Welcome to your monthly Bayside Dance newslettter! Read on to find out all about what’s been happening at dance and what’s coming up next. Our monthly newsletters are a great way to share information so we encourage you to take a few minutes to read it through.
Parking While there is usually lots of street parking available around the studio, we know it can still be a struggle on busy days. When planning your travel times, be mindful of the construction in the area and frequent road closures which do impact parking spaces.
Drop-and-Go Now that dancers are settled in to their classes, parents/carers of school-aged dancers are welcome to ‘drop-and-go’. Some of our parents find the length of a class to be the perfect time to get some errands done, go have a coffee or take younger siblings for a play in the park.
Silly Socks Week! To celebrate the first term of 2023, join us in Week 9(27 March – 1 April) for some fun with silly socks week! Dancers of all ages can wear their silliest socks to class (still with appropriate dance shoes). If your class is usually barefoot, think creatively about where else you can wear your silly socks!
Easter Holiday Workshops
Join us and Little Acorn Kids Parties & Workshops
for three days of holiday fun this Easter!
Monday 3 April – Spring into Action (5-10 year olds) Come and join us for a day of creative art and dance. We will have a day of arts/craft that you can showcase your creative flare. We will be designing our own pillowcases, wall hangings, canvas paintings, creating our own spring gardens and showing our best moves in the dance studio.
Tuesday 4 April – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (5-10 year olds) Come and join us for our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Design and decorate your own bonnet to wear to the Tea Party. Join in with some easter art/craft and decorate your own easter cupcakes and biscuits to be shared with your friends. Come down the rabbit hole and find your place on the dance floor. Mazes and clues will lead you to the golden egg for an easter egg hunt.
Wednesday 5 April – Bunny Hop (3-6 year olds) Calling all bunnies to join us for a morning of easter fun! We will decorate easter bonnets, art/craft, decorate biscuits and join in with some dancing and games. We will be going on an easter egg hunt to find something magical for us to share.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: dance competitions are NOT my favourite thing! There, I said it! This might sound weird coming from someone who has adjudicated dance competitions and regularly enters students into them. But there are a few reasons I don’t enjoy them.
1. Dance is subjective. Two adjudicators can (and do) have very different opinions on what makes a “good” routine. Opinions vary between judges, even from one day to the next (or even the morning through to the evening session!) This is unlike many sports (especially centimeters, grams and seconds sports, also known as CGS sports). When you lift the heaviest weight, you win. When you’re the first over the line, you win. Ball goes in the net? Score a point! Dance has far more variables, particularly when in competitions there are no set criteria – you actually don’t know what the judge may be looking for or may prefer!
2. Pitting dancers against each other doesn’t feel natural to me. I don’t enjoy seeing poor sportsmanship from dancers, studio owners or parents. No one has EVER asked me if I won at dance competitions, and unless it’s a solo competition of note, you’re not going to even put it on your resume.
3. Competitions are big days, with emotions running high and lots that we can’t control. It can be a bit of a pressure-cooker situation which, if children are already tired or parents are frazzled, can mean dancers don’t perform at their best.
4. Placing or not placing at a competition doesn’t measure progress. Likewise, a routine that is easy for the dancers to execute can do well in a competition, but may not provide its dancers with technical progression. A routine that is stylistically or technically challenging, created by the teacher or coach to help the dancers progress long-term, may not be award-winning.
So, Kaitlin, if you don’t like them, why do you bother entering our performance teams in competitions? Great question!
Firstly, having some dates in the calendar to work towards is a key component to goal setting. A goal without an end date is just a dream! So by having a date to have completed, polished and perfected a routine by, we are helping our students progress.
Secondly, it helps fulfil the requirement of ecological dynamics. Big words, but essentially it means that you are recreating the environment in which you are going to later perform. By entering our dancers in competitions, we are exposing them to being on stage and that will help prepare them for dancing onstage in their career (if that’s the path they choose to pursue – being in front of an audience can occur in lots of workplace roles though!)
Thirdly, while it can be expensive to enter, costume, rehearse and staff a group at a competition, it is more affordable than staging our own event every time we want to put kids on stage. In particular, the way we have created performance team packages means it is affordable for parents to support their child’s love of dance.
Lastly, and certainly not least, the camaraderie it builds between students is incredible. Seeing the friendships that develop in those gorgeous in-between moments in the dressing room or side stage are golden. I certainly don’t remember whether or not I placed at eisteddfods, but the memories made with my friends are truly treasured.
What’s Been Happening?
Performance Team Photoshoot
Last Saturday, we had a super fun afternoon at the studio for our Performance Team photoshoot! As well as providing us with great new photos for marketing purposes, the photoshoot was also a wonderful experience for our dancers. Big thank you to our photographer, Sharyn Hall, and some guest dancers for joining us.
Frozen JR Auditions Over the last two weeks, our musical theatre teachers have had the important task of casting this years’ musical theatre production of Frozen JR. While our teachers are always watching in class, having students participate in a formal audition process is an amazing learning opportunity! Big thanks to all of our musical theatre students for performing with so much enthusiasm and being so supportive of their friends too!
Friday 24 March – Performance Team Showcase
Keen to see what performance teams are all about? Our 2023 teams are debuting their new routines in a relaxed performance ahead of their first competition, and you’re invited! Click here for tickets.
Saturday 1 April – Last Day of Term 1
Monday 3 April – Easter Holiday Workshops: Spring into Action! Tuesday 4 April – Easter Holiday Workshops: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Wednesday 5 April – Easter Holiday Workshops: Bunny Hop!
Join us for three days of holiday fun this Easter! Book your spot here.
Saturday 26 August – Frozen JR (Musical Theatre and TDP dancers) Saturday 4 November (PM) – Preschool Concert
Sunday 5 November – Rehearsal Day (Juniors and Big Kids dancers) Sunday 12 November – Concert Day (Juniors and Big Kids)