This Saturday, May 25th is National Tap Dance Day! May 25th is also the birthday of the late Bill "Bojangles' Robinson who was one of the greatest tap dancers ever. Here's a video celebrating this great holiday!
. . .has been: "without taking 10 classes weekly, what can I do to improve my dance skills?". There is really not one specific thing - but if we were forced to choose just one (and the answer was not the obvious, which is repetitions) - we would say, Take a Ballet Class! Ballet is truly the foundation of all dance - including Hip Hop, Ballroom & others - most gymnasts are even required to take Ballet. Cindi Welik is one of the greatest dancers to ever move through DAU (student from age 4 to 18 and graduated from Julliard) - but if you saw her Hip Hop - she looks like an MC Hammer lookalike - amazing swagger and control. It's those foundational pieces that allow a dancer to FLY! Please consider supplementing your dance schedule with a ballet class.
Dance Academy USA Production Company will be holding late auditions to join the team on Saturday, May 18th at 10:00am PDT. Tryouts for DAUPC were originally held in early April, however; there are still a few spots left to be filled.
The Dance Academy USA Production Company is an accelerated training program for those students who want additional performance opportunities. Dancers are required to take additional performance and technique classes and membership invitations are offered on an audition-only basis. All DAUPC members must re-audition every year, as the team is highly competitive, with slots available only for the most advanced dancers. DAUPC has participated in countless dance competitions in the past and, in nearly each and every case, they have returned home with dozens of top awards.
Earlier this year, Dance Academy USA Production Company took home awards in 11 categories at the NUVO Dance Competition; won 41 awards in 7 separate styles of dance at the ShowBiz Talent Competition; and had 23 routines that received an adjudication of 5 stars, the highest score bracket, and 21 routines that placed 1st in their respective genres, at the StarPower Dance Competition.
The DAU Production Company is highly competitive and truly represents the best of the best, Nobody is given special treatment - all dancers have to not only earn their spots on the team, but work to keep their spots. That’s why we require all of our dancers to audition for the team each and every year - nothing’s a given.
This year, DAUPC is more competitive than ever and, because of the level of excellence expected of its dancers, Dance Academy USA has decided to hold late auditions for those who were unable to attend last month’s auditions.
While we expect a great deal from our Production Company dancers, as a reward for the amount of time spent dancing together, they develop strong bonds of friendship with their fellow dancers. We are very proud of their technique and their performance ability, of their self-confidence and poise, but it is their love for one another that we are proud of most of all.
We are proud to announce that Dance Academy USA is launching a “School Spirit Challenge” - a contest aimed at Cupertino, California area schools to secure funding for the winning schools’ Parent-Teacher Associations or Associate Student Bodies.
The School Spirit Contest is open to all K-12 schools with a minimum of 100 kids in the Cupertino area. Voting will begin on May 17th and will run through June 2nd. The school that receives the top number of votes will win $2,500. Second and Third prizes are $1,000 and $500, respectively.
The vast majority of our dancers come from schools in the Cupertino area and this is our chance to give something back to the community. We have some of the greatest schools in the country here and it is an honor for DAU to be able to support them. At DAU, we strive for excellence every day and, as part of the Cupertino community, it’s extremely important to us that we do our part to ensure that the schools that mold and teach our children have the tools and resources they need to strive for excellence as well.
Loretta Carter, a retired Assistant Superintendent, principal and teacher, said of the DAU School Spirit Challenge “As a former educator in a public school, I know first hand how devastating state budget cuts have been across-the-board, and especially for the arts. This contest sponsored by Dance Academy USA really demonstrates the spirit of generosity and community that is so often lacking in everyday life. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to the folks at DAU for recognizing the importance of keeping our schools well-funded.”
We've worked hard to make our School Spirit Challenge as simple as possible. Voters simply need to visit the newly redesigned Dance Academy USA website, find their favorite Cupertino-area school and click. There is no limit to the number of times someone may vote for their favorite school. If a voter does not see their favorite school on the contest page, they are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask that their school be included.