Arts Education, Steps Ahead (AESA)

Arts Education, Steps Ahead (AESA)

Arts Education, Steps Ahead (AESA)

Philosophy:

At Steps Ahead we believe art is an integral component of a student’s rounded education. During these challenging times, the health and safety of our faculty and students remain of utmost importance and therefore we are embarking on this new opportunity for students in the Cowichan Valley to participate in a creative, explorative and physically challenging program.

  • AESA has been formed to offer an alternative to public school for those seeking an enriched arts education in Grades 5, 6 and 7.
  • AESA offers a safe, exclusive cohort with a maximum of 8 students.
  • AESA offers support to students as they follow their online core curriculum through SIDES (South Island Distance Education School) or similar (as arranged by the family)
  • AESA is committed to offering opportunities that allow a deeper exploration of the performing arts.

Learning Outcomes:

Exploring and creating

Reasoning and reflecting

Communicating and documenting

Art Education Including:

Physical and health education: How do we see others. Healthy choices. Individual, group and community health.

Physical literacy: Healthy and Active living. Social and Community Health.

Aboriginal Arts

Sample Day:

9 am – Morning welcome and daily PBT workout

Progressing Ballet Techniques – https://pbt.dance/

9.30 am – Daily news and current events – Students to research and share current local and world news and reflect on impacts.

9.45 am – ACADEMIC TIME – SLOT #1 (Students will work on academic core subjects via SIDES or similar on laptops provided by the family)

https://www.sides.ca/en/k-9-programs/k-9-overview.html

10.45 am – Snack/break time – unstructured 15mins for nourishment, hygiene and relaxation.

11 am – DANCE CLASS

Monday- Ballet. Tuesday – Tap/Acro. Wednesday – Jazz. Thursday – Modern.

All dance classes will enrich and challenge the dancer in a safe environment. These classes will not follow a syllabus, as per the after-school classes, but will complement this work.

Noon – Lunch Break – unstructured 25mins for nourishment, hygiene, fresh air and relaxation

12.25pm ACADEMIC TIME – SLOT #2 (as per time slot #1)

1.15 pm – ART ENRICHMENT

Monday – Drama/Acting.  Tuesday – Musical Theatre and Elements of Choreography. Wednesday – Possible Visual Art (Elements of Design). Thursday – Music and Voice.

2.15 pm – Dismissal.

Students will be given the opportunity to create and share elements of each performing art. Examples could include Mill Bay Light Up, Children and Apple Pie and other local community events.

Schedule:

9am – 2.15pm Monday – Thursday

SD79 and Steps Ahead Dance Calendar followed

Fees:

$180 per week (plus GST) – invoiced monthly.

Vacation weeks not charged.

Any student registered in AESA receives a 40% discount on all tuition fees for Steps Ahead Dance classes.

Supplies Required:

Laptop computer for academic work.

Dance clothing including shoes and PBT supplies (uniform colour TBA)

Daily snack and lunch

Water bottle

Clear labelled tote to transport and store supplies.

  • In the case of more than 8 students applying for the opportunity, an audition/interview will take place prior to acceptance.
  • 30 days notice required upon withdrawal.

Please contact us for further information or to express interest:

stepsaheadbc@gmail.com

June on Zoom

June on Zoom

Steps Ahead Dance is pleased to offer a variety of dance courses for the month of June 2020. Registrations are now open.

app.thestudiodirector.com/stepsaheadbc/portal.sd

Monday 6pm Conditioning                                                                

All dancers in Gr 2 Ballet/Modern and up are welcome (age 9 and up). Adults welcome.

Monday 7.15pm Hip-Hop/Commercial Combos        (45mins)         

All dancers in Gr 5 Modern/Ballet and up welcome (age 13 and up)

Tuesday 4pm – General Dance Class for those age 7-10yrs             

Barre technique, floor strengthening, safe stretching and more for young dancers in Grades 1, 2 and 3 Ballet and Modern

Tuesday 6pm – Modern/Contemporary Combos                            

Dancers in Gr 5 Modern/Ballet and up welcome (age 13 and up)

Wednesday 6pm – Barre Fit                                                               

Ballet-based work-out for those age 12 and up. Previous experience not necessary. Adults welcome.

Thursday 7pm – Contemporary Class                                               

Contemporary techniques for dancers in Gr 4, 5 and Inter Fdn Ballet/Modern      

(ages 10 – 14yrs)

Saturday 10am – Tiny Tots Dance       (45mins)                                 

Fun movement class for dancers age 3 – 6 yrs

Important Info regarding ShowWeek May 19th – 23rd

Important Info regarding ShowWeek May 19th – 23rd

PERFORMING @ HOME XVII – SHOWTIME!

The Roaring Twenties

All three shows will be identical except for SAPG dances
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 19th 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 4.30pm
All younger students to have their mum/dad/guardian with them in the audience
All dancers to watch the rehearsal with class groups – rows will be assigned
All dancers will have a group photo taken on stage.

Solo photos are optional and will take place in the lobby (Sheena Davies)

WEDNESDAY MAY 20th
Act 1 – (Ballet) – Technical Rehearsal
This evening runs exactly as per the 19th – only we rehearse the ballet class dances instead of the Modern and Tap dances.

THURSDAY MAY 21st 
Full Dress Rehearsal of All both Acts and SAPG Dances
All dancers to be in costume with correct hairstyle (NO MAKE-UP)

Dancers in Act One to be ready at 4.30pm
Dancers in Act Two to be ready at 5.30pm

SAPG Dancers should have all costumes ready at 6.30pm – rehearsal order TBA.

NO DANCERS OR PARENTS IN THE AUDIENCE
PARENT VOLUNTEERS MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE – DANCERS MUST BE SIGNED OUT AFTER THE REHEARSAL IS OVER –

PICK-UP TIME – ACT ONE WILL END APPROX 6PM AND ACT TWO APPROX 7PM.

Friday 22nd 7pm and Saturday 23rd 2pm and 7pm
All Dancers in Act one should arrive by 6.30pm (matinee 1.30pm) Costume, Hair and make-up required this day! Please do not arrive in your costume – change at the studio.
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)! Vice 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)
If you wish to volunteer to assist with supervision backstage please add your name here:

Do not hesitate to email me (stepsaheadbc@gmail.com) or call 250 701 0203 with any questions!!