By Talitha de Klerk:
Hey ROHD member, alumni or parent!
It’s June 2019 and may we say you’re looking fine on this winter’s day!?
For many of our members (especially juniors and school teachers) this is a time of winding down and taking things a little easier. For others, this is simply a time with less traffic and more winter layers worn to work! Whichever one you are, we hope you are soaking in some winter sun, remembering just what makes your life worth living and filling the time you’d normally be in dance-class with some good, active body appreciation me-time!
We are almost exactly in the middle of 2019, and for some inspiration for the rest of this year, we are looking back at what has made 2019 so special so far!
Besides the many new faces that joined our classes in 2019, ROHD was also very excited for Annette (sub-teacher), Melani (Junior’s & Beginner Adults) and Zahré (Weekend privates and Transitional Adult Ballet on Saturdays (Did you know about it?!) to join our team! Melani also got married at the end of the first term and we got to be a part of this exciting moment in her life!
Junior Highlights in Term 1 & 2 2019
For our Junior members at ROHD, the last two terms have been quite eventful!
● Besides our Hopeful Hoppers & Pre-Primaries, who still enjoy informal creative play with a unique theme each week, from ages 7 and up all our Juniors entered new levels of Cecchetti Syllabi work and all of them rose to the challenge as our Mock exams concluded with a 72% average, thereby qualifying all of them for formal exams in September 2019. This is no easy feat and we are so proud of each of them!
● After meeting talented Cape Town City Ballet Soloist, Leane Theunissen, at the end of Term 1 where she danced for us, gave stretching tips and shared everything about her life as a professional dancer, our older students inspired our dreams even more by sharing their research on some of the most famous dancers during their amazing speeches in Term 2.
● Our special Tutu’s & Tea Workshop reminded us as teachers why we love to work with juniors! Their wonder, excitement, laughs and thrills during two dance sessions, cupcake decorations and a real high-tea party, made our day! Hope Muir, who won the best-dressed award’s mommy made her outfit especially for the day, but in general, it was just great to see how many mommies were willing to invest in quality time with their juniors!
● Our second term ended with a movie social with yummy lucky packets which introduced them to the theme of our Year-End Show: Alice in Wonderland! Although many didn’t know the story well, we are sure it will become a firm favourite as we begin rehearsals once exam season is done near the end of Term 3!
Special recognition for outstanding character.
In February 2019, we introduced special recognition monthly awards. Our intention with this was not to encourage competition between members, but rather a way to encourage individual and unique character traits we believe make up a great dancer for example determination, commitment, self-discipline, self-confidence, respect, courage, kindness, taking corrections well, dedication etcetera. We also believe this is a way members of the studio can get to know each other.
Over the last two terms, the following members have received these awards:
- JUNIORS: Kefiloe Selota, Annamé du Plessis, Mieke van Dyk.
- ADULTS: Michal Black, Rolandi/ Rautenbach; Ane van Zyl.
- OUTREACH: Ofentse; Elsie; Mihle.
Adult Highlights in Term 1 & 2 2019
- BALLET: With the introduction of our unique, Russian technique based syllabi, members have been sweating and focussing more than usual, whilst really feeling the satisfying burn the next day. With the prospect of internal, informal exams at the end of Term 3 (with great discount reward structures), we have also seen an increase in commitment and dedication from some of our adult members, which in turn brings improvement and even more motivation! In our Unset Advanced Classes, our Repertoire focus has been Sleeping Beauty, of which the Violente, Courante Fairy Solo’s and the Jewel Trio really challenged us!
- OTHER STYLES: Our Dance-it-Off Workshop earlier this year introduced many members to the value and fun other dance styles bring to the table. Guest Teacher, Micheala Rossi’s Hip-hop- and tap sessions both provided great cardio & mental workout, whilst the choreography session on ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman was a great stress reliever! Our Tap and Love for Dance Classes incorporate these and other styles and are a great way to enhance your fitness and versatility as a dancer…
We ended the term with various Holiday Body Appreciation Work-Outs, worked out especially for the various classes by the ROHD Teachers, and we hope you are enjoying keeping fit with them during this cold winter-break! We really enjoyed seeing members & teachers get to know one another a little better during the coffee chats at our last classes and we really look forward to building on all the foundations laid these last two terms!
Exciting Upcoming Events for the Rest of 2019:
Our Winter Hamper Competition! Register for a new dance style OR Get a friend to register with us between 09-31 July 2019 and you OR your friend could WIN The Ultimate Adult Ballet Hamper including a ballet bag, mat, ballet shoes, stretching band etc… worth over R1000!
- NEW!!! Pilates Classes (A great form of Body Appreciation) to start in Term 3!
- Formal Junior Cecchetti Exams: Week of 9 September 2019 (Please make sure you have paid your child’s entry fee before 15 July 2019)
- ROHD Internal Informal Adult Ballet Exams (to OBTAIN A REWARD DISCOUNT on your fees depending on your level of achievement: 16-27 Sept 2019.
- Preparations for Year-End Production End of November 2019
(Based on Alice in Wonderland) to start near the end of the third term.
Thank you for making the first half of 2019 great! We are so excited to see you again the week of 9 July 2019! Until then, stay warm, active and full of hope!
*Ps- also look out for our OUTREACH NEWS coming your way very soon!
“Once you choose Hope, anything is possible!”
– Christopher Reeve