Our Dancing In One Language Community Program Kick Off shows are this week! Our Early Arts Company, which includes CityDance Community Program teachers, Conservatory Dancers and professional dancers, are going into CityDance DREAM schools to perform in an interactive dance assembly to get students excited about dance. The performance features vignettes of various styles of dance, from cultural dances to ballet and hip hop, emphasizing dance as a universal language.

Our Dancing In One Language Community Program Kick Off shows are this week! Our Early Arts Company, which includes CityDance Community Program teachers, Conservatory Dancers and professional dancers, are going into CityDance DREAM schools to perform in an interactive dance assembly to get students excited about dance. The performance features vignettes of various styles of dance, from cultural dances to ballet and hip hop, emphasizing dance as a universal language.

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The CityDance faculty artists can’t wait to share their artistry with you tonight in “Fresh Visions” at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore tonight at 8 pm!

Get your tickets for Fresh Visions here

Preview of Beth Iguchi’s piece Between The Keys (excerpt)
Choreographer: Beth Hirschhaut-Iguchi
Dancers: Ivy Chow, Kaitlin Madzelan, Therese Gahl

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Can you spot CityDance Community Programs teacher Sylvana Christopher in this DC mural? You will definitely be able to spot her in the CityDance faculty artist show “Fresh Visions” tomorrow as she dances with fellow CityDance faculty artists! 

"One day I hope to be a part of the painting of a DC mural as beautiful as this one."
-Sylvana Christopher 

Mural: From Edgewood to the Edge of the World by Words Beats & Life. 
Photo by Names Thompson.

Can you spot CityDance Community Programs teacher Sylvana Christopher in this DC mural? You will definitely be able to spot her in the CityDance faculty artist show “Fresh Visions” tomorrow as she dances with fellow CityDance faculty artists!

"One day I hope to be a part of the painting of a DC mural as beautiful as this one."
-Sylvana Christopher

Mural: From Edgewood to the Edge of the World by Words Beats & Life.
Photo by Names Thompson.

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We are excited that CityDance Conservatory Alumnus Kevin Pajarillaga is coming back to perform in the CityDance faculty artists’ show “Fresh Visions” this Saturday. Kevin taught hip-hop during the CityDance summer intensives and we interviewed him about his experience coming back to CityDance and what it was like to take on a role as a dance teacher. 

Q: What CityDance intensive classes are you teaching this summer and what is the experience like? 

A: This summer, I have been teaching at camps run by Kaitlin Madzelan. In the camps, Katilin teaches the bulk of the ballet. Marie and Kaitlin do most of the jazz teaching, and I have done the hip-hop portion. I also teach hip-hop in the conservatory intensive. Alongside dance and choreography, I also have a passion for teaching dance. 
	During the classes where I am not up in front of the class teaching, I go around and help Marie or Kaitlin spot what the students are doing technically wrong and help fix the students. For example, in ballet I usually go around during barre to help the students find proper placement and help guide them to do Kaitlin’s barre combination the correct way. Under Kaitlin Madzelan, who has a natural gift of teaching kids, it has been a pleasure watching her teach to absorb some of her teaching techniques—so I utilize her teaching tools to grow as a teacher myself. 
	Before this summer I have choreographed and taught people 16 and up. In the camps the kids are not older then 13. During this process I have learned how to get the most out of teaching kids while balancing challenging the kids and still keeping their attention while giving them a fun time. For the camps, I had a portion for hip-hop technique and then a portion for hip-hop repertoire. I have never taught a real hip-hop technique class. This was a challenge but throughout the past three weeks I have created for myself a technique class I can teach at the camp level for students at this level.
	For the conservatory level intensive, I have an hour each day to come in and teach hip-hop combos/repertoire. Since each intensive is two weeks, the first five days I come in and teach the dancers by teaching them a different routine each day, challenging their musicality, fast body movement, isolations and fast weight shifts. The second week, I set a piece by using the combos I taught them the week before and combining them, giving the dancers formations and blocking. This summer has really been a fun experience and a good learning experience for me.

