Performances

DANCE

Dance is ultimately a performance art, and while the study of dance is important, it is in the performance of the dance that many of the benefits of studying dance are gained.

Performance in a public setting will provide a number of benefits to a student. Memorization of the choreography is required. Dancing in front of an audience not only improves memorization skills; it will help a young student overcome the shyness and natural fear of performing publically. This skill will help not only in school but in later life as an adult. Students will also gain the sense of achievement and confidence that accompanies successful performance or examination.

Our annual year-end Spring recital is held the first Saturday following the long weekend in May. It is held at the Country Day School Performing Arts Centre. Dancers at the Stouffville Academy also have numerous opportunities to perform within the community, at our Holiday showcase, at local events such as the Strawberry Festival, and other annual gatherings. Our Competitive dancers perform on a number of stages around Stouffville, including at least one trip to a destination such as Collingwood - great fun for the entire dance family.

MUSIC

Music is ultimately a performance art, and while the study of music is important, it is in the performance of the music that many of the benefits of playing the instrument are gained.

Performance in a public setting will provide a number of benefits to a student. Memorization is required for examinations and competitions, and is recommended for recitals. Playing a piece from memory in front of an audience not only improves memorization skills; it will help a young student overcome the shyness and natural fear of performing publically. This skill will help not only in school but in later life as an adult. Students will also gain the sense of achievement and confidence that accompanies successful performance or examination.

Recitals are held twice a year. They are not mandatory, but certainly encouraged. Our first recital is held as part of our Christmas showcase. Our annual year-end Spring recital is held in June after the last week of classes. Both performances are held at Nineteen on the Park in Stouffville.

DRAMA

Too often, students of drama and musical theatre face a couple of challenges. For many performers, a role in a play or musical may only involve a small amount of time on stage, while the 'stars' of the show take up not only most of the time on stage, but also most of the time in rehearsal. This can often be frustrating and dull for a young performer. For those who are studying theatre, it also does not provide an opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired.

This is because most performances focus on a single play or musical. If your child is involved in a production of say 'The Wizard of Oz', it's great if she is Dorothy, or he is the Tin Man ... but most performers end up as Munchkin number one or Flying Monkey number three.

Our performances will contain a selection of pieces from a variety of musicals and plays that will ensure not only that every student gets a chance to be Dorothy or the Tin Man, but gets to be the lead character in a play or musical that suits their interests and abilities.

Our annual year-end Spring recital is held in June at Country Day School Performing Arts Centre. Other performance opportunities within the community, include our Holiday showcase, at local events such as the Strawberry Festival, and other annual gatherings.

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