The purpose of this web site is to communicate with our dancers about the dance program. Information pertaining to the program in general and to each dance class (including Liturgical Dance performances) -- any announcements, important dates, etc. will be posted on this site.
Information on The Christ Church Nutcracker performance (rehearsal times, fundraisers - such as Sponsorship and Dance Apparel sales, events - such as The Nutcracker Tea and The Blessing of The Cast, costume instructions, Lazzara Theater information, ticket sales, etc.) will be posted on this site.
Dear Dance Families,
It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to this year's dance program at Christ Church. I know that this is going to be a wonderful experience for you and your child.
As Director of the Dance Ministry at Christ Church, I accept the responsibility to my dancers to present only the finest dance training, to uphold and to raise our standards of this art form, to teach with the convictions of love, kindness and acceptance to others, and to bring out these qualities in our dancers. For all of my dancers, from Pre-K through young adulthood, my aim has always been to use dance to help them be well-rounded, healthy, and happy.
The Fall Session (August-December) is also known as The Nutcracker Session because the dancers learn and rehearse for our charitable performance that we produce every December. Our Nutcracker not only gives our dancers an opportunity to participate in the arts by performing on stage, but also gives them the personal experience of giving to those less fortunate. The 14th Annual Nutcracker will be performed at The Lazzara Theatre at The University of North Florida's Fine Arts Department on Saturday December 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm. Our charities include Pediatric Hospice, Dreams Come True, and Amistad Orphanage in Bolivia. Our children learn that they are dancing to help children who cannot dance.
The Winter/Spring Session (January-May) is a time spent on learning a lot of new dance steps and movements. There will be more challenging sessions at the ballet bar. A lot of emphasis will be placed on technique training during these months. We will try to use new and fun techniques as we progress through these more relaxed, but developmentally important, dance classes. During the summer months of June and July, there are several week-long Dance Camps offered for some of the specific classes. And there are rehearsals throughout the year with the Liturgical Dancers as needed for Christ Church events.
There are many life skills that dance training helps to develop in a child including self-confidence, discipline, focus, poise, good posture, fitness, and strength. These abilities are introduced to our youngest dancers and are continually reinforced each year through to our young adult dancers. Our dancers also learn about the importance of supporting friendships. They make lasting friendships with other dancers and learn to encourage, and to be encouraged by, their classmates. A prayer, which is usually led by the children, is offered at the end of each class. Each child, as an individual, requires individual attention in order that he or she may, through our dance experiences, develop talents and abilities to their fullest capacities.
Please feel free to email me anytime with questions or concerns. Please include your phone number on your email, in case I need to call you rather than email back. Thank you for this opportunity to share dance with your children. Dancing is joyful! Dancing is fun!
Felicia Rhoden has been studying and performing ballet and other forms of dance since the age of 4 years old. She was trained in the Cecchetti (Italian) ballet technique. The Cecchetti Method of ballet is a style of classical, theatrical dance based on the teachings of the great Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928). The Cecchetti method, which provides a strong technical base to build upon, exacted a coordination of arms, legs, and head, which produced a wonderful fluidity of movement, particularly in the upper body. Felicia incorporates that method of training into her own classical ballet teaching. Felicia studied classical ballet at The New York City Ballet under the direction of George Balanchine. She studied modern dance at The Martha Graham School of Modern Dance in New York. Felicia studied Jazz dance in New York under the direction of Gus Giordano, who is considered one of the forefathers of jazz dance and his technique and style have shaped today's modern jazz dance. She also studied Tap in Miami with Jack Stanley, one of the finest Tap dancers. As a solo principal dancer, and in a pas de deux partnership, she has appeared all over the country as a guest in ballet performances.
Felicia has been an active dance teacher since she was a teenager. She has also been a choreographer and director for over 50 years. It was then that she created the first Savannah River Pageant with a cast of over 800 performers. She was one of the Artistic Directors of The Savannah Civic Ballet and she has worked with The Atlanta Ballet. She has choreographed and performed in many Little Theater Productions. Felicia has not only judged, but has also trained, many contestants of several pageants.
Since moving back to Florida 16 years ago, Felicia has been teaching dance on a daily basis. She is both Director of the Dance Ministry and Director of Liturgical Dance at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach. Every December, for the last 15 years, Felicia has been producing her own joyful version of "The Nutcracker". Her Nutcracker program has grown from 18 performers to an ensemble of approximately 300 performers, ranging in age from 2 ½ years old to 100. The Christ Church Nutcracker is an opportunity for her dancers to care about the less fortunate and to help those who need help.
Our classes may consist of several components:
1.) Warm up: Dance-related stretch and flexibility exercises will be included in each class. These exercises are ideal for toning the body through the balance of tightening and relaxing different muscle groups.
2.) At the barre: We will learn and practice classical ballet positions and movements.
3.) "Stand up straight": How many times do we say this to our children? Usually, they have never been taught the proper "how to" techniques. Many times, problems can be avoided by teaching good posture and body alignment at a young age. We will work very hard on our good posture!
4.) Combinations: This is where all of our work is transformed into "the dance ". Combinations are for balance, grace, strength, technique, and most of all, the joy.
There will be times during this year when we will invite the parents to come into class in order to enjoy our achievements.
Dress for girls: leotard, tights (even under shorts), and pink ballet slippers, tap shoes, or barefoot for Acrobatics.
Miss Felicia Dance t-shirts and Dance shorts/pants are acceptable.
Please keep ALL hair pulled back off of face.
No dangling jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets).
Dress for boys: white tops, black shorts/pants, sneakers, tap shoes, or barefoot.
Remember, there is NO CANDY or GUM CHEWING allowed during class.
Tuition is figured as follows:
1 through 4 classes per week per family is $35 per month per class;
5 or more classes per week per family is $30 per month per class.
This is REGARDLESS of your attendance or the number of class days that month.
To ensure proper bookkeeping, please put dancer’s name on all payments.
Each December, we perform our version of “The Nutcracker”, which benefits the terminally-ill, physically handicapped and/or underprivileged children in our community and orphans in other countries. Our dancers dance The Nutcracker to support a "Dreams Come True" child, children with Pediatric Hospice, and the children at The Amistad Orpanage in Boliva, among other local charities.
The Fall Session classes will be learning dances to perform in The Nutcracker. All students are invited to participate. This is a very special opportunity for your child to be a part of the wonderful holiday classic.
Our 2010 performance will be at 6 pm on Saturday, December 18th at The Fine Arts Dept.’s Lazzara Theater at the University of North Florida.