Parents, Get Your Cameras Ready: From Tutus to Turnout, Johansen Olympia…

first_imgYoung ballet students perform the classic “Picking Flowers” routine during a recital for Olympia Dance Center.Watch a ballet recital for students at the Johansen Olympia Dance Center and you’ll find yourself asking this question: How do the dance instructors at the studio manage to transform those teeny tiny and oh-so adorable four and five year olds flitting around the stage into advanced dancers en pointe?“It is a process, one which we’re improving upon every year,” said Ken Johnson, Co-Director of the ballet school that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.Walk into the lobby of the Olympia Dance Center during the academic school year, and you’d see the first step of their teaching process. It is a simple one — clusters of dancers, from the very young in pink leotards to pink skirts, to dancers a little older in lavender leotards, a little older in royal blue, burgundy and so on. For boys it is the same no matter what class they are in — white shirt, black tights.Uniformity in leotard color by class is just one example of the many innovative programs implemented by Ken and Josie Johnson, the husband and wife duo that directs the ballet school. “We implemented leotard color by class a few years ago and our students and parents have really embraced it,” said Ken.  “The kids love promotion to a new color every year and it makes it easier for our dance instructors to teach.”Olympia Dance Center students perform annually at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.The leotard color system is also a visual representation, of sorts, of the curriculum taught at the school, a curriculum that promotes fundamental skills at each level of dance allowing students to rapidly progress from year to year, instructor to instructor, from flitting three year olds to advanced dancers en pointe.Before implementing the curriculum, the Johnsons attended the American Ballet Theatre in New York to receive certification to teach the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, from the primary level through level five. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.“The certification process was intense and rigorous and not everyone who was accepted into the program made it through. When we completed the program we had a huge sense of accomplishment,” said Josie. The Johnson couple returned to Olympia and implemented the curriculum across all ballet classes at the studio.Ken and Josie Johnson are co-dreictors of the Olympia Dance Center.“The American Ballet Theatre curriculum is a clean and healthy technique that enables dancers to dance a variety of styles. The instructors who designed the curriculum have travelled all over the world and have had the opportunity to see what types of instruction work and what doesn’t. This curriculum gives our dancers a strong foundation that will allow them to dance a variety of styles,” said Ken.In addition to dance, the certification process involves instruction in child nutrition, child development and physical therapy. “We use this curriculum to give our instructors a road map for what their students need to accomplish at the end of the week, month and school year. Yet at the same time, teachers have an incredible amount of flexibility in how they reach those goals,” said Josie. “We know that at the end of each year all our students in each grade level will have received the instruction they need to move on to the next level with outstanding technique and skill.”The Johnsons know quite well that terms like turnout, technique and rigor are not appealing to aspiring ballerinas age three and four. Younger children dream of pink tutus and pirouettes. The Center’s pre-ballet teachers have trained at the nationally renowned Creative Dance Center which features an innovative training system that is great for the kids developmentally.Olympia Dance Center is incorporating the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum into classes for its youngest students.The Johnsons also recently discovered the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum, which compliments the current syllabus in place. “The program creator, Beverly Spell, has a great understanding of where kids need to be at that young age. The structure of the curriculum creates a learning environment seamlessly integrated with pure fun,” said Josie.Originally created by author Katharine Holabird in 1983 as a series of books, the wildly popular dancing mouse even has a musical in New York City. The Johansen Olympia Dance Center joins more than 120 studios throughout the United States and Canada offering weekly classes based on the dancing mouse. The school offers a 34-week program inspired by the animated series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. The classes focus on one storybook per month.The Johnsons were able to first implement a shortened version of the program over the summer during a week-long day camp for young dancers. Just picture groups of girls dressed head to toe in pink, complete with mouse ears, led through a series of simple ballet moves.With these innovative training programs, the Johnsons have received great feedback from Master Teachers they bring to the studio from around the region, including the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Oregon Ballet Theatre, University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts. Josie said, “The instructors that we bring in to teach our Master Classes tell us over and over how impressed they are with our students. These instructors can teach anywhere, yet they come back to Olympia because they enjoy these kids, their positive attitude and their skill.”For more information and to view the class schedule, visit www.olympiadancecenter.com. Facebook40Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Manitoba back in the Brier winner’s circle, edge Ontario in final

