Thursday, October 31, 2013

Week 9: Update

Isadora's Classes -
  • PrePro A: is working on improvisation and using it not only in class but incorporating in into performance. 
  • PrePro B: has been focusing on strength building and some basic modern dance principals. Lots of curves, leg swings and rolls. Isadora is really excited by their progress so far as a whole group.
Rick's Classes - 
  • Waitsfield classes are going great and students are having a blast. 
  • Stowe classes are going strong and have been growing. 
Maria's Classes:
  • Lyrical 4: My most advanced students are mastering the choreo I've been giving them, while I've suddenly changed the music. This change is forcing my students to become more creative and really listen to the music, while applying the new style of music to their movement. Their improvisation is becoming more specific and unique. 
  • Lyrical 3: We're working on changing between flowing movement and simple, linear movements. Their dance goes from one to the other. Looking great. We're also focusing on strengthening through yoga practices in our warm-up. 
  • Lyrical 2: Currently focusing on turns. Spotting, arm placement and feeling confident while turning. Making great progress. 
  • Teen Beg. Ballet: Vocab.Vocab.Vocab - I've asked my students to bring a  ballet term and definition to class each week. We're making a list & I quiz them during each class. We're at the point where we just go through the barre and exercises. Really moving along!
Mary's Classes:
  • Pointe 1: These dancers are really hard workers.  They are working on strength and control. We watch videos of ballets so the can see what it looks like to be in control on pointe and how buerres should look like you are floating. New - also spend time with constructive peer feedback.
  • Ballet 3/4: First things first -  working on remembering ballet shoes and hair in buns. Just like the older girls, they are just about to move into an entirely different level of dance in the next couple of years. So we are also working on one hand on the barre and the etiquette that goes with it. Always starting with Left hand on the barre, how to soutenu to the perform exercises on the other side.
  • Ballet 1: Is working on learning the names for ballet steps: degaje, ronde de jamb, pas de beurre, tendu, grand battment and the 5 positions of feet and arms.
  • Note From Miss Mary: 'All my beginning ballet classes are learning or reviewing ballet class etiquette.  Clapping for someone if they have demonstrated something, clapping at the end if class and curtsying to your teacher.'
June's Classes - 
  • Classes are always fun, but not the specific exercises. In all classes, we have been working on getting the strength to maintain turnout properly. Lots of hip alignment work and adagio strength. This has been out main focus. 
  • It's not overly fun for the students, but they are getting there! 
Danielle's Classes -

  • All Stowe classes have recently made a list of their goals for the year. A few weeks after the holiday break, I will hand back their goal sheets for them to review and see where they stand. They can add new goals at this time.I do this every year with each class.
  • Tap 3 & 4: We started the year off  with "hoofing" or "rhythm tap," focusing more on the rhythmic percussion of the sounds, staying grounded and tapping into the floor. From there, because there are so many new tappers this year, we took a class or two to review the basics! So very important!!! Now both classes are currently working on a "Broadway Style" combination. This style is more mainstream, commonly found in Broadway musicals and is characterized by flashy steps and dancing "on" the floor.  I was taught all styles of tap so I feel it's important to pass  that along.
  • Jazz 2: Flexibility, Flexibility, Flexibility!!! Our goal this year is to get both the right and left split.  I have seen great progress already. We are also working on our jazz pas de bourree, pirouettes, reverse grapevines and the pony (who doesn't love to pony?!?!).
  • Tap/Hip Hop & Waitsfield Jazz/Tap 1: We are getting the basics down in tap! For jazz and hip hop, both classes are working on the funky hokey pokey and having a blast!  
  • I'm having so much fun with all classes this year and I am seeing great progress!!!

More to come....

Helena's Classes -

Hillary's Classes - 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October Birthday Dancers!

We wish you a VERY happy birthday!

Shannon Collar
Skie Maves
Katelyn O'Toole
Lillian Cadwell
Emma Rivers
David Gosselin
Willow Nichols
Lucia Hamor
Sydney McElligott
Sophie Manosh
Lilliana White
Lucy Andrus
Emmy Schoepke
Alaena Hunt
Avery Turner
Eliza Cabot
Megan Morse
Maggie Belknap
Annika Norden
Anna Rothschild
Rachel Stafford
Sophie Helzel
Annalise Westervelt
Amelia Maranada

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Welcome Back Dancers: Week 1

Welcome Home...Back

Maria and her Lyrical 2 Group

Danielle and Adv. Tap - making lots of noise!


More to come!

Remember Last Summer?

Seems like only two days ago, we were basking in the sun...WAIT! It was only two days ago! Some highlights from SDA and MRDA can be found below!

Above: Hip Hop/Tap/Musical Theater camp.

Above: Ballet Intensive with Stephanie Greenwald

Above: Babes on Broadway with Helena

Above: Hip Hop/Tap/Musical Theater - looks awesome.

Grace C's Birthday Celebration!

