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Adult

The adult class can consist of any style from tap and ballet, to jazz and hip hop, or anywhere in between. The class can switch styles from week to week, or focus on one style. Experience is a plus, but not necessary.

Andrea Maack

Andrea Maack has been dancing at Karen McWilliams/Pas de Deux for over 20 years. She was a former Lincoln High School dance team member from 2005-2008. She received two All-Star awards at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp and competed nationally. She has choreographed many pieces in various musical theater productions. She has enjoyed being a student, assistant and teacher in the studio where she grew up. Andrea continues to enjoy being both student and teacher at Pas de Deux. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Andrea looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others through teaching and performing.

Ballet

Ballet is a specific dance form and technique. Works of dance choreographed using this technique are called ballets, and may include dance, mime, acting, and music (orchestral and sung). Ballets can be performed alone or as part of an opera. Ballet is best known for its virtuoso techniques such as pointe work, grand pas de deux and high leg extensions. Many ballet techniques bear a striking similarity to fencing positions and footwork, perhaps due to their development during the same periods of history, but more probably, because both arts had similar requirements in terms of balance and movement. Its unique positions and movements had their beginnings in courtly dance and are shaped the way they are because of the fashions worn at that time. Ballet’s curved arms were to accommodate the full puffy sleeve and the turn-out of the feet enabled one to move without hinderance by one’s high heeled shoe (and was found to make moving sideways much easier).

Ballet Technique

Ballet class stressing basic techniques. Helps dancers stay in touch with the floor. Available for ages 10 and up. Will not be showcased in the recital. One hour

Billie Vest

Billie Vest was a gymnast herself for 15 years from childhood through her college career. From there she has coached, judged and choreographed for the sport. She joined Pas De Deux starting our tumble program in 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed her students. She has 4 children of her own, 3 of which are currently dancers at the studio.

Boys Only

Boy's only class is a fun class for boys to work on hip hop, jazz, breakdancing, and more. Available for ages 6 and up. 45 minutes

Brooke Nelson

Brooke was a student at Karen McWilliams / Pas De Deux for 11 years, and a teaching assistant for 3 of those.  It was here that she found and developed her passion for dance that she is still building on today. She graduated from Lincoln East High School in 2016 where she was a member and music coordinator of the Apollonaires Dance Team. Upon graduating she was so excited to get the chance to continue at Pas De Deux as a teacher. She is currently studying Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of The Husker Scarlets Dance Team. Brooke is so grateful to be apart of the Pas De Deux family!

Cheer Jazz

Cheer Jazz is a fun, energetic class focusing on cheer/pom techniques, various cheer and dance team jumps, turns and leaps, and a variety of combinations in various styles of dance such as jazz, pom and hip hop. It is a great preparatory class for cheer and dance teams. Jr and Sr levels available for ages 10 and up. 45 minutes

College

College class consists of ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical styles. We work on technique, combinations and progressions. Students must have dance training prior to joining the class.

Contemporary

Dance techniques and movement philosophies employed in contemporary dance may include ballet, improvisation, interpretive dance, lyrical dance and modern style. Available for ages 10 and up. 45 minutes

Costume Requirements & Individual Costumes needed for lighting

Teachers have listed all requirements for each dance as well as selected an individual, for each dance, who needs to bring their costume to the studio by Wednesday, May 29th. Please write student's name, dance name, which act and number the dance is in recital, on a piece of paper and attach to costume. Please do not leave your costume in a bag. Place on rack in order of recital.

Friday August 7, 2020 rehearsal

Friday Rehearsal schedule at the Lied Center. Please arrive, through Johnny Carson, 10 mins prior to your call time and do not leave until you are dismissed by your teacher. No dance shoes may be worn in the house. ALL students must be in a black leotard and pink tights with hair in a bun. NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN THE LIED!!!

