We are all reaching for a goal

Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929, and moved to  Germany at the age of 6, with his German Mother and Father.  Eric was educated and studied art in Stuttgart as a young man.  He experienced World War II, his home town bombed, his Father taken prisoner by the Russians, but did return home.

His dream was to return to America one day, so he left Germany in 1952 with $40 to his name, and arrived in New York to begin a new life.  It is there he began illustrating children’s books, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, and then writing books.

Many of his books portray the search for something in our destiny: the Cricket searches for his voice, finding it when he finds a lady cricket;  The Lonely Firefly searches for community of other fireflies;  The Grouchy Ladybug tries to fight other insects and animals, until a whale slaps her back home and gives her an attitude change;  The Hungry Caterpillar searches for food, until he changes into a butterfly.

These stories are part of our Kinderballet program performed in May and June, 2015.  Please come enjoy our ballet at one of our many venues.

WE have chosen the composer, Carle Reinecke, for many of the stories,  a German composer popular in the early 1900’s, to showcase the Eric Carle characters.

Just as these animals are reaching for their goal in our Eric Carle parade, we continue to use these programs to teach our students, train them in technique and expression, and to inspire the audience to join our School of Ballet, and yes, to go read some more books!

Turn On

When we dance we need to turn on our expressive forces, step up our energy. Think of Spiderman spitting webs out of his fingers, we exude emotions into the universe through dance .

Important as this is, teaching and finding your own power is not easy.

Before you can expand your power toward your audience, you need to learn to TURN OFF distractions.

Anneliese used to say, “When you walk through the studio door, you leave EVERYTHING behind.  You leave your school work, your arguements, your problems, your worries, and you present a blank slate to the dance barre.”

The total focus to your art is the first step to being able to go onto the stage and dance the role of different characters successfully and powerfully.

If we use this same thought process in our everyday life, we realize that  worries and problems can affect how we move on the stage of action.  We can move with strength and power, turning off the worry loops.   Then we are free to TURN ON, and  “focus on the present moment” to be the strong dancer, parent, or scholar we intend.

New and Review Steps for February 2015

We begin the month with a careful explaination of the term, “releve” in first, second, and fifth positions.

We then work on the following steps:

Releve passe

Releve echappe

For the review this month we study the timing and combination from the “Four little swans”:

entre chat quatre, releve passe, entre chat quatre, releve passe,

4 echappe releve.

We emphasize  timing as well as the correct releve.