What to expect during Concert Season.

So we’ve hit the second half of the year, which means in the dance world, it’s officially #CONCERTSEASON! For some of our first-time parents and students, this might sound a bit scary or daunting. For our more experienced families, you probably felt a shiver of excitement shoot down your spine. If you’ve been with Main St Funk for the better part of this year, you may have caught on that we do things a little bit differently to other dance schools and concert time is no exception. Or, maybe, this is your first time ever being involved in an activity like dance and performance and you have ZERO ideas of what to expect. That’s ok! We’ve put together a little bit of a guide to help you brace yourself for what’s bound to be the highlight of your child’s year.

1.COSTUMES

Main St Funk holds a reputation for being grounded and down to earth and for the most part, we are pretty casual. However, when it comes to concert season, Main St Funk pulls out all the stops. Expect bright and funky hip hop costumes, gorgeous and glittering jazz and ballet costumes. The cost of these is included in your term fees and require no sewing on your part. We aim to keep cost and hassle low, so all costumes are creatively sourced and created in a way to suit our budget. This means that you might receive a costume that is not your exact size, or requires a slight alteration (by the MSF team) or maybe, it’s just simply not your style and not what you would pick when you head out to the shops. Trust that the MSF team are professionals and know what looks good on stage. We would never let you on stage in a costume that didn’t match our high standards. So, when trying on your costumes, if it doesn’t seem right at first, remember that the MSF team know all of the tricks of the trade to make it work and please be patient, remembering that your child’s costume is one of the hundreds that require our attention.

After your child has been fitted into their costumes, they will be taken home. The costumes will become your responsibility from then until concert day. Please look after them, to ensure your child looks fabulous on stage. Missing or damaged items may incur a replacement charge. All costumes will be returned to Main St Funk on concert day after your child has performed.

2.THE SUPERMODEL LIFE

Every year Main St Funk hold a professional in house photo-shoot with a professional photographer. Every child is given the opportunity to pose in single photos and group photos in their dance costumes. These make gorgeous keepsakes, thoughtful Christmas presents for relatives and they are the perfect way to keep the memories of a beautiful dancing year. Participating in the photo-shoot comes at no extra cost and all photos will be available to purchase in hard copies and digital formats.

3.DATES AND TIMES 

Now that the fun is amping up, so are the commitment levels and opportunities for your children. We run many optional performance opportunities, the photo day, a compulsory rehearsal and annual concert in the second half of the year. If your child is participating you will need to know call times, venue addresses and important dates. Often at these events, we are running to a strict timeline. So being late may mean that your child misses out on their opportunity to dance, even on concert days! Check out our events page to ensure your child doesn’t miss out: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

4. COMPULSORY THEATRE REHEARSAL

As mentioned above, and in every newsletter released this year, Main St Funk only hold one compulsory event throughout the whole year! The theatre rehearsal, held in the week prior to the concert, is a strict requirement for all students who wish to participate at the end of year concert. Why is it compulsory? The rehearsal is the only opportunity the students have to practice their routines on stage, before the big show. A theatre can be a big and daunting place for a little person. The rehearsal ensures all students feel safe and in familiar surroundings when they arrive on the concert day. Professional theatres cost thousands of dollars a day to hire and our students having access to the theatre prior to their performance is an absolute privilege that comes at no extra cost to our students.  At Main St Funk our priority is to give every student a positive experience on concert day. This compulsory rehearsal aids us in doing so.

5. HAIR AND MAKEUP

When you perform on stage, it is important that you look the part. Stage make up is a requirement of all students (all ages and genders) who perform on concert day. The MSF Team understand that putting makeup on young people may feel uncomfortable for some parents. The purpose of stage makeup is to enhance the dancer’s natural features on stage. On concert day, the MSF kids dance under professional stage lighting. This can make the performers face appear “washed out” or blurry from the audience and on the video footage. Wearing the required amount of makeup ensures that you will be able to see your child’s smiling face from the audience. Main St Funk does not use makeup for glamour purposes but rather to highlight the child’s features. We ask parents to use neutral tones and natural colours, to ensure our students do not look “overdone” or “made up”. Makeup is compulsory for concert day and optional for photo day. As well as makeup, each age group will have an allocated hairstyle. You will be required to do your child’s hair on photo day and concert day. You can expect to add “Hairspray. Gel. Hairnet. Bobby pins. Bobby pins. And, bobby pins.” to your shopping list. Slick and neat hair ensures each student looks uniform, presentable and groomed on stage.

