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Dance Away the Summer Slump

Keeping Up Your Dance Training Over the Summer Holidays

  

The school year can build up a lot of stress, so it’s only natural that we use our summer holiday to relax and recharge. But beware of the summer slump! As dancers, the skills we trained so hard for during the year can deteriorate if we don’t do any supplementary body training over the summer.

It is possible to take a break from dancing while still exercising the mind and body to maintain your skills. Here, we’ve worked up a list of ideas to help incorporate some basic training to target your body coordination, endurance, balance, flexibility and last but not least, your creativity and artistry.

 

Body Coordination

Firstly, raise your right hand, and now your left. You still got it! Jokes aside, here are a couple of ways to incorporate some body coordination exercises into your summer holiday.

  • The Classic Catch: Whether you have a dog, or happen to be outdoors with your family, there’s always time for a classic throw and catch with a ball. If this is too easy, challenge yourself by training your non-dominant hand. The classic catch doesn’t always have to be with a ball, you can always spice up your beach outings with a frisbee!

  • Hula-Hoop: Bring a little island breeze of Hawaii into your summer by picking up the hula-hoop! This childhood pastime is truly beneficial for all ages. What may have seemed “easy” as a child, is actually harder than you think! The hula-hoop involves the entire body, and there is a lot of micromanaging that goes on to keep that hula-hoop circling around. Plus, you can experiment with all the ways of playing with a hula-hoop; around your ankle, your wrist, the possibilities are endless!

 

Endurance

The portion of training that most of us dread is endurance, because it implies time, sweat and effort. Endurance is important for dancers, as it allows us to perform our best over long periods of time. Check out these ways of keeping the blood flowing, and the lungs happy!

  • Splash!: Who doesn’t love to jump into the pool, ocean or lake during the summer? Have a pool party, and swim with your friends. Of course, it may require a couple of races or playing games like water frisbee or badminton to really get your heart rate up.

  • Skipping Rope: Work on your double dutch skills by skipping rope. Not only is this good for your coordination and balance, it is also great for your endurance.

  • Trampoline: Feeling weightless for a millisecond is indescribably fun. Plus nowadays, you can go to an indoor trampoline gym that offers dodgeball amongst many other activities.

 

Balance

We all love to prove that we have good balance. I’m not talking about work-life balance, though that’s important too. We’re talking about working on ankle stability, the core and proprioception.

  • What’s SUP?: Stand-up paddle boarding is a summertime favourite. And the ultimate reward for your good balance is not getting your hair wet! Paddle your way to new views, whilst working on your core, legs, arms, and of course your balance.

  • Standing in Sand: Find your way to the beach, and try out some balancing Yoga poses on the sand. The uneven and soft surface is a great way to work on your ankle stability. And if that’s too easy, try closing your eyes while you balance and enjoy the sounds of the waves!

 

Flexibility

There are some obvious contenders for working on your flexibility over the summer, like yoga, or well…yoga. But here are some other ways to incorporate a little stretch into your routine!

  • Massage: Summer is for relaxing, so rejuvenate those muscle fibres by treating yourself to a massage. Whether visiting a registered massage therapist, or investing in some at-home massage equipment (foam rollers, foot massagers, etc.), a massage allows the body to open up, creating space so that we can start stretching and moving more effectively.

  • Aqua Stretch: Stretching in the pool can be a lot of fun, as we take away the strain of gravity on our joints. The ledge makes for a wonderful ballet barre or wall to help you create resistance in your stretches.

Creativity and Artistry

There’s plenty of summertime activities that can boost your creative eye. Here’s just a few suggestions.

  • Snap that!: We live in a society obsessed with photography, so why not snap some fun summer shots? Underwater cameras like the GoPro are great for capturing some captivating photos of sea creatures, or even your friends doing fun and fancy poses under the sea! Work towards creating a summer album, of all your most memorable adventures.

  • Outdoor Doodles: Whether you are going to the beach, forest, or park bring along a sketchbook and some pencils, or watercolour paints. Let nature inspire you, and start creating your masterpiece! If this sounds like too much work, then find a nice tarmac or sidewalk and start creating some chalk art.

 

There’s no excuse now to fall into a summer slump, because we are always surrounded by plenty of options and things to do! By experiencing new forms of physical activity and summer adventures, we are enhancing both our versatility in dance as well as our artistic thinking. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and don’t forget to add a little spark!

Photo Credit: Dancewear Centre Canada

Family Game Night: Dance Edition

Fun Dance Games for Everyone!

The dice have been rolled, and nothing but anticipation and suspense fills the air, and… woohoo! You win!

Some of our favourite childhood memories are stowed away in a storage unit, closet or attic. Those were the days, when the whole family sat around the dining room table or on the living room rug and played boardgames.

Spice up your next Family Game Night with these dance inspired games!

 

Get Silly with Strictly Come Dancing: The Board Game!

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Because being serious, is seriously overrated, get ready to giggle and groove with this Cha Chamazing boardgame. Based on the hit Ballroom and Latin Dance Competition TV series, Strictly Come Dancing, this game combines trivia, dance moves, and pure family fun! Get up on your feet and start shaking those Habanera hips, because Strictly Come Dancing will get you performing dance-offs and taking on histarically hilarious challenges.

 

Can you remember…? Test your Memory with Top Dance! Just Dance

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Lost your keys again? Train your memory with Top Dance! Just DanceJust Dance is known for its fancy choreography, pumped up moves, and catchy tunes! Top Dance! Just Dance takes elements of our favourite dance video game and brings it to the board. This game is basically a series of flash cards, except that instead of flashing words or math equations, these cards have dance moves on them. While a key player performs different movement combinations from the cards they’ve drawn, other players must test their ability to recognize and observe, as they try to match the movement cards to the key player’s dance combo. Who doesn’t love a game that’s fun and trains the brain. Dancers are known to have impeccable memorization skills. So start studying those dance moves!

 

Take a Throwback Thursday with Twister

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Getting tangled between other people’s hands and feet, and holding shapes for long periods of time may not sound like dancing, but Twister is a great way of moving the body and training your balance, problem solving… and even a bit of flexibility. Though this game is for both young and old, it is fantastic way of teaching little ones about the body and colours. The ultimate icebreaker to any party, Twister will have everybody smiling and laughing in no time!

 

Bump to the beat with Bop it! Game

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All the millennials out there can remember this game, as it was a 90’s sensation. Hasbro has bopped out the old, and bopped in the new with Bop it! Game! Adding a couple of new moves, such as “selfie it”, “golf it” and “comb it”, Bop it! Game now uses motion technology to test out whether these youngsters can keep up with the original Bop it! masters. Make your next family game night a Bop it! dance battle, and have loads of fun with this multigenerational game!

 

Start creating those memories that will last a lifetime! The ones that get us away from the television screen, or our mobile phones and allow us to see the laughter and smiles on our loved ones’ faces. Stir up that competitive spirit, and start your next family game night with a little shake, twist, or bop!



Photo Credits: Dancewear Centre, John Adams Leisure LTD, Buzzy Games, and Hasbro

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!