The Dance Department: Abilene Parks and Recreation

The Dance Dept. is a studio that provides quality dance instruction for North Central KS. Instructor Jessica Polzella has over 20 years of dance experience

Jessica Polzella was raised in Abilene, and graduated from AHS. She has had a love for dance since her parents put her in ballet classes at the age of four. Upon moving to Kansas, it was difficult to find quality instruction in this area, so her parents drove her up to five times a week to Wichita in order that she could receive high quality ballet training. Since then, she has danced with the KSU dance department, Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Second Act Dance Company, of Arizona. Jessica holds a bachelors degree from Wichita State University, and continued her dance teaching education in Toronto, Canada at Canada’s National Ballet School. She then went on to study with the Royal Acadamy of Dance in London via telecourse. Jessica teaches an Royal Acadamy of Danced based program, which insures that dancers are safe and the movement is developmentally age appropriate. Students can expect the finest in dance education and fundamentals. Jessica is a certified Barre Fitness instructor and trainer, and her specialties include child pedagogy and kineseology. She has a passion for dance, music, and any kind of art. Jessica spends her free time pursuing various musical endeavors and spending time with her family. Studio Policies: Attendance and Conduct: Students must come to class on time and prepared. Regular attendance is imperative to the dancer’s progress. Be respectful to teachers, parents, and especially your classmates. Treat each dancer with support, respect and encouragement. The Teacher reserves the right to dismiss any dancer who displays unsatisfactory behavior. If a student is more than 5 minutes late, teachers reserve the right to ask a student to sit and watch class. Attendance is of the utmost importance, as no make up classes will be allowed. If attendance falls below 80%, the teacher may request that the student take private lessons in order to participate in any performances. Dress Code: Dress code is set on a class-by-class basis. Please use the following as a guideline: Jazz/Strength and Stretch: Solid color leotard or form fitting tank or tshirt (no designs or logos please) Black jazz pants, leggings, or bike shorts (no short shorts) Jazz shoes or foot undeez Hair in pony tail, off face, secure. Students should not have to adjust their hair during class. Ballet: Solid colored leotard, pink tights, single layer chiffon skirt (not attached) optional. Students may be asked to remove skirts by the instructor if neccessary. Pink canvas or leather ballet shoes (no slippers) Elastics sewn and secure, no drawstrings showing. Hair in a secure bun. Students should not have to adjust hair during class. A demonstration will be given the first day of class. If a student is not dressed properly, they will be expected to sit and participate orally or by taking notes. Students who have issues with their hair will be sent to the lobby to get help from a parent. A catalog is available from Miss Jess to purchase items either using her code on Discount Dance Supply or directly through her. Cash and Checks are accepted. A list of suggested items will be provided on the first day of class. Please ask Miss Jess if you have any question regarding dress code. Parent observation: Parents are asked to wait in the lobby of the Rec Center. Parents are not permitted inside the studio with the dancers, as it is very distracting to both the dancers and the teacher. Parent observation dates will be announced and should take place midway through the term. Please make plans to attend these observations, as they are very important to the student. Miss Jess will be available to answer any questions for parents FOLLOWING their child’s class. Tuition and Fees: All tuition and fees can be taken care of through the Parks and Rec office. Please see the front desk for any questions regarding fee scheduling. Scholoarship may be available for some students.

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Happy international dance day!

I share this every year- because it still ring SO SO true.

One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your daughter to dance ?" Well I have a confession to make: I don't pay for my daughter's dance lessons. Or her pointe, Jazz & tap shoes. Or her hundreds of costumes.

So, if I am not paying for dance , what am I paying for?

- I pay for those moments when my girl becomes so tired she feels like quitting but doesn't..

- I pay for the opportunity that my girl can have and will have to make life-long friendships.

- I pay for the chance that she may have amazing instructors that will teach her that dance is not just about movement but about life.

- I pay for my child to learn to be disciplined.

- I pay for my girl to learn to take care of her body.

- I pay for my daughter to learn to work with others and to be a proud , supportive, kind and respectful team member.

- I pay for my child to learn to deal with disappointment, when she doesn't get that score she hoped for , or fell during a move she has practiced a thousand times, but still gets up and is determined to do her BEST next time...

- I pay for my girl to learn to make and accomplish goals.

- I pay for my daughter to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.

- I pay so that my daughter can be in the studio instead of in front of a screen...

I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for dance; I pay for the opportunities that dance provides my child to develop attributes that will serve her well throughout her life and give her the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen for many, many years, I think it is a great investment!

So proud of this little chicks! 5th overall in her first solo, first in her division! Way to go Bryer

Great start to the day!

Costume night for cuties!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 9, 2018 vs. March 9, 2019 at YAGP

So proud of Paige Pratt for competing amongst some of the best dancers I’ve seen at the prestigious Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition! Way to go Paige

What Ballet Directors Look for During an Audition Class Audition classes may not differ much from any other class—but directors have ways of sussing out who has what they're looking for. We spoke

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*Don't try this! But enjoy watching them try it :) Richard and Ashlee

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Recital fees are due today! Please make sure you are paid in order to participate in recital, as choreography has already begun And costumes are in progress! Thanks!

