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Introduction to Ballet….for Adults!

We are super excited about this 4 week course learning ballet from professional ballerina Rhiain Fernie.
You will learn ballet basics and tricks like grand jetes while building your dancers body. 
No experience or ballet shoes necessary.
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Mondays 7:45 – 8:45pm
Turner Rooms – Balcombe Heights, Baulkham Hills
Just $60 for 4 weeks
The course starts TONIGHT (Monday 21st July) so come along and join us.
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Rhiain has spent the last 2 years training in New York on a scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School, receiving a lead role in A Midsummer Nights Dream.

She is on a short break in Sydney before commencing at America’s premier Christian ballet company ‘Ballet Magnificat’ and wants to share her ballet skill, experience and love of dance with you._photo 4Our 4 week Intro to Ballet course will teach you the ballet basics – arm and leg positions and ballet tricks – grand jetes and pirouettes. Intro to Ballet is for anyone starting out in dance, keen to learn this beautiful dance style OR wishing to dust off their ballet shoes.10483627_597636550356701_5900253188550940637_nBuild your dancers body learning ballet technique, strengthening your legs and core and developing flexibility and balance. You will learn a unique ballet routine and have the privilege of watching Rhiain perform a professional ballet piece in one of her amazing costumes._photo 2Don’t miss this amazing opportunity  so contact us NOW for more information: hello@justdancesydney.com.au10340004_597636430356713_8202966288144066511_n_photo 2 (2)_photo 1 (2)

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Hayden Hopkins

1_260552_2082618955137_2516892_nHayden Hopkins having just turned 17, has developed a cult following online. 2_282747_4131452694700_1379885299_nWith more than 13,000 Facebook followers & an overwhelming number of fan pages she is fast becoming a house-hold name. 252171_2051679581672_942667_nShe is incredibly bendy and oh-so talented.4_Holly Medway Photography _hayden (3)Alongside fellow dance superstar friend, 11 year old Sophia Lucia, there are countless, beautiful dance images of her all over the internet.sophia and haydenPeople see pictures of me and think I have this perfect life,” Hayden says. Despite the pretty pictures, though, Hayden hasn’t always had it easy, and the past few years have proven especially difficult.5_250847_2052639845678_298606_nHayden started dancing at the age of 2 in her home state of Washington, US. 6_270131_10200125380567328_2040835163_nShe was a regular in the competition scene early, but by age 13 she decided it wasn’t for her. “I wanted to get away and work on my training,” she says. 7_480528_4479176587580_1195361692_nPlus, things at home were taking a turn for the worse:  family finances became a struggle, especially with Hayden’s sister, Lennox, pursuing a competitive rhythmic gymnastic career. So Hayden, who is home-schooled & lives with her sister & their mum in Puyallup, WA, took her training into her own hands. 8_697ad786b976d5bcddfa16729a2b2868 haydenShe takes classes at local studios when possible (mostly Westlake Dance Center in Seattle), travels with conventions when she’s awarded scholarships & watches YouTube videos in her living room to learn barre & centre-work exercises. 9_250720_2062029560415_1868869_nShe attends 10 to 12 conventions each year independently (including JUMP, NUVO and West Coast Dance Explosion) in an effort to meet as many choreographers as she can. 10_537553_4026992123251_164414242_nThe relentless networking has paid off.  11_1621765_834012849946980_1826833570_nAt WCDE’s Las Vegas Nationals in 2010, Hayden met the owners of an Australian studio. 12_301971_2441937857885_2088877355_nThey had seen her on YouTube first, and offered to fly her to Australia to act as a guest teacher and choreographer. 13_cms_hayden_01_068-WRHayden has since been back for another visit to work with the Perth-based studio & also won the Dance Spirit Cover Model Search competition in 2013. 14_542734_10200104800492839_691085990_nI love meeting people who recognize me from the internet,” she says. “I don’t know why people started to follow me, but hopefully it’s because they see something positive I’m putting out there15_384875_2860386118830_50121752_nThings you didn’t know about Hayden……..Birthday: July 5, 199716_418934_3292430239663_1546586697_nMost-played on her iPod: Lana Del Rey381197_4632426818740_1633001395_nWho would play her in a movie: Troian Bellisario, who plays Spencer on “Pretty Little Liars.” “I think she looks like me!