Above: MRDA Camp - Everyone gets to wear those costumes once or twice!

Above: New to Pointe

Above: MRDA Ballet Camp

Summer = Ice Pops!

Thank you all who joined us this Summer for dance camp! We had a fantastic time with you.

Happy Birthday September!


Abigail Burfoot
Castine Lizotte
Katen Wright
Nina Isabell
Kaitlyn Crouse
Stella Hamor
Lila Montgomery
Grace Goldfine
Lillian Dorion
Ellie Riva
Julianne Young
Hailee Anetsberger
Georgia Schnee
Madeline Metraux
Lindsey McCormack
Allie Brooks
Avery Marchand
Morgan Mckenna
Valerie Broderick
Antonia Rocchio
Rowan Dodge

Summer BDAYs!

Sorry we missed you!


Will Bradbury

Ryder Wise
Ellie Blackburn
Rosalie Wasser
Eris Galland
Lena Hansen
Sage Lively
Olivia Slen
Sofia Guzman
Ava Fagnant
Alex Fuss
Bethany Nelson
Madi Dwyer
Harper Eliason
Emily Trowbridge
Astrid Young
Sophia Minter
Juliette Hoder
Kira Walker
Anthony Broderick
Isobel Lovell
Lucia Lovell
Grace Palmer


Devin Kiernan

Emily Croes
Reilly Faith
Nina Kellogg
Nell Tarno
Emaline Ouellette
Skylar Larson
Emilia Marron
Katherine Black
Grace Cavender
Ruby Blais
Kerris Manosh
Brinley Hirce
Abigail Dunham
Deacon Mittler


Kate Kauffman

Juliana Conte
Ashley Hill
Katherine Gallagher
Maisie Schnee
Emily Oehrle
Nikki Rosado
Sydney Larson
Ellie Moriarty
Emma Rapp
Ava Shaffer
Natalie Herwood
Beth Gabois
Macey Crowder
Chesley Smith
Isa Echarte Drekter
Onyx Baird
Olivia Ambler
Tyler Anderson
Mary Chudzik

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Summer Dance


Out Summer schedule began in June, however it really got underway this past Monday. In early June, we had a ballet intensive with Vlad and a Jazz/Hip Hop Intensive with Danielle, Rick and Breanna. Thanks for all who participated. 


There is more to come...

Stowe Location
Babes on Broadway
Camp 2 July 22-26
Ages 3-5
8:30 - 11:00 AM
Tuition $160

Waitsfield Location
Babes on Broadway
Camp 3 July 15-19
Ages 3-5
9:00-11:30 AM
Tuition $160

Hip Hop | Musical Theatre | Tap
Camp 6 - July 15-19
Ages 5-7
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuition $175

Hip Hop | Musical Theatre | Tap
Camp 7 - July 15-19
Ages 8-11
12:30 - 4:00 PM
Tuition $175

Waitsfield Location
Ballet | Jazz | Tap
Camp 8 - July 15-19
Ages 6-9
12:00-3:00 PM
Tuition $175

Ballet | Pointe | Lyrical Intensive
Camp 11 - July 22-26
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ages 11-15
*Includes Pre-Pointe Students - Highly recommended for
new Pointe students. (11yr old students)
Tuition $190

Ballet Intensive w/ Guest Teacher Stephanie Greenwald
Camp 12 - July 29 - August 2
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Ages 10-15
Includes: Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe & Jazz with Helena
*Includes Pre-Pointe Students - Highly recommended for
new Pointe students. (11yr old students)
Tuition $200

Cardio Barre | Contemporary Choreography Intensive
Advanced Students
Camp 13 - August 12-15
Ages 13-18
6:00 - 8:15 PM
Cardio Barre
Adv. Contemporary w/ Maria
Tuition $125

TRIP Dance Company Intensive
Camp 14 - August 19-23
Time TBA
*Mandatory and Open ONLY to TRIP members
Tuition $275

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review: 2013 Show

The show went very well this year. Limited amounts of stress (besides some costumes not arriving until the DAY of the first performance - or not arriving at all). Spacing rehearsal and dress rehearsal were a bit scary with the little ones, but they seriously pulled through for each performance. They found their numbers, followed along and killed it. 

The Sullivan family even had time to sneak in a dinner on a nice VT summer night with Mormor (Helena's mother imported from Sweden to assist with the show), and Justin (Maria's boyfriend). Oh - and then there is david...and Coppe of course! 

Dress rehearsal with the fairies, ball guests and Stowe High School boys. 

Coppe & Helena after the entire show weekend. She had to have a shot as Cinderella the dog! 

Review: Dress Rehearsal

'Cinderella & An Evening of Dance' - Dress Rehearsal Edition

Bluebirds - Sunday Cast

Helena - roughly 20 minutes after arriving home from dress Saturday's spacing rehearsal.

Coppe joined us for all rehearsals and shows at Dibden this year. She kept Helena calm.

She also had her few moments of stage time....a dogs dream.

