With such exciting times ahead it’s time for another Troupe Newsletter. Pep Rally is coming up in less than two weeks, and then it’s only a couple of weeks until our first eisteddfod of the year. Nerves are high, and the tension is building. Our performance season is about to begin.
PEP RALLY INFORMATION 2021.
The costumes are provided to hire for all performances throughout the entire year, and the cost is included in your Troupe membership fee. Costumes will be available for pick up the following times:
4:00pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd June for 12/u, 14/u and Seniors
3:30pm to 6:00pm on Thursday 3rd June for 6/u, 8/u and 10/u
4:00pm to 6:00pm on Friday 4th June (for those unable to make it the previous days)
Please be reminded that as usual, costumes will not be able to be picked up unless...
• Term One and Term Two fees have been paid in full
• Term One fees have been paid, and Term Two fees are currently being paid with an ongoing direct debit plan that is reasonably up-to-date
Students under the age of 16 will not be able to pick up their costumes themselves. A costume pick up slip and hire agreement must be signed by a parent. Please also take note of the washing directions. Last year so many of our costumes were damaged upon return, in many cases because of washing it the wrong way.
Arrival time is now 2:30pm for all age groups, except 6/u who can arrive at 4:00pm.
The venue is Hurstville Entertainment Centre, McMahon Street Hurstville.
Doors open 5:30pm. Show begins at 6:00pm and should finish around 8:30pm.
Visit www.trybooking.com/754353 to book tickets. Plenty of great seats still available. No need to print the tickets, just have the email (or a screenshot) on your phone to show the usher on the day. Make sure the seat numbers are clearly visible.
Girls will need their hair in a high SLICK ponytail on the crown of the head for all ages (except 8's who need their ponytail even higher on the very very top of their head.) To achieve such slickness, copious amounts of various hair products are required. Aldi hair gel and hair spray are phenomenal. Yes it should be shiny. Yes it needs to be hard. Yes if they fall off a bike it will save their life. Use gel. Use a comb. Set it with hairspray. Make it wind resistant. Make it nuclear resistant. Seal that hair like tupperware.
Boys simply style it nice please.
Full stage make up is required for the girls. Well-matched foundation, brown eye shadow, black mascara, red lipstick at the minimum. Older girls can opt for more complex crazy things like contouring and false eyelashes if they would like.
We would like for the students to arrive wearing their Easter Show performance outfit but with Jazz shoes instead of the white sneakers – because they’re easier to rehearse in. This will also enable us to take some great photos and videos of the rehearsal process. All performers must arrive with their hair and makeup completely done. (This includes you Seniors!)
WHAT TO PACK
Performers should pack a lunch box of non-messy snacks and water. There’s no canteen available on site. Only students ages 16+ will be permitted to leave the venue between rehearsal and performance. Parents, please remember to label everything, and also please no food items containing peanuts.
Please also note that there is limited space backstage and in the dressing rooms. There is an event in the small theatre next door that we usually use as an additional holding area so we’ll be extra tight in the dressing rooms behind and under the stage this year. Those awful dream duffel bags the size of a Suzuki Swift are less than ideal. I’d rather be able to fit the 5 six-year-olds that take up the same space, than a polka-dot bedazzled storage unit holding 4 small dance costumes that could otherwise fit in a cargo pocket. If you’re insistent upon getting use out of your nightmare duffel, perhaps it could be shared across a few kids. Or perhaps you could donate it to a homeless man to live in.
All age groups will need their *black* lace up tap shoes, except 14’s just yet. And all age groups need their white sneakers for Hip Hop. Plus of course black Jazz shoes. And then foot-thongs for those who like to wear foot-thongs.
The 14/u students require special white dance sneakers for their Jazz. It's going to make a huge difference to the look of the routines at comps. We procured these for very cheap overseas and will passing them on at cost price for $25. To keep it simple, we have added this cost to your fees account.
6/under, 8/under and 10/under Troupe all need tan stockings for some of their routines. We have these at the studio available for sale for $12. We also have a new range of diverse colours for those needing a darker tone to better match their legs – request these at reception.
There’s a fair bit of parking next to the theatre, but because there’s another event on at the same time in the smaller venue next door, it might be a good idea to carpool where possible.
