“Life is a stage…Just dance.”
Dance – the art form that produces poetry in motion, the phenomenon that uses movement to create feelings and transforms feelings into action. Who cannot recall Gene Kelly and Ginger Rogers dancing across stages and who would forget Michael Jackson moon walking at the Motown anniversary? Or seeing their very first dance performance? Whether it was the Alvin Ailey Dancers or The American Ballet Theater, we were mesmerized by the movements. We found ourselves captivated by the dancers’ ability to tell a story with leaps and turns. Today with social media and reality television, dance as an art form is highly publicized. One only has to turn on the television and its there for all to appreciate. We have all become familiar with the steps in the Argentinian Tango, the Viennese Waltz or rhythmic moves of Salsa to name a few What is most exciting to watch is the evolution of the art. For the classically trained dancer, ballet, jazz, tap and modern ignites a fire within us. We revere Graham and Thorp, Fosse and Jamison however today there are other dimensions to the art. Whether it’s hip-hop or afro-Caribbean or interpretative this is an exciting era for the dance world. The fusion of classical dance with acrobatic techniques and the simulation of Latin dance and aerobics there has seen a rebirth. We may refer to these genre as “Acro” or Zumba but what’s most important is that dance is expanding and this invites new audiences to become new participants.
Dancers dominate the dance floor in all shapes and sizes, all ages and gender with interest as varied as the art itself. Arguably this new found passion is generating a healthier community. Dance promotes team building, it instills confidence, it builds character and most importantly it promotes a healthy lifestyle for all ages. Young dancers are said to be more disciplined, able to follow instructions and have good recall. Older adults greatly benefit from the group activity and the socialization and they often report a positive impact on their overall physical and mental health. So whether you want to emulate Michael Jackson doing the Moonwalk, Savion Glover in “Happy Feet”. Baryshnikov preforming the “Little Ballet” or your neighbor taking a Zumba class allow me to invite you to just DANCE!!!!
In our community we are proud to have easy access to all genres of dance. Avalon Dance is the premier dance company in Avalon Park and surrounding communities. As the Owner/Operator and Artistic Director T’kea Le Grande prides herself on teaching a diverse group of students in various genres of dance. Students who attend Avalon Dance are not only taught the physical art form but are educated on the history of the art. Miss T’s (as she is called by her students and parents) mission is to develop the talents of every student that is entrusted to the care of her studio. What is unique about Avalon Dance is its ability to develop strong dancers while cultivating civic minded individuals.
In addition to its strong student body Avalon Dance has a very successful competition dance team. (Avalon Dance Company) This group of dancers have won multiple awards and trophies however competitive dancing is not the sole philosophy on which the studio is built. The goal of Avalon Dance is to create an environment of learning that simultaneously fosters a love and passion for the art of dance. Avalon Dance students are taught that their primary goal is not to compete and compare but to be “creative, and compassionate” – They are taught to dance from their hearts, they are taught to be inclusive and among other attributes they are taught to support all dancers and to appreciate and celebrate the talents that every dancer brings to the stage.
The studio offers classes for preschoolers, elementary, middle and high school students. There is also a well-established adult dance fitness and ballroom program. These programs include Dance Hall and Afro-Caribbean classes. As per Miss T “Avalon Dance wants to challenge the creativity in all of its students”. In addition to its well established ballet, jazz, tap, modern, acro and hip hop classes it has expanded its syllabus to include other genres. This speaks to the creativity of the owner and its instructors
We invite you to visit us in person at the studio. Come in – take a free class – and remember “Life is a Stage… Just Dance” For more information visit www.avalondance.net or call 407-380-3444. We are the only dance studio in Avalon Park.!!!
09.19.2016 – Written by Barbara Looby from Avalon Dance Studio
It’s almost summertime!
That means the kids are finishing school and will have time to do other things. Luckily, here around our local Avalon Park community, we have lots of activities to keep your children busy this summer. We have a wide variety of camps going on and there’s definitely a camp for your child.
Children who enjoy technology and science should check out Avalon Park’s own TechMe. TechMe is a center specializing in training children to build their tech skills, and offers a few options this summer.
- Multi Tech Program (June 27th – July 1st) focuses on entry level web designing, coding, music production, and video production! It is for children ages 5 – 13.
- Drone Filmmaking & Safety – (July 11th – 15th) teaches children about the types of lenses used in film making and goes over essential editing techniques. Kids are even given the opportunity to take a drone safety assessment and if they pass they get a chance to fly one! This is for ages 9 – 17.
- Web Design & App Building (July 18th – 22nd) learn the basics of basic website and app design. This program is available for children ages 7 – 13. You can read more about TechMe here: techmecenter.com
We also have iBrick, which is another close by option for children who enjoy technology, science, and math.
