s coming next!

You know that amazing feeling you get when you find some super dope knowledge online?  Well I’ve found FIVE awesome YouTube videos to help you massively increase your street dance knowledge!  You’re welcome!

DISCLAIMER:  These videos are the real deal so do feature some profanity, please do not watch if you find this offensive.

Still with me?  Great!  I’m about to help you take your street dance knowledge to the next level!  Ready? Let’s go!

Best for understanding street dance culture – The Freshest Kids

 

Best for learning old school hip hop foundations and variations

 

Best for maximum knowledge bombs in a short clip

 

Best ambassador for all dance styles

 

Best for popting knowledge


I hope you enjoyed the videos and found them useful.  I loved bringing them together for you and got a buzz from watching some old stuff again and some new stuff for the first time.  If you enjoyed this post, why not share it with your friends.  Or better still, post a clip showing your awesome street dance skills in action!  Want to learn more about authentic street dance in person? Click here for your Free class!

Exciting news!

February 2nd, 2016

Keep your eyes open over the next few days for an exciting announcement on our social media!  Make sure you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss out!

Do students ever benefit from being shouted at?

January 31st, 2016

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This seems to be a hot topic at the moment! On the face of it, we have pretty strong feelings on this one it at Dancewise HQ – but it’s come up so often in the last few weeks (everything from parents chatting in the lobby to students arguing the for and against in debate teams at school) that we thought it would be worth going into in more depth.

Those for might argue that when they shout at a student they see an instant improvement in the behaviour. I think this is probably true – but for me the more interesting part is why the behaviour improves. Isn’t this similar to a bully in the playground who achieves what they want through intimidation and fear?

Those in favour might also say that shouting establishes a sense of authority and hierarchy within the studio or classroom. But if a teacher is confident, charismatic and enthusiastic about their subject, you’ll get short term buy-in from your students. From there if you show you genuinely care about your students and their progress, show a real interest in them and build rapport with them you might just find that they want to behave well for you.

But dance is a discipline! What about discipline?! I think that if your rules are concise, clear and few in number (we only have 3 rules and even our 4 year olds can recite them) your students will follow them for the most part because they a) know what the expectations are, b) they respond brilliantly to having clear boundaries and c) they want to behave for you because they like you and enjoy the bond you have. This isn’t to say we should be overly-familiar with our students – to maintain a great student-teacher relationship we say that we should be friendly with our students, not friends with them.

What about getting great results? Old school dance teachers (notably those with their own reality show – pyramid, anyone?) are famous for getting high standards from their students. Doesn’t the end justify the means? Well I believe you can achieve results that are just as good, if not better through the use of rapport and mutual respect. (I wonder if the ‘shouty’ teachers have ever stopped to consider that if they didn’t have students they couldn’t be teachers?!) The respect definitely needs to go both ways. Students perform better when they are happy, relaxed and feel free to make mistakes. And never mind learning your subject, won’t this make for better people who go out into the world living the values of acceptance, passion and positivity? Now that is surely a case for the ends justifying the means!

I also wonder what kind of students ‘shouty’ teachers are working with! Touch wood, we’ve never, in our nearly 40 years combined teaching experience, never  come across an unteachable student. We always say that there are no such thing as bad kids, only bad behaviour and that there are no such things as bad classes, only bad teachers. So maybe the “shouty ones”, need to look within themselves for the teaching skills that they can improve and develop rather than taking the easy route of attempting to manage behaviour through fear.

So, having said all that, are there any circumstances where I feel justified in shouting at a student?

Yes.

Just one.

When I see a student behaving in a way where they could hurt themselves or someone else, I will occasionally raise my voice to cause an immediate stop to the behaviour.

Note: this only works because I virtually never raise my voice. If I shouted all the time it would go in one ear and out the other. But because of the shock value of “wow Miss A just shouted” students tend to stop in their tracks.

Second note: this is always followed with a calm, caring “do you understand why I shouted at you?” so that the student a) understands why the behaviour wasn’t unacceptable and b) so they know that the shout came from a position of love and concern for their well-being, not some power-trip, not because of lack of control and not because we have no other way of communicating.