Keeping her calm

1st SDA Pizza Party

Long ago - Helena promised the girls a pizza party under one condition. The ENTIRE class had to execute all their splits. This year (after years of trying), these girls finally accomplished the difficult goal. They worked hard and finally got a yummy pizza party. 

Helena with the girls - nomnom

In their splits

Enough Said...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Dancers at Prom

SDA High-Schoolers Do Prom! 

Werk Girls!

First Position


Emma and Sam!

Lookin' Good Kira and Miles

We hope all of you prom-goers had a great time! Everyone certainly looked BEAUTIFUL!!! 


Monday, May 13, 2013

May Birthday Babies - We Didn't Forget You!

We didn't forget....Promise!

Jordan Miller
Sojourn Gudorf Johnston
Chloe Hazard
Hilary Wailonis
Kate Tilgner
Gianna Fitzko
Sophia Fortenberry
Taylor Riethe
Ingrid Lackey-Homell
Emily Spencer
Carmen Isabell
Sophia Brasse
Orly Bryan

From all of us at SDA/MRDA - We hope you have a wonderful Birthday!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Introducing Eliza Krakower!

Eliza Krakower

Our May & June 1-5th blogger!

Adios - My Friends

It's been fun...truly! 

Actually: It has been an extremely busy/stressful month. I didn't have much time to blog about some of the more important topics. Good news though...I will start blogging again Mid-June-August! Then we will start up again with student bloggers! 

We all have a crazy month ahead of us! Between TRIP performing at 'Weekend of Hope,' TRIP Company Auditions, weekend rehearsals, show week rehearsals, the show itself, a ton of family business & going Full Time at Fuse Marketing in Burlington!  Let's see if I survive! 


My successor: Miss Eliza Krakower! 

Eliza is a current senior at Stowe High School. She has been dancing at SDA since she was a wee-one, and has been an important member of TRIP Dance Co.! Eliza currently teaches Lyrical 1 & will be performing as a stepsister and many other roles in our Spring production!

Eliza will be blogging for the month of May, and the first few days of June-as to cover our show season! Lets see what she comes up with!


Ticket Sales/Poster Finalization...Our Show is Just around the Corner!

Announcing the 2013 Poster - Design by Nik David


This poster was designed by my brother/Helena's son Nik! He is a fantastic designer...give him some love on our FB page!


T-Shirt Order Forms!

Adult Shirts - Alternative Apperal

Youth Shirts - Bella Products (Note: sizes run small)

Leave all shirt order forms at SDA by May 18th!


Ticket Sales...Oh Boy!

Tickets went on sale today for SDA/MRDA Families today! So good! If you are an SDA/MRDA family, call 253-5151 or stop by SDA to purchase your tickets now! If you're a member of the 'General Public,' stop by SDA or call 253-5151 Wednesday 5.8.13 and on for tickets!

Coppe really wants to see you at the show!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Aches & Pains

As dancers are constantly putting their bodies through high levels of stress, there are bound to be a few (or many) aches and pains throughout the years. I didn't feel any of these pains until the end of high school. At that time, I was suffering from an ankle injury, which led to further ankle injuries. Over time, I've also dealt with achilles tendonitis, arch issues (including slight 'falling arches'), incredible tight IT bands, lots of back issues and many knee aches. With all that-I can honestly say that I have it easy compared to some. 

Massaging my back with some funky tool a friend had! Look for "supplies" to help recover below!

The 'Usual' Dance Injuries:

1. Plantar Fasciitis: 
-Sore feet caused by small rips and tears in the tissue that connects the heel bone to the bones in the ball of the foot
-This is common among dancers and runners, especially those who run or dance mostly "on the toes" or on the balls of their feet.
-Ice your feet at night or after any activity that stress the feet.


2. Achilles Tendinitis: 
-The tendon that connects the back of your leg to your heel becomes swollen and painful near the 
bottom of the foot


-Rest! Reduce pain by icing your Achilles tendon and taking nonprescription pain relievers
-Wear footwear that protects the tendon while it is healing
-Quality athletic shoes that support your arches and cushion your heels
-High heels...very serious


3. Tight IT Band

-IT band syndrome is an overuse injury 
-It affects a tissue that runs from the side of your hip all of the way down past your knee
-The inflammation manifests itself as pain on the outside of the knee
-It can be incredibly painful and is typically a frustratingly stubborn injury to deal with.

1.  Overuse
2.  Tight Tissues
3.  Weak Hip Muscles

-Foam Rolling! Look below!


Main supplies to help prevent/assist with dance injuries!

*Foam Rollers (this will SAVE your life): Click here for the link!

*Good Shoes: THE most important part of being a dancer/teacher! No more Ugg's or Flip Flops


Nike Free's 

Both great choices! 

Hand Held Back Massager

Tennis Balls! Great for deeply massaging your muscles! ALSO- I use these in my myofascial release class! 


Hope this helps you!