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a fusion dance genre that incorporates elements of popping, locking, breaking, jazz, ballet, tap dancing and other styles. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Available for ages 8 and up. 45 minutes

Irish Dancing

Irish dance is traditional Gaelic or Celtic dance forms that originated in Ireland. It is performed traditionally with intricate foot work and it is most known for the dancers performing with a stiff upper body. Both soft and hard shoes are worked on. All levels are available for ages 8 and up. 45 minutes

Jamie Tesch, Co-owner

Jamie Tesch was a student of Karen McWilliams for 15 years, an assistant for 3 years, and has been teaching since she graduated from high school in 2001. Jamie was a member of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company in 1997 and 1998. She was also a member of the Lincoln Southeast Shirette dance team 1999-2001 becoming captain and an All-Star dancer with the Universal Dance Association in 2000-2001. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Family Science and Education. She has performed with the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” for 13 years and was a rehearsal assistant for 3 years. Jamie is married to Philip who is a Retail Sales Associate with Frito Lay. They are new (and very proud) parents to Isabelle who was born in December 2011 and a handsome son, Jaxson who was born in the fall of 2013. Jamie is continuing to fulfill her dreams of being a dance teacher thanks to Karen, and furthers her experience and knowledge through Karen, workshops and personal experience. It is a passion of Jamie’s to share her love of dance with others and is grateful that she is able to do so.

Jazz

Jazz dance has two meanings, depending on the era. Both dance forms are related by evolution. • Until the middle of the 1950s, jazz dance in shows meant mostly tap dance, because jazz was the music and tap was the main dance of the era. American “tap dancing” has its roots both in the “Irish” folk dance tradition and in the African dance tradition. Also, during the jazz era, a popular form of jazz dance was Swing dancing and its related dances Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Charleston, Lindy Hop, all forms of dance commonly danced to jazz music. Another essential root of jazz dance comes from the [African American Vernacular Dance] from the late 1800’s up until the mid 1900’s. After the 1950’s, pioneers such as Kathrine Dunham took the essence of Caribbean traditional dance and made it into a performing art. • Since the fifties, with the growing domination of other forms of entertainment music, jazz dance evolved with broadway choreographer into a new, smooth, modern Broadway style that is taught today and known as Modern Jazz, while tap dance continued to evolve on its own. An early popular “jazz dancer” was vaudeville star Joe Frisco in the 1910’s. He danced in a loose-limbed style close to the ground, with eccentric steps, and juggled his derby and cigar. Jazz dance is a form of dance commonly used in Broadway shows and movies. Jazz is more a contemporary kind of dance as compared to ballet, for instance. Even though jazz dancing might look easy and fun when the dancers do it, the dancers have to be in really good shape, and practice sometimes six hours a day. Some traditional musical jazz numbers are All That Jazz and Chicago. Both Jazz dance and modern dance techniques are based on the basics of the old ballet tradition, even though both forms where considered to rebellions against it. To excel in jazz dance, the dancer must master ballet techniques. In jazz dancing the movements are big and exaggerated and there is usually an attitude the dancer conveys to the audience. Available for ages 8 and up. 45 minutes

Katie Heckman

Katie Heckman was born and raised in Lincoln, NE and having grown up at this very studio, I am SO thrilled to be back teaching at the institute that built me and has always felt like home. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Fine and Performing Arts. I took my next leap of faith by moving to New York City where I danced professionally for the six years that I lived there. Dance is my passion and I can’t wait to share that with my students and their families. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!

Leap and Turns

Specialty class focusing on various leaps, turns, and tricks. Will not be showcased in the recital. Available for ages 10 and up. 45 minutes

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and modern dance. According to Jennifer Fisher, lyrical dance is “strongly associated with clearly displayed emotional moods, fast-moving choreographic strategies, emphasis on virtuosic display, illustration of song lyrics, and, in group form, exact unison.” Must have ballet background. Beginning, intermediate, and advance levels. Available for ages 11 and up. 45 minutes

Modern

Modern dance came about in the early 20th century, distinguishing itself from ballet in performance arts. Modern is considered the polar opposite of ballet where it is pushing the boundaries of what performance art encompasses. This style of dance will allow students to explore different techniques, improvisation, and focus on their own choreography. Prominent techniques from the pioneers of modern dance will be emphasized  which includes Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham. Available for ages 10 and up. 45 minutes

Order of Recital

Recital dances in order of show

Pointe

For students of appropriate strength and technique. Classes organized accordingly.