6.EXPECT TO WORK HARD

As your moment on stage draws closer, choreography will be finalised, positions will be set in stone and performance skills will be refined. Your teachers will be pushing you to dance bigger, work harder and to take responsibility for knowing your work. You will be expected to be trying your best, to be working as a team player and to take pride in your craft and especially as you get older, you will be held accountable for missing class, being late or not pulling your weight. The MSF teacher’s see your fullest potential and it is their job to draw the best out of you! Once again, our priority is to ensure that every student has a positive experience on concert day. Arriving to the show underprepared can leave the students feeling even more nervous and overwhelmed than what is expected on such a special day. We want our students to be able to put their best foot forward and to walk off stage with their head held high, knowing that they gave it their all and have put in the work to give their best performance.

7. THE MSF BUDDY SYSTEM

During concert season, you can expect your child to act independently and confidently without mum and dad! Main St Funk has a “no parents backstage” policy. All of the younger students are buddied up with an older student who looks after them backstage on concert day and during the rehearsal. We are pretty proud of this buddy system. It teaches independence, responsibility and teamwork and ensures that every single parent gets to sit in the audience and see their child shine on stage. The theatre rehearsal is a parent free-zone as well which keeps the performance a big surprise for our mums and dads and is great practice for concert day. If your child (or yourself!) may take some time to get used to the idea, it would be a good idea to practice attending dancing independently by dropping your child off for their weekly class and coming back to pick them up. You can build up the amount of time you are away from the studio each week. This will help to further build yours and your child’s trust in their teachers and the MSF team and help them to feel comfortable and safe when they attend dancing events.

8.TEARS

Expect tears. Tears of joy! Nervous tears. Tears of frustration. Tears of pride! Tears from laughter. Tears when you say goodbye to your dancing friends, your favourite routines and beautiful costumes. Tears from mum and dad who are blown away in the audience. Tears of pride from your teachers, who see you dance every week but can’t help but feel SO PROUD when they see you on that stage. Concert season is a beautiful and emotional time and like all things that we are passionate about, will have its highs and lows. Dance is an art form. It’s for the big-hearted, not the faint-hearted.

9. BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES AND FOREVER FRIENDS

Whether your child will dance for years to come or never again, the memories created at dancing and during concert season will be cherished for a lifetime. Years from now you and your grown-up dancer will look back on your dancing photos and concert videos with love and fondness. You won’t remember all the emails you had to read or all the rushing to and from the theatre you had to do. You will remember squeezing their little nervous hand as you walked them to the dressing room. You will remember tucking in laces for tiny feet and hair spraying back little baby hairs. You will remember the goosebumps you felt sitting in the audience waiting to see your child on stage. You will remember thinking “I’m more nervous than they are!” and feeling like you could burst with pride. Years from now, you won’t be able to bring yourself to throw away their old, tiny dancing shoes because they hold such treasured memories.

Your child will make beautiful friends. Concert season has a way of bringing people together. The experience bonds children in a way that only “dancing people” understand. Dancing friendships are famous for lasting a lifetime, even years after you stop dancing. 

As a grown-up, your son or daughter won’t be able to help themselves but dance when they hear old “dancing songs” on the radio.  They will remember the hard work, the butterflies in their tummy, the itchy costume that looked gorgeous on stage and the teacher that believed in them more than they believed in themselves.

You will both remember one thing, “it was all worth it.” 

The MSF Team know that concert season is super exciting but can also be daunting, overwhelming or stressful, especially if you are new to the dance world. We will always do our best to ensure you are kept in the loop and will give your child every opportunity to have the best time in the studio and on stage. All information will be provided to you and available on our website but we also always welcome questions. If you are ever not sure, just get in touch by email or phone. 

