Becoming a Quality Captain
When you became a dancer, you became a leader. This leadership role is sacred. And if it’s used properly, it’s powerful.
Your team is a collection of leaders. It’s a melting pot of personalities, interests and talents. It takes a special person to relate to such a diverse group of individuals. Perhaps you’ve been given the chance to serve as team captain. Or maybe you’re a hopeful candidate. Either way, it is important to approach the position with poise. A quality captain strives to improve themselves and their team. You are expected to wear many hats. Although the following functions seem contradictory, a fearless leader succeeds by discovering a delicate balance.
A captain is a:
You are a trusted confidant. You are approachable and available. Team members aren’t afraid to come to you with questions. You keep your word and have an open mind. You work to keep the peace among the team.
You are easy to respect. You don’t abuse your power. Your teammates value your authority and don’t take advantage of you. You set an example and behave with decency. You are fair and confront issues head-on.
You see potential in every individual. You expect team members to be active in the school and the community. You set lofty goals and have faith that the team can achieve them.
You realize that academics and family come first. You allow team members to have a life outside of cheer and don’t over-commit them. You only give the team what you are confident they can handle.
You acknowledge strengths. You praise them when they have done something great. You are patient and you help members develop at their own pace.
You push your team to step outside of their comfort zone. You deliver constructive criticism effectively. You don’t let your teammates get by with being “okay.” When your team faces an obstacle, you rally them to overcome.
You are a teammate. Your energy is contagious and you create an enjoyable environment. You don’t mind delegating your duties. You highlight each member’s strength by assigning individual tasks.
You are a leader. You have your ducks in a row. You are on time and always prepared. You have a plan. And a back-up plan.
While many of these qualities come natural, finding that balance is learned. And hey – nobody is perfect! There is no such thing as a “perfect” captain. Each team is different, so each captain unique. The job requires heart and commitment. If you are dedicated to the success of your team, you are headed in the right direction.
...has been training in the field of Kathak dance for the past thirteen years. She is currently enrolled as a senior student in ‘ Panwar Music and Dance’ headed by Shri Hemant Panwar and Smt. Vaishali Panwar. She has completed the intermediate level of the program and now is in the progress of doing the expertise level. Since her enrollment in the school, she has had many opportunities to represent the institution by doing performances under her Guruji. Some of these shows include, Shradhanjali, Annual Diwali Concerts, Kathak Mahotsav , and Prabasi Bengali Cultural Shows just to name a few. ‘Panwar Music and Dance’ has also given her the privilege to meet and take classes under Guru Shri Rajendra Gangani, who is currently the head of the Jaipur Gharana in India. Dipa first started her dance lessons from Salina Ahmed Jharna under the institution called Saj Academy of Dance. Her first steps to dance were taught by Salina. She had performed at many events under Saj Academy, namely the annual school events, Masala Mehndi Masti, Mosaic, Toronto Sanskriti Sangstha, Panorama India, Carassauga, and Ratha Yatra, After six and a half years of learning Kathak and Bengali folk under Salina Jharna, Dipa had received her diploma in 2005. To expand her knowledge in the field of Kathak, Dipa also took the opportunity to take private lessons from Alokparna Guha (from Calcutta, India), a well-known teacher/ performer in the field of Kathak Dance. Through Alokparna, Dipa has learnt......
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...has led him to produce a wide range of projects including Installations, Films, and Web based knowledge creation. Raised in New York and initially trained in Florida with Nolan Dingman and Christa Long, Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In collaboration with media specialists and educators, Forsythe has developed new approaches to dance documentation, research, and education. As for us students, Forsythe as an educator, is regularly invited to lecture and give workshops at universities and cultural institutions. In 2002, Forsythe was chosen as one the founding Dance Mentor for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. We had the chance to watch one of his choreograph video called “One flat thing reproduced”; in this video gave me a sense of craziness and desperation. One flat thing was a video that truly has to be observed to get the performance in it and the magnificent movements that valet has to offer. It is a completely different horizon to our nature of dance but it also requires a lot of talent and hard work to show off. Forsythe is a guy who knows his work and gives his passion to it in every work of his. Valet takes hard work and year for perfection but so does a good chorographer like William Forsythe....
