Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

Day of Ballet Review – Thursday August 31st

  • 9am Primary
  • 10am Gr 2
  • 11am Gr 3
  • Noon Gr 4
  • 1pm Gr 5
  • 2pm Gr 6
  • 3pm Gr 7


These classes are specifically to assist the exam/award candidates prepare for the busy fall term – but all students at these levels are welcome. Inter Foundation will not meet on August 31st.

Day of SAPG Review – Friday September 1st

All SAPG dancers to meet at the studio between 10am and Noon. Remember to bring all of your dance shoes and wear rehearsal clothing. (If you are attending Miss Chantelle’s intensive week we realize you will be unable to make this – so please go to our FaceBook SAPG Group page and practice your dances!)

Regular Classes Commence Saturday September 9th

During our first week back we will host a “Gently Used” Dance wear sale. Saturday 9th – Saturday 16th, Green Room. Drop off items in zip lock bags, labelled with name and price. Items accepted include:
Pink Bodysuits, Character shoes, character skits, tap shoes, CLEAN pink leather ballet shoes, and any higher grade bodysuits.
Items not accepted: Pale and royal blue bodysuits, tights and socks, canvas shoes.
Saturday September 16th – all zip lock bags to be collected.

Thanksgiving Break  Steps Ahead is closed Saturday 7th and Monday 9th October.

Winter Open House 25th – 30th November: All welcome to observe regular classes.

There is an App for that..

Want your dancer to succeed? Looking for the best mark possible on the ballet exam? Hope she will feel confident in her class award? You can help. Go to the app store in iTunes or Samsung Galaxy
Search- Royal Academy of Dance
Download the free App
Then click on the grade your dancer is registered for:
Gr 1 – 5, Inter Fdn, and Intermediate are all available (sorry Grade 6 and 7 are not)
Purchase the Grade you are working on for approx $30.

Fall RAD Ballet Exams will take place between Nov 17th and Dec 10th. Details to follow.

Remember – our dress code. We suggest you visit Toes n Taps on Cook Street in Victoria during the last week of August for their annual uniform sale! 

Performance Group (SAPG)

Performance Group (SAPG)

The 30 odd dancers in SAPG 17/8 enjoyed an exciting choreo-packed week at the studio. With the help of four fabulous young teachers (Miss Bryony, Miss Michelle, Miss Cat and Miss Hayley) we covered no less than 10 group dances. These dances will be entered at various events/festivals/competitions in the spring. Each dance will be taken to two of the following events. A detailed schedule of entries will be sent out as it becomes available in the fall. August 1st all SAPG dancers will be required for review day. (Times TBA)

Synergy Dance (Charlie White – Sydney) March 8th – 11th

Cowichan Music Festival (Duncan) – Usually last week in February

Dance Odyssey (Port Theatre – Nanaimo) – Usually a Saturday in February.

Just Dance Challenge (Duncan) April 12th – 15th

Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival (Victoria) – Usually in April.

Core Dance (Port Theatre – Nanaimo) May 5th – 12th

 

Summer News

Summer News

Performing @ Home XIV seems a million miles behind us now, as we gather speed to head into our summer programs. Steps Ahead Performance Group (SAPG) will meet for the first time June 26th – 30th to learn no less than 10 new group choreographies. Dancers will be preparing to perform both competitively and non-competitively in the spring of 2018 at various locations on the island. Our intensive Summer Syllabus School will run as always 1st week in July. Yet again we are delighted Miss Chantelle Norris will join us on faculty as we embark on our technical endeavours for the summer and fall. Remember if your dancer is headed to Syllabus School, to purchase the RAD app from the app store. Our Fall programs are filling up, so if you know of any dancers looking for quality dance education be sure to get their names into us ASAP! Finally we have secured Lynne Johnson to host another Acrobatic Workshop (October 27th). sign up will be available in the Green Room soon. Last season this popular event SOLD OUT, so be sure to register early.

Print Your Performing @ Home XIV Programme

Print Your Performing @ Home XIV Programme

It’s almost showtime!!