 

What do you think? We’d love to hear your comments below!

 

Would you or your child benefit from being taught the Dancewise way? Contact us for a free trial to give us chance to show you!

Are you a teacher that would like to learn the ninja communication skills that make shouting unnecessary? Contact us about the exciting training opportunities we’re planning to make ‘shouty teachers’ a thing of the past!

Or maybe you are a teacher that buys into the Dancewise style of teaching and think you might like to work with us? Email alison.jones@dancewisestudios.com with your CV and availability.

Comment below – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Ballet Glossary

March 14th, 2015

Dancewise Studios

Ballet Terms and Vocabulary

Adage – Slow carefully-controlled movement

Allegro – Jumps

Arabesque – A pose in which the dancer stands on one leg with the other raised

behind.  The raised leg is straight.

Assemble – Jump in the air, bringing the feet together before landing,

(one foot to two feet).

Attitude – Same as Arabesque except the raised leg is bent.

Change/Changement – A jump to change the position of the feet.

Chasse – A sliding step

Chaines – A series of small turning steps

Couru – Running steps

Developpe – An unfolding of the leg

Echappe – A jump in which the feet move from a closed to an open position.

Glissade – Another sliding step

Grand Battement – Leg swing

Jete – Leap from one foot to the other

Pas de Bouree – Quick running step

Plie – A bending of the knees over the toes

Port de Bras – Movement of the arms

Sauté – Simple jump (two feet to two feet)

Sissone – Jump (two feet to one foot)

Allegro (jumps)

Sautes (so tays) in 1st and 2nd = jumps on two feet in 1st & 2nd position

Changemenats (shonge mons) = jumps in 5th position which change feet on landing

Soubresauts (sue brer sews) = jumps in 5th position which do not change feet

Echappes sautés (e shap ay so tays) to 2nd & 4th position = jump out to 2nd or 4th position and back to the start position; can be in 4 or 2 counts.  Exchappe means “escape” and sauté means “jumped”.

Groupon Deal Expired

February 25th, 2015

We hope you all enjoyed taking advantage of the amazing Groupon deal we’ve been running!  Sadly it has now expired – but keep checking our Facebook page and the local press for other exciting deals coming soon!

Street Dance Intensive 2015!

February 21st, 2015

Do you want to:

Learn foundations, variations and choreography in Popping, Locking, Breaking, Hip-hop & house

Learn to freestyle authentically by the end of day 1 – with no fear?!

Make new friends who love authentic street dance?

Learn from the top 5% of Street Dance teachers in the UK?

Take masterclasses with UK experts who choreograph music videos, sell out arena tours and study with street dance pioneers?

 

Are you:

A complete beginner to dance?

A dancer experienced in other dance styles but completely new to street dance?

An experienced advanced street dancer?

A dance teacher that would like to learn more about authentic street dance?

 

Then this course is perfect for YOU!

 

4 Day Street Dance Intensive – 12th – 15th August 2015

Only £169 and ALREADY 50% SOLD OUT!

Places for our popular Street Dance Intensive are strictly limited to ensure quality tuition so don’t miss out!

 

How do I book?

New customers can book online by clicking here https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=509954 – use the simple online form and then enrol yourself in the Street Dance Intensive. One of our friendly team will then contact you to process your payment and finalise your booking.

Existing customer?  You can simply book on to the event on your customer portal.

Or we LOVE to chat to you so alternatively simply call our lovely office peeps on 023 8001 9845 and we’ll take your booking and payment over the phone!

 

What if I find out I can’t make it?
We’ll refund you in full as long as it’s more than 7 days prior to the start of the intensive!

 

PS This event is always extremely popular and we expect to sell out EARLY so if you’re serious about taking your dance to the next level BOOK NOW!

 

Fairytale Dance Camps 2015!

February 21st, 2015

Do you have a 3 – 6 year old?

Do they love Frozen?

Are you 100% sorted for summer holiday childcare?