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Oh Captain My Captain
...Michael Delgado Period 2 2-19-13 In the poem “Oh Captain My Captain” by Walt Whitman is about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and many people are shocked to see their hero be assassinated, and reveals that Lincoln has earned respect, leadership, and gratitude. Lincoln earned respect by going out to the war and fighting to preserve the Union. Whitman uses metaphors to show the respect Lincoln has earned. “For you the flag is flung”, this metaphor shows that Lincoln was an important person, and for that reason we will raise the flag to show our honor for him. Whitman shows that he is Mournful for the loss of Lincoln. “For the bugle trills” is another metaphor Whitman uses to show his honor, they are blowing the trumpets Many people are thankful for Lincoln because he fought in the war to free the slaves from the southern states, and he also gave them back their human dignity back. In the poem “Oh Captain My Captain” Whitman says “rise up and hear the bells”, the bell are ringing to celebrate a victory and the people are rejoicing. They are celebrating that the war is over and they won, but yet many are also bereave, because of him they are free and aren’t slaves anymore. “For you bouquets and ribbon wreaths”, in this line it means that they put bouquets and ribbons on his grave to show their sorrow for the loss of Lincoln. Lincoln is also a great leader.” My Captain! Our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won” Whitman......
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...The Dance By: Kelly Evans Dancing has been an important part of my life for more than eight years. When I was eight, my mother enrolled me in dancing classes, never realizing it would lead to anything serious. For the first few months, dance was entertainment, something to keep me busy. Although I enjoyed taking classes, I did not become serious until the following year, when my favorite tap teacher told my mother to consider getting me involved in more competitive classes. That was the beginning of my long and successful dancing career, one that has taught me many valuable lessons about the art of dance, and the art of life. Over the years, whether I was living in Buffalo, Atlanta, or Randolph, New Jersey, I learned to adjust as a person, and as a serious dancer. In fact, I found traits I needed to survive and grow as a dancer were also valuable in school and life. Of all the experiences I've had as a dancer, I cherish those moments when I had the opportunity to learn from other dancers. Learning is central to the development of a dancer. In Atlanta, for example, I trained with dancers who studied with the Atlanta Ballet Company as well as those who had trained with famous European dancers, I learned something different from each, even though practices were long and grueling. And yet, although at times I wanted to give up, I sensed that I would be rewarded for my efforts. This pattern repeated itself several times. I would be uprooted and immediately plunged into new...
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...Not just watching but understanding the dance. “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” Isadora Duncan. People from my culture (Nepali/Tibetan) dance in a wild style, throwing both hands and legs up in the air, at least how it look to audiences who are watching it for the first time. All they are trying to express is the ancient stories from our ethnic groups. Ballet, in my opinion is very graceful and looks difficult to do but at the same time effortless as it seems. Watching Ballet live for the sometime was very different from what I am used to at home (Nepal). I am used to loud traditional music and ballet is completely different with more soothing music and many artist performing at once. Different acts performed in the show portrayed different theme which was very diverse and extremely interesting to watch and trying to understand the different moves. First performance, harmonic inspiration, those lifts and twirls to me looked flawless and perfect. Duet performances, young couples and the chemistry between them was very fascinating to me. Both of them were very into the dance as I could see from the emotion. Both of them were fantastic dancer and they were experts in their field. Second act, La Mystral was the one I was interested most in because it was very different then rest of the acts. Three young ladies in beautiful blue long dress. There was so much emotion this act that I could tell that these ladies......
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...(1931-1989) by Thomas F. DeFrantz Alvin Ailey, the founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (1958-), galvanized and stabilized an African American presence in theatrical dance. An outstanding performer, choreographer, company director, and mentor to scores of dance artists, Ailey oversaw the growth of his small, pick-up group of seven dancers into a large, carefully managed, internationally-renowned enterprise including several ensembles of dancers and a thriving school in New York City housed in the largest building devoted to dance in the United States. Along the way, Ailey changed the landscape of modern dance by developing new audiences for its performance through a consistent combination of exceptional artistry and wellcoordinated community outreach programs. In all, Ailey invigorated the art of dance with his distinctive creative imagination, his “blood memories” of cultural formations he witnessed as a child-- including the jook joint and the black church --and the strong survivalist ethic he learned as an African American man born in the depression-era South. Emergence into Dance Born in Rogers, Texas, the only child of workingclass parents who separated when he was two, Ailey moved with his mother to Los Angeles in 1942. Shy from his itinerant Texas life, Ailey reluctantly turned to dance when a high-school classmate introduced him to Lester Horton's Hollywood studio in 1949. In dance, he found the terms of self-expression that high school athletics failed......
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...TYPES OF DANCE: 1. Ballet * A type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet may also refer to a ballet dance work, which consists of the choreography and music for a ballet production. A well-known example of this is The Nutcracker, a two-act ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov with a music score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. * Ballets are usually theatrical and use elaborate costumes and staging. There are exceptions however, mostly by Balanchine. Ballet is also closely related to opera with many ballet companies stationed in opera houses and many operas, especially French and early Italian operas, containing ballet scenes. There is even a genre called opera-ballet that uses both singers and dancers in the main roles. * Stylistic variations have emerged and evolved since the Italian Renaissance. Early variations are primarily associated with geographic origin. Examples of this are Russian ballet, French ballet, and Italian ballet. Later variations include contemporary ballet and neoclassical ballet. Perhaps the most widely known and performed ballet style is late Romantic......