IMPORTANT DATES: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

LATEST NEWSLETTER: https://mainstfunk.com/2019/07/11/july-2019/

mainstfunk@gmail.com 0433220973

How To Make Up a Dance.

So, do you fancy yourself as a bit of a choreographer? A future dance teacher? Or, are you thinking about entering Main St Funk’s Choreography Challenge but you’re not sure where to start? Here are some hints and tips from your dance teachers at Main St Funk to making up a dance. We encourage you all to give it a go! Dancing and creating routines is so much fun and a great outlet for energy and expression.

FIRST, FIND A SONG.

  • Start by simply listening to music. Put your iPod or Spotify playlist on shuffle and find something that makes you want to move and groove and leaves you feeling inspired.
  • Check it is the right tempo for you and that it isn’t too fast or too slow. Can you hear the beat? Can you count, in time to the music, to the magic dancing number of 8? Can you clap the rhythm? If you can do those things, you have found a song with a speed that you can manage. Another good test is skipping to the music! If you can’t skip in time with the beat, it is either too fast or too slow!
  • Make sure your song is appropriate. Ask a grown-up to have a listen and to google the lyrics. Swear words, dark themes or adult connations are not appropriate for a children’s dance performance.

PICK A CHARACTER OR THEME

  • Sometimes having a character to portray will help you to create new movements for your dance. For example, if your character is a Bunny Rabbit, think about ways you can tell your audience that you are a bunny rabbit. You might show off your floppy ears, wriggle your nose or shake your tail.
  • Older dancers may have more subtle ways of expressing their characters through facial expressions, stance and stage presence.

STORYLINE

  • Having a storyline to follow will help keep your movements logical and relevant to your character or theme.
  • Start by giving your dance a Beginning, Middle and End, just like in a storybook. It helps to write these ideas down for you to refer to later.
  • You might stray from your original ideas once you start creating and that’s ok too! Dance is an art form and it will be interpreted by the audience in many different ways.
  • Listen to the words of the song. They can prompt your movements. Acting out the words in your song can help to enhance your storytelling.

GET MOVING

  • The best way to make up a dance is to simply, dance!! Put your song on and let loose with no rules or restrictions. Do this a few times and you will find a pattern. You may repeat a certain move or step to a particular section of the song each time.
  • A good idea is to film yourself dancing. Then you can watch yourself and pick out bits of movement that you think look good and scrap the bits that don’t.
  • Now start piecing your movements together. Remembering to stick to the beat and rhythm that you found earlier and to count to the magic dancing number of 8.
  • Remember that your dance won’t come together overnight, it takes time and patience to make up a dance. At Main St Funk we spend an entire term (about 10 weeks) and sometimes even longer, preparing our routines for the stage.

BE STILL

  • Sometimes it helps to lie down, put your headphones in and close your eyes while listening to your song.
  • Imagine what you would like your dance to look like.
  • Visualise yourself performing to your song and then jump up and make those awesome dance steps you dreamt up a reality.

WORK AS A TEAM

  • If you are performing in a group, it is important that every team member has an opportunity to contribute to the creation of the dance.
  • Start by each individual team member making up their own 4 counts of 8 of choreography. Then come together and teach each other your creations.
  • Remember, everyone at Main St Funk is equal. No one student is the star or the boss. Listen to each other and be supportive of each other’s artistic choices.

EXPLORE THE STAGE

  • Make sure your dance travels across the stage and uses the whole space. You can travel forward and back, from one side to the other, across the diagonal (from one corner to the other) or around in a circle.
  • Aim to have a section of your dance in each of the four corners of the stage and in the middle.
  • Dances that travel around the stage are much more interesting to watch than a dance that is just in the one spot.
  • If dancing in a team, remember to change positions and use different patterns. This makes it interesting to watch and ensures every dancer gets a chance to dance in the front row.

USE YOUR LEVELS

  • You don’t need to be standing on two feet for your entire dance. Don’t forget to explore floor work and jumps. Using levels creates an exciting and dynamic performance.

