Who is FiRED Up Dance Team???

Who is FiRED Up Dance Team, you ask? Red Door’s version of a competitive drill team that is rewarding, challenging and so much fun! Read on to hear about this amazing program at Red Door.

 

FiRED Up currently has 2 teams: Intermediates and Juniors, who have a common goal of making their school’s drill team one day or want to get drill experience at a private studio to further their dance and performing journey with us. The program is set up to mimic the atmosphere of school drill team so our dancers find the most success possible throughout the tryout process and the many seasons in a drill team year. 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to know what a typical year looks like for Fired Up Dancers? 

We start the year with our preparations in the summer. Our dancers are required to take dance classes over the summer to stay in competition ready dance condition. They can take class in a variety of styles including jazz, ballet and leaps and turns. We prepared not only the dancers and their technique, but schedules and practice attire too (everyone loves a good team jacket!) At the end of summer, just before school starts, the first big team event happens- Choreography Camp! The goal of this camp is to learn as much choreography as possible! This allows us to start the year off ahead of the game. This year at Choreography Camp the Intermediate Team and Junior Team learned their entire jazz dances in just two days!! Pretty impressive if you ask me! At the end of the long camp we celebrated with some team bonding and cookies. Then the school year begins. While we have a big chunk of our choreography completed, the teams must continue to learn and work memory and technique to complete the rest of their routines. This year the Intermediate Team learned three competition dances- Jazz, Pom and Hip Hop while the Junior team learned Jazz,

Intermediate Team

Pom and Contemporary. As the year grows we, the routines grow stronger through lots of repetition, cleaning and drilling specific skills. This is the life of a dancer! Partially through the year we host a Technique Workshop that both teams attend to focus on the specific skills in their routines and spend a longer amount of time fine tuning some technique. By November, all dances are finished! What an accomplishment for just a few short months! This year, our FiRED Up dancers met up for a team Thanksgiving dinner for a little out of studio bonding time. The food was delicious and the girls had a lot of fun. In December, both teams performed in the Wylie East Sapphires Winter Showcase in December, a great performance experience before our competitions get here. We always love seeing our

Junior Team

girls on stage! By January, we are heading into competition season with full force.  January consists of an all day competition rehearsal. This is very much like something dancers will see on a high school team and one of my favorite events of the year. So much progress is made during this one rehearsal really showing off the talent these girls have and bringing everything together. Going into February, it is time to buckle down! Practices are still full of laughter but it’s ‘go time’! Dress rehearsal happens in February, shortly followed by the first competition. We close out the year with our annual Spring Show, Red Door’s Recital and an end of the year banquet, all in April, May & June. 

 

The work of a dancer is never completed and can be challenging, but being a part of a team like this you have so many wonderful personalities, friendships and memories. I’m telling you, these girls are so much fun! They keep us on our toes! I can’t wait to spend the rest of the year with them and watch all of their hard work pay off on the performance floor!

 

3 Ways Dance Can Ease Kids Back Into the Classroom

Regardless of how your children spend their summers, heading back to the classroom in the fall is a major transition. Since kids thrive on routine, it can take some time to settle into their new schedules and maximize their academic potential. Thankfully, you can make matters easier for them by enrolling them in dance classes. Here are some of the biggest ways dance will help your children start the school year off right. 

How Dance Classes Can Ease Your Children’s Transition Back to School

1. Boosts Cognitive Function 

Physical activity contributes to brain health in many ways. For example, exercise can improve plasticity—which is essentially the brain’s ability to learn new skills—by stimulating connections between neurons. Exercise can also prevent neurodegeneration and boost mood, which will make kids more cooperative in the classroom. While they can reap these benefits from any physical activity, dance is both fun and engaging, so it doesn’t feel like exercise in the traditional sense. 

2. Enhances Focus 

Being able to focus on the task at hand for at least a little while is the cornerstone of academic excellence. The neural connections that result from dance can make it easier to achieve the necessary concentration for succeeding. Dance requires children to listen to their instructors to learn the next move. What’s more, they have to pay close attention to the music once they’re performing each combination on their own. All of this is great practice for listening to their teachers. 