In our aim to respect the environment, we are offering a mostly paperless production again this year. There will be few printed programmes available at the theatre. However, if you wish to save this document for your personal memories, or pint your own at home, the choice is yours. The Bunch will have free wifi all weekend.  Download and print your own programme here: Performing @ Home XIV Program 2017

 

Showtime ’17

Showtime ’17

PERFORMING @ HOME XIV – SHOW TIME!
THIS SHOULD BE A VERY PLEASURABLE EXPERIENCE FOR THE DANCER, HELPERS AND FACULTY. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO LETTING YOUR DANCERS SHINE – PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FOLLOWING:
TUESDAY MAY 23rd
Act 2 –(Modern and Tap) – Technical Rehearsal
All dancers to be in Costume with correct hairstyle (NO MAKE-UP)
All dancers to be ready at 4pm
All younger students to have their mum/dad/guardian with them in the audience
All dancers to watch the rehearsal
All dancers will have group photo taken on stage
Solo photos (if you wish) to take place in the lobby – you must complete a photo order envelope and return to Kathy Paton at the photo shoot. We start with the finale and then go to the 1st dance.
WEDNESDAY MAY 24th
Act 1 – (Ballet) – Technical Rehearsal
As per Act Two………
THURSDAY MAY 25th
Full Dress Rehearsal of Both Acts
All dancers to be in costume with correct hairstyle (NO MAKE-UP)
Dancers in Act One to be ready at 4pm
Dancers in Act Two ready at 5pm
Full run of both acts
NO DANCERS OR PARENTS IN THE AUDIENCE
PARENT VOLUNTEERS MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE – DANCERS MUST BE SIGNED OUT AFTER THE REHEARSAL IS OVER – ACT ONE WILL END APPROX 5.30PM AND ACT TWO APPROX 7.30PM.SHOW TIME
Friday 26th 7pm and Saturday 27th 2pm and 7pm
NB this is 30 mins earlier than past years!

All Dancers in Act one should arrive by 6.30pm (matinee 1.30pm) Costume, Hair and make-up!
All Dancers in Act two should arrive by 7pm (matinee 2pm)
Parent volunteers should be responsible for their group until a parent has collected each and every student.
Students in Act one (only) are welcome to watch Act two with their family (assuming they have a ticket)! Visa versa also applies.
If you are not watching the show – you are able to take your student home as soon as the finale for their act is over. Act one finale is estimated to end at 8pm. (matinee 3pm)
Please do not hesitate to email me (stepsaheadbc@gmail.com) or call 250 701 0203 with any questions!!

Term 2 is Here #inspire

Term 2 is Here #inspire

First Term was a great success with RAD ballet graded examinations completed. Now we prepare for our busy 2nd term! RAD vocational exams, ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap exams, JPG & SPG performance opportunities and Dance Odyssey presentation on Feb 4th (Nanaimo – JPG) along with much show planning! Tickets will be available for Performing @ Home at theatre.brentwood.bc.ca in the next few weeks. If you are interested in joining us for Steps to Disney ’18 – applications will be taken until March 15th 2017. (Welcome to the few new students who have joined us at this point of our annual journey!) #inspire

Steps to Disney ’18

Steps to Disney ’18

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At present we are accepting applications for dancers aged 10 – 18 who wish to take part in 4 days of magic at the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California,
February 8th – 12th 2018.

Register Now! at the studio.

Once establishing the number of committed dancers, a package price will be created to include the following:
Probable and approximate commitment/cost breakdown:
(N.B. these costs may change according to participation)

June 26th – July 1st 10am – 4pm – Choreography Intensive $180
(RAD ballet summer school to run July 3rd – 7th – charged separately)
August 30th – Review day and 1st parent meeting No Charge
(RAD ballet review day to run August 31st)
Weekly Steps to Disney Class (Sept – Feb) up to $160
Disney Crew T. Shirt $ 15
2-4 Costumes at $80 each +/- $240
Director Fee (to allow teachers to attend) $ 80
3 day Park Hopper upwards of $230
This park hopper includes one performance and one workshop – further workshops available at an extra cost.
(the 2016 park hopper was $170 US)

Other Costs:
FLIGHTS: Families travelling together to book their own travel (please be sure to confirm our dates of the 3 day park hopper before booking flights)
Students being chaperoned by Lorraine and Don will have flights booked for them by WestJet – payment to be made to Lorraine. Due date TBA. (2016 flight approx $547)

HOTEL: Lorraine and Don and chaperoned students will stay at the Marriott Springhill Suites, Maingate. A group rate will be established and each family is welcome to book under the Steps Ahead group rate as desired. (2016 price $257)

FUND RAISING: 2016 students managed to raise approx $1000 per dancer. Fund raising is managed solely by parent volunteers and is completely optional.

OPTIONAL GEAR: Garment bags, Martha Graham quote jackets and more to come! Pricing according to product.

• Realistically it will cost $2000 to $2500 (with food) for your dancer to attend. _
• If we have many dancers without families we may need to add some for the cost of third chaperone. _
• You could fund raise a good 50% of the total cost if you wish to!__