DO WHAT YOU KNOW AND WORK TO YOUR STRENGTHS

  • You learn so many dance steps in class each week. Don’t be afraid to draw from those to add to your dance. Maybe you have a favourite step or something that you know you can execute really well! Add those into your dance. You can make them your own by adding your style, personality and character.

THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

  • Your choreography doesn’t have to mimic the dances you have learnt in class. Experiment with different movements. Get creative and wow the audience with something quirky or unexpected.

RECORD

  • With so many different dances to remember, it can be tricky to remember every step. Especially, when it is a dance that you have choreographed and there is no one else who knows the steps to remind you!
  • Record your dance on a phone or device that you have access to for reminders.
  • It also helps to write things down!

REPEAT

  • Every song has repetition. For example, a verse, a chorus, a verse, another chorus, a bridge…Where there is repetition in the song, there should be repetition in your movement.

PRACTICE PERFORMING

  • Now that you’ve nailed your dance moves, now start practising your performance and stage presence. This means reflecting the theme or character of your dance. Is your dance-happy? or sad? How do you want the audience to feel when they watch you? Your facial expressions should match this.
  • Practice looking up! The audience wants to see your face!! Many dancers have a habit of looking at their feet when they are concentrating really hard. Have trust that you have worked hard and your body remembers the movement.
  • And remember, the audience doesn’t know your dance and won’t know if you’ve made a mistake unless your face tells them! Keep smiling!
  • It helps to practice in front of an audience a few times. Ask someone; eg. mum or dad or a sibling or a friend to watch you do your dance. Then it won’t be so daunting when you hit the real stage.

COSTUME

  • Your costume is so important in portraying your character or storyline to the audience. Make sure your outfit choice matches your choreography choices.
  • If dancing in a team, make sure everyone is costumed.
  • Wearing the same costume helps promote team spirit and unity and also helps to make your dance look clean and tidy.
  • Mis-matched costumes can work too! It depends on your dance.
  • Make sure you have a dress rehearsal in your costume to limit the chance of wardrobe malfunctions on stage.

FORGET YOU EVER READ THIS BLOG
There are no set rules to choreographing a dance routine. Dancing is an art form and can be expressed and explored in many different ways. This blog is just a guideline to help get you started, but your masterpiece might come together in a completely different way.

Whether you follow this guide or not, we can’t wait to see what you come up with! When it comes to art, there is no right or wrong, so get out there and be YOU!

Don’t forget to fill out the entry form if you plan on performing: Choreography Challenge Entry Form.

 

July 2019

Dear Main St Funk Family, Congratulations and thank you for a wonderful first semester of dancing! We are very proud of the way all age groups are working towards skills and choreography and the way you all performed at the mid-year concert! With so many first-timers, we were so impressed with the standard and teamwork shown by our whole community. 2019 is shaping up to be a fun and exciting year.

Please see below friendly reminders, important dates and exciting MSF updates! 

END OF YEAR CONCERT FOOTAGE FEE

A reminder that this year’s end of year concert will once again, be filmed by professional videography company, Mode Productions. The professional concert footage will be provided in a digital format to ALL families for $28 per family. Each family will be provided with footage from BOTH performances (cast 1 and cast 2). The $28 will be added to your term 3 and term 4 fees ($14 each term). An informative email was sent to all families on Friday the 24th of May. If you did not receive this email and would like more info about the digital concert footage, please let us know and we will forward it to you.

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY

Main St Funk has been invited to perform at Aurora Lendlease’s “Winter Warmer” event. This is a community event and an open invite to all MSF kids. This is not a compulsory performance but highly encouraged as it is a great way to practice performing in front of an audience in a relaxed and friendly environment and a great way to bond and have fun with your classmates. Only classes with a significant number of students available to attend, will perform on the day so please fill out the form to let us know if you can make it.

WHAT: Winter Warmer Community Event
WHEN: Sat Aug 3 2019
ARRIVAL TIME: 5.45pm
PERFORMANCE TIME: 6.15pm
WHERE: Treetops Park, Wollert
WEAR: Class uniform. Long sleeves and MSF hoodies encouraged.

