August 5, 2012 § Leave a Comment
July 30, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Leap of Joy is officially a Austin Creative Alliance sponsored project!!
This means so many wonderful things:
-All donations made to LOJ are now tax-deductible!
-All LOJ events, fundraisers, and job ads will be listed at Now Playing Austin!
-LOJ can now receive grants and sponsors from local businesses!
-More funding means more teachers and classes!
Thank you ACA!!
July 12, 2012 § Leave a Comment
This past June LOJ invaded Hart Elementary and taught a 4 week class to 1st-5th grade students! Kids learned basic dance combos, Jazz technique , Hip Hop , cart wheels , hand and shoulder stands and practiced performing by showing off choreography in front of peers !
We are so proud of how far our Hart kids have come and we can’t wait for this upcoming fall semester! Be sure to check out the kids in action! Visit our Facebook page and check out the promo videos!
June 9, 2012 § Leave a Comment
It’s been a busy year for Leap of Joy. We’ve worked with well over 100 kids this last school year. This past spring we had three performances from three of the six schools we serve, perform in the City Wide Showcase. Sarah, one of our wonderful teachers designed the logo that went on to our new t-shirts that all of the children received and the ones that performed, got to keep their clothing. We continue to serve fresh fruits and seasonal vegetables at the end of class and the kids were introduced to some foods they’d never eaten before like cucumbers and blackberries.
This 2012 summer session we are currently teaching at a kid’s summer camp 4 days at one of our participating schools. Plans for the future include printing our t-shirts in adult sizes and offering Leap of Joy dance bags with our other dance wear. We’re hoping to add another school or two this next fall and will continue serving many of the schools we serve now with additional classes being added as well as including dance with theater arts. We are excited to announce our volunteer Danielle Houtkooper is moving forward to becoming our first theater arts instructor for this upcoming fall semester! We’ll continue working with the kids academically as we have in the past.
Also, as you can see our website has had a major face lift! So, take some time and look at all the changes including our recent promo video! You can find the link in our “About” section.
February 16, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hart Elementary 2nd graders practice Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays. On this particular Tuesday in Feb, we decided to enjoy the sunshine and choose our favorite poses for the camera. Some chose solo poses and others chose to work in a group. What a great class! Often our yoga classes involve an art component that is linked to meditation or guided visualization. Sometimes it’s simply a reflection of what the students see in themselves and what they’ve learned from their practice. What a joy it is to be at Hart with these curious, bright, energetic young students. – Annelize Machado, Yoga & Creative Movement Teacher
January 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
These photos are from our field trip to see KDH on December 1st, 2011 at the SVT. What a wonderful experience! What did we need? 2 Buses, 3 school, around 100 students waiting in anticipation, a fantastic Leap of Joy staff , volunteers and of course a generous choreographer & dance company.
As you see from the photos above, the students waited eagerly in the lobby pre-show. Once bathroom visits and snack time was checked off, they entered the auditorium with anticipation. And to add to the excitement, we received 3-d glasses that were to come in use at some point during the show.
Post-show was filled with questions about the set, dance technique, lights, costumes and much more. And while waiting on the bus, Ms. Maia reviewed dance material in the lobby with the her freshly-inspired Harris dancers. Hart students played and then started on their homework at one end of the parking lot. Barrington students came together to play “Little Sally Walker” on the opposite end and work off their energy sitting patiently in the auditorium for a full 60 minutes.
All in all a great success! Thanks to all who helped out.
- The team at Leap of Joy
July 25, 2011 § Leave a Comment