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

Dance Daze Fairy Tale: A True Story

Once upon a time, there was a brand new dance program in Alameda, California called Dance Daze. It was founded by Saumirah McWoodson, an extremely zestful dancer and educator who had been dancing all over the place since she was 5 years old. Saumirah loved dancing so much that when she grew up, she decided to study ballet in New York City! She became an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher and was so eager to teach dance to children, teens, and adults that she started her own program!

The Dance Daze studio was located within Bridgehead Studio, at 2516 Blanding Avenue in Alameda. The street, like its name suggests, was pretty bland, but the beautiful mosaic on the outside of the building made it sparkle like the diamond it was!

Dance Daze - 2516 Blanding Avenue

 

Slowly, but surely, tons and tons of students of all ages began taking classes at Dance Daze. A trip to the Dance Daze studio was always exciting for everyone, especially because of all the gorgeous art on the walls that was often changing!

Hallway

 

There was a big studio downstairs in the building that Dance Daze students used for large classes of about 10 or more people, but students usually started off taking classes in the smaller studio upstairs. The hardwood floor was simply gorgeous.

Dance Daze Small Studio

 

Parents liked the upstairs studio because there was a comfortable waiting area inside and a lovely rooftop patio outside where they could lay out while their children were in class!

Patio

 

Saumirah somehow eventually got everyone she knew to fall into a dance daze with her! (Maybe it was because she was so dedicated to keeping the world up-to-date with Dance Daze via Facebook and Twitter!) Within a few years, Dance Daze classes were taught all over the United States of America! Many of Saumirah‘s students became professional dancers when they grew up and made enormous amounts of money doing what they loved. Saumirah was happy that she got to pursue her two biggest passions of dance and education and spread them throughout the land. (This made her smile even more than normal, even in her old age.)

Despite all of their crazy successes in life, neither Saumirah nor her students ever forgot about their early experiences that all started when they first walked down the halls of Dance Daze, and they all lived happily ever after.

Exit Sign

 

THE END

October Updates

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Hey Everyone!

I hope this month has been treating you well!  We’ve made a few updates to the Dance Daze sites recently, and I want to share them with you!

  1. We added more information about the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum we implement in our ballet classes on our About Page.
  2. We created a brand new YouTube account, and we will use it to showcase our work and performances!  (Yes, that means, with your permission and consent, YOU may be featured in a video on the Dance Daze YouTube Channel!
  3. We added some convenient social networking buttons at the top right column, so you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube more easily!
  4. We categorized our links at the bottom right of the page and added more links for local dance supply stores so you know where to shop for appropriate dance attire and shoes!
  5. We made HUGE changes to our Class Descriptions Page in order to give you a better idea of what type of vibe, energy, and overall classroom environment to expect in each class!
  6. We added a Notes Tab to our Facebook Page, so you can now view all of our most recent blogs there, if you’re more of a Facebook person than a regular website person!

In other news, we’re happy that we’ve been getting a lot of inquiry about our classes! Our street sign on Foothill Blvd. is getting noticed!  Also, we are VERY excited that we’ve started teaching an after-school Hip Hop Dance program at an elementary school in Hayward! We love being able to bring our dance program into the community and deepen our connection with our students and their families!

We look forward to seeing you in class soon!

Ballet 3

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Good Morning!

We are excited that we’ve been getting so much interest in our Ballet 3 class, held on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  I wanted to use this post to provide you with more information about the class and to answer some questions you may have.  This post might also be of interest to you if you have questions about the age requirements of our classes.

The Ballet 3 class has been created for young students who want to continue serious ballet training.  It is designed as a transition class for students who may have danced for years but are not used to an hour-long, classical ballet class format.  Also, this class relates directly to the students’ next year of training at Dance Daze, by introducing them to standards outlined in the American Ballet Theatre’s National Training Curriculum.  According to ABT’s website, the National Training Curriculum “aims to assist beginning through advanced teachers in training dance students to use their bodies correctly, focusing on kinetics and coordination, as well as anatomy and proper body alignment. Artistically, the National Training Curriculum strives to provide dance students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance.”  The Ballet 3 class is a preparation course, because instructors will expect students to have an understanding of the format of a classical ballet class, a general respect for dance as an art form, and the discipline required to continue serious ballet training by the time they are studying in Level 1.

It is important to state that, although there are age prerequisites listed on the Dance Daze schedule, ALL students will be admitted into classes based upon ability and potential. We strongly care about have classes that are developmentally appropriate for all students in the level.  This means that we do not want students in the class feeling that they are too far behind, and we also want to make sure that every student feels that they are being challenged.  Although setting age requirements gives us a general guideline for creating developmentally appropriate classes, we know that not all children develop in the same way at the same time.  Therefore, although your child may be the proper age for a class, it is possible that the instructor will suggest that they study at a different level.  Simultaneously, although your child may be younger than the suggested age for a class, the instructor may feel that your child has the ability, discipline, and passion to move up to a higher level, in order to aid them in their progression and continue providing them with training that is comfortable yet challenging.

Please contact us at (510) 523-2568 or dancedance1[at]gmail.com if you have any questions about which level your child sample.  Evaluations for class placement will be given after participation in the first dance class.