In the fall section of the Performance class kids will learn dances that they’ll perform in the party scene of the 5th annual Jewish Nutcracker. The Shows are all matinees at the Children’s Creativity Theater (in Yerba Buena Gardens) Dec 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21st. KMS Enrichment Program Coordinator, Katy Alaniz Rous will teach, ballet, hip- hop and cultural dance repertoire as well as acting skills for her exciting production with professional dancers.
Some Sunday rehearsals in December and some tech week time commitments will be necessary. Here is a brief description of the production from the website:
Though the beloved Nutcracker scored by Tchaikovsky has long been an annual Christmas tradition, choreographer Katy Alaniz Rous imagined a Jewish interpretation with characters right out of the story of Hanukkah.
Taking place in modern-day San Francisco, it opens on a fourteen-year-old girl who couldn’t be less interested in helping her mother prepare for their Hanukkah party. As the guests arrive, Miriam’s attitude starts to change. She is introduced to Judah, a young man that catches her attention. She also meets the Sufganiyot Fairy, a beautiful dancer who catches attention and represents a feminine mystique that Miriam wishes to attain.
During the party, Miriam learns the story of the Maccabees winning their religious and cultural freedom from their Syrian/ Greek oppressors. After the last guest leaves, she falls asleep on the living room floor where she finds herself transported back to the time of the Maccabees and the historical Judah. The Hanukkah story unfolds as a ballet of authentic cultural dance.
After the Maccabees win the battle, Miriam sees the war-ravaged Temple rebuilt and rededicated, celebrated by a medley of dances from around the world including kathak, belly dance, flamenco, and others. She is surrounded by other Jews who have struggled for religious freedom in their countries of origin. Her journey into history, cultural discovery, and fantasy allows her to appreciate and understand the importance of tradition and the freedom that came from defeating the Syrian/Greek army.
San Francisco is the ideal city for this fresh interpretation that explores diaspora and celebrates tradition. Families, friends, and all are welcome to enjoy the warmth of good company, the beauty of dance, and a story of love amidst the struggle to embrace cultural traditions, while retaining diversity.
During the winter and springs sections the focus will be on Theater-
Who wants to play dress up and use their imagination? Are you ever bothered that you don’t have the exact toy you want to play with or don’t have exactly the right accent for a Martian. Well we can work on that and all things that involve your imagination. Through a series of improv games we will explore the depths of our imagination. Then using situations we will do little skits. We will then work on developing our own play to present at the end of the session. This class is a great way to learn to be comfortable in your body and to use your imagination to think on your feet. The kids will have an excellent time developing their own play and realizing the importance of their own words and actions.
For more information about Performance Class, please contact Katy Rous at firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrichment Program Coordinator
Katy, a San Francisco native, has been teaching kids Hip-Hop, Ballet and over 30 forms of cultural dance in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She has taught at every major dance school in San Francisco including Dance Mission and ODC and additionally in many enrichment programs at other schools . Her company World Dance Fusion has performed her choreography for the past 13 yrs. in SF, NY as well as internationally in Brazil, Spain, India and Pakistan. In 2007 she was invited by the US government to be an ambassador for dance. Katy is also a professional actress that has been in numerous plays, movies and TV shows including a Christmas Carol with ACT and a guest starring role on Boy Meets World. Her band Lua Cheia (for which she sings and plays percussion) has performed at various venues around the Bay Area including Amnesia. Previously Katy has also been the chair of a PE and Arts department of an ESL school in San Jose. Katy is excited to teach Dance, Music and Theater at Katherine Michiels School.
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