Recital Day

Preparations for the recital are going well, which brings the need for this information. Performing at the Lied Center provides a wonderful opportunity for the dancers. This privilege should be regarded with great respect. We hope the entire studio will exhibit appropriate behavior, to enable our studio to return to the Lied Center. When we leave, we hope we all can feel a great sense of pride in the studio performance, both on and off the stage. The sign-up recital post for volunteers is posted online. The last date to sign up is April 28. The Lied Center limits the number of people in the house at any one time during the rehearsals. On Friday, May 31, parents will be able to accompany young dancers during their rehearsal times. parents and dancers need to arrive 10 minutes before designated times and leave immediately after their dance is dismissed. On Saturday, only a few parents will be allowed in the house for dress rehearsal and will need to check in with security to receive a numbered tag to gain admittance. If you have any questions please direct them to Jamie or Tricia. I suggest parents of younger dancers to send paper, pencils, crayons, (no markers), playing cards, and anything that can be used or done sitting quietly in dressing room during the recital. Also send your child in a large men's button-down the front shirt which can be worn over the costume to protect it. NO video cameras allowed anywhere in the Lied Center after the Saturday's dress rehearsal. NO cameras in house area during recital. At the intermission, remember to take your ticket stub and the ticket(s) of the child(ren) that you plan to have join you in the house seating. Tickets will be checked on re-entry. REMINDER: RECITAL TICKETS GO ON SALE IN MAY - the Early Buyers (RECITAL night volunteers) will get to purchase their tickets one day prior to public sales. We will post sale dates as soon as we hear from the Lied. We like to shoot for the week after Mother's Day.  As dancers and parents associated with the Pas de Deux Dance Studio Spring Recital, you represent the studio, your instructors and yourselves. Please read and follow these rules in order that the recital can proceed with as few problems as possible: All dancers and parents shall respect and comply with any instructions set forth by the Lied Center, Pas de Deux Dance Studio and designated assistants.Other than when performing, dancers should remain in their dressing rooms during the recital. Dancers must get room mother's approval to leave the dressing room.Walk in the hallways... please do not run.No beverages or snacks allowed in dressing rooms, except water. The vending machines downstairs are for Lied staff ONLY.Parents must pick up dancers at the end of the rehearsal/recital at the JCT. Everyone must be out of the Lied Center 30 minutes after the end of the recital.For their own safety, dancers will not be allowed to leave the Lied Center unescorted.Dancers behavior should be appropriate and reflect on the overall success of the Pas de Deux Dance Studio recital.Lied Center policy: No dancers are allowed in the green room, small lounge area near stage right unless ill or injured. Permission must be given by Jamie or Tricia.Dancers may not use the JCT or adjacent area for any activity other than being dropped off and picked up by parents.No food or drink allowed in the house area of the Lied Center, this applies to dancers and parents during rehearsal and recital.When backstage stay behind the designated floor markings, to avoid being seen by the audience.No dancers, room mothers, or parents will be allowed to sit or stand in the backstage area unless they are with their group and are waiting to perform. Dress rehearsal: Saturday, June 1 8:00 am         Teachers, staff and security arrives8:15 am         Room mothers and pagers/announcers arrive8:30 am         Dancers admitted No one will be allowed in early 8:45-1:15 pm  Dress Rehearsal Intermission will be around 11:00 am. Parents of dancers that are done at this time must pick up their children in the Johnny Carson Theater (JCT). Parents and dancers in the following classes should report to JCT to meet with room mothers who will then take the dancers to their assigned dressing rooms. Arrive at 8:30am and go as a group.         Monday 5:15, Monday 6:00, Wednesday 10:00, Wednesday 4:15, Saturday 9:45, and Saturday 9 :00 All other dancers proceed to your dressing room. Assistance in locating your dressing room will be available. Recital: Saturday June 1 4:00 pm         Teachers, staff and security arrives4:30 pm         Security staff arrives4:45 pm         Room mothers and pagers/announcers arrive5:00 pm         Dancers admitted5:00 pm         Front doors open to the public.5:30 pm         House open6:00 pm         Performance starts Parents should pick-up dancers in the JCT immediately after the performance. Parents must come into the JCT to pick-up the dancers. Dancers will not be allowed to leave and stand outside unattended.

