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How Traditional Ballet Training Can Benefit Overall Athletic Skill

How Traditional Ballet Training Can Benefit Overall Athletic Skill

Ballet training begins as early as at Age 5 at KaliAndrews Dance Company in Ottawa

Classical ballet is one of the most beautiful art forms that exists today. Due to the immense technicality that exists within the style however, it is known to be difficult to learn and keep up with. Traditional ballet training offers students a variety of skills that help them excel out of the dance studio and in other forms of athletics. Be it with team activities or other personal athleticism, ballet training is an excellent way to find overall success.

Other Dance Styles

Ballet techniques have become the foundation for almost all forms of other dance styles, from jazz to tap and even acrobatics. Particular movements like relevé, plié, and foot positions have become the accepted norms in other styles. Additionally, the ability to extend limbs and elongate muscles are also used in other styles.

Flexibility

A significant amount of ballet skills reside in an individual’s ability to properly stretch and elongate muscles. Stretching is important to all forms of physical exercise, whether it’s going to the gym and lifting weights or participating in team sports like soccer and basketball. When muscles are injured from activity, the ability to properly stretch them out allows them to repair themselves faster. A history of ballet training allows athletes to know how to stretch out muscles properly and repair them when injured.

Concentration

An important aspect of successfully learning the techniques of ballet is concentration, and repeatedly practicing the same movements. The ability to meticulously watch an instructor’s choreography while mirroring and memorizing it requires incredible concentration. The better a dancer becomes at ballet, the better their concentration skills become. This is a characteristic that is important in almost every other sport, where concentrating on what is required of you is the goal.

Teamwork and Cooperation

Unlike some sports where athletes are able to practice alone, ballet training requires an immense amount of teamwork and cooperating with other people. Given that the techniques have been in practice for over 500 years, dancers must learn and train with one another regularly. Learning ballet enforces the skills of teamwork and cooperation, and teaches dancers to rely on one another for help and support when they need it.

Dedication

Ultimately, students of classical ballet must be unwaveringly dedicated to the art form. Unlike other styles of dance, the fundamental techniques of ballet have existed for hundreds of years, and are unchanging. The perfection of these techniques is of the utmost importance, and the determination to learn them becomes a commendable personal characteristic. Whether in sport or in the classroom, the ability to dedicate yourself to a task and do it as well as possible is essential to finding success.

Ballet is packed full of transferrable skills that can become essential personal and professional characteristics. With ballet training, athletes are able to become better in all elements of sport. To learn more about our ballet programs and which would be best suited for you or your child, contact us for more information.

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The Benefits of Dance Classes for Children

The Benefits of Dance Classes for Children

Dance Classes for Children ages 3 to 4 at KaliAndrews Dance Company in Ottawa

Young children naturally enjoy moving around, and it can sometimes seem difficult just to keep an eye on them. But teaching them how to control their energy and keep in control of their bodies can be extremely difficult and stressful for parents. In our Little Steps Kindergarten Dance Classes however, their hyperactivity can be utilized as a teaching method to show them how to focus their attention to one activity and control themselves. Four of the following benefits of dance are not only helpful while in the studio, but important to know as they enter school classrooms and extracurricular activities.

Muscle Control

Having the ability to control the your actions is an important learning curve for young children, and dance is one of the best methods to do this. With the focused and repetitive nature of dance classes, children will be taught how to control their bodies and perfect certain motions. By repeating the same movement, their bodies will begin to strengthen particular muscles and have better control over them. This is especially helpful for children who are naturally in constant motion, but don’t yet understand how to stay in control of their energy.

Coordination

Similar to muscle control, coordination is a learned skill and does not come naturally to most children. One of the greatest benefits of dance is learning how to coordinate certain parts of the body, and to be able to control these motions. Skills like standing on a single leg, or even distributing weight unevenly while still staying stable, are taught in dance classes. In our introductions to Ballet and Creative movement, young dancers will be taught these coordination skills, and this development will allow them to do more technique driven dance styles.

Listening

With young children particularly, learning how to listen and pay attention to authority figures who are outside their family can be difficult. This is a task normally given to kindergarten teachers, but when enrolled in dance classes at a young age this can be taught earlier. In our little steps dance classes, a maximum of 15 children are taught and monitored by both a teacher and an assistant. This gives children two new figures to learn to listen to, in an environment that features a smaller ratio of children to authority figures than a classroom. Little dancers will quickly realize that when they don’t listen to instructions, they aren’t able to understand what is going on and participate in the fun that their classmates are. Learning to listen comes with repeated practice, and that is exactly what our dance classes provide children with.