first_imgIn the end, Ontario’s Glen Howard couldn’t win on home soil.Jeff Stoughton’s steal of two in the sixth paved the way for Manitoba to capture the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. Stoughton, Jonathan Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould defeated Howard 8-6 in the final Sunday night at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont. It’s the third career Brier win for Stoughton, who will represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship next month in Regina. It’s Manitoba’s first Brier title since Stoughton last won in 1999.Stoughton advanced to the final with a win Friday in the 1-2 Page playoff over Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador.Meanwhile, Howard, who lost in the final in 2010, defeated his old rival Alberta’s Kevin Martin in the play-in contest before edging Gushue 7-6 in Saturday’s semi. Earlier, Gushue defeated Alberta’s Kevin Martin 10-5 to win the bronze medal.last_img read more

ISSA/FLOW SUPER CUP SCHEDULE

first_img National Stadium St Jago High vs Lacovia High – 4 p.m. Jamaica College vs Vere Tech – 6 p.m. Montego Bay Sports Complex Kingston College vs Glenmuir High – 2 p.m. Charlie Smith High vs St Elizabeth Tech. – 4 p.m. Excelsior High vs St James High – 6 p.m. Sabina Park Hydel High vs Clarendon College – 2 p.m. Wolmer’s Boys vs Port Antonio High – 4:00 p.m. St George’s College vs Petersfield High – 6 p.m. Rules and Guidelines 1. ISSA/FLOW reserves the right to decide on all venues throughout the competition. 2. Schools are responsible for ensuring that medical support is provided throughout the entire competition. 3. The competition is open to all players; therefore any registered player may participate. All players must be under 19 years on August 31 preceding start of the school year. 4. Duration of matches: two halves of 45 minutes each, with an interval of 10 to 15 minutes. 5. Substitution: Three substitutes are allowed per team per match. 6. ISSA/FLOW is responsible for the supervision of all finals, semi-final and quarter-final matches in conjunction with the principal involved. 7. The competition is played on a knockout basis. 8. All matches shall be ‘play-to-finish’, i.e., should the scores be equal at full time, extra time will be played, followed by penalty kicks if necessary. (Extra time shall be two halves of 10 minutes each.) 9. If a player receives two yellow cards, he will automatically miss the next match. 10. All cards except a red card will be rescinded at the conclusion of the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup. 11. All other rules of the Manning Cup/daCosta Cup competitions apply.last_img read more

Stephen Curry medically cleared to return to full practice

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebrates a score during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry has been medically cleared to resume full practice beginning Wednesday with the hope he can return from his latest right ankle injury later in the week.Curry was re-evaluated Tuesday as scheduled and the Warriors said the two-time MVP is making good progress. Golden State hosts Atlanta on Friday, so if all goes well Curry could be back for that game or Sunday’s home matchup with Utah.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims He rolled his ankle driving for a layup in the first quarter of a win against the Spurs on March 8 and has missed the last six games. He had already missed 11 games in December with the sprained right ankle, which he injured again March 2 at Atlanta but played with it.Meanwhile, Splash Brother Klay Thompson was scheduled to be re-examined Thursday as he works back from a fractured right thumb.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters NBA fines Rockets’ Green $25K, Celtics’ Morris $15K Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Vendor charged for raping 12-year-old girl

first_imgA vendor was on Wednesday hauled before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he reportedly had sexual intercourse with a 12-year-old girl.Stephon BelleStephon Belle of Port Kaituma Water Front, North West District (NWD) was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge against him.It is alleged that the 25-year-old engaged in sexual penetration with the girl on July 14, 2018 at Port Kaituma Water Front.The Prosecution’s case stated that Belle invited the minor to his place of abode, and forcefully had sex with her. After the incident, the girl reported the matter, and the Police arrested Belle.He was placed on $350,000 bail. The case will continue at the Matthew’s Ridge Magistrate’s Court on August 7.last_img