Repertory

Extra class for serious students. Dancers must be taking both pointe and jazz. Curriculum may consist of pointe, jazz, musical theater, or modern. Classes arranged according to skill level. By permission only.

Room Mom Information

Check in at the Johnny Carson Theater(JCT) door by checking off your name on the security check-in list. Pick up a badge. Room mothers will receive specific badges to designate your assignment. Room mothers should return their badges to the security desk after each rehearsal/performance. Room Mothers for the following classes will meet their classes in the JCT and then take them down to their room as a group. Preschool Monday 5:15, 5/6 Combo Monday 6:00, Preschool Wednesday 10:00, 5/6 Combo Wednesday 4:15, Preschool Saturday 9:45, and 5/6 Combo Saturday 9 :00 Each room mother will receive a scale diagram of the dressing rooms. The dressing room will be marked where you will be assigned. The diagram will also show how to evacuate from that room and what door to exit. Any questions can be answered by any security or backstage help. Arrival times Saturday June 1:    Dress Rehearsal - 8:15 a.m.Recital - 4:45 p.m. Please stay for your entire time period that you have been assigned.Please wear all black clothing. This is so that dancers can tell who you are and also when you accompany dancers to backstage your visibility to the audience is diminished.Do not bring other children (siblings) while you are a room mother.It may become necessary for room mothers to assist other room mothers and dancers in the same dressing room. Please help everyone in the dressing room especially during fast costume changes. Dancers are to remain in the dressing rooms until they are called to the stage. There are restroom facilities in each dressing room except in the warm-up rooms. As room mothers you will be given the discretion to allow the dancers to leave the room for other reasons. Dancers are not allowed backstage, unless waiting to perform. This really allows no other place for the dancers to go. Dancers are not to be allowed to leave the room to watch other dancers perform in the reciRoom mothers of younger dancers should bring items or other quiet things to do to keep the class occupied while waiting to perform at the recital.We suggest to room mothers assigned to Warm-Up Room B, to bring small safe mirrors because there are no mirrors in the dressing room.Please keep the noise level down to a minimum. The noise does come up the stairs to the backstage and house.Dancers may not use the Johnny Carson Theater or adjacent area for any activity other than being dropped off and picked up by parents.Please turn off the make-up lights when not being used for applying make-up. Room mothers should bring sewing supplies, scissors and safety pins.No dancers are allowed in the green room, small lounge near stage right, unless ill or injured. Permission must be given by Jamie or Tricia.Everyone must be out of the Lied Center 30 minutes after the end of the recital.When you accompany dancers to the backstage area, please keep them behind designated floor markings, to avoid them being seen by the audience. Please keep them quiet and avoid the Rosin box.No dancers or room mothers will be allowed to sit in the backstage area unless they are with their group and are waiting to perform. Do not bring your group early. Two dances prior to your scheduled time is allowing plenty of time. Room mothers remain backstage to assist group back to the dressing room.Room mothers who have classes that are designated to sit in the reserved seats, and the class has completed their performance, are to bring the entire class with all of their personal belongings to the JCT. Leave the belongings and proceed to the designated reserved seating area. Reserved seating is located on the orchestra level side seats. Please ask house ushers for directions. Please stay seated with the class so as not to disrupt the performance. Dancers can be allowed to leave to use the restroom, however they are not allowed to walk around in the house seating area. Room mothers with designated classes will receive a list of eligible students.Room mothers who have finished by intermission are to bring the entire class with all of their personal belonging to the JCT. Please bring them to the JCT 5 minutes prior to intermission and stay with them until they are picked up by their parent(s).

Security

Security volunteers please read the following important information. Security can be found at Johnny Carson entrance, Johnny Carson door to back stage, and Green Room door.

Sidney Parks

Sidney Parks started dancing at the age of three. She trained with Karen McWilliams School of Dance/Pas de Deux, where she found her passion for ballet. After graduating from East High School in 2016 she jumped at the opportunity to teach at Pas de Deux. Sidney is currently a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is double majoring in Advertising and Public Relation and Graphic Design. At the University Sidney is a mentor for the William H. Thompson learning community. Sidney still continues to grow as a dancer by teaching and taking classes. She wants to share her passion with dance with every one of her students.

