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!
A prop mishap, a costume malfunction, a loss of music mid-performance, or the two dancers that stand in front of you get sick last minute…These unfortunate situations are out of your control and can put you into a state of panic! However, if you have truly prepared yourself for this situation, you will know that you can more than survive the challenge, but thrive within it!
Are you wondering how you prepare for such an unpredictable situation? Here are a few tips to prepare to succeed on the stage.
1. Know your choreography! Don’t plan to watch the girl in front of you (she may get injured or sick). Know the steps like the back of your hand so you can keep dancing while your brain problem solves the unforseen issue that arrives while you are on the stage. (TIP: experts say that if you can lay down, close your eyes, and not move a muscle but envision yourself doing every dance step THEN you truly know the choreography!)
2. Sleep. As you sleep, your brain is actively working to create new pathways for learning. Sleep helps your body fight off common infection and gives your heart and vascular system a rest from your active day.
3. Hydrate. Your body is made up of 60% water. Water is imperative for your digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. It’s extremely important to keep your body hydrated before and after physical activity and sweating. If you begin feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Be pro-active and drink H2O!
4. Practice Hair & make-up in advance (decrease stressors of the “unknown”) and decrease the arguments you will have with your mom or dad that day as they try to help you. PRACTICE doesn’t make perfect, but it sure makes it more pleasant.
5. Breathe. At the end of the day, you are alive and that is a gift! Remember it is just DANCE. Breathe and relax.
6. Smile. Smiling physically puts your brain in a more positive mind set. When you’re onstage, your audience is most drawn to watching your expressive face! If your face appears confident, it is very likely that the audience will not recognize a mistake. “Don’t fake it ’til you make it, Fake it ’til you become it.”
To help our Performing Arts Dancers succeed,
we have an annual Performing Arts Rehearsal & Party!
Dancers perform their dances for an audience for the first time to test their knowledge and nerves. They go to stations to learn about hair and make-up application, as well as fun things like massage pressure points from Miss Megan, a professional masseuse when not teaching dance! We also had a guest speaker, Jason Reader, discussing injury prevention for dancers.
ABOVE: Our dance assistants model what TO DO & NOT TO DO when preparing for performance!
BELOW: Our dancers are talented in many ways beyond dance! We look forward to sharing some of their musical talents with you during the SHOWCASE on Saturday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to many dancers! We are so thankful you spend your birthday weekend with your PSOD Family! Much love is in this room of dancers!
This past weekend we had over 60 students and 7 teachers perform in our Psalm 139: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made by God production at Grace Church. Over a 1,000 people came to sit in the audience. The message of the show, just like God’s love, continues to ripple on. Here are a few images and words capturing the honesty, beauty, and power of the 139th Psalm.
Congratulations dancers! May you always remember YOU HAVE VALUE and continue to see others with value as well.
“You out did yourselves with the Psalm 139 production last night. My five-year old was totally tuned in and wanted to know what was happening every second. Today she has been practicing dancing like “the big girls dance.” So many delightful messages about God’s truth for girls, the show blessed us both so much. Thank you for taking this project on.”
– Audience Member
Dancers, teachers, and parents gathered together this past Friday evening to reflect upon the powerful message of Psalm 139. God’s promise that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by him allows us to embrace our uniqueness and live in his identity. We are his daughters and his sons. We were made with sincere intention, purpose, and love. We have messy homes and messy hearts until Jesus comes into them. We have insecurities about our academic struggles, our acne, our body shape, our lack of friends, and our athletic failures. In these times of feeling like we are not enough, God reminds us that we are PERFECT AS WE ARE. He loves us unconditionally. We don’t need to earn his love. We received it the moment he laid his life upon that cross.
Whether we are teenagers or adults, God can use our challenges, disappointments, and insecurities to bring us closer in relationship to him. He wants to hear it all. He wants to be in conversation with you!
We live in a world full of advertisements, promotions, posts, and tweets telling us who we should be and who we are. We are surrounded by lies and pressures and are unable to be all that everyone is expecting of us. There are so many voices and so many people to please. The truth is that there is just one voice that we need to listen to. We need to listen to our Creator. We encourage you to be in conversation with God. Get familiar with his voice so that it is the LOUDEST among the crowd. TRUST him and his plan for your life. Do not apologize for your insecurities. Embrace them and allow God to use them. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and we praise God for that!
We are so blessed to have her teaching Sacred and Ballet classes here at Prairie School of Dance. Just read on to learn more about her amazing heart and talent.
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.