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Book Week!

“Each year across Australia, the CBCA brings children and books together celebrating CBCA Book Week. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature and you will often see children’s book character parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.” Source: 2018 CBCA Book Week. Dates: 18th – 24th August 2018 Our 2018 show From The Page To The Stage, is all about BOOKS! To celebrate Book Week we will be creating

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First memory of dance

My first memory of dancing is sitting at the door of my ballet class crying because ‘I felt sick’. I remember overhearing my teacher saying to her assistant, ‘She never puts it on, she must really feel unwell.’ However, instead of being sick, I was worried my mum would forget to pick me up as she had (for the first time) left the studio while I was in class. What is your first memory of

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Happy Birthday Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp (born July 1, 1941) is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966, she formed her own company Twyla Tharp Dance. Her work often uses classical music, jazz, and contemporary pop music. From 1971 to 1988, Twyla Tharp Dance toured extensively around the world, performing original works. In 1973, Tharp choreographed Deuce Coupe to the music of The Beach Boys for the Joffrey Ballet. Deuce

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Katherine Mary Dunham

Katherine Mary Dunham (also known as Kaye Dunn, June 22, 1909 – May 21, 2006) was an American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century and directed her own dance company for many years. She has been called the “matriarch and queen mother of black dance.” While a student at the University of Chicago, Dunham took leave

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Rainy Day Costume Design Printable

Brrrrrr, it is cold here in New South Wales, Australia! We are keeping warm indoors and working on our student’s costumes. Here is a costume design worksheet for your child to enjoy on this rainy afternoon. Download here: Costume Worksheet

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5 tips on how to practise when you ‘have no time’

Kids today can be very busy. They dance, they swim, they play the piano, they have homework, and so on. Yet they are encouraged to practise their dancing at home?! How are they meant to fit more in? Isn’t the class enough? The answer to this is what you want for your child. Dance is a skill that is developed and built on. Once the students get older the skills become more complex and harder to maintain

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Ballet Theory Word Search

The kids thought they were here just to learn to dance… SURPRISE you also need to use your brain.     Learning ballet terminology can be tricky for kids, here is a fun way for kids to practise their theory words.    Download your free worksheet here!  This is a great worksheet for your child to include in their dance journal.    

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6 Tips To Prepare For Dance Exams

Preparing for any test or exam can be stressful for adults, let alone kids. The key is in the preparation. Some parents may question the benefit of dance exams for kids, see here for our top reasons for dance exams. Below are some steps to get your child from stressed to confident. One. Grab a folder or scrapbook to create an exam journal. Two. Write or print out the title of each exercise on separate

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