Posts by Vanessa

New Class – Study Sessions

New Class – Study Sessions

posted on August 20, 2019 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

As a teacher, I firmly believe that it is my responsibility to maintain my own proficiency and skills in order to be able to share my knowledge with my students. I value my own training, and travel regularly to study with master instructors. I consider myself a student first and a dancer second. I can only teach if I have those two experiences under my (coin) belt.

With that said, as I’ve been battling some fascia issues over the past while, my training has slipped to the small burner. I need a tune up, and I need to train for an intensive that I plan on attending in 2020, which requires some serious pre-work.  Partially to share with my students how I work in my own practise (and partially to hold myself accountable) I have decided to offer a new series.

Study Sessions is more of an open studio time, where I will be working on things that I need to work on as a student and as a dancer. The Study Sessions are not formally structured classes; I will not be breaking down new moves, I will not be sharing combos, I will not be “teaching” in a traditional sense.

I will be working through challenging isolations for crispness and clarity, for new pairings, and strengthening. I will take the isolation and movements travelling in complex pathways. I will take all of the above across the floor with finger cymbals. I will probably reset myself (and/or drop a cuss word) a few times, too.  It’s working through the Dark Side Dance Program’s Turquoise level components, and it’s not easy, but I invite you to challenge yourself to follow along, or to take inspiration from my drills to make your own.

Alternatively, if you just want some time to hold yourself accountable, too, then use the Study Sessions for your own skills. Make up a combo, work on your own class content as review, use the time to fill out your dance journal – study in your own way.

The new 10-week semester begins September 29th 2019 @ The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Road, St. John’s NL)

  • Fundamentals (New/Beginner) @ 6:00p – 7:00p
  • Study Sessions (Intermediate/Advanced) @ 7:05p – 8:05p

 

Registration Open Now

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New Fundamentals Format!

New Fundamentals Format!

posted on August 20, 2019 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

With some downtime since our last class semester, I’ve had the time to think and restructure some of the class formats.  One of them that’s been re-structured is our Fundamentals class.

Previously Fundamentals was a 5-week mini-series that just touched on the surface level of some dance moves, and included a moderate section of each class on some non-dance concepts and discussions.

The NEW Fundamentals is now a 10 week course where you get to dive a little deeper into the concepts, work with the movements more and in greater detail, and we get to play with combos and (light) improv more. There’s a new musicality component built into each class, so you’ll train your ear and learn new rhythm structures as you go. There’s also a new super-secret page for class dancers with fun link with articles, books, videos to watch, and music to listen to (if you want to study a little at home).

The new 10-week semester begins September 29th 2019 @ The Dance Centre (286 Torbay Road, St. John’s NL)

  • Fundamentals (New/Beginner) @ 6:00p – 7:00p
  • Study Sessions (Intermediate/Advanced) @ 7:05p – 8:05p

 

Registration open now!

Register Now

Some March Series Cancelled

Some March Series Cancelled

posted on March 4, 2018 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

Level 1 series will continue as scheduled @ 7:15-8:15pm for the month, starting Sun 04 March. We start Combo C this month, and it’s a delight!

Due to registration numbers, the following FULL SERIES are cancelled for the month of March:

  • Fundamentals (Sun @ 6:00-7:00pm)
  • Level 2 (Sun @ 8:30-9:30pm)

Any Level 2 student who have pre-paid for March are welcome to transfer that payment and join Level 1 for the month, or the payment can be refunded. Please email classes@seraka.com to advise of your preference.

All Classes Cancelled – Sun 11 Feb

All Classes Cancelled – Sun 11 Feb

posted on February 11, 2018 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

All classes for tonight (Sunday, February 11th) have been cancelled because Vanessa is mostly dead with The Nasty Cold of 2018. Please check your emails for details.

Registration Open for Winter Classes

Registration Open for Winter Classes

posted on November 22, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

It’s that wonderful time of year when we get back into the swing of things with our practise. We’ve just released our schedule and upcoming classes for the Winter session! See our schedule and options on our Classes page.

Classes will be held at our usually home-away-from-home at The Dance Centre (Coaker Meadows Plaza at 286 Torbay Road, in St. John’s NL) and start on Sunday, 7 January, 2018!

To register, send Vanessa an email to classes@seraka.com. Registration open now!

UNKNOWN Tickets On Sale Now

UNKNOWN Tickets On Sale Now

posted on November 3, 2017 by Vanessa
in: In The Studio, Performances

We are gearing up for another full-length performance. This year’s production happens Saturday, November 11 at DF Cook Recital Hall, MUN School of Music here in St. John’s, and features 17 dancers from the avalon area.

Reserve your tickets here: www.seraka.com/unknown2017

This years show is exploring the idea of change, facing fears, challenging the norm, and growing in the face of the unknown. We’re using the concept of space (even aliens) as a loose basis and starting point for choreography development, and we’re working with the cast of dancers to meld and explore how each of us relates to, or reacts to, being challenged in that way – by external forces, unknown changes, “alien” circumstances to our lives.

It’s been a weird, wild, and downright thrilling ride as we’ve been working the pieces, refining the movement qualities, and staging these pieces. We’re so excited to share with you.

Change to Winter Class Schedule

Change to Winter Class Schedule

posted on March 19, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

After discussing with the class(es). I’ve decided to amend the scheduled for the remainder of the winter session, effective today 19 March 2017.

  • Level 1 Studies – good to go as scheduled. No changes
  • Fundamentals – good to finish with our last class tonight.
  • Remaining Spotlight/Combo classes will be cancelled, so that instead of 10-weeks, it was only 5-weeks. This class will not be held tonight.
  • DrillZilla will be modified to a one-hour class from 7:15-8:15pm starting next week (26 Mar), open to Levels 1+.

An email will be sent to students who’ve paid up front for classes to discuss refunds & shifting payments.

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Reminder – No Class Feb 12

posted on February 11, 2017 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Seraka Studios

Gentle reminder, per our regular schedule for the semester, that there is no class on Sunday, February 12.

As this was taken into account before classes were scheduled for the semester, it does not affect your registration or length of session.

For detailed dates & class times please check the Classes Page.

See you next week!

Vanessa

Level 1 Series Cancelled

posted on November 20, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Seraka Studios

The Level 1 Series for Nov/Dec 2016 will not continue as scheduled due to low registration numbers.  We will be offering a fresh batch of classes in Jan/Feb so keep your eyes peeled then.

 

xo

Vanessa

AQUEOUS – Tickets Selling Quickly!

AQUEOUS – Tickets Selling Quickly!

posted on November 10, 2016 by Vanessa
in: Magpie's Nest, Performances, Seraka Studios

If you’re making plans to see AQUEOUS on Sunday, you should grab your tickets while they’re still available in advance! It saves you $5 off the ticket price – but online sales & advance sales end on Saturday November 12.

Read more about the show here: www.seraka.com/aqueous

Read about how we created the show here: Aqueous – The Director’s Cut (Blog Post)

Join the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/195508344219411

Ticket will, of course, be available at the door for $20.

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