Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tiler Peck on Dance Magazine May Cover

One of my new favourite dancer Tiler Peck on the cover of Dance Magazine! Tiler Peck joined New York City Ballet in 2005, when she was a fresh-faced 16-year-old with a dazzling pirouette and a killer jump. Peck, who just turned 21, is now a principal with the NYCB, the youngest principal dancer.

Here, she talks with Dance Magazine's editor-in-chef Wendy Perron. Exclusive footage from the Dance Magazine May 2010 Cover Shoot featuring New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck.

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild rehearsing Afternoon of a Faun by Jerome Robbins for International Evenings of Dance at the Vail International Dance Festival. I love her pink leotard and white tights! And the studio is just amazing!

Read more: http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/dance/82065/tiler-peck-in-the-sleeping-beauty-interview#ixzz0z2F8BvYC

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ballet class for kids with Down Syndrome

As i shared with you last week, that i'm preparing myself and planning ballet classes for children with special needs. I've been researching and reading a lot about these children, I thought my eyes and heart were open for the 1st time and i felt more passionate to share the joy of dancing with these amazing kids.

What children with special needs wish you knew
I'm just "me" and that's ok
I need friends along the way
I want to know God's Word
I like it when you talk to me
I won't give up-Don't you
I'm not sick- I have a Disability
I mess up-Like any other kid
I know God can use me-No matter what

Special needs children can benefit from dance, movement and music:-
-Boost self-esteem
-Build balance and coordination
-Increase muscle strength
-Increase muscle endurance
-Build flexibility
-Encourage team work, co operation and group skills
-Develop an awareness of beat, rhythm and movement to music skills
-Develop an understanding of musical qualities and the relationship of music to emotion and mood

Watch this video. Class brings joy of dance to children with Down syndrome.
How Dance instructor Todd taught a group of special need children.

Good tips and reference for my up-coming classes with the children in my church.

Instructor Todd Rosenlieb talks about the challenges and rewards of teaching dance to children with Down syndrome, as part of a six-week Adaptive Class that recently wrapped up its first session in Norfolk.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Top 7 reason why dancing is good for you

Dance to a healthier you!

Even as a child, i love moving my feet to rhythms and music. It makes me feel happy. I enjoyed moving and spinning around my room to the music from the stereo. I remembered the feeling was so good, lifted up my mood and get my heart pumping, leaving my cheek so rosy.

Here are few reason why we should dance:-

1) Dancing makes you happy

You brain releases a type of 'happy hormone' called endorphines, when you are exercising. Personally, i feel very tired and lazy if i stop exersicing for awhile; on the contrary, after a vigorious session of dance lesson, i feel much more energetic and my spirit uplifted. Can you imagine, a happy wife goes back home, husband is happy too. A happy mother return home to her home and children, happy family. Your whole life changes, relationship become better, work performance improve etc. It is a very positive and good cycle.

2) Self esteem booster

Mastering a routine, keeping good musical quality while dancing, builds confidence. It gives you a sense of achievement and successful when you master it. Not only you will feel that you are good, when you lose weight along the way, you would love to look into the mirror in the studio to check out your new self!

3) Keeps you young

Years ago, i attended a dance workshop, i met this 60 years old ballet mistress from Hong Kong. She look absolutely young physically, so flexible. When ask of her secret of staying young, she share with us her daily stretching routine, kept herself active teaching, ate a well balanced meal and get plenty of fluid. Voila! Dancing make you younger.

4) Stimulate your creative juice

Dancing, will stimulate your creative side of brain. You will learn to create your own steps after few years of learning. The best feeling is to be able to watch your own choreography come to live on stage!

5) Keeps the weight off
Dancing is a good form of exercising. Many people have lose weight dancing, and manage to maintain to keep their weight off by continue dancing!

6) Improve metabolism

Exercising increases metabolism rate. That is a fact! The more you move, the more calories you will burn.

7) Make some good friends along the way.

Your children will thank you for sending them to ballet/ dance lessons. I did! When i was six, my mother enrolled me into ballet class. I was a chubby little shy lassie, since i join my dance class, i made so many friends and slowly gain confidence. I coudn't wait for dance class every week!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New York City Ballet Spring Gala 2010

The 2010 New York City Ballet Spring Gala on April 29th featured a special preview of the exciting commissions premiering during the New Choreography and Music Festival.

Among famous dancers, Sarah Jessica Parker and Natalie Portman also stepped out for the 2010 New York City Ballet Spring Gala in NYC on Thursday evening. Natalie who wore Lanvin, had a special reason to be there — her boyfriend Benjamin Millepied is among the performers — and she recently played a ballerina in a movie, Black Swan alongside Mila Kunis. Sarah Jessica Parker is a huge supporter of the arts in New York including recently narrating an audio tour for the Met. The style icon wore a blush-colored, hand-embroidered cocktail dress by Elie Saab Haute Couture and a jacket by L'Wren Scottalso, wore a perfectly appropriate bun for the event.

Beautiful gala preparation set-up at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
Evening programme include world premiere of 2 ballets, New Millepied Ballet & New Ratmansky Ballet.