Why not book a place at our popular Fairytale Dance Camps?

Students will love:
Doing not 1, not 2 but 3 Dance Classes!
Creating 2 themed craft projects
Playing party games
Taking home an exclusive special free gift!

Parents will love:
Knowing their child is safe and happy
Having the gift of time to themselves!
Knowing that their child is learning, growing, socialising and getting the most out of their Summer holidays!

Fairytale Camp details:
Monday 3rd August 10am – 1pm Cinderella £27.99
Monday 10th August 10am – 1pm Frozen Fever £27.99

But book before 28th February and GET BOTH DANCE CAMPS FOR JUST £39.99! A SAVING OF £15.99 – A MASSIVE 29% SAVING!

3 hours of fun, giggles, dance and themed crafts at Dancewise Studios, Hythe!

Places for the each Fairytale Dance Camp will be strictly limited to ensure quality tuition so don’t miss out on the chance to take advantage of your priority booking opportunity and £15.99 discount!

How do I book?
New customers can book online by clicking here https://app.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=509954 – use the simple online form and then enrol yourself in the camp(s) you’d like to do. One of our friendly team will then contact you to process your payment and finalise your booking.

Existing customer?  You can simply book on to the event on your customer portal.

Or we LOVE to chat to you so alternatively simply call our lovely office peeps on 023 8001 9845 and we’ll take your booking and payment over the phone!

Last years Frozen Fairytale Dance Camp sold out and we expect these will sell out too!
Make sure you don’t miss out – book today to reserve your place and claim your 29% discount!

What if I find out I can’t make it?
We’ll refund you in full as long as it’s more than 7 days prior to the fairytale dance camp date!

Claim your 3 for 3 Facebook offer here!

January 16th, 2015

Just email principal@dancewisestudios.com with your name, phone number and the classes you’d like to book and we’ll give you 3 months classes for the price of 2!  Simple!

Offer only available on classes that you have not been enrolled in within the last 6 months.

Dancewise no longer able to accept cheques

October 17th, 2014

Just to let you know that Dancewise Studios Limited will be unable to process cheque payments after 1st December 2014.
We are still able to take payment in the following ways:
• by card payment over the telephone
• by cash payment in the office
• by card payment in the office
• by online by faster payment through your bank
We are also in the process of setting up the facility for direct debit which we hope to be able to launch in the near future.

2014/15 Season Sneak Preview!

September 11th, 2014

13th September                                 Irish troupe auditions

19th October                                     Dancewise Dance rehearsal

11th October                                      Choreography competition including Macmillan coffee fundraiser

2nd November                                   Dancewise Dance rehearsal

December, exact date tbc               Exam session

5th December                                    Dancewise dancing at Wembley Stadium

6th December                                    Performance at Fawley Christmas Fayre

20th December                                  Last day of classes before Christmas

3rd  January                                       First day of classes for 2015!

16th February                                    Mini dance camp for 3 – 6 year olds

20th February                                    Andy Instone Street Dance Workshop 7 years to adult

May, exact date tbc                          Dancewise dance exchange to Ibiza

Summer, exact date tbc                  Summer performances

3rd July                                               Show rehearsal 1 (compulsory)

17th July                                             Show rehearsal 2 (compulsory)

23rd July                                             Last day of classes before summer break

24th July                                             Final preparations for the show at the studio – any help gratefully received!

25th – 26th July                                  Technical Rehearsal and show(s)

27th July                                             Dancewise office closed

28th July                                             Dancewise office re-opens

30th July                                             Ballet & Contemporary Workshop 7 years to adult

31st July                                             Irish & Tap Workshop 7 years to adult

3rd  August                                         Fairy Tale Dance Camp for 3 – 6 years

10th August                                       Fairy Tale Dance Camp for 3 – 6 years

12th – 15th August                            Street Dance Intensive (Weds to Sat incl)

16th – 23rd August                            Dancewise office closed

24th August                                       First day of classes of 2015/16 – our 11th season!

