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DK Virtual Intensive Study
Dance Kaleidoscope is excited to offer a free week of virtual classes for dancers from Preschool to Pre-Professional levels. DK hopes to help families with activities for young children, to help young dancers further their understanding and skills, and to help dancers stay in shape who are waiting to return to the studio and auditions. All classes will be taught on Zoom by professional DK dancers who are ready to inspire (and to be inspired by their students).
Students must Register
To get the link for each day’s classes, email email@example.com no later than 8pm the day before. There is no charge for this week of classes, but we invite you to consider making a donation of any size to help DK continue offering classes and being part of your dance community. Thank you!
Throughout the week, DK will release simple choreography for all to learn via YouTube. This will be a chance for students to practice moves with the choreographer, Aleksa Lukasiewicz. Students can also make a video of themselves doing the dance and email it to us for a culmination video to be released after the week-long intensive has finished.
Be sure to check out our extracurricular activities scheduled at 5pm. These are a fun way to expand students’ understanding of dance.
E-Learning Children's Opera "The Tails of Cats and...
“The Tails of Cats and Mice” is an opera for young audiences based on stories from “Aesop’s Fables” set to music by famous opera composers. A Country Mouse has plans to see her cousin in the city, and needs help putting her suitcase together. Perhaps you can help her out. As soon as she’s ready, a Lion is waiting outside her door with a predicament: he has a thorn in his paw and needs help. Will she be brave enough to help him? Meanwhile, in the city, the City Mouse has problems of his own thanks to a Cat that won’t leave him alone. Perhaps he has an ingenious solution to his feline friend, but it will take a lot of bravery to pull it off.
This version of “The Tails of Cats and Mice” was based on a staged version that was sent out all over the state of Indiana as part of the Indianapolis Opera Resident Artist Program. Due to school closures caused by coronavirus, we devised this new version for your own home enjoyment. However, the original opera features a choice system that allows the audience to decide how the story goes mid-way.
Cast: Janese Pentico – Country Mouse
Alexander Henderson – Lion
Felipe Prado – City Mouse
Laura Zahn – Cat
Staff: Stage Director – Matt Cooksey
Musical Coach and Pianist – Andrew Pham
E-Learning Vocal Workshop: "Singing For Success"
Grades 6-12 EDUCATORS & PARENTS: The Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists provide a “Singing For Success” workshop series, designed to teach fundamental vocal techniques for middle school and high school students. This series is intended to be presented to choirs, and can be adapted to fit the specific requests of the choir director. Due to COVID-19 canceling these live presentations, we have provided these four videos as an example of how we teach the following topics:
Posture & Breathing: Alexander Henderson, baritone
Vocal Registration & Diction : Janese Pentico, soprano
Chest Voice & Broadway “Belting” : Laura Zahn, mezzo-soprano
Passaggio : Laura Zahn, mezzo-soprano
Interpretation & Artistry : Felipe Prado, tenor
E-learning: Vedem, a Holocaust Opera
Grades 5-9 EDUCATORS & PARENTS: Vedem is part of our Brundibar & Vedem Project, originally scheduled for April 2020, now postponed until the 2020-2021 season. This production celebrates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in Europe, focusing specifically on the camp near Prague called Terezin, or Terezienstadt. Brundibar was written by the Jewish Czech composer Hans Krasa in 1938, and was performed by children in the camp for visiting dignitaries, including the Red Cross, as part of the Nazi propaganda effort. Vedem was written by American composer Lori Laitman in 2010, and tells the story of the boys living in the same room in Terezin who maintained a secret underground newspaper called “Vedem” throughout their imprisonment. These three excerpts from Vedem describe the thoughts and feelings of the captive children of Terezin.
Felipe Prado, tenor
Laura Zahn, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Pham, piano
The Brundibar & Vedem Project provides an incredible opportunity to share this important historical event, as experienced through the perspectives of children. We are offering educational programming as part of this Project, including school performances of Brundibar and supplementary curriculum guides, with generous assistance from the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.
ICC Virtual Neighborhood Choir Academy
For Individual Families or Music Teachers: An excellent opportunity for you to connect your students at home through song and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Watch the intro video, grab the flyer, and contact us to join!
Children in grades 3-8 will learn a choral piece with directors from the ICC and then record their end product to be included in a virtual choir!
You can offer a Virtual Neighborhood Choir Academy to your students – right now! Please take advantage of this free resource to you and your students as we continue to care for our ICC family by reaching out through this new online program.
Be a part of the ICC from wherever you are!
Try It! Virtual Dance Class
Try It! is a beginning class for very young dancers focusing on ballet & jazz styles. Emphasis on large motor skills, rhythm, coordination and basic dance steps, as part of Dance Kaleidoscope’s public class program called DK Kids. During the pandemic, we are offering weekly virtual classes for our students, as well as the public at large. These are great activities for children (of all ages). This video is taught by company dancer Missy Thompson.
Virtual DK Kids Dance Workouts
During this time of shelter-at-home, DK is offering free videos of exercise activities aimed at helping children stay fit and to give families activities they can do together. These video feature one of Dance Kaleidoscope’s professional dancers, filmed while they are sheltering-in-place due to COVID-19.
• “Try It” is a beginning class for very young dancers (ages 3-5) focusing on ballet & jazz styles. Emphasis on large motor skills, rhythm, coordination and basic dance steps. Taught by dancer Missy Thompson
• Beginning Ballet (ages 6-10) is the first class of formal ballet instruction, introducing dancers to basic positions, correct body alignment, barre work and terminology. A structured progression that creates the foundation for future dance training. Taught by Paige Robinson
• Tap will focus on the development of basic tap technical skills. Taught by Jillian Godwin
Virtual DK Kids Dance Workouts - Week 2
We are back with three new classes for kids (and full families, too). These videos are great activities to help us stay fit and to learn more about dance. Taught by professional DK dancers, this week’s classes are:
Jazz Dance, taught by Lukasiewicz – https://youtu.be/1BtnIH251YM
Hip Hop Dance, taught by Manuel Valdes – https://youtu.be/QaFYpirYOG4
Beginning Ballet, taught by Paige Robinson – https://youtu.be/MnVc3btylG0
Week Three of Virtual DK Kids Exercise Videos
Here are three more videos to keep children of all ages fit. These are also great activities for families to do together! Dance Kaleidoscope (DK) normally teaches a series of dance classes for children, called DK Kids. During shelter-in-place, our professional dancers/teachers are creating videos that we’re sharing with the community at large in an effort to give back to the city that has supported DK for 48 years.
Here are links to this week’s video:
Jazz Dance, taught by Aleksa Lukasiewicz – https://youtu.be/r8HQfMrdyLc
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