Hi everybody, just wanted to make quick mention of a few things:
Kaleidoscope of Colour is a family affair
Nearly everyone from the Wakatu Dance Theatre is involved in the school’s latest show, even the dancers’ fathers – in tutus.
Kaleidoscope of Colour, directed by Peta Spooner, is the dance school’s annual showcase.
The soundtrack includes suitably-named songs like Green Door, Purple Rain, White Wedding, Yellow and Black Box.
Kaleidoscope of Colour will showcase classical ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance styles in a choreographed and brightly-costumed show.
It will feature 130 students, from the “cute” under-10s to the school’s more senior dancers.
Spooner says that while everyone’s role is important, the senior students are the “glue” that hold the show together.
There’s a gender imbalance, with only two junior boys and one senior, but the dancers’ fathers will shift the gender scales slightly.
More than 12 of them are training to perform the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite in custom-made tutus.
Spooner says including the men is a tradition of the school that goes back more than 20 years.
They perform to either the Nutcracker piece or a piece from Swan Lake as a way of participating in something that’s usually mainly women-orientated.
“It’s really nice, because it’s total involvement. Normally dads just pay the bills,” she says.
There was a 10-year hiatus at one stage, but “we have brought it back because we have got a new round of men to pick on”.
One of the male dancers is a student’s grandfather, an original “swan” from more than 20 years ago.
- Kaleidoscope of Colour, The Peta Spooner Academy of Dance, Theatre Royal, 7pm July 19 to 21 with a 1.30pm matinee on July 21.
Source Nelson Mail: http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/7260133/Tutus-for-all-dads-too
12 – 1.15pm: Primary – Grade 2 Ballet
1.15 – 3.30pm: Everyone (Grade 3 ballet and up/Grade 1 Modern and up)
3.30 – 5pm: Seniors (Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 Ballet and Modern)
Saturday 15th July
12 – 2.30pm: Everyone (Primary – grade 2 ballet: 12 – 1.30pm) – FINALE PRACTISE AND FULL RUN THRU
Students need to come to rehearsal with healthy snacks, a water bottle, hair done correctly, and in their regulation gear. Make sure you bring your gear in a named bag. If you have to leave early, please speak with Peta or Jane. DO NOT LEAVE WITHOUT TELLING US!
- A reminder that all students are expected to be at all rehearsals in the lead up to the show. It is not compulsory to be in the show, but if you are then you must attend rehearsals.
- For the younger children we ask that a parent or caregiver checks in at the start and end of each rehearsal as we share important messages at these times.
- Please don’t ask your child to wait outside for you, we would much prefer it if they waited inside with us where they are safe.
- We would also prefer that parents don’t stay during rehearsal unless they are helping, most of you know how congested the studio gets with all the students rehearsing together!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF THE SUCCESS OF THIS YEAR’S SPECTACLE OF DANCE AND COLOUR? July will be here sooner than we can imagine and our dancers have already started working hard on their show dances. We want this year’s show to be the best and brightest as always and a highlight of our dancers, young and not so young, year! But the teachers and the dancers can’t do it all by themselves.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Over the next few weeks we will be asking for registrations, rehearsals will pick up momentum, advertising will start, and the all important costuming will be a focus for us all. We need a Class Co-ordinator for each class group to help make the build up to the show, and performances, run smoothly and make the whole show experience a fun, exciting and stress free time for dancers, teachers and their families too. (see the attached ‘job description’ for more details on what the co-ordinator’s role is) So if you have a dancer in any of these classes listed and would like to be involved in making this year’s show another resounding success let us know.
- Primary Ballet
- Grade 1 Ballet
- Grade 2 Ballet
- Grade 3 Ballet
- Grade 4 Ballet
- Grade 5 Ballet
- Grade 6 Ballet
- Intermediate Ballet
- Primary Modern
- Grade 1 Modern
- Grade 3 Modern
- Grade 4 Modern
- Grade 5 Modern
- Intermediate Modern
- Advanced 1 Ballet/Modern
- Advanced 2 Ballet/Modern
And don’t worry if you aren’t able to be a class co-ordinator this time around we will still need plenty of volunteers to help with costuming design and creation (and not all of this creativity involves sewing!), backstage crew, dressing room helpers and party co-ordinators too.
LET’S ALL MAKE THIS THE BEST SHOW EVER . . . AGAIN!
Are you a “people person” – well organised, keen to be part of the success of the show, able to keep cool, calm and collected, and be sympathetic to the nerves and concerns of dancers and their parents/caregivers?
Co-ordinators have a pivotal role in helping the show to be a success by being very involved in the lead up, and the show, and helping to make sure the dancers and their parents know what they are expected to be doing and where they need to be when.
The main role involves communication. Co-ordinators are the central person in each class group who receives all the messages, and needs to attend any costuming and logistical meetings as we lead up to the show, making sure that all information is quickly passed on to the rest of their group. Parents in the group should also be asking any questions they have to the class co-ordinator so the teachers are able to spend their time working with the dancers, and only a small group of selected helpers.
Each co-ordinators is given a list of the children in their particular class group and their contact details. And what does the co-ordinator need to do?
- Be proactive! Make sure you know who all the children in your group are, who their parents/caregivers are, and that they know who you are. Also get to know any ‘special needs’ that affect any of those in your group.
- Is anyone missing off this list? Also make sure their name is spelled correctly – this is what goes into the programme and we don’t want any tears later.
- Who’s in the show (we don’t need to be sending emails, thinking about costumes etc for those who choose not to be in the show), and have they paid show fees?
- Make sure that parents are aware that this is a big commitment and that the scheduled practices are essential to make it all work – the co-ordinator needs to make sure that each dancer and their parent/caregiver knows when and where they need to be for classes, rehearsals, costume fittings and performances.
- Is anyone on this list on another class list also – work co-operatively with other co-ordinators and decide which group they should be in.
- What dances are each of the dancers in? – this may be a bit unclear at the start but parents/dancers will soon get this sorted out – very important for costuming.
- Keep up with what’s happening in each of the dances your group is involved in too.
- What other groups are in the same dance –liaise with other co-ordinators when several classes are involved in one dance – establish who your ‘partners’ are, work together, and make life simpler.
- Make sure that each child (and their parent/caregiver) in the group knows what clothing and shoes they need to have themselves.
- Get estimated sizes of each child – this makes it easier for those making costumes
- Find out who in each group can help with any of the other important tasks in getting the show together:- there will be lists at the studio as the show gets closer for volunteers to help backstage and in the dressing rooms at the theatre, and also the ‘party’ between the Saturday shows.
- Find out who in each group are the sewers, helpers who can cut out, do hand-sewing, and help with sorting suitable costumes from our substantial array of costumes, and fittings? Lots of inspiration is always greatly appreciated for costume and headgear ideas and we have a very resourceful and creative group of parents and caregivers in the studio who we sometimes need help to find.
- Make sure that all the costumes for the class group are gathered together and ready to be packed into the theatre on pack-in day.
- At the theatre the co-ordinator will need to be responsible for their group and the ‘running’ of their dressing room too. This does not mean the co-ordinator needs to be backstage for every show but they do need to know what’s happening with their group and that those backstage helping know what they need to be doing.
- After the show is over make sure that all costumes are sorted and either ready for pack out on the Sunday or allocated out for washing etc after the last performance so they can be returned to the studio as soon as possible.
It looks like a long list but all pretty straight forward and common sense really. Being a co-ordinator gives you the opportunity to be an integral part of the fun and excitement that is the show, get to know the other dancers in your child’s class, and their parents/caregivers. Make the difference and get involved – you won’t regret it!