With the exception of Christmas, New Year and the above August closed dates, Dancewise classes will run as normal on all bank holidays.  The office will also be open on bank holidays for the duration of timetabled classes.

All information correct at time of publishing.

 

Healthy Dancer Blog Part 1

September 11th, 2014

As a dancer our body is our tool – and if our body isn’t in good nick, it’s not going to do the cool things we want it to!  We’ve got to keep our dancing body’s healthy!  So here’s Miss A’s run down on how to keep your dancer’s body firing on all cylinders!

  1. Hydration, hydration, hydration – check out what to drink, how much & how often!
  2. Give your body the right fuel – super tasty treat recipes that will give your body everything it needs!
  3. Catch some zzzzs – find out why sleep is so important and what happens to your dancing if you don’t get enough of it!
  4. Warm up and cool down properly – every time! Dancewise dancers are trained to know how to warm up & cool down properly but we’ve put together some handy tips to keep it fresh in your head!
  5. Injury prevention – If you’ve followed steps 1 – 4 you’re already minimising your risk of injury so well done! We all know that prevention is better than cure so check out our cheat sheet to injury prevention!

Check back soon to get the lowdown on Step 1 – Hydration!

 

Keep Calm and Dance in Ibiza!

September 10th, 2014

YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT!!!

CHECK OUT THE DETAILS….

KEEP CALM & DANCE IN IBIZA!

May 2015 – Dates TBC

Provisional Itinerary

Thursday evening: Fly to Ibiza!

Friday: enjoy classes at Banana Studio, Ibiza

Saturday: Performance in Ibiza

Sunday: Chill out by the pool with the Dancewise/Banana Fam!

Late Sunday: Fly home

I want to be involved!  What does it cost?

Flights – at the moment are approx £100 per head return

Accommodation – cost dependant on numbers but will be a group rate

THAT’S IT!

How do I apply?

If you/your student is aged 11 and up, email principal@dancewisestudios.com with Keep Calm & Dance in Ibiza in the subject line to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Exclusive Invitation for Irish Dance Students!

September 5th, 2014

Here it is, a major date in the Dancewise Studios diary. The opportunity that has the potential to change your life. The Dancewise Studios Irish Dance Troupe auditions.

If you want to be part of an elite team, to push yourself and develop your dancing and take it to the next level then the Troupe could be for you.

Full information about the auditions and the troupe are below.  If you are interested in attending the audition on 13th September from 2:30pm, please read the information below and then email us to book your audition.

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2014 irish troupe auditions on the day

Dates for you diaries!

July 25th, 2014

Here’s a reminder of our class dates together with all the other EXCITING dates you need this summer! We still have a few VERY LIMITED places available on our Fairy Tale Dance Camps and Street Intensive but we do expect to sell out so call 023 8001 9845 if you don’t want to miss out!  And if you’re an Irish dancer or Street dancer check out the AUDITION DATES to be part of the elite Dancewise Street Crew and NEW Irish Dance Troupe!

Dates for your diary!

26th July
Drama cancelled – make up class to be advised

26th July
Dancewise students performing at Applemore college – arrive at 2pm for performance at 2:30pm

28th July – 2nd August
Last week of classes before short summer break

2nd August
Thom’s classes cancelled – to be made up on 23rd August. Alison’s classes running as normal.

4th August
Fairy Tale Dance Camp – FROZEN

11th August
Fairy Tale Dance Camp – TINKERBELL & THE PIRATE FAIRY

12th – 15th August
Street Dance Intensive – FEATURING JP OMARI AND GRAFFITTI WORKSHOP

14th August
Auditions for Dancewise Street Crew!

18th August
Fairy Tale Dance Camp – MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

25th August
Classes back to normal but running on EXCITING NEW timetable! Watch this space for details!

29th August
Auditions for Dancewise Irish Dance Troupe

20th December Christmas Break

Lion King Review

July 11th, 2014

Fresh back from seeing the opening night of The Lion King at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton!

