Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Musical Theatre Workshop

 

16-April-2024
 
  On Saturday-13-April, the Isabel’s School of Dance held a Music Theatre Dance Workshop. This was led by Ms. Hannah Gundermann from New York.  
Ms. Gundermann has performed at New York  Theatre Festival, Lycic Theatre of Oklahoma, and Hersheypark. To start the class Ms. Gundermann sat down and talked with the Students. She wanted to find out what they knew about stage, or movie musicals. Ms. Gundermann also asked if they had seen any musicals, and which one they liked.
  Next, she did some warm-up exercises with the Students. The number of members taking the class grew as new arrivals came in. The group ranges from Pre-School ages to High School Students. Also Tap Dance instructor Ms. Tara joined in.
  After this, the class were shown some basic moves common to musical performances. Ms. Gundermann would show a series of individual steps, these were then put together to create a combination sequence. Then the younger Students repeated the combo, following Ms. Gundermann as she called which step came next. This was repeated for the older dancers. The lessons continued with more techniques being added for more complex combinations to be practiced.
  Once the class was comfortable with training, everything that was taught was used to perform a number from the movie “footloose.” Again, the class worked on small sections at a time and added then together. As the movement became more fluid Ms. Gundermann asked each Student how the dance and the music made them feel. Some said excited, while others talked about being relaxed, or being more confident about themselves. She asked the Students to use those feeling to make a character to become as they danced.
  They performed the song two more times and became more expressive each time. At the end of the workshop everyone was asked what they learn, and how they felt about what they learned, and themselves.
  For more information about other dance classes available please go to: Isabel's School of Dance (isabelsschoolofdance.com)

 

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2024 Ridgefield Park MS Walk.

 

On Saturday-14-April the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for Metro New Jersey held the 2024 Ridgefield Park Walk. This took place in Overpeck Park near the Amphitheatre. Over 755 participants in 65 team took an early Sunday morning to show support for those effected by MS and to help find a cure for the disease. The walkers had two choices of routes to use. There was a 1-mile course that looped the Amphitheatre. As well as a 3-mile trail that was extended to the Bergen Equestrian Center. Another new experience this year was the Circles of Support. They consist of the Orange circle representing those living with MS. A Green circle represents those who love or support a person who is living with MS, including remembrances. With a Yellow circle representing those who support the Society’s mission. During the pre-walk ceremonies a person, or team, stood on stage and held one of the colors they are most associated with. Then those in attendance held up a matching circle. The last presentation was when the people on stage held their circles togethers. Then there was a sea of Orange, Green and Yellow circles in front of the stage.
  The walk began with all the participants heading to the southern entrance to the park. A line of supporters wished them encouragement. The walkers then continued to move along the trail bordering Overpeck Lake. At about the quarter mile mark the walker split into two group. A majority of the walkers chose to go the full distant. When the participants returned, they were greeted with cheers and applause congratulating them for their accomplishment.
  For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society please visit:   https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Harlem Wizards' Half time and after

15-April-2024
  When the game against the Harlem Wizards when into halftime, the players made their way to the locker room. After a quick rest, the players returned to the court to sign autographs to as many fans as possible. The team added their name to souvenirs such as photos, basketballs, and jerseys. This also gave anyone in the gym a time to just chat and relax before the game started again. Before the restart there was a game of Wizard’s Musical Chairs. Five Students were chosen to play and needed to make a basket and find a chair before the others. When the final two players faced off, Madison would score first and sat down before Sebastion. For her win Madison received gifts from Giant, King Arthur and Lily the Hawk. Then the Bogota Staff, the Wizards players and the Wiz Kids posed for a group photo at Center Court.
  During the second half the tempo sped up a bit, but with a few more stoppages. One was to bring a Family out of the stands to win prizes by playing Name that Tune. They would say all three correct answers (maybe with a little local help). Then Wizards Players took the time to toss prizes into the bleachers for both Students and Adults. This was followed by all members of the Steen Faculty standing in front of the seats to lead the crowd in Y.M.C.A.
  As the game time drew smaller, Fresh Prince made one more Game Ending Dunk. After the two teams congratulated each other one more group activity took place. All Students, by grade level, were called down to the Court. Then Staff and any Adults who wanted to join in. Everyone stood in front of the Wizard’s Players to sing and dance one more time. 

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