H&R Block losses mounting

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The company also said its Option One mortgage subsidiary likely would not be able to meet minimum profit levels at the end of April that are required by eight banks providing funding. H&R Block said it missed the “minimum net income” covenants for Option One on Jan. 24 but received waivers until April 27. Without further waivers, those lenders could pull the plug on further financing. “While this termination could adversely impact (Option One’s) ability to fund new loans, we believe this risk is mitigated by options available to H&R Block,” the company said in the filing. The company said it decided to review the value of Option One after continued weakness in the subprime market, which has seen a dramatic increase in the number of loan defaults in the past year. A slew of banks and firms that lend to subprime borrowers have run into trouble as rising interest rates and falling home prices have increased the number of loan delinquencies and foreclosures. KANSAS CITY – H&R Block Inc. shares dipped to a new 52-week low before recovering Wednesday after the nation’s largest tax preparer said it was boosting its third-quarter loss on subprime lending woes. Shares ended the day at $20.14, up 9 cents. Earlier Wednesday, H&R Block shares lost as much as $1.74 to $18.31, dropping below their 52-week low of $19.75. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, H&R Block said a $29.2 million pretax cut in the carrying value of its mortgage business deepened its quarterly loss by $15.5 million to $60.3 million, or 18 cents per share. H&R Block reported a third-quarter loss of $44.7 million, or 14 cents per share, on Feb. 22. last_img read more

Long-time Arsenal target to join Juventus in £25million deal

first_img Julian Draxler The agent of Arsenal target Julian Draxler has met with Juventus to discuss an imminent move to the Serie A champions.As talkSPORT told you first on Monday, the Germany World Cup-winning schemer is set to leave Schalke this summer after Juve launched a bid of around £25m for his signature.And now the deal looks to be progressing quickly as Juve directors arrived in Germany last night to meet with Draxler’s agent and thrash out the terms of a contract worth £4m per season – more than double what the 21-year-old is currently earning.Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer of the player but is well served with attacking midfield talent at the Emirates.Draxler, who still has three years left to run on his current Schalke contract, is apparently keen to move on from the Veltins-Arena. 1last_img read more

GAA NEWS: SUPER SECOND-HALF PERFORMANCE FROM NA ROSSA SEES THEM EDGE OUT PETTIGO

first_imgNa Rossa GAA News:The seniors recorded their second win of the season with an excellent second half performance against Pettigo last Saturday evening in Dooey.This Saturday evening they make the long journey to Moville. Time to be confirmed at training. The lotto draw took place last Momday evening in the hall. Numbers drawn were 1, 10, 12 & 18. No jackpot winner on the night. Two lucky dips receive €50, Maria Teresa Boyoughter & Dominic Gallagher Farrigans. A reminder to all club 50 members the April draw takes place next Momday evening. All monies to be in before drawGAA NEWS: SUPER SECOND-HALF PERFORMANCE FROM NA ROSSA SEES THEM EDGE OUT PETTIGO was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANa RossaNoticesSportlast_img read more

Fungicide on soybeans a good call in 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every harvest season can have a valuable lesson or two that a farmer will use to grow an even better crop in future years. According to DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Troy Putnam, the major takeaway after the 2018 growing season, which saw very heavy insect and disease pressure, was that a fungicide application on soybeans was a good move. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Announcing the October Geocacher of the Month

first_imgThe earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (sun flare optional)The geocaching community gave thanks this past month for three dedicated geocachers from three very different corners of the world. All the nominees were creative hiders who have committed themselves not only to maintaining their geocaches, but also to maintaining and growing friendships within the geocaching community. Each will receive special recognition for their contribution to the global adventure of geocaching.Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ  reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read.After tallying the sentiment and reading the comments, Mic68  has been officially named the Geocacher of the Month for October 2013.One geocacher who commented wrote, “After visiting “Dragonheart” I kept referring to this cache as the best I’ve ever done. By now they have published another one which we have just finished a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that this cache definitely is a milestone in geocaching! Wow! In Germany people are willing to travel quite a bit if the cache is worth it and I see people flocking in. The mixture of storytelling, suspense, technical know-how and fun is hard to beat.  Also, this team is immensely nice and helpful! All in all they are very worthy candidates and I would be happy for them to win!”Mic68 will receive the earned, never for sale, collector’s edition Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging his contribution, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. See a list of all the Geocachers of the Month here.Mic68 – Geocacher of the MonthIf you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com. Every nomination must include the following items and abide by theNetherlands following guidelines:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for Geocacher of the Month are accepted at any time.Congratulations again to Mic68  for being recognized as the Geocacher of the Month for October.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the July 2013 Geocacher of the MonthAugust 23, 2013In “Community”Announcing the October ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’October 25, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”last_img read more