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BEYONCÉ BLESSED HAIRDOS: DIVA INSPIRED HAIRSTYLES FOR DANCE CLASS

You gotta own that dance floor with both your moves and your stylin’ looks! Whether you need to shake your hair loose in dance class, or twirl around with a tight and taut updo, we’ve got some fun and fierce looks for you! Jazz up your next dance class with these awesome hairstyles inspired by some of our favourite divas!


Bunhead Beyoncé

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We all know that the Queen B is both a master at singing and dancing, and though ballet may not be her forte, she’s got the perfect braided bun that’ll keep those baby hairs out of your way when executing those triple pirouettes!

Jazzy JLo

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Jenny from the block is no stranger to the stage, and she raises the bar of ‘showwomanship’ with her showstopping dance moves. Stay one step ahead of the competition, with this sleek and chic fishtail ponybraid.

Hip with Hailee

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Bring a bounce to your hip hop dance steps with this curly half-up half-down ponytail. Hailee Steinfeld always gives it her all, from being an Oscar nominated actress to an MTV Europe Music Awards nominated singer, she flaunts her look with impeccable class and style.


Zesty like Zendaya

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Full of life and energy, film star Zendaya is known for her astonishing looks and skilful dance moves. Pull off this Gatsby-esque hairdo at your next tango and ballroom dance rendezvous. Make sure you have plenty of hair gel, a fine tooth hair comb, and bobby pins to execute this suave updo. 

Be spontaneous and change up your look in dance class! From a new vibrant leotard to some new krumping pumps, it doesn’t always have to be a big change, there’s always of room for creativity, style and fun in dance!

Photo Credits:  Max Vadukul, Getty Images/Gregg DeGuire, Chris Appleton, Getty Images/C Flanigan, Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America

Hop till you Drop!

An Overview of Hong Kong Dance Moms’ Summer Dance Intensive: Studio Hopping 2019 

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From Sha Tin to Central, our Studio Hopping 2019 event reached near and far, covering all sorts of dance styles across this great city of Hong Kong! Geared towards children, our week long Summer Dance Intensive gave students the opportunity to explore various dance forms and exposed them to different ways of teaching and learning. Not only did this event give young aspiring dancers a chance to learn some new moves, but it also opened up new possibilities for our local dance studios and schools across Hong Kong to share their wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills in dance education.

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Connecting our local dance community, Hong Kong Dance Moms partnered with ten different dance studios to offer a variety of dance classes for children between the ages of 3-10. Making sure our event was accessible for all, we offered students the chance to select 5 different dance classes for a nominal fee. Bringing the world of dance to our very own backyard, students didn’t even need to go away on summer holiday to experience new cultures, as they learned Ballet, K-Pop, Jazz, Hip Hop, Kathak(Indian Classical Dance), Tahitian Dance, Belly Dance, Street Jazz, Urban Dance, and Musical Jazz.

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Though these new encounters between dance teachers and students were brief, it was fantastic to see that this event created a bridge for dance studios and aspiring young dancers to meet and explore the possibilities in dance! Part of the journey of dance is in discovering new challenges, both the highs and lows. Though a child’s first step in dance may seem plain and simple, there is actually so much complexity to what they are experiencing. It’s not just about the dance steps they are learning, it’s also about the interaction between the student and their teachers, peers, parents, and their exposure to the body, different languages, vocabulary and space. Studio Hopping 2019 was one small step for dance and one giant leap for our participants!

We couldn’t help but break into a happy dance when we received so much buzz and interest in our event, we truly thank you all for your support! A big thank you to our partnering dance studios; Academy of Dance, BE Dance Academy, Dream Dimension, Ellumination Dance Studio, G-Kids Dance Academy, SGM Dance Production, Studio Assemblé, Trio Spin Studio, Twinkle Dance Company, and Yaya Kids Dance!

Double Agents of Dance

Film Stars who also Double as Dancers

It’s not uncommon for actors, musicians, dancers and artists to cross-over various different art forms. To be a master at your own craft, it sometimes takes years of accumulating different skills, knowledge and practices to reach a certain level of mastery. These actors and actresses who’ve made it to the big screen also double as dancers!

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Tom Holland

Ever wonder why Spider-Man is so limber? It could very well be because of his ability to bust out some sweet Spidey moves on the dance floor! Tom Holland who is the lead actor of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, has trained in gymnastics, ballet, and has also dabbled in parkour. Having made his dancing debut in West End’s Billy Elliot: The Musical, Holland has transformed himself from triple threat to superhero.

 

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Alicia Vikander

Leaping and pacing along the docks of Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbour (an iconic scene) is Alicia Vikander, who played the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Any dancer could appreciate the level of physicality Vikander demonstrates in this film. Though she did rock climbing, weight training, boxing, and bicycling to prepare for her role, Vikander stated in an interview with the Associated Press that “nothing is gonna be harder than ballet”. Training as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and the School of American Ballet, Alicia Vikander credits her many years of dance training for shaping her into the actress she is today.