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...Reading While reading this article something that stood out to me was the different ways music was used. The dancers themselves can provide the music. Not all dances have or require instruments some are simply hand clapping, voices or other body movements that are used to perform to. When instruments are used they are instruments such as the flute, xylophones, rattles, chordophones, gongs and trumpets. Another part of the article that I found interesting was the five principles. It shows how each part is needed in order for the whole performance to come together. Understanding the proper articulation, different movements of the body, timing and the pace of the movements, articulation of rhythms and phrasing all these are different parts of the dance that have come together in order to form the final masterpiece. All these aspects of the dance hold a great amount of importance and each part of it contribute into the final performance. There are many different types of dance in the continent each unique in its own way. Some consists of more hand movements more that footwork and some more footwork than hand movements. There are many different dances within a country itself. These dances show the country’s culture, tradition, rituals and many other important occasions. Videos Many of the points that the author made throughout the article are shown in the video clips. Some thing that I noticed was the use of vocals and body movements in order to make music and......
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...NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS CURRICULUM SUPPORT Dance Advice and Guidance to Support the Choreographic Process [NATIONAL 5] [pic] This advice and guidance has been produced to support the profession with the delivery of courses which are either new or which have aspects of significant change within the new national qualifications (NQ) framework. The advice and guidance provides suggestions on approaches to learning and teaching. Practitioners are encouraged to draw on the materials for their own part of their continuing professional development in introducing new national qualifications in ways that match the needs of learners. Practitioners should also refer to the course and unit specifications and support notes which have been issued by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/34714.html Acknowledgement © Crown copyright 2012. You may re-use this information (excluding logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view this licence, visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/ or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned. Any enquiries regarding this document/publication should be sent to us at email@example.com. This......
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...Ewelina Szydlik Prof. Susan Murphy Discovering Dance 120 Prof. Susan Murphy Final Project All over the world, there is some many culture and each is very unique and interesting in many ways. There are people who like to study different aspect of the culture like food, religions, dances, ceremonies, etc. Here we are going to concentrate on Polish culture and there’s National Dances. Poland is a nation rich in culture, and musical tradition. In fact Poland even has five National Dances. There are few countries in the world that have even one national dance. Poland’s National Dances are: the Krakowiak, the Mazur, Polonez (Polonaise), the Kujawiak and the Oberek. These dances, which originated in the Polish countryside, were so popular that they found their way to the royal court, and were even incorporated into classical works by composers like Chopin. In this paper, I will write about only two dances Polonaise and the Oberek. The culture of Poland is closely connected with its intricate thousand-year history. Its unique character developed as a result of its geographical location at the confluence of various European regions. Since its early origins in the culture of the Early Slavs, over time Polish culture has been profoundly influenced by its interweaving ties with the Germanic, Latinate and Byzantine worlds as well as in continual dialog with the many other ethnic groups and minorities living in Poland. The people of Poland have traditionally been seen as......
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...Dear……….. My name is Allen-Tams God’s pleasure and I am writing to apply as a dance teacher in ………….. Dance has always been the great love of my life. I have been a dance student since the age of ten. I have been teaching dance for the last three years at private schools, as well as for a major dance team. I have danced competitively, and I have danced as a performance artist. The only thing I consider greater than my love for dance is passing on that love to others. My experience in dance has given me opportunity to acquire skills in various dances such as hip-hop, ballet, African contemporary with specialty in salsa. Salsa is a dance form with origins from the Cuban Son and Afro-Cuban dance (specifically Afro-Cuban). It is generally associated with the salsa music style, although it may be danced under other types of music with an 8-count rhythm. Salsa though a Cuban dance is gradually paving its way into the African world. Through looking at dance as an art form I have realized the potential it has in providing students with a gateway to understanding the world and expressing themselves. Apart from dance being a major form of exercise, I have seen dance help boost the confidence in students, influence their self-concept, enhance their artistic expression and creativity, as well as encourage student autonomy among others. As you learn of my specific experience in dance, training and above all, passion for the art, I am confident you will see that I will prove to be an......
