One more chance to Audition for IBIT!!

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There was such an incredible response to IBIT’s September Auditions, that we will be holding one more set of auditions.  November 4th and 5th.  Those who can not make it those dates may email us at info@ibitdance.com and request an audition on a different date in October.

  • Dance Company Auditions:  November 5th 330pm-630pm
  • High Intermdediate/Advanced Auditions: November 5th 330pm-500pm
  • Introductory Program Auditions: November 4th 330pm-445pm
  • Low Intermediate/Intermediate Auditions: November 4th 330pm-530pm

The Company:  IBIT Dance Company is in it’s 3rd season.  The focus of the choreography at IBIT is dance documentaries.  IBIT tours one major dance documentary a year and one tour of traditional modern and contemporary choreography.  This years dance documentary will be on the issue of Women’s Rights.  In addition we will continue to tour the Childhood Cancer Awareness Project that we have been touring.  The company will work with multiple well known choreographers throughout the year.  The dance documentary will be choreographed by IBIT’s director, Brenda Lynn Siegel and will present a historical story of women’s rights in America.  Research for this piece will include education in many tribal and cultural dance styles used in many cultures as well as historical research.

Training Program:  There are three levels of training at IBIT Dance Company.  Introductory, Low Intermediate/Intermediate and High Intermediate/Advanced.  Each program has a slightly different focus each year.  The wonderful thing about this training program is that it allows time and space for dancers to dance with their home schools as well as do other activities.  This is a performance based training program, meaning that the dancers perform a lot throughout the year, on average more then they would at a dance school.  This performance training comes with a level of commitment that is both inspiring and hard work.  This program is a wonderful way to learn about the benefits and trials of a dance career while the dancer is still in the training phase.  In addition for dancers who don’t expect to dance as they move forward, it gives them a real life experience with commitment and artistry in a learning environment that is supportive of the needs of children and young adults.  This is a pre professional training program where students get to grow as individuals.  This years program will include world renowned master teachers from all around New England who will work with the dancers and set choreography on the dancers.  All three levels will experience the expertise of many well known dance educators and choreographers, allowing them the most well rounded modern dance exposure available in our area.

Which level should I auditions for?

Introductory Program: Many dancers start out in this level.  It is for dancers who have some dance training, are not quite ready for the large commitment of the other two levels and are interested in a performance based dance program.  In this level, we learn artistry, some administration, choreography and many styles of modern technique.  The focus is on technical training and performance quality and artistry at the intro level.

Low Intermediate/Intermediate:  This program is for intermediate level dancers.  The class is three hours once per week and gives students the opportunity to deeply engage in both technique and composition.  Students at this level have the opportunity to work with many guest faculty as well as have several choreographers set work on them.  At this level dancers begin to perform more and have more opportunities to get to know the dance faculty out in the world.

High Intermediate/Advanced:  This level works a lot with the company.  The dancers have a higher expectation of work ethic set on them and they begin to learn intimately the rigors and rewards of a dance career.  Dancers work with many dance faculty and have many advanced pieces set on them.  In addition at the high intermediate/advanced level, dancers perform with the company on a more regular basis.  Dancers at this level are more immersed in the field and also act as mentors to the lower levels.  At this level dancers begin to transition to a commitment to performance and rehearsals that is a bit more rigorous then the other two levels.  Dancers who have been successful at this level have been; Adults who need a boost in their training, students in a gap year between high school and college, students in a gap year between BA and MA, high school students who are ready for this level of technical training and commitment.

Please email info@ibitdance.com to register for the audition.

Don’t tell your students to tuck their butts…I mean think about that for a minute…

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A very common way to talk about how to use your turn out muscles is to tell students to “tuck their butts”. In fact I myself was told that throughout my training!  Guess what? That’s right!  Your wrong.  It does not work anatomically. I am going to start by asking everyone to do a quick exercise…yes….seriously!  I want everyone to stand up out of their chair, bed, floor, couch and whatever other place you may be sitting or laying (ok, if you are driving…well, if you are driving stop reading this!)  and do just that, tuck your butt.  Ok, now that you have all your butt muscles tight and your spine curved inward, walk, just a simple walk.  Can anyone out there walk at all?  No?  That’s right, NO! You can’t possibly free your legs to move if you “tuck your butt”, you mean the right thing, but, you are saying the wrong thing!  Extremely wrong!