 

PHOTO DAY DATES

Every year Main St Funk hold an in-house photo shoot with our resident professional photographer Bianca Jobson. Students wear their concert costumes (to be provided to you later in the year) and have the opportunity to be photographed individually and with their class. These photos are then made available to purchase in prints and digital format. These photos blow us away every year and are the perfect way to cherish the memories of a fabulous year of dancing. They also make great Christmas presents for grandparents and relatives. This year we will hold 3 photo days. Please check the list below and make a note of your allocated date/s in your diary. Times TBC.

PHOTO DAY 1 – FRIDAY OCTOBER 11th
Friday Mini Ballet, Friday Mini Hip Hop, Friday Tiny Ballet, Friday Tiny Hip Hop, Friday Littlie Hip Hop, Friday Junior Jazz, Monday Junior Hip Hop, Friday Junior Hip Hop.

PHOTO DAY 2 – SATURDAY OCTOBER 12th
Saturday Mini Ballet, Saturday Mini Hip Hop, Saturday Tiny Ballet, Saturday Tiny Hip Hop, Saturday Junior Ballet, Tuesday Littlie Ballet, Saturday Junior Hip Hop, Tuesday Littlie Hip Hop, All Seniors.

PHOTO DAY 3 – SUNDAY OCTOBER 13th
Monday Mini Ballet, Monday Mini Hip Hop, Tuesday Tiny Ballet, Tuesday Tiny Hip Hop, Wednesday Tiny Hip Hop, Monday Littlie Jazz, Wednesday Junior Hip Hop, Monday Littlie Hip Hop, Inter Hip Hop, All Teens.

MAIN ST FUNK LEGGINGS AND OTHER MERCHANDISE!

We love rocking the Orange Spot and we know you do too. Now we’ve got MSF leggings to match!! We are excited to be able to offer you a pair of black leggings that are both affordable and good quality. Made from Supplex Nylon fabric, these leggings are durable, long lasting and the design is exclusive to Main St Funk; featuring a high waisted orange band and our famous Orange Spot logo on the lower leg. These leggings are versatile and can be worn during Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary class and over Ballet attire during winter. They can also be worn to future performance opportunities including community festivals, the end of year concert (for the finale) and the mid-year concert (from 2020 onwards).

To order your MSF leggings and other MSF merch, click here: https://forms.gle/5B2mrePXr4CpMCPt8

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT OUR KID’S PARTY PACKAGES?

Let the funkiest dance school in Melbourne play host to your next birthday or event. With a range of exciting party themes to choose from, the team at MSF can cater to all ages, genders and interests. For more info and to enquire about the party of your dreams, hit up our website:https://mainstfunk.com/kids-parties/ 

DANCING DAYS – END OF YEAR CONCERT REMINDER

This year’s end of year concert, “Dancing Days”, will follow the theme of a calendar year. The MSF Kids will take you on a journey from one new years eve party to the next and will highlight every special holiday, celebration and milestone in between. Think Valentines Day, Birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, First Day of School and much much more. Each class will perform two routines highlighting two special events that occur each year.

Don’t forget, our whole school has been split into two casts. Please ensure you are familiar with which cast you are in and which rehearsal/performance dates are relevant to you. Make sure your family and friends know as well, so they know which concert to come to when they want to cheer you on. This has been emailed out to you but can also be found below. If your child will not be participating in the end of year concert/s, please inform the MSF team asap as we begin planning choreography and costumes.

CAST 1: Seniors, Teens, Inters, Monday Junior Hip Hop, Monday Littlie Jazz, Monday Littlie Hip Hop, Tuesday Littlie Hip Hop, Tuesday Littlie Ballet, Tuesday Tiny Ballet, Tuesday Tiny Hip Hop, Monday Mini Ballet, Monday Mini Hip Hop, Saturday Mini Ballet, Saturday Mini Hip Hop.