3. Provides a Creative Outlet 

All children have a creative side and learn to express that side. Dance provides the perfect vehicle for doing that. Once they learn a few basic moves, children can make up their own choreography, which gives them their own freedom of expression and a creative outlet that helps combat the anxiety and big feelings that kids face.

4 Reasons Boys Should Take Dance Classes

What Are the Most Common Types of Dance Lessons?

1. Tap

Tap is a fusion of African dance, English clogging, and Irish step dance, which explains this style’s prominent display of rhythmic footwork. Dancers wear special shoes with metal plates affixed to the balls and heels. These plates make loud, percussive sounds when they hit the floor, producing beats that go along with the music. This lively form allows kids to make some noise and have fun while learning different dance maneuvers, such as shuffling, ball changes, and heel clicks.

 

2. Ballet

Ballet is a form of classical dance that dates back to 15th-century Italy. Ballet dancers use precise poses and graceful movements to interpret music and tell a story. Practicing ballet can teach kids discipline, as they must follow specific instructions while learning how to balance, hold symmetrical positions, and execute flowing turns. This is an involved form of dance that is extremely expressive, allowing your child to show off their creativity and style.

 

3. Jazz

Though influenced by ballet, jazz borrows from African American and Caribbean styles. From stylized walking to leaps and high kicks, this upbeat and energetic form can help kids get more exercise and burn energy. Since it involves the use of natural body movements and encourages improvisation, children may adapt to this style quickly while taking dance lessons. This is perfect if you have a little one that never seems to run out of energy, as they can experiment with the movements.

 

4. Hip Hop

Hip hop combines street dance techniques, such as popping and locking, with more traditional jazz, ballet, and tap styles. While popping, dancers make short and rapid movements, and while locking, they abruptly stop and hold positions before resuming movement. Hip hop also incorporates elements of break dancing, including acrobatic body movements, stylized footwork, and spins. Often performed to hip hop, R&B, and funk music, this eclectic style is one of the most popular at dance schools.

 

Dance Family is Forever

I bet you could find a hundred ways to define family. Oxford Languages defines family as “a group of one or more parents and their children living together as a unit” or “all the descendants of a common ancestor”. However, I don’t choose to define family by bloodline. To me, family is the feeling of loyalty, selflessness, love, and genuine care of others. This feeling can come from anyone and anywhere! Not only have I found family in those I live with or those I grew up with, but I also find family in the Red Door community. 

 

Working at the front desk I get to meet and learn about a lot of different people. I truly love hearing their stories and learning about their lives. We get to know the parents, but we also get to really know the kids. I would have never learned about a few of the small businesses in town, seen some of my favorite elementary school teachers, or found some student’s hidden talents if I didn’t sit at the front desk every day. I started my venture with Red Door taking dance classes after graduating high school in 2012. It was just a few short months later that I became a full-time employee. Over the last 9 years, I’ve made many bonds with parents and dancers that I consider like family. I love going to the grocery store and seeing familiar faces. It really drives home that sense of community. It brings a smile to anyone’s face when you walk into a building and see a familiar face or two. But, I don’t only get that feeling walking through the grocery store. I love walking into the studio and seeing the smiling faces of the kids (and parents pre-covid). There is always a warm welcome from the entire Red Door family- staff, dancers, parents, and even siblings. 

 

Going through the shutdown made everything a little more difficult, but we weren’t going to let anything stop us from seeing our people. Drive through Easter parades, virtual dance parties and snail mail kept us together during the toughest of times. I can’t wait for the day that I walk into the lobby and see all the smiling faces again! I’m so thankful that we’ve all been able to stay connected in the ways that we have! 

 

I’ve been fortunate to celebrate some of my biggest milestones with all the members of our Red Door family-like graduating college, getting married, and now having a baby (SURPRISE)!!! There really is no greater support and love. I’m so excited to watch the community continue to grow as new members are welcomed in. I will forever be grateful for my Red Door family!