What can you say instead?  Well, that is a great question and not that easy to answer because the actual anatomy of turn out is so much more complicated then you might imagine.  So, lets start with the anatomy itself, then move on to what to say, what imagery to use.  That way you will know why these things are coming out of your mouth.

Anatomy of Turn Out:

Turnout happens BELOW your tuchas (that’s Butt in Yiddish), NOT in your tuchas.  Turnout is the lateral or external rotation of the hip joint!  You will notice that your hip, while close to your butt is not your butt. Your hip joint can produce, flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, inward rotation and outward rotation or in people terms: folding forward, standing, moving away from the center of the body, moving toward the center of the body, turning in and turning out.  Whew, that is a lot!

Now how does it do all of those crazy things you ask? Well, we are only going to tell you how it creates turn out or outward rotation for this article.   The muscles you are going to use sit BELOW the line of your leotard.  I know crazy right? BELOW, that’s right, that is where they sit!  There are six muscles that attach to different parts of the femur, but all of that doesn’t matter right?  What you are wondering if how do I initiate them?  Well you have to activate those tiny and deep muscles to create turn out, hence the confusing messaging on how this is done, it is not easy to explain

If you think about the fact that you don’t use your butt to get there, and you think about the fact that the muscles are truly deep muscles then the best way to figure this out is to try it.  If you lay down on the ground on your back with your legs straight and turn out one leg at a time, well you have no choice but to do it correctly and it is not possible to force turn out in this position. (note that it is possible if you sit up or if you bend your knees, so, laying down is the way to execute this exercise.)  Once laying down, with straight legs, turn out one leg at a time from your hip.  To do this, you will have to engage your core, you will have to breath and you will have to engage your thigh muscles in a long spiral motion from inside and slightly above your knee all the way to slightly inside of and under your sitz bones.  This is how turnout is achieved in a way that allows you to do all the necessary jumping, turning and maneuvering that you have to do in dance.   Now stand up and try it, it works right?  It also forces you to build turn out instead of forcing it, it allows you to use turn out as a constantly moving spiral, instead of a static motion.  It allows your body to properly and safely achieve a greater level of technique.  Additionally, you need that spiral in parallel in plie, in jumps and so on.  So, overall, achieving properly executed turn out is a win win no matter what style of dance suits your fancy.

Imagery to describe turn out that does not include “tuck your butt or the ever uncomfortable practice of poking your students butt with your very sharp finger nail..right?”

Here are some suggestions:

    1. Spiral your legs.  This allows students to imagine their legs as constantly moving. Tell them the spiral begins above their knees on the inside of their thigh and draws a spiral across the front of their thigh and around to under and inside of their sits bones.  Have them palpate this line.  Teach them to use this in all movement and to think of their bodies as always moving, even in stillness.
    2. Another image that works well is “stand down”, this image came to me from Donlin Foreman who sometimes works with the dancers at IBIT.  This naturally gives your body the juxtaposition of moving in all directions.  This has to be used in conjunction with other imagery.
    3. Another image used by Donlin Foreman is relaxing your knees outward or imagine someone is gently pulling your knees to plie and then keep them their as you straighten (that last part is from yours truly).  This allows you to stop using old images of how to plie and offers your body the freedom to experience the correct alignment.
    4. In terms of engaging your core, I always say, lift through your lower abdomen and drop through your tail, much like a Magnetic Rail Twirler (you know the children’s toy?  Look it up if you are still guessing).

Lastly, come up with your own images for your students, notice things that we use every day that might help them to understand.  For each student there is going to be one image that rings true to them and that will be the one that makes it click.