Cooperation

For young children without family members or friends close in age, it can be difficult to learn to cooperate with others. One of the greatest benefits about dance classes is that children are placed with dancers who are close to their own age, and are challenged to cooperate with others. Be it sharing floor space or picking which order the dancers are placed in, children learn to cooperate with one another and work in a team. This is a fantastic way for young children to learn socialization skills, especially if they are shy or nervous.

There are many other benefits of dance for young children. Helping them to learn to control their bodies, strengthen their muscles, and create friendships with children their own age are all important aspects to healthy childhood development. To learn more about our little steps dance program for children aged 3-4, or to enroll your child in the next cycle of dance classes, contact us today!

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Is Your Child Ready for Competitive Dance?

Is Your Child Ready for our Competitive Dance Program?

Competitive Dance Trio at KaliAndrews Dance Company

Competitive dance is an athletic skill that requires dancers who are deeply passionate about their craft. This is an excellent way to perfect dance techniques, to create lasting memories and life lessons, friendships with fellow dancers and competitors, and to become confident with your skills and abilities. It is not like the year-end recital where you perform once a year, as it demands many months’ worth of repetitive practice, precision and commitment. Dancers as young as 7 are welcome to audition for a spot in our competitive dance program. A limited number of dancers are offered positions within the program each year and are organized into different styles and choreographed routines that fit best with their strengths.

Auditions

The first step to join the KADC competitive dance program is to attend our auditions. The audition process takes place in a regular classroom setting as teachers and instructors watch from the sidelines. The demonstration of proper technique and technical ability is important, but it is not the only area that is assessed. Instead, our staff are looking for 4 main aspects within the audition:

  • • Technique and flexibility level
  • • Attention span and asking for support when needed
  • • A solid effort being put forth while learning
  • • Mannerisms toward the instructors and peers

Auditions are held annually and will determine the current year’s final competitive dance team. Dancers can make note of the styles of dance they are most comfortable with upon registration, so that they can audition and compete in that style. Dancers can also indicate the type of routines they would like to be considered for.

Preparation

To ensure that you are prepared for your audition, we encourage all dancers to participate in at least one of our summer dance programs. This gives our staff the opportunity to observe you within the classroom setting before the audition date. Our dance camps will allow new dancers to familiarize themselves with our facility and instructors, while returning dancers have the opportunity to advance, grow, practice and refine their skills.

Time Commitment

Being a member of our competitive dance program requires a solid time commitment from both the team members and our instructors. The amount of time spent weekly in the studio and practicing from home will differ from student to student and is determined by the number of classes and routines you choose to commit to for the season. Competitive dancers can expect to spend anywhere from 3 to 4 days per week at the studio or between 10 to 20 hours in classes or rehearsals. This is based on your participation level, which is determined at the time of your registration.

All members in our competitive dance program will be required to take a competitive technique course, as well as two ballet classes a week (with the exception of dancers only dancing in Hip Hop). Additionally, all members will be requested to attend a mandatory orientation week in the last week of August.

Finances

There is no set price to be part our competitive dance program, as costs will vary depending on the number of classes and routines you are participating in. We are unable to give estimated quotes until your audition process is complete. Generally speaking, competitive fees can start at approximately $450/month and escalate depending on the number of routines you are offered and choose to accept. This fee however, does cover the majority of the competitive requirements for the year. A detailed competitive information package is available upon request.

Are you ready to become a member of KaliAndrews Dance Company’s competitive dance program? Audition dates and more information is coming soon!!

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What to Expect at Summer Dance Camp

What to Expect at Summer Dance Camp

Contortion is part of the Advanced Acrobatics program at KaliAndrews Dance Company in Ottawa

Summer Dance Camp is an excellent way for busy minds and busy bodies to be kept active during the months off from school. Summer break should be exciting for children, and should allow them the time to explore their own interests outside of the schoolyard. At KaliAndrews Dance Company, we offer four separate summer dance programs to allow all dancers to explore different styles of dance at the level that’s right for each individual. We want to make sure that everyone can participate in dance camp regardless of past experience, and make their summer a break to remember!