Favorite actor: Leonardo DiCaprio 423215_260261590724447_925640549_nDance goals: “I just want to be the person who’s always travelling. I always want to be in a different state or a different country.” hayden hopkinsFavorite dancers of all time: Stacey Tookey, Nick Lazzarini, Travis Wall and Jason Parsons 541600_539784852711008_395768505_nStrangest thing in her dance bag: “A rotten orange I keep forgetting to take outCMS2013_Hayden_02_125Favorite meal: Spaghetti and garlic bread553469_4059845904575_1554990771_nFavorite movie: Garden State 942515_10201285838487458_419604177_nMust-see TV shows: “Pretty Little Liars” and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” “Kourtney’s my favorite.” db3b58aa7ee4637b413c347b36269e50 hayden hopkinsHere is one of her performances from earlier this year… 

 

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Dirty Dancing

Some people say I look like Jennifer Grey.

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They even go so far that they call me ‘Baby‘ and quote me lines like ‘I helped carry a watermelon’.

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As if that wasn’t enough – I can recall in high school having this obsession with going home at lunch & study breaks to watch re-runs of the dance scenes.

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And I would listen to a cassette of the soundtrack every night.

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And I admit – I’ve even tried ‘The Lift’.

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Some people might call me a fan.

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So you can imagine my surprise when at our JUST DANCE Bella Vista hip-hop class last week when the words ‘spaghetti arms‘ were used to describe a dance move – my shock at all the blank faces in the room.

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So I thought it only appropriate to educate you on my favourite dance movie of all time.

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Dirty Dancing.

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Directed by Emile Ardolino & released in 1987, Jennifer Grey stars as Frances “Baby” Houseman.

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Set in the summer of 1963 ‘Baby’ who is daddy’s golden girl who is on a family vacation where she meets & befriends the grungy dance crew – Patrick Swayze who plays his iconic role of Johnny Castle.

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Also referred to as ‘Miss Fix it’ she offers to help cover a dance show at a nearby hotel which means she needs to learn how to dance.

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The movie is a gorgeous summer romance of dancing lessons in lofty sunlight rooms, nearby forests & lakes.

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It’s a must-watch film for anyone who loves to dance.

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‘Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.’

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Dancer Of The Week

This week’s dancer is JUST DANCE guest teacher Cassie Hoare. At just 18 she is well on her way to having a promising career in dance. She shares some of her tips for young dancers here….

How old were you when you started to dance? …….I did ballet for a year when I was 3 and then started again when I was 6.

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Is there a first dance memory you can recall? ……..I remember my very old school ballet teacher (who was terrifying!) attaching chiffon wings to our arms and we had to run around being butterflies.

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What styles have you been trained in? …….Jazz, tap, classical, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and acro/strength.

Do you have a favourite style? ……..My favourite style of dance is lyrical or contemporary.

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Current favourite song to dance to? ……..I’m finding myself dancing in front of the mirror in my house to “On my own” from Les Miserables a lot at the moment!

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Any famous dancer’s or choreographer’s whose work you admire?……..I admire Hayden Hopkins a lot, she is a young American dancer and is absolutely incredible.

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What has been your greatest dance moment to date? …..Last year I completed major 1 and 2 of my jazz exams with ADAP and received Honours and Honours with distinction. I also received the “most outstanding dancer” award at my dance school last year, which was an incredible feeling.

Any crazy dance costumes you have worn in the past? ……I think this one from back in 2006 was definitely pretty out there haha!

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 What do you love most about dance? I love the ability of free expression and how everyone has their own interpretation of what certain movements or choreography mean. Also I think dance is so special in the way that a dancer needs as much strength as an athlete and the ability to turn it into a beautiful art form.

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Where have you trained? ……..I have trained at Julie Melrose School of Dance my whole life.

Favourite dance movie?……Nothing beats the show Dance Moms! And the movie Centre Stage is my favourite movie.

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What are your future dancing goals? ………I’d love to have my own studio one day, which is my main goal. I’d also like to keep performing and possibly get some work as a dancer in the next couple of years because I love to perform.

