• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Mora, MN

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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Richfield, MN
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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    East Bethel, MN
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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

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    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

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    Apple Valley, MN

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Mumbai, India
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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

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    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

Intro to Dance: Entry 1

After giving this some thought, I have realized that I talk about my experiences with dance and the kiddos that I teach quite frequently in my posts, but that I never actually explain the dancing that I teach.  There are so many different styles, movements, and basic terminology that goes along with dance, so it might be important to clarify a little bit.  I teach many styles of dance, but the main styles I focus on are jazz, tap, ballet, and lyrical.  Now, many of you may be dancers or are aspiring to be better dancers (especially for you Saturday night goers!), so here is a little taste of my favorite style to teach: jazz.

Jazz dancing is characterized by sharp, quick-paced movements that oftentimes focus on flexibility and strength.  High kicks, leaps, various forms of turns, and even some hip-hop inspired moves are very typical to see in this form of dance.  I personally enjoy throwing in a lot of movements that involve body isolation (working only a specific region of your body to create sharp movements), just to make my dancers stand out even more.

Here are some of the terms you may hear when doing jazz dance (or when watching “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer!!):

Pirouette: A basic one-leg turn with the raised leg in passe (pointed toe raised up to the knee)

Fouette Turn: A one-leg turn with the leading leg raised off the floor, alternating in jette and passe

Switch Leap: A standard one-leg leap that reverses from front to back in the air

Releve: Simply being on the balls of your feet

Scorpion: Lifting one leg from arabesque into attitude, touching the dancer’s head

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