The Performance Company at Jackson School of the Arts is designed to engage and inspire youth by providing access to high quality dance instruction. Our program is all inclusive and therefore welcomes dancers of every shape, size, and background. Students can expect a safe, nurturing and challenging environment and will have the opportunity to share their love of dance with our community throughout the year.
This dance company is not based on one particular dance genre and students will be learning choreography rooted in lyrical, ballet and jazz. The students will be invited to work with Ms. Angie, the instructor, to add their own personality to the dancers. Dances will be choreographed to feature students individual talents in solos along with duets, trios and group dances.
All interested students must participate in an audition class to determine that the performance class is appropriate for them.
Please wear dance attire and ballet or jazz shoes. The placement class will run very much like a regular dance class with 2 instructors to help observe and direct students. What to do if can’t attend the placement class? Students may attend the first 2 weeks of class to determine if they are ready for the performance company.
Jackson School of the Arts believes that dance is a source of well-being and that dancers will benefit from the program in ways that impact their lives inside and outside of the dance studio. Dancers of all ages are expected to respect themselves, as well as other dancers, and their instructors.
Members of the performance company are expected to have regular attendance for their weekly class and to participate in community performances and the annual recital.
Students should be enrolled in at least one other dance class.
It is also suggested that they take the flexibility, strength and beginner contortion class on Thursdays at 5:30 PM taught by Matt from the Detroit Flyhouse Circus School. This class is an all levels class designed to help students improve their flexibility and strength and also learn some of the postures and tricks of contortion, all in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Students will be taught dynamic exercises, static stretches, and basic inversions to in order to gain strength, balance, and bendiness! Appropriate for total beginners looking to touch their toes, and pretzel people looking to up their circus game.
Weekly Performance Company class is Thursday 6:30-7:15 PM OR 7:30-8:15 PM
What students can expect in this class: This class will begin with warm ups. The focus of the class is on creativity, choreography and performance. Students will have the opportunity to learn about music theory, help create dances and participate in exercises that stretch both the body and imagination. Classes will end with a cool down exercise.
Extra rehearsals may be held prior to performances. You will receive advance notification of these dates.
Scheduled Community Performances:
Optional for Students/Families
We are investigating the opportunity for students to attend a new dance convention either in Lansing (Radixdance) or in Dearborn (DanceMakers). This will be optional, and we will share information soon.
We will make performance company apparel and students will be able to help create and design jackets, t-shirts and bling. There will be a cost for this but we will look for the most economical options!
Fees: Fees for this program are based upon the fee scale. Costumes for community performances will be provided from our existing inventory.
The recital costume fee remains $15.
Angelina Dickinson graduated from Spring Arbor University in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Fine Art and a Minor in Visual Art. Angelina started dancing at age 2, she found a love for Irish Step Dance in middle school and has continued to study ballet, ballroom, folk dance and Irish around the globe for many years. She started teaching at JSA in 2013.
In 2018, she traveled to Dublin, Ireland and received a teaching certificate in Progressing Ballet Technique from renowned teacher Marie Walter-Mahon. Angelina has participated in various dramatic performing groups from a very young age, debuting in a university play at the age of 12. She has performed and provided costumes for numerous plays at Spring Arbor University, where she is currently employed as costumer.
Her studies in theatre included directing, theatre history, stage-combat, costuming, script-writing, lighting and sound design, stage craft, as well as stage hair/make-up & effects (such as prosthetic creation and application.) Angelina began teaching theatre in 2012 and has since branched out to direct her own performing group, Schemata Theatre, as well as consult, direct and perform at several community theatres in the Spring Arbor area.
She enjoys guest teaching theatre classes for Ballet 5:8 in Chicago; including cooperative efforts with Pilar Garcia of Gelsey Kirkland Academy. Angelina loves the creative processes wherever it can be found, and continually strives to better herself as both an artist and a teacher.