Incoming: year-end show for dance studio

The Move This! Dance Studio to bust moves for community at Isabelle Reader Theatre on June 3

The Move! This Dance Studio will be holding their year-end show on June 3.

The students at Move This! Dance Studio will be holding a Muppet-themed annual year-end show on June 3 at Isabelle Reader Theatre in Langford.

All of the studio’s 58 dancers, aged from three to 15, will be performing valuable skills learned throughout the course of the season, which started in September.

“Every class performs a routine,” said Move This! Dance Studio artistic director and founder, Niki Martin. “It’s a variety type show inspired by the Muppets.”

Martin, 39, has been a life-long dancer, starting at the young age of three. Throughout the course of her career, Martin was trained in critical environments where students were encouraged to mimic techniques rather then find a creative outlet. Under these rigid forms of instruction, Martin found her creativity and performances suffered.

“Growing up dancing, I’m all of 5’2”, and I just had all of those typical negative messages given to me. I was too short, I was too fat, I wasn’t flexible enough, I didn’t turn fast enough or jump high enough,” Martin said.

A message she did not want to pass onto her students.

“I don’t believe that’s true learning, especially in an art form where it is creative and expressive. I think it has to come from the students.”

In 2009, Martin encountered BrainDance, a form of “brain compatible dance education,” under the guidance of Seattle-based dance instructor Anne Green-Gilbert.

Green-Gilbert is the creator of BrainDance, which utilizes the eight fundamental movement patterns humans learn during their first year of life when laid on their stomachs or backs.

According to Green-Gilbert’s website, the repetitious cycling of the eight stages when sitting or standing may help with the reorganization of the central nervous system, filling missing gaps in the neurological system that may have occurred from trauma, illness or lack of developmental movement during infancy.

“They’re actually the movement patterns that hardwire our brain development,” Martin said. “So when they’re done intentionally and sequentially they literally change the hard wiring of our brain.”

BrainDance holds the philosophy that students learn best when they experience something themselves.

Under this training, Martin saw herself grow and improve. She has since taken Green-Gilbert’s methodology and incorporated it into her own classes, giving students a liberal approach to dance.

Each class begins with a BrainDance session, where students are encouraged to move only certain parts of their body like the lower half or spine.

“I let them do it in a very free way and I just tell them the patterns,” she said, adding the exercise is illuminating on the strengths and weakness of students.

“Unlike typical dance studios where the teacher is giving all the moves and saying, ‘Look like me’ there’s a lot of time given in class where students create their own choreography.”

The show begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are $12. Tickets can be purchased at The Stick in the Mud.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

‘More animals could have a chance:’ Victoria Humane Society in desperate need of a home

Animal rescue currently has 163 animals in foster and volunteer homes

Free-B Film Festival celebrates 20th anniversary

Head to Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park to see some family favourites on the big screen

Central Saanich accused of not following Climate Emergency declaration with urgent action

Motion to research climate response options and costs rejected then rescheduled in tense meeting

Join North Saanich invasives removal and experience three key benefits

Friends of North Saanich Parks says July 27 clear-up will be rewarding as well as green

Light up August with a lantern building workshop in Sidney

ArtSea workshops in preparation for Aug. 24 Salish Sea Lantern Festival

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

A year later, ceremony commemorates victims of the Danforth shooting

It’s the one-year anniversary of when a man opened fire along the bustling street before shooting and killing himself

Japanese Canadians call on B.C. to go beyond mere apology for historic racism

The federal government apologized in 1988 for its racism against ‘enemy aliens’

B.C. VIEWS: NDP pushes ahead with Crown forest redistribution

This isn’t the time for a radical Indigenous rights agenda

Two dead in two-vehicle crash between Revelstoke and Golden

RCMP are investigating the cause of the crash

Ottawa fights planned class action against RCMP for bullying, intimidation

The current case is more general, applying to employees, including men, who worked for the RCMP

Alberta judge denies B.C.’s bid to block ‘Turn Off the Taps’ bill

He said the proper venue for the disagreement is Federal Court

Most Read