The show chronicles the life of a pride of Lions focussing on the relationship between Mufasa – the king – and his son Simba. We see Simba go on an epic journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Pridelands – a stirring and timeless story which also tells of his friendship with Nala, his evil Uncle Scar, the hilarious Timon & Pumba and how those we love never really leave us.

The opening number – The Circle of Life – is hands down the best opening to a show that I have ever seen. The costumes throughout are breathtakingly good and they enable you to believe in the performers as animals from the moment you first see them. The set is extremely effective even though it’s often simple.

There were several tear-jerking moments as well as a lot of laugh-out-loud funny ones. The audience was behind the cast the whole way and I’ve never had been part of a theatrical atmosphere like it.

I couldn’t really name a star of the show – as in any truly great production the show was the star. If there was a weak link I’d say the adult Simba although he was still excellent but playing alongside outstandingly strong talent.

The lighting added to the different moods that were created – especially for They Live in You – but was also used in place of set at times to show different locations. The live musicians were fantastic, some of whom were visible throughout as they were playing in the boxes.

To sum up – the best show I have ever seen – get tickets now!

If you’d like more information on learning to sing, act or dance, contact us via the contact form or call 023 8001 9845.

How best to learn to dance? A dance class in Hythe, Southampton or the whole world?!

June 25th, 2014

Everyone give me a woop woop if you love the internet! The t’interweb! The information superhighway!

Woop woop!

Yes me too – and where would we be without it? You can find out everything from what colour clothes you’ll look best in to what questions you’ll get asked at your first job interview.

And there’s a guide or youtube tutorial that will teach you just about anything – I once had lots of fun trying to copy a professional chef preparing a whole crab but that’s another blog post!

Here at Dancewise we love dancing, we love learning and we love teaching – in fact we love everything about being in a dance class! So here’s our run down of the pros and cons for learning to dance off youtube!

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So – what’s my verdict? I think youtube has it’s place and can have massive value. I think in addition to a real dance class it can be very useful.

But I don’t think it could replace coming to a class.

You won’t get the same results learning off a youtube video than you can get from attending classes at a regular, professionally run dance studio.

But that’s just my opinion – what do you think? I’d love to hear your comments in the box below.

 

If you’d like more information about our classes, email me principal@dancewisestudios.com or call our friendly team on 023 8001 9845 – we’d love to help you achieve your dance goals!  Or check how to book our summer intensives – a whole 4 days packed of awesome dance class action – whether you love street, ballet, tap, irish, jazz, contemporary, singing, acting and more, we have the perfect dance or performing arts intensive for YOU!

 

Irish Dance Tips – Bonus Content!

June 20th, 2014

So we promised you 10 top tips…..but we like to under-promise and over-deliver here at Dancewise so we have some bonus tips for you as well!

1 – When you’re working really hard on improving your technique, your concentration might make you forget to let go and just dance.   Irish Dance was first and foremost a social dance – remember to enjoy it

2 – Irish dance is supposed to be fun, so while you’re working hard on perfecting your technique, make sure you give yourself a chance to enjoy it – find the right class for YOU full of like-minded people who are as positive, passionate and dedicated as you are.

3 – Make sure you’re getting enough performance experience – dance is a performing art so get out there and show off what you can do! If you’re in Hampshire or Dorset, why not get involved with Dancewises’s annual show in a professional theatre?!

4 – Check your teacher’s credentials – Dancewsise Director and Irish Dance teacher, Alison Jones is an ex-professional Irish dancer who toured in the 2003 Irish Dance Show Celtic Dreams. She is qualified to teach multiple dance styles and can give you the value of over 15 years teaching experience.  Wherever you choose to learn, talk to your teacher so you’re sure they have the experience and qualifications that you deserve!  Any good teacher will be happy to set your mind at rest.

5 – Check your studios credentials – Dancewise has been running our unique and very popular Irish Dance classes since 2005 and have taught thousands of people to dance in that time.  Make sure the studio you’re learning from has a proven track record so you know you’ll be getting a great Irish Dance experience!