Q: How does it feel returning to CityDance over the summer to take class? What’s different?

A: For the past two summers I have been in college I have always returned to participate in the CityDance summer intensive. Returning, I am more grateful for the teachers and what CityDance has done for me. I came to the realization of how amazing CityDance and their facility is. I can take the classes with a deeper understanding of my own body. The teaching faculty is also getting better and better day by day.  I also understand the teachers better. Having better knowledge about fundamentals of modern dance, jazz, ballet dance and their pioneers I can use that information and make connections that the faculty at CityDance are making. 
	Because CityDance is integrating more of a ballet school schedule it was a little different. This summer I took so much more ballet then I remember taking before. In the classes there are more aspiring ballet dancers then I have ever seen before. They have been so inspiring and motivating this summer in strengthening my ballet technique. Before this summer I didn’t enjoy going to ballet, but after this summer, I enjoyed going to ballet class so much I almost took eight ballet classes a week of my own free will. 
	There is also many more dancers in the program then there were when I was a student at the CityDance conservatory. Something else that is different is that since I’m a returning alumni, I have to act as more of a role model. For example, in Rob’s class the other alumni and I usually stand in front during the warm-up as “helpers.” 

Q: How did your teachers at CityDance prepare you for college-level dancing at Point Park? 

A: CityDance is an amazing conservatory. Going into college I felt very prepared. Not only is the training rigorous at CityDance conservatory but it is also very well-rounded. All genres of dance: contemporary, jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and many others are taught at a very high level at CityDance. Because of the amount of repertoire that comes in and out of CityDance, we have a trained a creative mind, open to any type of training and choreography . Also, the amount of dancing we do at CityDance prepares a dancer going into college-level dancing very well due to the fact that CityDance has many classes and rehearsals every night. 
	College-level dancing not only taxes the dancer’s body, but it also challenges the dancer’s perseverance and passion towards dance. I can say that it was at CityDance that I realized my passion for dance. The atmosphere the teachers created and the bonds the students had together was very cohesive and it created the best possible environment for a dancer, not only through the training but also for the growth of the actual person. I can say that CityDance does an exceedingly good job of preparing the dancers aspiring to dance at the collegiate level.

Q: Do you have any interest in teaching in the future? What are your overall dance plans?

A: Eventually I do want to end up teaching. One of my favorite teachers says “I teach not to just train incoming students but to send an army of poets out in the world that follow their heart and inspire others.” I too want to share all the information and experience I have with the following generations. I want to inspire kids to become amazing artists physically and mentally. As I said, I have a passion for dance, choreography and teaching. At a young age right now, I want to continue my dance training and then eventually find a company to begin my journey in the professional world of dance. I want to experience as much of the dance world as I can and take in as many opportunities as I can. One of my biggest dreams is to be a well-known choreographer. I wish that one day I will be asked by many big-name companies and universities world wide to set and choreograph pieces. And when the time is right and my performing years are almost done, I would like to start teaching.

We are excited that CityDance Conservatory Alumnus Kevin Pajarillaga is coming back to perform in the CityDance faculty artists’ show “Fresh Visions” this Saturday. Kevin taught hip-hop during the CityDance summer intensives and we interviewed him about his experience coming back to CityDance and what it was like to take on a role as a dance teacher.

Q: What CityDance intensive classes are you teaching this summer and what is the experience like?

