Week of September 13-15, 2017

Well we have certainly had a crazy week! I hope that you and your families stayed safe throughout the storm and residual weather we had in the area over the past couple of days. We will pick up this week with our regular schedule starting on Wednesday and go from there. This means that I will not see the Silver group this week. Please make sure you have read the chapter that I already gave you on the African roots of jazz dance, because you will be getting the second chapter next week so that we can get you all of the information before you leave for Fall Break. After Fall Break concert choreography begins! So, everyone, keep doing what you know you need to do outside of class so that our class time can be put to its best use.

Wednesday 9/13/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

Thursday 9/14/17 – 

Gold Group – Jazz History/Technique

Friday 9/15/17 –

Gold Group -Jazz Barre/Modern Jazz class


Reminders – 

-Dancewear orders will be arriving soon, and this means EVERYONE will be expected to be in 100% CCCEPA dress code every day. No exceptions.

-We will also have a concert dance wear order and I will be posted concert requirements for each class so that you know of any additional items you might need to get at this point to be prepared for the concert in December.

-Specific shoes for Jazz pieces – there will be some pieces performed in character shoes or black jazz shoes, and the turnaround  to have these in class will be very short. I will post the shoe requirements with the concert requirements. Since these are both listed on the syllabus and not affiliated with the CCCEPA Online store, you will be expected to have those in a timely fashion. I know many of you have them already, just know that if you don’t and your class is wearing them in concert you will need to get them quickly.

-KEEP UP WITH YOUR WEEKLY CORRECTIONS IN YOUR JOURNALS!  – Yes, we can grade these at any point, but that is not the overall point of assigning these. We want you to get better and applying corrections so that you can advance faster in your training. Writing them down immediately after class is the best way to remember specifics so that you can actually apply the correction in your next class.


Week of September 5-8, 2017

Welcome back dancers! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and are ready to get back in the studios this week. Remember that we have our Unit 1 Test on Wednesday 9/6/17, other than that the schedule for the week should be relatively normal. But as you know, it’s important to remain flexible in body and mind in order to handle whatever comes your way.

Weekly Schedule – 

Tuesday 9/5/17 – 

-Silver Group – Jazz Technique

Wednesday 9/6/17 – 

-Unit 1 Test – all classes

-Gold Group – Jazz Technique (after test)

Thursday 9/7/17 – 

-Gold Group – Jazz Technique

Friday 9/8/17 – 

-Silver Group – Jazz Technique


Technique Focus – 

Jazz Skills grades will have their final adjustments this week to reflect performance for the full six week term. Students are evaluated on the elements listed in the Dance Department Handbook handed out the first week of school.

Remember that each week more is expected of you in class – your ability to get not only get through warm-up but perform movements with energy and dynamics, your ability to retain combinations and phrases from class to class and week to week (this will prepare you for learning concert choreography) and your ability to retain and apply corrections.

Academic Focus – 

This week is the Unit 1 Test, which we reviewed for last week, and then we move on to the African roots of Jazz. After Monday, all students should have the first handout for Unit 2 and are expected to read it in it’s entirety to be prepared for Essential Questions at beginning of classes.