6 – What next? If you’d like advice on places to learn, do contact us – we’ll be happy to help if we can!  If you live in Hampshire or Dorset and you’re not already enrolled in a Dancewise Irish Dance class, contact us at on 023 8001 9845 and we’ll arrange for you to have a FREE class!

7- Is it for me? Yes! Irish Dance is great for kids, teens & adults from beginners to advanced dancers – Dancewise currently offers Irish classes for 4 year olds up to 104 year olds and we have classes aimed at complete beginners and very experienced Irish dancers.  Come and join the Dancewise fam – we’d love to meet you!

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Irish Dance Tips 3

June 18th, 2014

So if you’ve been following the blog, and using our top 10 Irish Dance tips you should be seeing massive improvements in your Irish Dancing! Check out tips 7 – 10 to help you become the best irish dancer you can be!  But hey, we like to under-promise and over-deliver here at Dancewise so read to the bottom for some bonus content!

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Read on for Dancewise Director, Alison’s tips to help you become a great Irish Dancer!

7 ~ Stay High On Your Toes

Irish dancers should be as high on their toes as possible, in soft AND hard shoe.  Imagine there are oranges or even grapefruits under your heels. If your heel comes down, you’ll squash the fruit. Don’t squash the orange!   We’re talking right up on ¾ pointe here – make sure you warm up and mobilize your toe joints before you dance.  If you need help on exercises to warm up safely, just comment below and we’ll answer your questions!

8 ~ Imaginary Tightrope

You should always imagine a tightrope in front you. Every step, lift and leap should be danced on that tightrope. This keeps your dance tight and your moves right in front of you, which will give your Irish dance precision and a ‘wow’ factor.

9 ~ Travel

Move your dance!  Really traveling adds excitement, speed and energy to the performance.

10 ~ Make It Look Easy
Irish dancers have to be masters of making what they do look easy.

Keep in mind, once you start working hard on improving your technique, the intense concentration might cause you to forget to let go and just dance. Technique is extremely important, but it’s not everything. The way you feel when you dance has a huge effect on your performance. Don’t forget why you started dancing in the first place. Irish dance is supposed to be fun, so while you’re working hard on perfecting your technique, make sure you give yourself a chance to enjoy it!

Which of these tips has helped you the most?  We’d love to hear your experiences in the comments box below!

Check back soon for your bonus blog post of extra tips!

Irish Dance Tips 2

June 13th, 2014

We hope you found our first set of Irish Dance tips really useful!  Here’s the second set for you to use when you’re practicing!

Read on for Dancewise Director, Alison’s tips to help you become a great Irish Dancer!

4 ~ Keep Your Knees Crossed

It may sound easy, but keeping one knee in front of the other knee at all times is very difficult. Since the leg in front switches from right to left constantly, a dancer must keep their knees as close together as possible when they switch. Think about crossing your thighs over – this will really help you.

5 ~ Great Posture

A great Irish dancer always keeps their shoulders back and chest open. Keeping your arms straight is not enough – it has to be combined with great posture. Think about having helium balloons attached to your head and an anchor hanging off your tailbone to give you a great feeling of 2-way stretch through your spine. Now imagine pinning your tummy button through to the wall behind you!

6 ~ Head Up – Eyes Up

You should always have your head up and eyes up. Looking at your audience instead of at the ground adds confidence to your performance. It’s more challenging that you think it would be! Dance is a performing art – doing the steps is not enough! Having said that, Irish Dance wasn’t created in a dance studio – it was one of the original social dances so it needs to have a party feel and interaction between friends! Over the years it’s been refined into what we now as good Irish dance technique and was then overhauled by one of the greatest showmen of all time – Michael Flatley – and you don’t see him looking down!!  We always encourage our dancers to bring the party!

Which of these tips has worked for you?  We’d love to hear how you’re getting on in the comments box below!

Irish Dance Tips 2

June 13th, 2014

We hope you found our first set of Irish Dance tips really useful!  Here’s the second set for you to use when you’re practicing!

Read on for Dancewise Director, Alison’s tips to help you become a great Irish Dancer!