Long story short, remember that just as with all sports, science, art and pretty much everything, we are always learning new things.  Do not use the incorrect corrections that you were taught without finding out if we know that does not work.  You are then passing on bad knees, bad hips and bad backs and ultimately shorter dance careers.  Instead, look this stuff up.  Even the most experienced dance teacher can keep learning and the best teachers will never stop learning!  Let’s agree to keep our students and company members agile and movable as long as we possibly can!

AUDITIONS FOR TRAINING PROGRAM AND COMPANY SEPTEMBER 16th!

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IBIT Dance Company will be holding auditions for all levels of its training program and company on September 16th.

  • Dance Company Auditions:  September 16th 545-715
  • Introductory Program Auditions: September 16th 330 – 415
  • Low Intermediate/Intermediate Auditions: September 16th 4pm-530pm
  • High Intermdediate/Advanced Auditions: September 16th 545pm – 715pm

The Company:  IBIT Dance Company is in it’s 3rd season.  The focus of the choreography at IBIT is dance documentaries.  IBIT tours one major dance documentary a year and one tour of traditional modern and contemporary choreography.  This years dance documentary will be on the issue of Women’s Rights.  In addition we will continue to tour the Childhood Cancer Awareness Project that we have been touring.  The company will work with multiple well known choreographers throughout the year.  The dance documentary will be choreographed by IBIT’s director, Brenda Lynn Siegel and will present a historical story of women’s rights in America.  Research for this piece will include education in many tribal and cultural dance styles used in many cultures as well as historical research.

Training Program:  There are three levels of training at IBIT Dance Company.  Introductory, Low Intermediate/Intermediate and High Intermediate/Advanced.  Each program has a slightly different focus each year.  The wonderful thing about this training program is that it allows time and space for dancers to dance with their home schools as well as do other activities.  This is a performance based training program, meaning that the dancers perform a lot throughout the year, on average more then they would at a dance school.  This performance training comes with a level of commitment that is both inspiring and hard work.  This program is a wonderful way to learn about the benefits and trials of a dance career while the dancer is still in the training phase.  In addition for dancers who don’t expect to dance as they move forward, it gives them a real life experience with commitment and artistry in a learning environment that is supportive of the needs of children and young adults.  This is a pre professional training program where students get to grow as individuals.  This years program will include world renowned master teachers from all around New England who will work with the dancers and set choreography on the dancers.  All three levels will experience the expertise of many well known dance educators and choreographers, allowing them the most well rounded modern dance exposure available in our area.

Which level should I auditions for?

Introductory Program: Many dancers start out in this level.  It is for dancers who have some dance training, are not quite ready for the large commitment of the other two levels and are interested in a performance based dance program.  In this level, we learn artistry, some administration, choreography and many styles of modern technique.  The focus is on technical training and performance quality and artistry at the intro level.

Low Intermediate/Intermediate:  This program is for intermediate level dancers.  The class is three hours once per week and gives students the opportunity to deeply engage in both technique and composition.  Students at this level have the opportunity to work with many guest faculty as well as have several choreographers set work on them.  At this level dancers begin to perform more and have more opportunities to get to know the dance faculty out in the world.

High Intermediate/Advanced:  This level works a lot with the company.  The dancers have a higher expectation of work ethic set on them and they begin to learn intimately the rigors and rewards of a dance career.  Dancers work with many dance faculty and have many advanced pieces set on them.  In addition at the high intermediate/advanced level, dancers perform with the company on a more regular basis.  Dancers at this level are more immersed in the field and also act as mentors to the lower levels.  At this level dancers begin to transition to a commitment to performance and rehearsals that is a bit more rigorous then the other two levels.  Dancers who have been successful at this level have been; Adults who need a boost in their training, students in a gap year between high school and college, students in a gap year between BA and MA, high school students who are ready for this level of technical training and commitment.

Please email info@ibitdance.com to register for the audition.

