The Spark! April 2024

A Note from the Director
Dear Parents,
We are winding down as we head into Spring Break (see the dates below), but we have been very busy here putting plans into place for the recital, end of semester parent observation, summer camp, and now even fall programming. The recital preparation is very special as there is so much thought that goes into each element of the show, from the music to the costumes. We want all the dancers to feel a sense of accomplishment, pride, and joy as they practice, memorize and perform their dances. You can read about some of the behind the scenes preparation and choices for the recital below.
Our gymnastics team has been having a fantastic season and we will compete at NY State Championships right after we return from break. They have been learning about celebrating their personal best scores as they improve throughout the season and supporting each other through challenges and successes. They have worked very hard to get to this point and we look forward to cheering them on at States. 
Enjoy the Spring Break! 
Warm Wishes,
Katie Kheel
Reminder: We are closed from Monday, April 22nd through Tuesday, April 30th. We reopen on Wednesday, May 1st.
All About the
Spring Dance Recital
We asked our dance teachers to share some ways they are preparing for the Spring Dance Recital!
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Why did you choose a certain song or theme for your classes?
I chose the song “Shake It Off” for my hip hop class because it’s very upbeat and the dancers love Taylor Swift! ~Faride
I chose the song “Sunflower” by the Vitamin String Quartet for my ballet class’s recital piece because it felt fun and playful. My students always come into class with a lively spirit, eager to learn a new challenging step. I wanted to showcase this energy by choosing a song that reflected their energy. ~Sarah
I was delighted to learn that the theme for this year’s recital is Fun in the Sun. “Here Comes the Sun” has always been one of my favorite songs. I felt that the melody of the music would be perfect for a contemporary piece. ~Rachel
I use a song called “Domingo the Flamingo” to practice the ballet step “passe” with most of my young ballet classes. I am excited for one of my youngest classes to dance to this song for our recital! ~Julia
What are your students most excited for?
My students are most excited to wear beautiful costumes, do their makeup, and show their progress to the audience. ~Yuka
Making up their own steps and adding them to the dance. And the costumes! ~Faride
My students are most excited to show the new steps they have been practicing in class to their friends and family. ~Sarah
They have been enjoying learning new choreography and the added challenge of having to memorize the steps without me doing them on the side. I have been pretending to be the “audience” and have the students practice without me helping out. I am proud of their continued determination to memorize the dance. ~Rachel
My oldest class started working on pre-pointe in the fall and have transitioned into their pointe shoes. So exciting! All of my classes have been working hard and are excited to perform this May.
What are some elements of your choreography that you’re excited about? 
Showing off the steps we have  learned this year. Change of formation. ~Yuka
Showing some hip hop floor work and foundation steps, blended with the dancers’ own steps. ~Faride
An element of my choreography I am excited about is seeing my students accomplish using different directions and facings. ~Sarah
For “Surfin’ USA” we dance as if we are on surfboards, which feels particularly exciting. In this dance we are also utilizing some jazz technique in addition to ballet vocabulary. For “Here Comes the Sun” the dance has a sense of calmness, control, and fluidity. We are utilizing a lot of technical skills that we have been practicing in the warm up and across the floor portions of class. ~Rachel
I chose “Under the Sea” for one of my classes and we are going to use blue and green scarves, which we use in creative movement and free dance in many of my classes. The dancers love exploring movement using the flowing fabric. ~Julia
For those who are new with us this semester, what are you looking forward to most for the spring recital?
I’m looking forward to seeing them dance because they have great energy and are super excited already. ~Faride
As a new teacher at Discovery Programs, I am most looking forward to seeing how my students grow. I have already seen so much growth and I cannot wait to see how far they will have come by recital time! ~Sarah

Photo Op: Dance Recital Preparations

Register for Summer Camps

We offer weekly sessions, which makes it easy to schedule around other camps and vacations. 
Check out the following links for more information on each camp.
Camp starts on Monday, June 17th and runs through Wednesday, September 4th!

Photo Op: Gymnastics Competition Season

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Monday: June 10th
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