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...Similarities in Dance Dance 101 Instructor Patty Graham Christopher B. Smith 21 January 2015 Adae Kase, Bugaku and the Louis XIV court dances were all early dances, all with different meanings and styles. These dances were used to show respect, reaffirm an identity, show dominance over others, give allegiance to and show off dance skills. However, for this paper we will look at the similarities and differences with each dance. The Adae Kase, performed by the African people of Ghana, is a dance to show respect to their Ashanti King. The Ashanti Court Dance, as it is referred to, is a dance that anyone can do, but only the most skilled dare perform when your audience is the King. The dance is not done on a stage, but in a field, where as many as 50,000 gather to pay respects to the Ashanti King. The dance is a deliberate, distinguished, unhurried dance that is graceful, but not a practiced form of expression. The costumes worn were almost like a Togo with the dancer wearing their best jewels. It is meant to show honor to the Ashanti King and is more felt than danced. The Bugaku dances are dances never meant for public viewing and performed for the Emperor of Japan. The dances are civil dances, warrior dances, running dances, and dances for children. Movements are highly conventionalized movements cued by the beat of the drum. The overall choreography consists of simple geometric patterns with the arms, hands, and feet. The dancers (4), were evenly......
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...much. Dance is a part of the rich cultural heritage of India. Its theme is derived from mythology, legends, classical literature, everyday life and nature. There are two main forms of dances 0 classical and folk. The origin of classical dances are the Hindu temples, Some famous classical dances of India are Bharat Natyam, Kathakali, Manipuri, Kathak and Odissi. The rules and principles of classical dances were laid in the Natyashstra by BharatMuni, ages ago. Folk dance is a traditional dance of the common people of a reign. No rigid rules are followed in folk dances. The Sangeed Natak Akademi and other institutes promote both classical and folk dances. Dance is a series of movements and steps that match the speed and rhythm of music. It is an art. It is accompanied by gestures and expressions which explain the theme contained in the music. One can dance and classical dance. They are not simply the movement of legs and arms, but the whole body. Most of the classical dances were first conceived and nurtured in the temples. They attained their full stature there. Classical dance forms are based on ancient dance discipline. They have rigid rules of presentation. Indian classical dances follow the principles and rules laid down by Bharat Muni in his many ages ago. There are 180 styles of Indian dances and 101 of these are described in the Natyashastra. Most of these dance styles are depicted on the walls and pillars of the famous Indian temples. Music. dance......
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O Captain, My Captain
...Fallen Cold and Dead By Sheenji Jung "Oh captain, my captain, our fearful trip is done." Fred whispered tearfuly into his captains' ear. But his captain did not reply. His lips were still and pale. He made no movement and he had no pulse. He couldn't feel Fred's arm cradling his bleeding head or his tears of grief. The Argo groaned and creaked as it let down its' anchor, finally resting from its' long, hard voyage. The port was crowded with worried wives and eager children cheering, exulting and looking for their loved ones,but the crew of the Argo knew that the war had been won with a grave price. Fred blinked back hot tears in his eyes. The captain should have been standing valiently on the deck of the ship, waving to the admiring crowd. Instead, he rested fallen, cold and dead, knowing little of the bouquets, wreaths, ribbons and the eager crowd waiting for him. He wasn't there to hear the bugle trilling in his honour or there to see the proud flag flung up the mast. He lied fallen cold and dead. Soon the citizens of Londonderry noticed the captains' absence too. They looked in vain for the leader of their brave men but soon the truth met them, as hard as a stone. The cheering seemed to have quietened as the crowd noticed how solemn and sad the soldiers seemed to be. The crew marched out of the Argo, it had been long since their feet touchedsolid earth. Fred lifted his captains' body and followed his comrades. The crowd gasped with shock as they saw the fallen hero.......
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... The term captain is synonymous with the term leader. By definition, a leader is someone who is in an advanced position to take the initiative in order to go forth and show the way. Few will have the opportunity to feel the weight of the responsibilities and the happiness of knowing you're making a difference. Being a leader of any type of organization in my eyes is a huge job. It’s teaching respect by showing respect. It’s one thing to be a good dancer, but it's another to be a good captain. A captain must have dedication to the team and patience for when others need help and I believe I have these qualities. The captain should also have goals set in mind for the team to improve and my goals I have set for the Bellevedettes are as follows: become more of a team, become better role models for our school and just help them become the best dancers they can be so at state competition they can feel like they are the best dancers that they can be. Dance teams are all about unity. The dancers need to learn and understand that we should be moving as one. There are no individual standouts. There should not be any of the "I can't do this so I'm going to do it my way" excuses. If the dancer feels like she could not do a move I will be there to help them. It’s helping girls, including myself, strive and push themselves to be the best dancers I know we all can be. Having this title doesn’t mean being the boss of everyone, being in the front in every danc......
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