- Mine Craft (June 20th – 24th) Using a Lego set your child will recreate one of them in Minecraft.
- Robotics Camp (June 27th – July 1st) Using a new EV3 Robot the campers will get deeper into the builds and skill building activities. The skills learned in the camp can be applied towards real programming and engineering principles beyond camp. These are the two camps going on at the East Orlando location. Visit their website for more camp options around other areas of Central Florida. https://www.ibrickacademy.com
If you have a musician in the making check out Avalon Park’s School of Music. They will be hosting an international piano academy camp! Students will receive 25 minutes of private instruction every day from Professor Boukobza, as well as participate in other activities. Yoga for pianists, music theory, piano literature, and more. Session 1: Beginners (June 6th – 10th) is for children ages 4 to 9 years old. Session 2 & 3: Intermediate- (June 13th – June 17th , June 20th – June 24th) for children ages 10 – 18. Avalon’s School of Music will also have their regular lesson programs. You can visit their website at: avalonschoolofmusic.com for more information.
Avalon Dance Studio– Avalon Park’s Dance Studio has several camps and classes going on this summer that could be perfect for your young dancer.Musical Theater Camp & Hip – Hop Dance Camp – Summer camps will be offered. Visit the website here: http://www.avalondance.net/
Avalon Park Kids R Kids – summer camps will be
themed around the Summer Olympics. The camps begin June 14th and end August 11th. The camps will focus on Greece, America, Italy, Spain, and the Brits on various week. Each week includes a fun field trip some even providing lunches. Make sure to visit their website to see even more details. https://www.kidsrkidswaterford.net/avalon-park/
Creative World is offering 5 different themed weeks for your children.
- Aloha! Surfs Up – Luau’s, shell hunt and more
- Fizz Pop! Is a fun camp for your kids who like tech and science adventures. This camp will feature snap, crackle, pop, and robots!
- Game on! This is a camp emphasizing in challenges. Specifically the Time Twist Triathlon and even an Upside Down Olympics competition.
- CampTastic’s Got Talent is the perfect camp if your child likes the stage. Kids can partner with other creative campers to put on a winning show.
- Uncharted is the theme perfect for children interested in space. This camp leaps beyond the horizon with stargazing, astronaut training and more!Your kids are sure to have a wild and wacky time at any of these camps offered through Creative World. Visit here to read more: http://www.creativeworldschool.com/preschool-orlando-avalon-park/
Avalon Church will have Vacation Bible School going on this summer from July 25th – 29th. The theme is “Cave Quest, Following Jesus”.
If you have a young athlete looking to stay active this summer, we also have these three options that are sure to be perfect.
Avalon Middle School Basketball Camp (June 13th – 16th) – This annual coed basketball camp is for students in grades 5 – 8. The camp emphasizes the fundamentals of basketball through ball handling, dribbling, game situations, and even sportsmanship. There will be contests, safety programs, and will be run by certified high school coaches! If your child loves sports this would be a fun camp for them.
Summer Flag Football– Another camp option for your athletes! (June 13th – 16th) This camp will meet in Avalon Town Park. The camp is organized by Mind Body Soul a nonprofit focused on respect, teamwork, perseverance, and leadership. This camp is for children ages 7 – 15.
Avalon Park YMCA is offering a youth basketball league this summer! The league runs from June 6th to August 6th. When you register your child with the YMCA you will receive an Orlando Magic game ticket! In addition to the normal league there will be a Basketball Clinic July 25th to the 28th. Park United will also hold tryouts May 31 to June 3rd.
For more information on these go here: http://ymcacentralflorida.com/y-locations/avalon-park/
Other options that we offer are also perfect if your child is a horse lover or even someone who loves to perform on stage!
Econ River Ranch Horse Camp (June 13th – 17th or June 20th – June 24th)
If your child likes the outdoors or horses they should check this camp out, right down the road in Oviedo. Daily activities include riding lessons, swimming, crafts, games, movies, and more!
Magic Curtain Productions offers camps every week beginning June 13th ending August 12th – These camps are perfect for your child who loves performing! They have camps ranging from Star Wars, Grease, and even Harry Potter. There is truly a camp for all interests.
These are just some of the options we know of for your children to get involved in. Make sure to sign up fast as some camps fill up quickly. From sports, to technology, to outdoors, to performing we have something for every child going on in our area. We love having a community that offers so many options for your family.
You can read about even more camps going on throughout Central Florida at: http://mycentralfloridafamily.com/orlando-summer-camps/
There’s plenty of fun to go around for you and your children.