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Harry Shum Jr.

It’s no secret that Harry Shum Jr. is a dancing talent, having played the role of a dancer on the hit television series, Glee and two of the Step Up films. Finding his groove to move in high school, Shum was inspired by Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson. Known for mastering various urban dance styles, what are the chances that we might see him ‘break it down’ in Crazy Rich Asians 2?

 

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Emily VanCamp

Putting the agent in “double agent”, Emily VanCamp played an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Her role as a double agent in ABC’s television series, Revenge, most definitely brought out her dancing roots. Growing up, VanCamp originally wanted to be professional dancer. Emily VanCamp studied ballet under the pre-professional training programs at École supérieure de ballet du Québec and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Transferring her grands battements into side kicks, she takes the theatre stage to the movie set!

Dance is one way of understanding the mind and body, it tests our limits with both physical and mental challenges. Don’t undermine the intensity of dance training, as it has been known…and proven to shape versatilely multi-talented artists.

Photo Credits: Dancewear Centre, Courtesy of Sony Pictures, Mariano Vivanco, Miko Lim, and Tyler Shields

Summer Dance Listing in Hong Kong

The temperature may be rising, but not to fret as there are plenty of indoor summer dance programs offered around Hong Kong. Summer is a season for adventure, exploration, air conditioning and most importantly dance! Hong Kong Dance Moms is bringing out the lasso and rounding up a spectacular list of Summer Dance Programs in Hong Kong!

Academy of Dance

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Academy of Dance summer camps are split into two groups, providing choices that cater to what your children are looking for this summer! The first group of classes are our FUN based dance camps. Here, you will learn routines, meet friends, engage in imaginative and creative dance. Running from July 22nd - August 23rd is our Disney Dance for 3-5 year olds. Disco Divas for 6-9 year olds, along with Hip Hop Kultcha for the same age group will take place from July 8th - August 23rd. The second group of classes are our Elite training camps. With a focus on learning technique, Hip Hop/Jazz and Contemporary Routines. Dance students will leave these intensive classes with new skills, as well as new friends! Check out our page here for more information and sign up today!

BE Dance Academy

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BE Cool...BE Dance… with BE Dance Academy this summer! Our Summer Dance Course is now open for registration, so don’t miss out on the early bird discount and register before June 18, 2019! We’ve got all the Urban Dance styles you need, K-Pop, Jazz, Hip Hop and more! Participants who attend at least 80% of our summer classes will have the chance to participate in the BE Dance NO.3 Summer Showcase 2019 on August 25, 2019.  So BE a part of our summer!

Dee Dream Life

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Keeping your kids entertained all summer long can be a daunting task. If your little one is into all things dance, yoga and music, look no further than Move for Dee Dream Life Summer Camp for a memorable experience! You can choose a different class in 1 camp depending on the age of your child. Dee Dream Life Summer Camp is perfect for kids ages 2 and above and an accompanying adult is welcome to join the Parents + Kids Yoga, where you can partner with your toddler in simple animated poses, games, music and breathing exercises that help to strengthen coordination and build body awareness. The Kids Cha-Cha-Cha is ideal for kids ages 4 and above. In this class, children will learn to dance this vivacious and timeless Cuban style of movement to modern day music. Yoga for kids is for ages 5-11, in this they will learn to work on physical postures, flexibility and strength while improving mental focus and concentration. In our camp, we promise creative and fun activities that include lots of dancing, flexibility, strength, mental focus, concentration and fun games. Let the fun begin! For information visit our website here.

Doris Chui School of Ballet 崔藹璇芭蕾舞學校

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The most anticipated time of year for a student, during their study period is most definitely summer vacation! Now that summer is approaching, you’re probably arranging activities for your children. These days, children rarely get to explore and play during their summer holidays, as they usually enroll into academic summer classes. Why not change it up this summer, and let your child dress beautifully and elegantly in a ballet class? Founded in 2005, DC Ballet aims to promote ballet and is committed to providing a perfect learning path for school children. DC Ballet runs summer classes every year to provide a wonderful experience for children who have never studied ballet. It allows children to experience and feel what ballet is, thus opening up their interests to music and dance. This year, DC Ballet will launch the "2019 Summer Ballet Performance Class". Our tutors will teach children different ballet movements with songs and music accompaniment. Children can step onto stage during their summer graduation performance and show their results! The Summer Course consists of 4 main categories which include, the introduction to ballet history, warm-up & stretching, basic ballet technique, and dance teaching.