When choreographing a dance to teach – where do you get your inspiration from? I take the students’ abilities and strengths into consideration. I also tend to just put the music on and see what comes naturally or pops into my mind.

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How often do you train?…….This year I am currently teaching and dancing at least 4 days a week.

What is your go-to store for dance clothing?……..For anything dance related I go straight to Bloch, I could spend hours in that shop!

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Do you have a weekly health, fitness & dance routine?……I stretch every day even if its just doing a quick minute of splits on each leg, if I’m not doing any classes that day. I also do some core strength exercises before I go to bed (plank, sit ups, leg raises etc.)                       My biggest tip would be to stretch at home even if it’s just when you’re watching tv.                                                                                                                  I also stretch a lot with the help of my mum at home, such as having her push my leg back when I’m lying on my back or other stretches that can be done with others are great to improve flexibility at home.

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Any tips for aspiring dancers wanting to improve & perhaps make a career of dancing?…….Definitely make sure your stretching at home and always ask your teachers questions during class.                               Get into watching other dancers on you tube, this allows you to discover new moves that you may not have seen before.                       Also use the Internet to look up tutorials for technique.                       Lastly don’t be afraid to try new things like entering competitions and getting yourself out in the open to build up your experience, this is also great to help improve your performance qualities and will do wonders for improving your confidence.

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Dance Photography Competition

I love photography & I love dance.

So it goes without saying that I love photos of anything dance.

I’m  excited to announce that we are in search of some talented photographers who share our same love.

JUST DANCE Photography Competition is open to all ages…..simply email your original dance photo to hello@justdancesydney.com.au for your chance to win a prize pack valued at $100.

final just dance photo comp artworkCompetition closes at midnight on 31st July 2014 & entry is limited to 1 photo per person.Winner to be announced on 2nd August 2014.

For more info check out our website & facebook page.

 

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Pineapple Dance

Just Dance teacher Kim checked out this famous dance school when she was recently in London. Check out her review of it here….
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Covent Garden is one of my favourite pockets of London to explore…even more so when you are heading to a dance class at Pineapple Dance StudiosTucked down Langley Street amongst stores and cafes – is this renowned dance studio, famous for it’s reality tv show & dance clothing line. 

Pineapple Dance runs at least 12 dance classes daily offering a HUGE variety of styles including: Hip Hop, Yoga, Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Dancehall and even Michael Jackson Style Dance.
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I arrived early to check out the studio and sign up for Christabelle’s Commercial Hip Hop class. The front desk staff were so friendly and helpful, answering all my questions about the teacher and level of the class. Heading in early I wove my way through the rabbit warren of hallways to explore the studio, passing traditional ballet classes and live rhythmic drumming of a Spanish flamenco dance class.
Once I was ready for class I joined the other dancers waiting outside our hall and realised our class was in the front hall (pictured below), that all pedestrians view when walking past Pineapple Dance…pretty exciting stuff!!
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Our teacher, Christabelle Field, casually dressed in an oversized america football tee, welcomed us in and introduced herself.
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Christabelle has danced with the likes of Rihanna & Ne-yo and is a member of Poison, the killer girls dance crew who were semi finalists on Got to Dance 2013. Here is a youtube clip of them…
Commercial Hip Hop class began with an athletic cardio based warm up before progressing through a variety of Hip Hop grooves and moving stretches. 
Once warm, Christabelle began teaching us a routine to ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandits featuring Jess Glynne.
Christabelle has a really chilled style with hard hitting accents of the shoulder or head. With the song and choreography choice, as I learnt the steps I really felt like I could groove and find my own version of the style in each move. 
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The class had a few Londoners but was mainly made up of foreign visitors from Scandinavia, Spain and Australia. I met a lovely dancer from Sweden who was visiting the UK to gain dance experience for the school she taught at back home…like me. She was actually a Contemporary based dancer attending Commercial Hip Hop as many of her dance students were keen to learn this style.
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Pineapple Dance Studio was friendly, professional, fun, and inspired me to keep developing my unique dance style.
If I lived in London I would go to Pineapple Dance EVERYDAY so be sure to check it out if you ever find yourself in London town.
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If you want to see more of Christabelle’s choreography, classes & dancing style check out her you tube page…
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