Performers in 6/u to 10/u have been allocated a backstage group. Parents will need to sign their kids in, just like concert. The groups list is below. Throughout the rehearsals and the show the students will be supervised and assisted backstage, so that you can sit back, relax and support all of the Commotion Troupes as they perform.
GROUP 1 - with SHANNON AZZOPARDI
GROUP 2 - with KERRY WATTS
GROUP 3 - with LEANNE BARNES
GROUP 4 - with NATASHA BROWN
GROUP 5 - with JORDYN EDGINGTON
LACEY VAN KALKEN
GROUP 6 - with CHLOE NEWMAN
GROUP 7 - with BROOKE DALEY
GROUP 8 - with DANIELA RYAN
GROUP 9 - with KELLIE HOGAN
GROUP 10 - with KATIE JEE
GROUP 11 - with KAYLI VALENZISI
GROUP 12 - with AMY FITZPATRICK
AVA PECOTCH ROBERTS
GROUP 13 - with JULIE HARRIS
GROUP 14 - with HELENA WHEELER
GROUP 15 - with SARAH NIXON
GROUP 16 - with JEREMY, BEN, RAF & DYLAN
ADRENALINE DANCE EISTEDDFOD.
Hurstville Entertainment Centre
McMahon Street Hurstville
Saturday 19th June
6/under Troupe arrive at 7:15am
* Hip Hop
(Approx finish time 11:45am)
10/under Troupe arrive at 7:30am
* Hip Hop
(Approx finish time 11:45am)
14/under Troupe arrive at 1:00pm
* Snackpack Lyrical
* Snackpack Hip Hop
* Hip Hop
(Approx finish time 7:30pm)
Senior Troupe arrive at 2:00pm (Click arrive at 1:30pm)
* Click Lyrical
* Click Hip Hop
* Hip Hop
(Approx finish time 7:30pm)
Sunday 20th June
12/under Troupe arrive at 8:00am
* Hip Hop
(Approx finish time 1:45pm)
8/under Troupe arrive at 8:45am
* Hip Hop
(Approx finish time 1:45pm)
Kaos Crew (arrive at 11:00am)
* Hip Hop
(Approx finish time 12:30pm)
We will send out a full eisteddfod survival guide closer to the event, with hair and makeup info, what to expect, how it works etc. In the meantime time, this arrival info will help families plan around this event. Please remember that attendance at eisteddfods is compulsory. (PS - If you're noticing the lack of Tap routines, it's just because they don't provide Tap sections at this particular eisteddfod.)
TROUPE NEWSLETTER #1.
It’s been a great start to the year! 2021 has begun, Commotion is bursting with energy, and we have a
record number of Troupe members and it’s just wonderful that everyone has been working so hard in class throughout these first few weeks of our year. We have an exceptionally exciting year ahead, filled with events and opportunities. It’s evident from our students’ outstanding efforts in class that they are craving the stage.
As an integral member of a team, every students’ attendance at all rehearsals and classes is so
important. For us to prepare show-stopping awesome routines, we need all of our dancers at the studio. If your child is too sick to attend, please let us know on the Troupe Facebook group.
READY TO DANCE
Dancing is fun and creating an enjoyable experience for our students is a priority for us here at
Commotion – but at this level, half the fun is in achieving excellence. Our students want to thrive and reach new heights as performers. There are little things that make a big difference to the focus and discipline of a class. Wearing correct footwear for each style is crucial. Having hair neatly pulled back (or in a bun for Ballet) makes a dancer move better. Wearing suitable dancewear makes the dancer act the part, impacting the mindset. Bringing water to dancing helps ensure the dancer is hydrated and able to work at their peak capability.
>> 6/UNDER TROUPE
On Tuesdays students are required to wear their “Lil’ Kidz” uniform, with hair tied back in either a neat ponytail, bun, braids or similar. On Thursdays students are required to wear a black leotard (these are available at our shop), Ballet stockings with hair neatly secured in a proper Ballet bun. For Jazz and Technique on Thursdays the 6’s are allowed to wear bike shorts over their leotard, but for Ballet only the leotard should be worn – unless the student has a black chiffon Ballet skirt, in which case they can wear that over their leotard for Ballet, but not for Jazz or Technique.
As far as shoes are concerned, the 6/under students should always ensure their dance bag is packed with Ballet shoes, black slip-on Jazz shoes, Black Tap shoes (lace-up preferred but not yet crucial) and sneakers for Hip Hop (any colour is fine for class).