Please make sure you pay recital fees and fill out the recital form before Thursday February 28! Many are still missing! Forms can be picked up in the office!

Academie Danse Princesse Grace

So many beautiful dancers!!

Ready for the new week ? #monacopower #motivation Video by Greta Calzuola

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[02/15/19]   We WILL have class this coming Monday even though there is no school! See you then!

Announcements 2/14! Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Dance Department: Abilene Parks and Recreation

[02/07/19]   No Dance tomorrow due to school closure! Stay home and warm! Love you all!!

7 Commonly Used Ballet Terms, and What They Actually Mean in France

Very interesting Do you call the pirouette position passé or retiré, or do you use both? What about the term élevé? Do you use it? Have you ever considered what these French words actually mean?

So true!!!

Dancers supporting Dancers is cool! #amiright?

Are Dancers Secretly Physicists in Disguise?

This looks soooo cool!! Can’t wait to read the book! Back in 2011, Yale University's dean of science was thinking about refreshing the program's offerings for non-majors when he happened upon a Pilobolus performance. A light bulb went off: Dance is full of physics. That realization led to what has become an eight-year collaboration between particle p....

5 Life Lessons You Learn From Dancing From self confidence to teamwork, here are five life lessons you learn from dance that may help you succeed at school and work, too.

A huge congratulations to Allison McMahon on earning her pointe shoes! So proud of you!!

So much fun at our Christmas party tonight! Give the gift of dance and sign your child age 3+ up for dance by Dec 20 to participate in our spring recital!

Can’t wait to see everyone from 5-7 tonight for our annual Christmas Party!

Merry Christmas and have a wonderful winter break!

The Dance Department: Abilene Parks and Recreation

Don’t forget our Christmas party after our Saturday shows Next Monday from 5-7! It’s our last event before Christmas! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Workin in jazz tonight!

The holidays is a busy time for everyone- especially dancers! Sorry this is late Allison- but congrats on getting your pointe shoes!!! You have worked so hard to earn them!

Contemp rehearsal with Miss Jess’s old harlequin floor! 😍

[12/10/18]   December 20th is the LAST day to register for classes and be involved in June recital!

The Dance Department: Abilene Parks and Recreation

Our dancers did a fabulous job performing for the Dickinson Count Arts Council today! So proud of all of them!

Progressing Ballet Technique

For anyone looking for a gift for your dancer this season! APRD also does Holiday Gift Cards!!!

🎁This Christmas, give the gift of posture. The perfect present for all dancers.🎁
🎄We have extended our exchange policy for the Backalast for the Christmas period. Purchase now and you can exchange the Backalast up until February 1st! 🎄

For ages 7 years up to professional. Shipping by DHL Express worldwide.

🔔Note: We have very limited stock of all sizes this side of Christmas.

🔔A strong back is essential to excel in dance and a healthy back awareness should be a dancer’s top priority. Every dance movement from the head, arms and legs are connected to the strength in postural awareness through the spine.

🔔Correct posture improves dancer's technique and radiates self-confidence.

🔔The spine changes directions in dance training rabidly and requires posture at all times for safety and a dancer requires a harmonious understanding of the entire spine to excel.

🔔The spine is covered by a network of interwoven muscles that the Backalast will assist to strengthen.

🔔The elastic is strategically placed for the perfect posture proprioception and feels comfortable to wear.

🔔Start the new year with new posture and confidence!

[11/25/18]   Per our Parent handbook- we will NOT have DANCE Monday November 26th due to USD 435 Weather closure.

Shoe shopping with Makayla Leidig! Such an important day in a dancers life! Proud of you Mak!!

Come see our performance company and advanced dancers at this awesome event!

There is still time to purchase your tickets for our Annual Christmas Brunch. Office hours today and tomorrow 8 am - 3 pm, or call for tickets. (785) 263-1884
Reservations are required, and tickets purchased by November 29, 2018.Tickets can also be purchased at Chapman Food Mart. $15.00 per ticket.

The Arts Council of Dickinson County is pleased to host the Annual Holiday Brunch Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
This event will be held at the Eisenhower Presidential Library Courtyard, 200 SE 4th St. Abilene.

Reservations are required, and tickets purchased by November 29, 2018.
A violin recital by the Strings Violin Students of the Arts Council of Dickinson County with instructor Carolyn Graves, and a dance performance by APRD Dance Department Performance Company with instructor Jessica Polzella.
A traditional brunch of quiche, fruit, and rolls will be provided by Chapman Food Mart. Our bar will be serving Mimosas, for a small donation.

Congratulations to TDD dancer Makayla Leidig who has earned her first pair of pointe shoes!

TDD offers the safest and most comprehensive pre-pointe program in the area. For an aspiring ballerina, safe pre-pointe and pointe training is an absolute MUST. Dancers must be ready in age, physical development and dance training. They pass a series of tests to prove their readiness both physically and mentally.

Once again, well done Makayla!

The board is back! Watch here for announcements!

No classes Monday November 12 because of Veterans Day (observed) ! Thank you Veterans for your service!

Performance company had a great show today at Holiday Resort in Salina!

So excited to share Christmas with our Community!

[11/08/18]   YES! We are having class tonight!

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