Studio Policies 2019-20

Registration Fees: A $20 registration fee per student is due upon registering for any classes. For families with multiple dancers, discounted rates include: $35 for 2 students, $50 for 3 students or more. Sessions: Each session is made up of 8 classes, with the exception of the 5th and final session which is half of a session. Yearly tuition is divided up amongst sessions to assist families in managing their payments.  Thus, any snow days that may arise will not be credited.  Makeup days may be discussed with the teacher. Payments: Payments are due on the first day of each session. Please put all payments in the payment box located in Studio A. Payment dates are as follows (Please mark your calendars!): August 20: First day of classes! 1st session due and any unpaid registration fee October 22: 2nd session due and $25 deposit per costume January 7: 3rd session and $20 recital fee per student due March 4: 4th session due and remaining costume balance. Costumes will not be released until entire bills paid in full. May 6: 5th session (prorated) due Late fees: a $10 weekly fee will be charged if payment has not been received within 7 days of the due date. Returned checks will result in a $25 fee. Any outstanding balances as of June 1 will be sent to a collection agency. Discounts: Families enrolled in multiple classes will receive a discounted rate. See chart which is accompanied with classes to be offered. Recital date:   TBD – tentatively June 1 Vacation Days (Please note that we do NOT follow all LPS days off; only those listed unless otherwise stated in class by the teacher) : Sept 3, Oct 15-20, Oct 31, Nov 19-24, Dec 19-Jan 1, March 11-16 Absences: Students are expected to attend all classes. Upon an absence, students are expected to learn any new material presented from a classmate prior to the next class. This will ensure a productive use of class time for all students at all times. Communications: Any communications including cancellations and even billing will be made via email. Please be sure to provide us with current information and check on a regular basis. Inclemental Weather: Policy will follow LPS. If weather may result in dangerous driving conditions after school or on the weekend a message will be recorded on the studio answering machine and a post will be made on our facebook page. Attire: Students are expected to wear appropriate dance attire to all classes and have hair secured back. No baggy clothes at any time. Style of shoe may need to coordinate with specific costume. Parents will be notified in December. Ballet/pointe/technique/leaps and turns/lyrical: leotard, tights, skirt optional Shoes: Ballet: pink leather. Ages 9 and up: pink leather split sole Tap: preschool through 8 year Combo: Caramel Capezio 625; Prepointe and up: Bloch 389 black slip on Jazz/ hip hop: jazz pants or tights/booty shorts with leotard or form fitting top. Shoes: black slip on Irish: jazz pants or tights/booty shorts with leotard or form fitting top. Soft shoe: jazz shoe. Hard shoe: black slip on for beginners, Irish shoe for advanced

Studio Survey July 2020

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Tap

Tap dance was born in the United States during the 19th century, and today is popular all around the world. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but also a percussive musician.

Tricia Aldag, Co-owner

Tricia Aldag started dance lessons with Karen McWilliams when she was 5 years old. While Karen McWilliams School of Dance was always her primary studio, she also studied with the Lincoln City Ballet Company, Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, and Omaha Ballet Company. Tricia was a member and captain of the Apollonaires dance team at Lincoln East. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was the captain of the Scarlets Dance Team. Upon graduation, she was hired on as the coach of the Scarlets. Soon after, Tricia worked for the Dance Department at UNL where she taught dance courses. She also traveled with NDA as a head instructor, teaching dance throughout the country, as well as judging and choreographing for many dance teams over the years. Tricia is married to Richard, who is an investigative sergeant with the Nebraska State Patrol. He recently retired from the National Guard of which he served 2 deployments over 3 years in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have four children; Hayden (17), Aubrey (15), Annalise (8), and Ren (2). Tricia has been teaching for Karen McWilliams School of Dance for over 20 years and is excited to take on this new chapter in her life with continuing the traditions, passion and love for dance.

Tumbling

individualized focus on strength and conditioning and tumbling skills for ages 7 and up. 45 minutes