Dream Dimension

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Diversify your movement at Dream Dimension this summer! We have numerous dance classes and other arts activities taking place during our Summer Course 2019! Our dance classes include Jazz, K-pop, Hip-Hop, Chinese Dance, Girl's jazz and more. Classes are open to students from ages 3-15+. Our teachers are professional, passionate and caring. Students will enjoy this dance experience and move with pure satisfaction. Come and join us this summer!

Ellumination Dance Studio

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We will be hosting a “Summer Dance Party” on August 11, 2019 from 3-5pm. There will be live Bellydance and Tahitian Dance performances, as well as dance demonstrations and workshops. Those who join our summer trial class will be invited to perform in the party. Deriving from Tahiti, Ori Tahiti, or Tahitian dance, is a dynamic and graceful dance known for its beautiful songs and fast and energetic drum beats. Tahitian Dance mainly consists of Otea (fast drum dance) and Aparima (slow dance). It is a great cardiovascular workout and body toning exercise consisting of fast rhythmic hip shaking, slow & smooth hip movements and storytelling with hand and arm gestures. Originating from Egypt, Bellydance is a beautiful form of movement that is characterized by torso and hip movements. Through training and dancing in Bellydance, you will learn to articulate, coordinate and isolate the body and muscles . Slow wave-like and circular movements give you flexibility and improved circulation, while fast and vibrating moves improve muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Now that you’ve learnt about the background of Tahitian Dance and Bellydance, try it out for yourself this summer! For more information, contact us via our facebook page here!

G-Kids Dance Academy

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Summer Dance Class 2019 is back again! From July to August, G-Kids Dance Academy is offering an escape from the books with summer dance classes which teach children basic dance skills that are full of fun! Ballet will be offered for children ages 3-6. Using classical ballet as the foundation of movement, this course combines music and storytelling to teach young children basic ballet steps and movements, mind-body coordination, muscle control, musicality and rhythm. Children will learn good posture, concentration, and develop self-confidence through our fun and creative class environment. K-POP for ages 7-12 is a high-energy class, that is great for body coordination, improving musicality and rhythm. This style of dance can be seen in all your favorite Korean MTVs! This popular course enables students to learn the basic steps of K-Pop. Students will learn body coordination and rhythm in an energetic way. Whether it’s Ballet or K-POP, join in on the summer fun!

SGM Dance Production

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SGM is holding a Summer Workshop for students ages 12-18! Get in on our summer studio promotion and special discounts! The Intensive Summer Pass includes basic dance classes, showcase rehearsals, and participation in the SGM Showcase which is being held at “ZOO” on August 31, 2019 at 7:30pm! Choose from K-Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk, and Urban Dance to learn all the best moves during our Summer Workshop classes. This summer is all about dance, fun and performance training, so join in on this amazing experience!

Studio Assemblé

This year, our school is holding a 5-day Ballet and Musical Jazz summer intensive course. Classes are designed for different age groups and tailored according to the abilities of individuals. Our summer intensive encourages children to learn different forms of dancing, while instilling confidence and creativity. A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to students with an attendance rate of 80% or above. Want to know more? Take a look at our facebook page here.

The 5th Position Method

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Summer Intensive (July 1-13): The 5th Position is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our summer intensive here in Hong Kong this year! Join us for a week of unparalleled training for ages 8-18 in ballet technique, contemporary, floor barre and musical theatre repertoire. Visit our website here for more information!

Trio Spin Studio

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“Travel the world and experience dance", this is the main idea of our Summer Camp. "Travelling broadens our horizons", our Summer Camp shows children the world through different dance forms. Bollywood (India), Creative Tango (Argentina), Kathak (Classical Indian dance), Kpop (Korea) & Street Dance (America), these dance forms and their cultures will be experienced and introduced to children, using our imagination and movement to travel to faraway places. Children will learn to move with grace and confidence. The variety of music we explore, will allow children to develop different tastes of dance styles, thus making them aware of the emotions, posture and attitude required in each dance. While learning, they will explore creativity, develop teamwork, communication and collaboration skills. You can be sure that your children will have a lot of FUN! Find out more information here on our webpage!

Twinkle Dance Company

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Granting your wishes, Twinkle Dance Company is offering a fun and fantastical, Summer Dance 2019 Magic Lamp program this summer! Our program is all about adventure, magic and fun, with a new and exciting two-week Shadow Dance summer camp! Throughout the summer, we will be offering classes in Ballet and Jazz for ages 2-12. Students will journey to ‘a whole new world’, filled with magic carpet rides, genies, and Arabian dance. Within our two-week summer camp, we will be exploring the art of Shadow Dance. What is a shadow dance, you might ask? A shadow dance is a unique learning experience that combines dance, theatre production, creativity and flexibility behind a spectacular white backdrop that is illuminated by a light. With flexipack options and multiple locations around Hong Kong including a new location in Discovery Bay, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. What a wonderful way to explore ‘a whole new world’ of dance and the theme of the Magic Lamp! Please visit our website here for more information. We can’t wait to see you all this summer!