>> ALL OTHER TROUPES
There is no set uniform for most classes, however appropriate dance attire is expected. We have a large range of great options at the Commotion shop, and all Troupe members are entitled to a 10% discount off all our dancewear. General common sense applies. No big baggy jumpers, nothing restrictive of movement, no loose jewellery etc.
For ALL Ballet classes female students must wear a black leotard (or navy if specified by Miss Amy for the vocational grades) and Ballet stockings, along with Ballet shoes. All these items are available for purchase at our shop. A full neat Ballet bun is required (and ideally should be worn for Technique class also.) There is limited time for changing between classes, so students are encouraged to keep their Ballet uniform on for Technique classes (though layers may be added over the top).
Male students should wear a fitted singlet or t-shirt (preferably black or white) and mens/boys matte- black Ballet tights for their Ballet classes – or black shorts above the knee – and black Ballet shoes.
All troupe students must always have their dance bag packed with black Jazz shoes, sneakers for Hip Hop, Ballet shoes and Slick Tap shoes (if your child doesn’t own Slick brand Tap shoes, please upgrade to them when they grow out of their current pair because the sound quality is superior). Foot-thongs are optional but an ideal option for Lyrical and Contemporary. We have all of these available at the Commotion shop.
In addition to the official Troupe team jackets which this year’s batch have already been ordered, Troupe students require the following:
White high tops - Can be any brand of chunky white high top but must be all white. Most sizes are available cheap from Spendless. Commotion has a range of smaller sizes available for $65. We have sample sizes at the studio now for fitting – we won’t keep stock of these so allow 1-2 weeks from ordering. The students will wear these for their Hip Hop Troupe costumes and for public performances.
Official Commotion t-shirt - Our 2019 t-shirt (the one with the full Commotion logo) remains the official uniform for Troupe students to wear for public performances. These come in sizes from a child 4 to adult XXL. They are $30 and can be ordered at our shop.
Geometric tights - These are what the Troupe students wear as their costume for public performances. We have sample sizes at the studio to help you work out what size to order. The Seniors have a shorts version that they wear. These are $35 available from our shop. Boys wear stretch skinny black jeans.
** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ITEMS ABOVE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE WORN TO CLASS. THEY ARE FOR PERFORMANCES AND SHOULD BE KEPT IN PRISTINE CONDITION BECAUSE AS A COSTUME THEY NEED TO LOOK NEAT, VIBRANT AND IN UNISON.
The votes are in, and Queensland is a go!! It was awesome to see such universal excitement from all of families. We are currently in negotiations with accommodation options up in Queensland, but our eyes are set one particular family resort that is one of the only places we could all fit, and offers a huge range of different accommodation types for various budgets. Once we have confirmed we will let everyone know how and when to book. Families may choose to stay in alternate accommodation, but it is more fun to stay together.
The National championship competition itself runs for a few days, from the 8th to the 11th January – these are the specific days that any Troupe members opting to compete at the National championships will be required. Families may choose to add days before or after these and turn it into a proper Summer holiday.
We’re planning to do Movie World on the 12th and Wet’n’Wild on the 13th. We like to offer these “recommended” days for these two parks because then it makes it more fun for the kids to be able to enjoy the theme parks with their dancing friends. Extending the trip and doing these is of course optional. We are also negotiating group discounts for flights, theme parks and local car hire. Some families will want to drive up (I think that’s what I’ll be doing), and others will prefer to fly up.
Once we have confirmed the recommended accommodation and secured discounts for everything, we will release a special information pack with all the details you need to plan your family trip. Everyone will book their own and have freedom to create their ideal experience.
For those who are new to Commotion and don’t yet know how our Dinner Club works, essentially, it’s a “meal deal” that we offer Monday to Thursday. The menu for each week is posted on the Commotion Community Facebook group every Sunday and parents can order in the comments. It’s $7.50 and includes a meal, a dessert and a drink. Payment can be made at the canteen - and must be cash only. If you want to pay in bulk for 10 dinners, you can – quite a few parents chose this option for simplicity and so they didn’t have to find cash weekly.
On the Commotion App you will find the full calendar of performances. Don't forget to keep your eye on the Commotion Troupe Facebook group too.