4 ~ Keep Your Knees Crossed

It may sound easy, but keeping one knee in front of the other knee at all times is very difficult. Since the leg in front switches from right to left constantly, a dancer must keep their knees as close together as possible when they switch. Think about crossing your thighs over – this will really help you.

5 ~ Great Posture

A great Irish dancer always keeps their shoulders back and chest open. Keeping your arms straight is not enough – it has to be combined with great posture. Think about having helium balloons attached to your head and an anchor hanging off your tailbone to give you a great feeling of 2-way stretch through your spine. Now imagine pinning your tummy button through to the wall behind you!

6 ~ Head Up – Eyes Up

You should always have your head up and eyes up. Looking at your audience instead of at the ground adds confidence to your performance. It’s more challenging that you think it would be! Dance is a performing art – doing the steps is not enough! Having said that, Irish Dance wasn’t created in a dance studio – it was one of the original social dances so it needs to have a party feel and interaction between friends! Over the years it’s been refined into what we now as good Irish dance technique and was then overhauled by one of the greatest showmen of all time – Michael Flatley – and you don’t see him looking down!!  We always encourage our dancers to bring the party!

Which of these tips has worked for you?  We’d love to hear how you’re getting on in the comments box below!

Irish Dance Tips 1

June 11th, 2014

So you love Irish Dancing?

Or maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to try?

Are you serious about becoming the best you can be?

In that case, CONGRATULATIONS!  You’ve found 10 in depth Irish Dance tips that will help you achieve all your Irish Dancing goals – and more!

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Read on for Dancewise Director, Alison’s, top 10 in depth tips that you need to help you become a great Irish Dancer!

1 ~ Turn Out Your Legs

Stand in front of a mirror with your feet crossed and your whole leg turned out from your hips. If your legs are turned out properly, you should be able to see a diamond shaped space between your legs and ankles. Make sure you are turning out your legs not just your feet – this is called ‘forcing turnout’ and can cause injury which we definitely don’t want!

2 ~ Keep Your Arms Straight & In The Correct Position

This is something most people notice about Irish dancers right away. It’s a huge element that makes Irish dance unique.  Tuck your thumbs in then fold your fingers down over the top. Keeping your arms nice and straight, find the ‘dimple’ in each of your glutes (bottom cheeks – sorry we tried to be polite…!) and that’s where your arms should stay. The shape of your torso and arms will determine the exact placement of your correct arm line so make sure you invest in good Irish dance classes where your teacher can give you individual attention.

3 ~ Stretch Your Feet

This seems simple enough, but a really great Irish dancer points their toes every time they lift their feet off the ground, kick their bottom, or move through the air.  Pointing your toes should actually read ‘stretch your entire foot and leg’ – extension comes from your hips not merely your toes. Golden nugget alert – this something the majority of teachers won’t tell you!

Which of these tips have you tried?  We’d love to hear your success stories in the comments box below!

Show Tickets for Check it Out ON SALE NOW!

February 28th, 2014

 

So…who’s excited for Check it Out?  I bet you don’t want to miss out on getting great seats for this awesome show!  The students have worked so hard and we’ve given a massive amount of thought to improving our production so this year will DEFINITELY be the best show Dancewise has ever put on!

 

So you’d probably like to know that SHOW TICKET SALES FOR CHECK IT OUT 2014 ARE NOW OPEN!!!!

Simply click on the link to buy your tickets http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/93017

 

Following our pre-sales, nearly 100 tickets are gone already – so please do book NOW to avoid disappointment!

 

Check it Out Feedback

February 4th, 2014

CHECK IT OUT PREMIERE – YOUR FEEDBACK!

 First of all, we’d like to thank you all for coming to the Check it Out Premiere and for helping to make it such a special evening!  It was the first premiere we’ve ever run so it was a big challenge and we are overwhelmed with the lovely comments and positive response we’ve had from you all.  As promised, here is a summary of the feedback you gave us and what we’re hoping to do with your ideas and suggestions to make next years Premiere even better!

We asked you….what was the best thing about the party?

You said…..