CAST 2: Seniors, Teens, Inters, Friday Junior Hip Hop, Friday Junior Jazz, Wednesday Junior Hip Hop, Saturday Junior Hip Hop, Saturday Junior Ballet/Contemporary, Friday Littlie Hip Hop, Friday Tiny Hip Hop, Friday Tiny Ballet, Saturday Tiny Hip Hop, Saturday Tiny Ballet, Wednesday Tiny Hip Hop, Friday Mini Hip Hop, Friday Mini Ballet.

DON’T FORGET THESE IMPORTANT DATES

COMPULSORY THEATRE REHEARSAL: 

The rehearsal is the one and only compulsory event we run throughout the year and attendance is mandatory for all students who wish to participate at the end of year concert.

CAST 1: Wednesday 20th of November
CAST 2: Thursday 21st of November

END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE:

CAST 1: Friday 29th of November
CAST 2: Saturday 30th of November

Our important dates page and google calendar are updated throughout the year to include things like; term dates, performance opportunities and mid-year concert. Check it out and sync your google calendar to ours so you never miss a reminder: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

HOUSEKEEPING AND STUDIO ETIQUETTE

  • A reminder that parking is not permitted inside the complex or in front of any of the neighbouring factories. Please park in the street.
  • Students are not to walk through the thoroughfare without a parent or guardian present. Please collect your child from inside the studio.
  • Please take your child to the toilet before class to limit disruption.
  • All students require a water bottle at every class, even in the colder months.
  • Parents, please supervise your children in the foyer. There is strictly no running, jumping or climbing allowed.
  • Parents and siblings are not permitted in the studio during class time unless invited in by the teacher.
  • Strictly no photos or videos to be taken during class time.
  • Please continue to enjoy our comfortable student and parent lounge but remember this is a shared space, please clean up after yourselves.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Make sure you are following Main St Funk on Facebook and Instagram. We love to post daily to give you reminders, inspiration, a sneak peek into our classes and to stay connected with our dancing family.
www.facebook.com/mainstfunk | www.instagram.com/mainstfunk

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and stay in the loop. Being familiar with all the details will ensure you and your child have a fabulous year at dancing.

Please don’t ever hesitate to contact the MSF team should you have any questions.
E: mainstfunk@gmail.com PH: 0433220973

HAPPY DANCING!
Kristie, Carla and Chloe. x

 

 

 

June 2019 – MID-YEAR CONCERT FAQ

Time flies when you’re having fun, we have hit the halfway point already! We have lots of exciting things happening both in and out of the studio in the coming months. Coming up fast is our Mid-Year Concert “In the Making”. We have been so impressed by the work ethic and teamwork we have seen from all ages, as they push to help us create an amazing show. Keep it up, kids! At concert time we get lots of questions, which we welcome! We have put together a list of FAQ to help make the day a little easier for you.

WHEN/WHERE/WHAT TIME?
Please note, there is an unfortunate misprint on the concert tickets and the wrong date has been printed. Please remind your guests and supporters that the concert will be held on Sunday the 23rd of June.

WHEN: Sunday, June 23rd 2019

WHERE: St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. 212-226 Diamond Creek Rd Greensborough

DANCERS ARRIVE: 11.00am

AUDIENCE DOORS OPEN: 11.45am

SHOWTIME: 12.00pm

MINGLE: 1.30-2.30pm

WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY?

  • Students will be dropped off, no later than 11.00am.
  • Students should arrive dressed, with hair done, ready to perform
  • All bags/coats/drink bottles will be left with parents/carers unless you/your child are in multiple dances then a small bag containing shoes and uniform is permitted.
  • Audience members (including parents and siblings) will wait outside or in the foyer, while the MSF team help the children set up and settle their nerves.
  • Please be punctual. The sooner we have all the performers settled, the sooner we can open the doors to the audience.
  • During the show, all students will sit and watch with their class. After performing their dance, students will return to their place in the audience, with their class.
  • Students do not sit with their families and no student will be dismissed from the concert until the after the show has finished.
  • After the show, you are invited to enjoy tea and coffee with your dance fam.

CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?:
There are still plenty of seats available. If using your phone to purchase, make sure you zoom out and swipe to see all of the available seats. After ordering your tickets, they will be available to collect at the studio. You can order tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/BCGYA

WHAT DO STUDENTS WEAR TO THE MID-YEAR CONCERT?
Full uniform, including hair and shoes, are required from all students. If your child performs in multiple dances, we recommend layering, to make outfit changes easier for them. For example, if your child does hip hop and ballet and their hip hop dance is first, please put on ballet stockings and leotard and then your hip hop uniform (leggings and MSF tee) over the top. The concert order has been posted up on the studio walls where you can check what dance you/your child has first. Students who do ballet, as well as other classes, will keep their hair in a ballet bun for the entire show. A full outline of uniform, hair and shoe requirements can be found here: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-shoe-hair-requirements/

DO THE STUDENTS NEED TO WEAR MAKEUP?
No, makeup is not required for the mid-year concert. If you do choose to wear makeup (or put makeup on your child) for the mid-year concert, we recommend a light, natural look, using neutral tones to highlight the natural features. Use as little or as much makeup as you like but be mindful, as there are no stage lights, a full face of stage makeup can be very confronting, especially on little people.

CAN WE RECORD AND TAKE PHOTOS DURING THE CONCERT?
NO.
Main St Funk has a strict “no photos and no videos during classes and concerts” policy. This is in line with national child safety laws and copyright laws and is a policy that all families agreed to upon enrollment. Rules aside, it is also very distracting to our young performers, many of whom are performing for the first time ever, to look out to a sea of phones and flashes. We understand the importance of capturing this special day so we encourage you to take photos of your child before and after the show and we will be providing all families with digital footage of the concert, at no charge to you! So switch your devices off, sit back, relax, be in the moment and enjoy the show! Your little one will be so excited to look out into the audience and see your smiling face!

IS THERE CLASS THE WEEK AFTER THE CONCERT?
Yes, there is one more week of term left, after the concert and classes will run as normal from Monday, June 24th – Saturday, June 29th. This is PJ Week AND Bring a Friend Week! Dress up in your comfiest and cutest PJs and bring along a buddy to dance in your class for free. This week is also open to the public as a free trial week. If you’ve got a friend who wouldn’t be suitable to your age group, but they would like to try a class, get them to get in touch so we can find the right class time for them.

HAVE YOU GOT A QUESTION THAT ISN’T LISTED ABOVE?
There’s no such thing as a silly question, please get in touch with The MSF Team, so we can help you out.

Kristie, Carla, Chloe.
mainstfunk@gmail.com
0433220973

Getting Funky in Epping

Children and Teens in the City of Whittlesea are discovering the relaxed and fun vibe at Main St Funk dance studio in Epping.

Run by three sisters who grew up in Epping themselves, Main St Funk welcome anyone who loves to dance, no matter their experience.

Kristie Hocking, co-founder said “Back in 2007, we saw that there weren’t many options for kids who just wanted to dance for enjoyment, so we started a few Hip Hop classes with a simple vision of being relaxed, fun and inclusive.  “We find that kids really progress and get the most out of themselves when they feel supported and encouraged to give it a go without fear of failure”

Last year, after over a decade of running classes in Thomastown and Lalor, Main St Funk opened the doors to a brand new studio located in Epping.

Word quickly spread and soon nearly of all their classes were at capacity. In September 2018, they added a second studio to accommodate their growing community of enthusiastic and passionate kids from all over the Northern Suburbs.

In just one year, the Main St Funk dance family doubled, as local families embraced their unique combination of high energy, quality classes, with a focus on teamwork and at an affordable cost.

“The response from the community has been amazing. Our existing students are loving having our own space and all the extended class options, and so many new students have discovered us and are settling right in”

Students joining Main St Funk in 2019 can expect a high energy class in a friendly atmosphere. They can choose from Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary classes available for students as young as two and a half.

They offer an obligation free trial class to all new students, so book in and experience the joy of dancing for yourself.