Young Dancers: 3-6 Years Old

Little Steps Dance Camp will let young dancers explore a variety of different styles from hip hop to ballet, so that they are able to find what best suits them. Children will be separated into two age groups (3-4yrs and 5-6yrs) for certain styles such as ballet, acro and jazz to ensure everyone is able to participate and receive relevant guidance, while snack breaks and activities will be done all together. Each class will be taught and supervised by a KaliAndrews Dance Company’s instructors and staff, so your tiny dancer is free to have fun, make new friends, and still be safe.

Beginner and Intermediate Dancers: 7-14 Years Old

Our general Summer Dance Camp is for both beginners who are new to the dance and intermediate students looking to advance their skills throughout the summer. With a rotating two-day schedule, dancers can explore a range of styles daily rather than focus on one style exhaustively. During these lessons, new dancers will be taught the fundamental positions and techniques of different styles. This will allow them to find the styles that they’re most comfortable with and may want to pursue more seriously. Experienced dancers will have the chance to work with new instructors, try out new tricks and continue their training over the break. This program is a great opportunity for any dancers interested in possibly auditioning for the Competitive Team in August.

Participants 7-10yrs, camp will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 pm; Participants 11-14yrs, camp will run from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The age separation makes sure that dancers are placed in a group of a similar age and skill set, and that everyone can be given direction and support. All students will attend 5 dance classes per day, with a break for lunch. Dancers Age 7-10 are on a full-day schedule, and will be participating in crafts and other activities after dance classes.

Advanced Dancers: 13-19 Years Old

Our Advanced Dance Fit Supreme program is for experienced dancers who are looking to push themselves and fine tune their skills over the summer. This camp is designed to help advanced dancers and competitive students stay active and keep them on their toes for the upcoming season. Classes will be held with multiple teachers and explore a variety of styles including Contemporary, Improvisation exercises, Ballet, Jazz, Strengthening and Flexibility Training. This allows for fundamental techniques to be repeatedly practiced and for students to advance their skills. Each class is 2 hours.

Summer Aerial Arts (Silks and Hoop): 10+ Years Old

In our Summer Aerials Program, students are able to explore aerial dance in silks and hoop training. Our modern facility includes a 20 foot high professional rigging system, allowing dancers to experience a genuine circus environment. This summer camp is more physically demanding than others, and flexibility and strength are of the utmost importance. As a rule, dancers should be able to do a full chin up and full push up before registering for the course.

We encourage all dancers who wish to audition for our competitive team in the fall to participate in one or more of our Summer Dance Programs. The lessons will allow dancers to keep up with practice and fine tune their skills. Summer Dance Camp is an excellent way to allow dancers to gain experience in the sport when not in school. Participants will be able to meet several new instructors, fellow dancers, and learn the basics of new dance styles. For more information about Summer Dance Camp and to register, contact KaliAndrews Dance Company today!

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Ottawa Acro Dancers Create ‘Moving Poetry’ at Competition

Dancers Create ‘Moving Poetry’ at Competition

Acrobatic Dance Duet by KaliAndrews Dance Company in OttawaOriginally posted in the Cornwall Seaway News on March 21, 2015.
By Adam Brazeau

It felt more like a Cirque du Soleil performance than a dance competition.

Ottawa’s KaliAndrews Dance Company’s jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics captivated the crowd, as performers donning gold masks and matching outfits huddled together on stage and transformed a three-sided ladder into moving poetry.

Move With The Beat is the only all-ages competition combining dance, circus, and aerial acrobatics, according to its director Meaghan Wegg.

The 29-year-old Montreal resident graduated in 2005 from L’Ecole Nationale de Cirque and toured internationally with the famous dance troupe. She holds a diploma specializing in the highest level of circus coaching, and majored in aerial hoop and minored in contortion.

“Circus has become very popular in the dance world, but at competitions there’s no category for it – they just compete against acrobatic dancers,” said Wegg.

She described the event as an opportunity for dancers to get experience in front of an audience on a stage with professional judges. All of the dancers go home with a video demo of their act, with feedback of the judging critiques.

[Cornwall Seaway News]

Studio Profile

One of the most unique dance studios and schools in Ottawa, Ontario! We offer a wide variety of lessons in traditional dance styles such as Ballet and Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. We also specialize in circus-based dance styles such as Acrobatic Dance, Stunting, Tumbling, Contortion and Aerial Arts.

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