Seeing the costumes

Glamour, excitement, enthusiasm & the chance to dress up

DVD preview of the show

Seeing how much goes into organising it

Red Carpet & having photos taken on it

It built interest about the show

People having fun

Being able to book your tickets

Chess pieces

Behind the scenes

Seeing everyone dressed up

The atmosphere

 

We asked you…what else would you have liked to have seen at the party?

You said ‘More props’…we had examples of all of the props that we know will be being used in this years show – it seems our students love working with props which we can definitely bear in mind for future shows!

You said ‘Mini Show’…we can certainly look into the logistics of this!

You said ‘DVDs of previous years shows’…we can definitely do this

You said ‘I can’t think of anything – you have it all covered’…thank you so so much – all of the staff at Dancewise worked so hard to pull the event together so it’s great to know you enjoyed it

You said ‘Rehearsal times’…these aren’t yet set in stone but we can aim to have these details finalised earlier next year

You said ‘Everything was just right – now can’t wait for the show’….again, it’s lovely to hear that the hard work was worth it as you seem to have had a great evening

You said ‘Louder music’…we can definitely do this and might even be able to look into the logistics of having a DJ – let us know if this is something you’d like!

You said ‘More activities’…we’re all ears – what would you like to see next year?

You said ‘Production music being played’….oh shucks!  We had aimed to have a sneak preview of the soundtrack but sadly ran out of time – we can definitely do this next year

 

We asked you…what do you think will be the best thing about Check it Out?

You said….

The set

Great preview & professionalism

The medleys

The people taking part in it

Seeing the students perform

Great chance for the whole of Dancewise to show off their abilities

Enthusiasm

Length of the show

Everyone getting involved

Everyone enjoying themselves

Seeing everyone in their costumes

Being on the stage

Seeing the theme

Boys Level 2 Dance!

And here are a few of your comments…

 “A massive thank you from me for making Ella feel like a VIP for the night, we thought the night was fantastic and fun.   Ella was still excited this morning and couldn’t wait to get to school to tell all her friends, especially about “Miss Alison’s dress.   PS Hope you did not stay too late to clear up!”

 “Thank you Dancewise staff for an amazing Premiere evening. Me and Molly had a great time and are very excited about the show!! Thank you again, looking forward to seeing the photos!”

“Lovely evening had by all. Well done for putting on such a lovely well organised evening. Thank you! Very proud to be part of the Dancewise family.”

If you didn’t fill in a Feedback Slip on the night, spare slips will be in the office until 21st February so please do take advantage of this opportunity to share your thoughts with us!

**DRAMA TOMORROW CANCELLED**

December 20th, 2013

We’re really sorry but John has hurt his back so is unable to teach tomorrow. We will make up the time for you as follows:
11th January 3pm – 4:15pm
18th January 3pm – 4:15pm
25th January 3pm – 4:15pm
8th February 3pm – 4:15pm
If any of the above aren’t convenient for you, please contact the office on 023 8001 9845.

**PERFORMANCE TONIGHT CANCELLED DUE TO LAYING WATER**

December 19th, 2013

Please share with everyone. Unfortunately due to the rotten weather we just don’t feel it’s safe for our performers (or comfortable for their families!!) for the performance to go ahead this evening.

Christmas Performances!

December 11th, 2013

**IMPORTANT INFO!**

We now have all the information about both our remaining Christmas performances! Yay!!!! Miss A is doing her happy dance!!

Performance times for this Saturday 14th December!

Singers, level 2 kids street and levels 1 & 2 teen/adult street dancers performing at 5:15pm & 6:05pm in Fawley Square.

Please meet at The Square at 4:45pm.

 

Performance times for Thursday 19th December!

Singers, level 2 kids street and levels 1 & 2 teen/adult street dancers performing at 7:00pm in front of Waitrose.

Please meet at Dancewise at 6:30pm.

 

Bring all your friends and family to support you and see the great stuff we have lined up! If you’re not performing but want to help the fam, we’d love some helpers giving out leaflets! Come along and watch! See you then! Happy Christmas fam! Alison

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