Congratulations are in Order!
Fiona Chandrasekeran: Dancer of the Year
Sophia Dodd and Fenna Roukema: Most Improved Dancers of the Year
Bon Voyage to Our Graduating Seniors!
Some quick notes on what the immediate future holds for our graduating seniors. We will miss you!
Fiona Chandrasekaran – UCLA Math Major. Plans to continue dancing on or off campus and continue choreographing for SSBYD and see where that leads!
Jenna Comstock – UCLA Neuro Science Major. Plans to continue dancing on or off campus and continue choreographing for SSBYD and see where that leads! Arts will remain a big part of her life.
Lily Conroy – UCSB- Dance Major. Also interested in the Medical Field and may double major in Biology. Working part time as well.
Sophia Dodd – City College. SSB Pro Track 2nd year. Gustafson Dance part time front desk employee. Wants to pursue a career in dance as well as gain a college degree.
Kira Hopkins – SSB Pro Track 2nd year. Teaching at Gustafson Dance and will apply to colleges for fall 2017 as a Dance Major. Wants to pursue dance as a career in some way, shape or form!
Sophie Kubinyi – City College. Film Studies. Wants to be an Editor and/or Director. Will continue to teach at Gustafson Dance and hopes to continue to teach throughout her career. Will continue taking dance classes herself and would love to incorporate dance into TV and movies because of the beauty of dance.
Julia McCarter – Chapman University. Major in Vocal Performance. Will continue to take dance and aerial classes and be involved in performance arts.
Natalie Mohr – UC Berkeley. Major in Envioronmental Studies. Plans to continue dancing at school and in the neighboring Nor Cal communities.
Emma Nelson – Accepted to Butler University as Dance Major. Deferring for one year to stay in SB with a contract as an Apprentice with State Street Ballet and will teach at Gustafson Dance. Plans to go to Butler Fall of 2017 and pursue her education as well as a professional career in dance.
What We Are Doing This Summer
We will be offering regular classes for Levels 3 and 4 throughout the summer, but the 2-week programs give students an intensive period in which to study, not just ballet, but jazz, tap, contemporary, character and pointe (if in Level 3B and up). Over the years, we have recognized that those students who participate in at least one of our programs in the summer begin the fall ahead of their peers who don’t. Students in Levels 1 and 2 in our regular school year curriculum normally take 2-3 hours of dance per week. In the Dance Camp (Ages 6-12), dancers are actually dancing 4-5 hours per day, in addition to art and acting. They will perform the musical Lion King at the Marjorie Luke Theatre. Dancers taking the dance camp will dance as much in two weeks as dancers in our regular program dance in a semester. The improvement is dramatic and the dancers love being fully integrated into putting together an entire musical.
In the Musical Theatre Intensive and the Junior Intensive, dancers dance 6 hours per day, which again adds up to a lot of time compared to their regular class attendance in the fall. The Musical Theatre Intensive is new this year. It is designed to be much like the Junior Intensive. Unlike the Dance Camp which culminates in a fully staged musical, both the JI and MTI culminate in a fully staged musical revue. For both programs, the day is divided into classes. In the JI, all dancers take ballet, jazz, and character plus pointe, pre-pointe or tap. The musical revue is made up of numbers (This year the theme is “Dancing Through Time”) put together in each of their classes, so each dancer will perform in four to five different numbers. The MTI will be structured in the same way, but dancers will have the additional class options of acting, musical theatre dance and singing. The theme for the MTI show is “Broadway.” If dancers sign up for jazz, they will take jazz class and perform a Broadway piece utilizing their jazz training. If dancers sign up for acting, they will take acting class and perform an acting scene from a Broadway musical in the show. Each dancer will choose five class options and then practice for the performance in the context of that class, so each dancer will have five pieces in the performance.
5-Week Summer Classes at Gustafson Dance
The registration deadline is July 11th for Session 2 – one week prior to the start of the first week of classes. All classes are subject to a minimum enrollment. For more info or to register, call us or visit our website.
Fall Sign Ups Available Now
Classes begin on September 12th of the Fall season. Sign ups are available at our website.
Arts Mentorship Program and Sarah Block in Noozhawk
Our very own Sarah Block was involved in the recent Gallery Montecito opening of a new show dedicated to dance that doubled as a of tribute to the Arts Mentorship Program. Local news site Noozhawk and Judy Foreman featured the event — and a picture of Sarah. See the original article at Noozhawk.
In case you missed it….
In May, SSBYD’s Spotlight Series shone on Catherine Pizzinat. Catherine danced the title role of Tina the Ballerina and we checked in with the 8th-grade La Colina student as she prepares for Tina!
Spotlight: Congratulations on earning the part of Tina the Ballerina! How are rehearsals going?
Catherine: Rehearsals are going great! I think the part that is most challenging is having to go from the first dance straight to the second dance without coming off stage. I love the finale because it’s so much fun to dance and to a great song!
Spotlight: When you’re not dancing or in school, what do you like to do?
Catherine: I like to spend time with my friends and family when I’m not at dance or school.
Spotlight: What inspires you about dance?
Catherine: Dance has taught me not to give up on something that I’m pursuing, whether it be trying to get a certain turn down or improving technique.
Spotlight: What’s a special item in your dance bag?
Catherine: I do have this keychain of a pointe shoe hanging on my bag that Sarah, our former jazz teacher, gave me.
Han Scholarship Fund Update
We want to thank all of you who donated to the Han Family Scholarship fund in memory of Emily Han. The scholarships have assisted four families with summer classes and camp attendance already.