We recently performed of our “Second Edition” of our Library Series musicals featuring favorite books and characters from a variety of genres and for all ages. There are four original plays: A Night at the Library, Another Night at the Library, A Haunted Night at the Library, and Jack and the Bookstack.
A Night at the Library was our first foray into the magical world of bringing books to life via song and dance. The back story: several years ago we looked into purchasing the rights to Disney’s “101 Dalmations,” and were disillusioned by the extraordinary costs associated with Disney trademarks. FR Dance had recently provided the children for two of the Eldorado Hotel Casino’s holiday pantos – “Peter Pan” and “Aladdin” – which came to Reno via England. What is a panto? Well, pantomime, informally called a panto, is a type of musical comedy stage production designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is still performed throughout the United Kingdom, generally during the Christmas and New Year season and, to a lesser extent, in other English-speaking countries.
AHAH! Who’s to say that WE couldn’t come up with our own version of a panto?! Being tried and true lovers of books, Leslie Govedich and JoAnna Wagner joined hands and jumped into the world of bringing “the page to the stage” and thus, our Library Series was born! Leslie is the author of all four musicals and JoAnna is the director that makes them come to life. We are also thrilled that many of FR Dance’s teachers have leapt on to the Library Bandwagon (wink) to create the dances that are built around the books. In fact, look for teachers that are also performing with FR Dance’s students and friends.
The dynamic duo of L & J has created both an entertaining and educational way to bring books to life and to keep the magic of reading alive. As many parents, grandparents, and teachers will agree, the current generation of children tend to be more digitally minded than to simply sit down and read a good book. Video games and social media are now a mainstay in our culture, which tends to separate our youth from their own personal imagination.
We are very proud to have performed three of our plays for the Northern Nevada Reading Conference. We have also pared down the full show to smaller road shows which have been performed at several local elementary schools.
“Kia’s FR Dance’s is approved by Washoe County School District as a provider for Supervised Curriculum in Physical Education.
Dance classes can be signed off for PE credit.”
A Blast from the Past:
Kia’s FR Dance has presented 3 original productions in our FR exclusive Library Series in which, through various story-lines, we bring books to life! We have featured, thus far, 23 books, from childhood favorites to the classics and authors from Dr. Seuss to Edgar Allen Poe! This workshop will be a testing ground, of sorts, for our upcoming 2016 production – “Jack and the Bookstack!” Any camp attendee who is interested in performing in the production in the fall will be cast in the show. We will be holding open auditions on Saturday, July 30 – 10:00 – 11:00 (ages 4-6), 11:00 – 12:00 (ages 7-10), and 12:00 – 1:00 (ages 11+). There will be a make-up audition Saturday, August 20 for those who could not attend the first audition.
Follow up on Artown’s Discover Tap: Kia, Lane, and Logan were a great success at Artown’s Discover Tap! Kids of all ages – and their parents – learned about rhythm, how to count music half-time, straight-time, and double-time, that tappers use 8 points on their feet to become a percussive instrument, and even learned a short tap combination. We’re ready to take Discover Tap on the road!
Kia, Lane Saunders, and Logan Strand have been invited to be a part of Artown’s up-coming “Discover” program for July 2016. They will be teaching up to 60 curious 6 to 12 year olds how to Tap Dance! It will be held at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center. Details will be in the Artown events booklet and announced here when date and times are confirmed.
We are honored that Kia’s FR Dance has provided the “Santa Tappers” (Rockette-style tapping kick line) for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra for over 10 years. This year, in addition to our traditional tap line, we also provided long-legged Jazz dancers as part of the RPO’s live entertainment. Dancers do not have to be FR students. Rehearsals start in October and the shows are the first weekend of December. It is a privilege to perform on stage backed by a FULL orchestra! Please contact Kia if you are interested.
We follow WCSD’s traditional (Balanced) school year holiday schedule, with few exceptions (which will be posted and announced).
Confirmed holidays and breaks are:
- Labor Day
- Fall Break (1 week)
- Nevada Day and Halloween
- Veterans’ Day
- Thanksgiving and Family Day
- Winter Break (3 weeks)
- Martin Luther King Day
- President’s Day
- Spring Break (2 weeks)
- Memorial Day