Yaya Kids Dance

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‘WE ARE RECRUITING!’ for YAYAKIDS Summer Course x Summer Party 2019!

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Recalling the fun and joy of ‘YAYAKIDS Summer Showcase’ in 2018, we are more than pleased to announce ‘YAYAKIDS Summer Showcase 2019’! This year, the venue of YAYAKIDS Summer Showcase is at the VESSEL in Kwun Tong Promenade, and will take place on September 1st, 2019. Not only will we feature dance performances, but we will also celebrate this annual grand occasion with hearty refreshments and game booths. Why do we DANCE? To boost confidence, improve coordination, strengthen muscles, improve brain health and memory, make new friends, and to FEEL HAPPIER! To enjoy our party, SIGN-UP for our Summer Course! Alternatively, you can sign up for our free trial which will be held before the Summer Course starts. We will offer 15% off the summer course package upon immediate sign-up after the free trial! Do not miss this chance to take part in this year’s wonderful Summer Showcase!

Wait! We’ve rounded up a few more:

Ballet:

Urban Dance (Hip-Hop):


Chinese Dance:

Latin/Ballroom Dance:


A little bit of this & that (Offering Various Dance Styles):

Disney Parade/Ocean Park Performance:

The ranch is all yours, so giddy-up and have a fantastic summer of exploration, movement, creativity and most importantly DANCE!

Dream a Little Dream of Dance: Bedtime Stories for Dancers

When the lights go down and it’s time to catch some zzz’s, there’s no better dream than one that includes dancing animals, sugar plum fairies, or an impromptu hip hop dance battle.

Stir up your imagination, with these wildly fantastic bedtime stories that’ll make for a good night’s sleep. Bedtime stories aren’t exclusive to children, so pull up your favorite arm chair and pour a cup of tea…or better yet some hot chocolate with marshmallows!

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Image by Randy Cecil

1.     Brontorina

When Jurassic Park meets Center Stage (both ultimate film classics), we get the wonderful tale of Brontorina. This dancing brontosaurus makes everyone hear her roar with her dance moves. Written by James Howe and illustrated by Randy Cecil, this heartwarming tale brings out all the chuckles, as it tells the tale of a dinosaur who aspires to be a ballerina. It ain’t easy to get your foot into the studio when you’re 72 feet tall! Though, who ever said dancing was easy? Teaching us all about the determination and desire it takes to pursue your dreams, Brontorina reminds us to be true to ourselves!


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Image by Eric Carle

2.     From Head to Toe

Got a classic case of ‘two left feet’? Refresh your movement vocabulary with this bold and cheerful book! From the same creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a storybook that will get you moving in no time! With vivid designs of jungle animals, From Head to Toe features the oh-so iconic collage art of author and illustrator Eric Carle. A lot of our movement in dance stems from nature, so let these quirky jungle story characters guide you through the basics of body movement.


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Image by Ann Jonas

3.     Color Dance

Oh what a colourful world! Take a throwback to the 80s with Color Dance. Written and illustrated by Ann Jonas this book explores dance and color with dancers in Jane Fonda-like leotards who leap and turn across the page. Get inspired to dance while teaching those tiny tots about colour theory.



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Image by Martin Ander

4.     My First Hip Hop Book

This one’s for all the bboys and bgirls who can’t resist a good beat! Hip hop is more than just a dance style, it’s a culture of art, music, movement, and fashion that honors self-expression through respect, love and creativity. My First Hip Hop Book written and illustrated by Martin Ander, is a vibrant picture book that allows us to appreciate Breakdance, Graffiti, DJs and Rap.


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Image by Zong-Zhou Wang

5.     D Is for Dancing Dragon

Every dance style is rooted in culture. Beyond learning about the alphabet and traditional Chinese dances like the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance, this book also highlights the richness and diversity of Chinese culture. Written by Carol Crane and illustrated by Zong-Zhou Wang, D is for Dancing Dragon demonstrates how heritage and culture influence art.


6.     A Child’s Introduction To Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance

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Become the ultimate ballet expert with this beautifully illustrated book. Covering everything from ballet stories, fun facts, and tips for bunheads, you’ll never need to Google a thing about ballet again. Written by Laura Lee and illustrated by Meredith Hamilton, A Child’s Introduction To Ballet is a great way to understand the very art form every great dancer aims to master.

These fantastic reads may require you to make a little extra room on your bookshelf…or maybe a trip to IKEA (for the love of BILLY bookcase)! Prepare to fill your world with imagination and dance, as you read these bedtime stories that will make your dancing dreams a reality!