When registering for classes for 2018-2019, enroll in your current level. It is highly likely that your level will change next year, but enroll for the class you are currently taking and the fine arts department will place you in the appropriate level after assessments. Assessments take place in class before Spring Break.
Company Call Time 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9th.
Welcome Back! Happy 2018!
Our next dance concert is February 22nd! Here are the rehearsal and performance details! February 21st, DRESS REHEARSAL, Gym, Called 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. February 22nd, Spring Dance Concert, Gym, Called 5:30p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Class/Uniform Expectations Quarter 3
Place dance bags and backpacks inside the crate and tuck excess tightly along the choir room wall (not outside the dance room). Do not leave them in the bathroom. Enter immediately and quietly. Remain silent in the hallway. Put your water bottles along the front mirror. If you want water during class, you need to bring them into the classroom. Mon/Tues/Fri: Bring in your binder, a red pen, a blue/black pen, and any homework. Take a bell work sheet from the music stand. Write down any notes AND/OR, begin your quiz, if you have one. When you have finished writing, stretch at the barre. Block: No binders or writing implements. Go immediately to the barre, sit quietly, and begin to stretch. Uniform: Mon/Tues/Fri: jazz attire, i.e., leo, pink tights, black footless tights, jazz shoes, bun, shorts. Block: ballet attire, i.e., leo, pink tights, ballet slippers, bun, wrap skirt. COMING IN UNIFORM SHOWS RESPECT TO THE ART FORM, YOUR TEACHER, AND YOURSELF.
Make certain you sign in at the table in order to get credit for your boo gram hours!
BOO GRAMS SIGN UP!
Click the link below to sign up for Boo Grams! www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044aaca62ba2ff2-boograms
Improvisations, Jumps, and Turns!
This week we are conditioning specifically for jumps and turns, in addition, to building on our improv choreography. Dancer, don't dress out, but wear something you can move in that's dresscode! Parents, if you would like to attend a demonstration of our improv choreography on Friday, here are the classtimes: First Hour 7:25 Second Hour 8:15 Third Hour 9:05 Fourth Hour 9:45 Fifth Hour 10:25 Sixth Hour 11;05 Please RSVP if you are planning on attending!
What are we up to in class 9.18.17? Contemporary and Improv Week!
How to prepare for your concert? Organize your costumes, makeup and shoes well!
Concert Makeup and Hair
Here are the makeup list and two videos for applying makeup and doing hair -- for girls and for boys! Email me with questions!
Required Performance Makeup In addition to your neatly hung costume and clothes for ballet class, you will need the following for the dance concert. Hairstyles: Ballet -- Bun, Jazz -- High Ponytail. Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s Performance Makeup: Facial Cleanser Moisturizer Skin-toned foundation Concealer Brown eyeshadows Black eyeliner Black Mascara Bronzer Blush Lip Balm Skin-toned powder Ladies’ ONLY Performance Makeup: Purple and sparkly gold eyeshadow False eyelashes and glue Pink lipstick Lipgloss
Boys' Hair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGsmu8YxOHc (you do not need hair wax -- just gel) Girls' Hair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUVmm9tzZs4
MINI CHARGER DANCE CAMP -- Saturday, September 16th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All elementary students from grades K-8th are invited to the BFHS Mini Charger Dance Camp! This will be a day of learning routines, playing games, and making new friends at the Benjamin Franklin High School Campus. Boys and girls invited. Registration $25.00 for the first child and $20.00 for each additional sibling. Mini Charger Dancers will receive a complimentary T-shirt with the price of registration and an opportunity to perform at the BFHS JV football game on September 21st. We look forward to seeing you all there! Registration and Waiver Forms are below. Fill out both and bring them and your registration fee to the high school front office at 18864 E. Germann Rd., Queen Creek,AZ 85142.
The school grade book was having a few issues today, so look for updates tomorrow. Also, remember this is the beginning of the year, so one bad quiz grade may lower your total grade more significantly. Don't fret, study hard, keep up the good work, and come in to make up missing assignments!
We will now have an equipment cart to stow your bags and belongings during class. Please place all your things in the cart!
Turn in booster interest forms this week by block day!
Ballet attire goes on in the following order: Pink Tights, Leotard, Ballet Shoes, Wrap Skirt. Jazz attire goes on in the following order: Pink Tights, Leotard, Black Tights, Shorts, Jazz Shoes.
When do we change out?
Ballroom begins changing out on Block day. Company begins changing out on Tuesday. All dancers must change out by Friday, July 28th. OR, if their items are back-ordered they must email a proof of purchase receipt to Miss McLeod.
Why new uniform colors? Great question!
Many students had belongings accidentally picked up or lost last year. We want to make certain your property is returned to you! Different colored leotards allow us to know which classes need their things returned. There are fewer kids with the same leotard, so it is easier to locate the owner.
Different colored leotards are common procedure with ballet levels. We have begun to usher this into our program.
Having different colored leotards as a uniform allows those leotards to act as another costume option for the students. Then, the whole class has a color and is set apart from a different level.
Different colors give a sense of pride in working hard for the next level. Students will be excited when they move up into a new color.
Class fees or uniform purchases should never be the reason why a student cannot take dance class. If finances are presenting an obstacle, please contact Miss McLeod on the contact page!
Class Uniforms! -- You do not have to change out the first day of school.
All class uniforms are due by Friday, August 4th at the latest. Allowances will be made for items on backorder, if proof of purchase is sent before Friday, July 28th. Please email your receipts as proof of purchase to Miss McLeod.
***UPDATE: Discount Dance has changed its discount for the teacher program this year. You get 8% off your first purchase when you use the Teacher Code 108956. ***
Check your class page for your homework assignments!
Welcome, students and parents!
Thank you for visiting the Benjamin Franklin High School Dance page. Here, you will be able to find everything from uniform requirements to rehearsal schedules to homework assignments.
All dance classes have the following basic aspects:
UNIFORM: The moment you step into your first ballet class you are taking part in something almost 400 years old that is still influential and expanding today. Proper respect begins with the appropriate uniform,
VOCABULARY: One cannot learn to speak and write without first learning words. The terms of dance give you the physical words to string together a phrase of movement to music.
TECHNIQUE: Knowing the steps is not enough; it would be like learning words without being taught how to use them well.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Painters study the brush strokes of great painters to learn how to paint. You will learn both classical and contemporary choreography.
PERFORMANCE: Art cannot live in a vacuum. It is created for show. Learning to dance must be a generous enterprise; expect to perform in front of others.
ASSESSMENT: In order to truly learn something, you must test you knowledge and skill in that subject. All dance classes will have quarterly assessments to test the quantity of vocabulary a dancer has mastered and the quality of his technique.