Our dancers performed beautifully on Saturday, March 7th @ Eden Prairie High School’s Auditorium.
Here are a few highlights!
We are proud of our dancers and are looking forward to Recital 2015!
This year we hosted our 1st annual Performing Arts Banquet at Grace Church. It was a wonderful way to CELEBRATE all that these students have accomplished over the past year. We saw tremendous growth in their grace, discipline, and confidence on stage. They learned to work together, to be outside their comfort zone, to help each other with quick backstage costume changes, and to cheer each other on in the studio. We honored students with awards for Most Improved, Most Respectful, Hardest Worker, Most Dedicated, and Most Teachable. It is a joy to see these dancers grow and to see the community that dance fosters.
We are so grateful for our supportive parents that spend many hours driving their dancers to and from class, rehearsal, and shows.
We are so thankful for our staff that loves, challenges, and inspires these young ladies to be their very best!
We are so thankful for students that work hard, show enthusiasm in the classroom, and share in our love for dancing!
The Performing Arts Program is a wonderful community of families, students, and teachers. With gratitude, we say thanks to this past year and excitedly look forward to the 2014-2015 Dance Year! We are gearing up for our Performing Arts Auditions, Aug. 4-8th 2014! We are excited to see new faces and to see our returning students. It’s going to be a sweaty week of fun! If you are interested in joining our Performing Arts program for the 2014-2015 dance year, please contact us for audition details. You can also register for the Performing Arts Assessment Intensive online here.
“BRAVO!” to all dancers who participated in last weekend’s Performing Arts Showcase at Eden Prairie High School Auditorium. This annual event is a ‘first sketch’ of the dance pieces our Performing Arts students have been working on throughout the dance year. It is an opportunity for them to experience dancing on stage and improve their performing abilities. Pre-Performing Arts, Dads & Daughters as well as Brother and Sister dance classes were invited to perform in the show as well as a few “PSOD’s Got Talent” acts.
Friday night’s Dress Rehearsal is always an exciting yet very busy evening. After a full cast warm-up on stage, dancers head back to their respective dressing rooms to prepare for their class’ seven minutes on stage. Isn’t this an impressive looking group of dancers?
Before (and after) any Dress Rehearsal, it’s very important to come together as a “team”. We state our goals for the event and also pray. It’s very important our dance be excellent and our conduct, God-honoring. Our Program Director, Sarah Steichen, is great at encouraging everyone while running a very tight ship! Many of our fabulous instructors were on hand to practice with their classes and manage the overall success of the production.
A lot of patience is required as dancers take turns performing; we had two shows this year (5pm and 7:30) which required a lot of discipline from our dancers. Waiting backstage and off-stage, keeping quiet, quick costume changes, following directions, helping friends, teamwork… many great life-skills are taught during a performance weekend like this!
Come performance time, our dancers were ready to SHINE! For most of our Pre-Performing Arts students, this was their first time being on the Auditorium stage… they were especially excited and followed instructions really well!
This was the first event PSOD used an online, print-at-home ticket purchasing system and overall, the response was fabulous. We are excited to offer families this service again when Spring Recital rolls around! Sunshine, warm weather AND more lovely performances are just around the corner!
Thanks again, Dancers & Families, for making this a wonderful Showcase weekend! We thought it was the best one yet!
Your PSOD Staff
Summer-FUN is well under way at Prairie School of Dance!
Our fabulous summer camps were maxed-out this week between our two studio locations at Grace and Prairie Lutheran. It’s not too late to register your dancer for an upcoming week of camp with friends; it’s a great way to beat the heat while staying VERY active! Your dancer will continue to improve his or her skill-level, technique and flexibility that we work so hard to achieve during the regular dancing season.
You can tell by the smiles below our dancers had a great week dancing, but they also enjoyed singing, acting, playing games, and doing art projects in the studio! We still have room in “Annie” next week, June 24th-June 27th, with Miss Jenna; you can register online today!
ANNIE Musical Theater Camp: This classical musical is back by popular demand! Come join Annie and her friends as we dance with buckets, mops, and other fun props. Dancers will be playing acting games, singing, tapping, and jazzing to this classic and percussive musical show. Bet your bottom dollar you’ll love it!
Check out the rest of our great SUMMER CAMP line-up for both Recreational and Performing Arts dancers online! In the mean time, here are some special memories from our week in the studio. (We regret not capturing photos of our beautiful “Angelina Ballerinas” at Grace but are so proud of their big efforts and even bigger hearts!)
Each spring we honor our graduating Seniors at Prairie School of Dance. This blog series highlights what they love about Prairie School of Dance as well as their interests and future plans. This profile features Karolina Stark, a Senior in our Performing Arts Division.
Years at PSOD: 7
Plans for Next Year: Gustavus Adolphus College, Recipient of the prestigious “Evelyn Anderson Theatre and Dance Scholarship”
What is your most memorable dance moment?
One of my most memorable dance moments was dancing at the Sylvan Theatre in Washington DC as a part of Project Dance. It was amazing being on stage and being able to look out at the Washington Monument.
What is your favorite style of dance and why?
“A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet. I’m beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.” ~Twyla Tharp
Classic ballet is my favorite style of dance. I love watching the soft tutus and pointe shoes meet the strength and endurance of a classically trained ballerina.
I also love modern dance. It’s organic and allows room for creativity. I’m thankful for the teachers who have shared their passion of modern with me and showed me a new way to move. The James Sewell Ballet inspires me. They’re innovative. The choreography is an amazing fusion of ballet and cultural dance from around the world, acting, psychology, mixed media and humor.
How have you been able to live out your faith?
When I think about people who are living out their faith, my first instinct is to think about pastors, youth directors, missionaries etc. However, living out your faith is discovering who God created you to be. Faith isn’t pretending you’re someone you’re not. It’s going deep, it’s listening, it’s paying attention to the gifts God has given you. Prairie School of Dance has encouraged me to worship and live my life in the way that makes the most sense to me – through movement.
If you could give any advice to a young dancer, what would you tell them?
Dream – Pay attention to what inspires you and makes your heart sing.
Invest – Come to class ready to learn and be committed to the learning process.
Patience – Be ready to discover the unexpected about dance and yourself.
Mentoring – I have loved being an assistant and have learned so much from the “littles”. They make me smile and it’s an honor to watch them unfold as dancers.
Friends – Dance has brought very special people into my life. Thanks, Girls, for amazing memories; working hard and all the laughs! You are a blessing in my life and I love you all!
At PSOD, you’re honored with a senior solo at the Spring Recital. What are you most looking forward to?
Someone once said, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey that’s important”. I’ve been looking forward to this senior solo for years, but like a lot of things, once it’s here you see it differently. No one moment on stage could ever summarize my experiences at Prairie or my love of dance. I’ll spend a lifetime celebrating all I’ve learned.
Thanks PSOD… for everything!
Welcome to Prairie School of Dance; a faith-based dance studio located in Eden Prairie, MN, offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Sacred, Hip Hop, Pointe, and Musical Theater, for ages two through adult. We offer both a Recreational and Performing Arts division. Our mission is to provide quality dance instruction in a wholesome environment while celebrating the beauty of each dancer and the joy of dance.