Audition Dates coming soon for IBIT

There will be three opportunities to audition for IBIT Dance Company AND the pre-professional training program throughout the summer and early fall!  Please check back early and often to find out the opportunities that there are to audition!! Also, we are taking 1 company member or apprentice this summer if you are interested please send an email to info@ibitdance.com!11034117_10204250728124311_2278391069132195417_n

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Summer Is Here

Summer is here and IBIT has gone full swing into our summer schedule!  You can catch us performing throughout June and July both for the Southern Vermont Dance Festival and in the Childhood Cancer Awareness Project!  We will add  ticket information by June 16th!  FILL YOUR SUMMER WITH DANCE!!! 

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Tickets on Sale for 4 March Dates

Pieces Of Now: Childhood Cancer Awareness Project on Tour

50% of the proceeds from this project benefit the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock  CHaD!

March 26th 730pm Oberon, Cambridge, MAGet your tix now

March 27th 730pm East St. Dance Center, Hadley, MA. Get your tix now

March 28th 430pm Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT. Get your tix now

           – March 28th 630pm-930pm Bring In the Spring Annual Fundraiser! $15 (in adv)    with your Latchis Ticket.  $30 (adv) without Latchis ticket, $40 @ Door without Latchis ticket.  (with Latchis ticket, use link above, without click here

March 29th 7:00pm Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon, NH. Get your tix now

Pieces of Now: Childhood Cancer Awareness Project

Tickets are on sale now for the Childhood Cancer Awareness project:  http://cancerproject.brownpapertickets.com/

***50% of the Proceeds from this show go to the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth so, Even if you can not attend! please share the event, invite your friends, make a donation, donate a ticket.***
**tickets are on sale now for the Latchis**
This project will also be performed in:
New York, NY
Boston, MA.
Springfield, MA.
Lebenon, NH.
Manchester, VT.
…and more (dates will be added as we go, if you know of a pediatric oncology unit in New England that we could work with, let us know and we will try to perform in that city.)

This project inspired by the fight of a local young lady, Alexis Giallella who passed away in November of 2013 after a battle with cancer is meant to raise awareness about childhood cancer in the hopes that the more awareness we raise, the more work will be done to find a cure for this terrible illness.

In addition 50% of the proceeds go to Pediatric Oncology units around New England. The more you support, the more we will be able to donate.

This will be an evening length dance work telling the story of one young girls journey. It will also take windows into the lives of other children fighting cancer and the battle that their families experience. The piece will be performed by dancers from age 10 to age 35 and will be a story of courage and tragedy.

The performance itself will raise funds for the pediatric oncology units and will be followed by a fundraiser that helps to support the dance program which will keep these young dancers doing projects like these throughout the years.

Please come to the Latchis to see us perform AND join us afterwards. Even if you can not attend, you can purchase a ticket to donate to a family (which will help us raise money for the pediatric oncology units) or simply make a donation.

Tour Dates

March 25th-March 29th “Pieces Of Now” Childhood Cancer Awareness Project

March 28th Latchis Theater, “Pieces of Now”

July 16th-July 19th Southern Vermont Dance Festival

July 25th Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester Vermont, “Pieces of Now”

IBIT Dance Company on Tour!

Friday January 30th 7:30pm, East St. Dance Center, Hadley MA Get your Hadley Tix!

Saturday January 31st 4pm, Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, VT.  Get Your Latchis Tickets!

Sunday February 1st TBA IBIT-26

IBIT Dance Company will be doing a mini mini tour that is every bit as amazing as our annual tour! We will be showcasing choreography by Brenda Lynn Siegel, Billbob Brown, Adrienne Hawkins and Aurora Corsano! The performance will be fun and vibrant and will also kick off our Childhood Cancer Project. The performances will take place in three locations! We will also take this opportunity to fundraise for the Childhood Cancer Awareness project. If you donate, the money will be used to help us travel to hospitals and do research as well as to bring this piece to many locations! This same show will be performed for children and their families who have cancer throughout New England! Come check out what our Pre-Professional Training program has been working on!

Tickets available by phone at 800 838 3006  or by clicking on a link above!

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