A: This summer, I have been teaching at camps run by Kaitlin Madzelan. In the camps, Katilin teaches the bulk of the ballet. Marie and Kaitlin do most of the jazz teaching, and I have done the hip-hop portion. I also teach hip-hop in the conservatory intensive. Alongside dance and choreography, I also have a passion for teaching dance.
During the classes where I am not up in front of the class teaching, I go around and help Marie or Kaitlin spot what the students are doing technically wrong and help fix the students. For example, in ballet I usually go around during barre to help the students find proper placement and help guide them to do Kaitlin’s barre combination the correct way. Under Kaitlin Madzelan, who has a natural gift of teaching kids, it has been a pleasure watching her teach to absorb some of her teaching techniques—so I utilize her teaching tools to grow as a teacher myself.
Before this summer I have choreographed and taught people 16 and up. In the camps the kids are not older then 13. During this process I have learned how to get the most out of teaching kids while balancing challenging the kids and still keeping their attention while giving them a fun time. For the camps, I had a portion for hip-hop technique and then a portion for hip-hop repertoire. I have never taught a real hip-hop technique class. This was a challenge but throughout the past three weeks I have created for myself a technique class I can teach at the camp level for students at this level.
For the conservatory level intensive, I have an hour each day to come in and teach hip-hop combos/repertoire. Since each intensive is two weeks, the first five days I come in and teach the dancers by teaching them a different routine each day, challenging their musicality, fast body movement, isolations and fast weight shifts. The second week, I set a piece by using the combos I taught them the week before and combining them, giving the dancers formations and blocking. This summer has really been a fun experience and a good learning experience for me.

Q: How does it feel returning to CityDance over the summer to take class? What’s different?

A: For the past two summers I have been in college I have always returned to participate in the CityDance summer intensive. Returning, I am more grateful for the teachers and what CityDance has done for me. I came to the realization of how amazing CityDance and their facility is. I can take the classes with a deeper understanding of my own body. The teaching faculty is also getting better and better day by day. I also understand the teachers better. Having better knowledge about fundamentals of modern dance, jazz, ballet dance and their pioneers I can use that information and make connections that the faculty at CityDance are making.
Because CityDance is integrating more of a ballet school schedule it was a little different. This summer I took so much more ballet then I remember taking before. In the classes there are more aspiring ballet dancers then I have ever seen before. They have been so inspiring and motivating this summer in strengthening my ballet technique. Before this summer I didn’t enjoy going to ballet, but after this summer, I enjoyed going to ballet class so much I almost took eight ballet classes a week of my own free will.
There is also many more dancers in the program then there were when I was a student at the CityDance conservatory. Something else that is different is that since I’m a returning alumni, I have to act as more of a role model. For example, in Rob’s class the other alumni and I usually stand in front during the warm-up as “helpers.”

Q: How did your teachers at CityDance prepare you for college-level dancing at Point Park?

A: CityDance is an amazing conservatory. Going into college I felt very prepared. Not only is the training rigorous at CityDance conservatory but it is also very well-rounded. All genres of dance: contemporary, jazz, modern, ballet, hip hop, and many others are taught at a very high level at CityDance. Because of the amount of repertoire that comes in and out of CityDance, we have a trained a creative mind, open to any type of training and choreography . Also, the amount of dancing we do at CityDance prepares a dancer going into college-level dancing very well due to the fact that CityDance has many classes and rehearsals every night.
College-level dancing not only taxes the dancer’s body, but it also challenges the dancer’s perseverance and passion towards dance. I can say that it was at CityDance that I realized my passion for dance. The atmosphere the teachers created and the bonds the students had together was very cohesive and it created the best possible environment for a dancer, not only through the training but also for the growth of the actual person. I can say that CityDance does an exceedingly good job of preparing the dancers aspiring to dance at the collegiate level.

Q: Do you have any interest in teaching in the future? What are your overall dance plans?

A: Eventually I do want to end up teaching. One of my favorite teachers says “I teach not to just train incoming students but to send an army of poets out in the world that follow their heart and inspire others.” I too want to share all the information and experience I have with the following generations. I want to inspire kids to become amazing artists physically and mentally. As I said, I have a passion for dance, choreography and teaching. At a young age right now, I want to continue my dance training and then eventually find a company to begin my journey in the professional world of dance. I want to experience as much of the dance world as I can and take in as many opportunities as I can. One of my biggest dreams is to be a well-known choreographer. I wish that one day I will be asked by many big-name companies and universities world wide to set and choreograph pieces. And when the time is right and my performing years are almost done, I would like to start teaching.

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Inside peek at Beth Iguchi’s piece for the CityDance faculty artist show “Fresh Visions.” See your teachers and the CityDance faculty take the stage this Saturday at the CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore. #freshvisions #citydancelove #citydancerepresent #studiotime

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