Best Wishes, Aiyu!

aiyuLast Tuesday, December 4, 2012, we bid farewell to our wonderful W. T. Chan Fellow Intern, Aiyu Li, who came all the way from China to work for Dance Daze®! During her time in the states, Aiyu studied at UC Berkeley, led a Dance Daze® creative movement and tutoring program at Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, supported our fundraising and development efforts, and interviewed wonderful nonprofit leaders in the fields of arts and education. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have met and worked with such a lovely young woman, and we will miss her greatly!

Read some of Aiyu’s blogs on the Dance Daze® Intern Blog: http://dancedazeinterns.wordpress.com/

 

Dance Daze October 2011 Updates!

  • Hello Everyone!

It’s been a while since we blogged, so here are a few updates for you!

1) We will now be sending out a newsletter on the 1st of each month, to keep our Dance Daze Parents updated on our current program offerings. You can find our first official newsletter (from September 2011) here: http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/1024731/1231c2aec7/ARCHIVE

2) On Saturday, October 29th, we will be giving away one FREE pumkin full of goodies and games to EACH child that comes to dance class! Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to Creative Movement at 9:00 am, and children 6 years and older may join us for Level 1 Ballet at 10:00 am. (Regular drop in rates occur for new students.)

3) We will be having our 2011 Winter Dance Camp from Monday, December 19th – Friday, December 23rd! The camp is open for ages 5 to 12, and will run from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day. Students will learn hip hop, jazz, ballet, and cheer dance! The camp will be held at Bladium Sports and Fitness Club, and snacks will be provided by Dance Daze. For more information or to register for camp, go here: http://www.active.com/dance-camp/alameda-ca/dance-daze

4) We want to offer MORE studio dance classes! In January, we are planning to start a 30-minute Pre-Pointe class for children ages 9 and older, and a Jazz/Hip Hop class for children ages 6 and older. If you are interested in registering for either of the classes or would simply like more information about them, please complete the interest form and we will respond to you ASAP! Find our interest form here: https://dancedaze.org/contact/

5) Do you know WHEN we are having classes? Be sure to save our Studio Class Info & Schedule Page to your favorites: https://dancedaze.org/studio-classes/. You may also download a PDF of our 2011 – 2012 Calendar (*subject to change!) here: https://dancedaze.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/calendar-fall-11-to-spr-12-updated-10-11-11.pdf

6) If you haven’t already, please LIKE us all over Facebook!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hula Hoopin’ in Creative Movement

We tried hula hoops in our Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet class for the first time last week! The kids seemed to really enjoy this new prop.

We decided to incorporate hula hoops into the lesson plan on Saturday because we will be having a “theme,” or a specific focus, each month. This month, we are focusing on colors and shapes–noticing colors and shapes of items we use throughout class followed by a class of creating similar shapes with our bodies. We think this new structure will allow us to bring fun items to each class with an educational purpose for the students. For the last 5 to 10 minutes of each class, we will be using fun props that relate to our monthly theme! But don’t worry–we still make time for a warm-up activity, static stretching, ballet fundamentals, traveling dance movements, and free dance in each class!

We hope your children love the new variety in class!

New Location on National Dance Day 2011!

We had a great time in our first classes at our new location–Bladium Sports and Fitness Club in Alameda. At our new location, we now have the use of 3 mirrored walls in each studio, twice as much space, and even floating sub-floors, which are great for our dancers!

We currently have limited class times available, as we would like to build up our classes before adding more. However, if we get at least 4 students to register for one class, we will add that class to our schedule!

Thank you for staying with us as we grow! Looking forward to seeing you in class!

PS: HAPPY NATIONAL DANCE DAY! :)

Dance Daze™ Classes Now at Bladium!

Good Morning!

Yes, the buzz is TRUE! Dance Daze™ classes have moved to Bladium Sports and Fitness Club in Alameda!  We will now be offering classes in the gorgeous studio spaces pictured below.

Our first classes there will be this Saturday, July 30th. We have Creative Movement/Pre-Ballet from 9:00 am to 9:45 am and Ballet 3/Level 1 ABT Curriculum from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Bladium is a great family gym, and we believe this move will be beneficial for both Dance Daze™ and them! Also, we are sure our students will love the new studio space, which includes mirrors attached to walls, gorgeous floors, and even a small stage for performances right in the room!

To view our current schedule of classes, please click here.
To view our schedule for Fall 2011 – Spring 2012, please click here.

Looking forward to seeing you at Bladium!

Sincerely,
Saumirah