April 2019

Wow! Hasn’t term 1 just flown by? In a jam-packed 9 weeks, we have started learning new skills and techniques, made new friends, performed at two events and have now started our concert work. We are so pleased with how everyone has settled into their classes and the happy and positive vibes you bring into class each week.

CONGRATULATIONS….

  • To our fantastic tiny, littlie, junior, inter and teen hip hop students who performed at the Lendlease Aurora Meet Your Neighbours event. We received fabulous feedback about how amazing you all were, not just performing but your behaviour and the energy that you brought to the entire event.
  • To ALL of the students who performed at the Whittlesea Community Festival, there were over 90 of you!! You tackled tricky conditions and still represented the black and orange tribe so perfectly. We are very proud of our performers and our big supportive community.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

These school holidays Main St Funk are running danced based activities. It is a great opportunity for our students to get to know their classmates in a fun and relaxed setting. There is something different for each age group and further details have been emailed out. You must book online prior to the day (for catering purposes) and bookings close on Tuesday, April 9th at 4 pm.

ENROLLMENTS STILL OPEN

Enrollments are still open for 2019. It’s not too late to tell your friends about Main St Funk or to try another class. If you’re thinking about taking on an extra class, please get in touch with the MSF team to discuss your options and your multi-class discount.

BIG GROUP HUG – DONATION DRIVE

This Winter Main St Funk are holding a donation drive through the organisation Big Group Hug’s campaign; “Pj’s Singlets, Socks and Jocks make for warm & happy, Kids & Tots”

Big Group Hug wants to be able to provide brand new pyjamas, singlets, socks and underwear to disadvantage kids and struggling families in our community. We are asking for donations of brand new items sizes 2 to 16 for both boy and girls. Please drop off your donations to Main St Funk by Wednesday May 1st. We know our big and generous dance family will go hard and make a difference in our community.

MUMMY JAM – MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION AT MAIN ST FUNK

MSF Mamas get ready! In the week leading up to Mother’s Day, we want to celebrate YOU! From Monday the 6th- Saturday the 11th of May, you’re invited to come and join in the last 15 minutes of your child’s class. We’ve got some awesome and fun, dance based activities planned for you and your little one (or big one). Kids, don’t worry, if mum can’t make it you are welcome to bring one other significant grown up or just come on your own. You will still get a great class.

MID YEAR CONCERT

Every year we hold a casual and laid back mid-year performance. This year’s mid-year concert is called “In The Making” and it is a great opportunity to see what the kids have been working on all year and is a great chance for them to practice performing in front of an audience before they hit the “Big Stage” in December. This year, we are excited to have secured a venue that will accommodate a WHOLE school performance. Afterwards, you are invited to the “Main St Funk Mingle” to enjoy coffee and afternoon tea with your dancing family. Tickets will be sold prior to the event and seating will be allocated. Ticket sale info coming soon. If your child can’t make it, please ensure you inform the MSF team so that they can plan their choreography accordingly.

WHEN: Sunday June 23rd 2019

WHERE: St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. 212-226 Diamond Creek Rd Greensborough

DANCERS ARRIVE: 11.00am

AUDIENCE DOORS OPEN: 11.45am

SHOWTIME: 12.00pm

MINGLE: 1.30-2.30pm

DANCING DAYS – END OF YEAR CONCERT

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s end of year concert, “Dancing Days”, will follow the theme of a calendar year. The MSF Kids will take you on a journey from one new years eve party to the next and will highlight every special holiday, celebration and milestone in between. Think Valentines Day, Birthdays, Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, First Day of School and much much more. Each class will perform two routines highlighting two special events that occur each year.

Don’t forget, our whole school has been split into two casts. Please ensure you are familiar with which cast you are in and which rehearsal/performance dates are relevant to you. Make sure your family and friends know as well, so they know which concert to come to when they want to cheer you on. This has been emailed out to you but can also be found below. If your child will not be participating in the end of year concert/s, please inform the MSF team asap as we begin planning choreography and costumes.

CAST 1: Seniors, Teens, Inters, Monday Junior Hip Hop, Monday Littlie Jazz, Monday Littlie Hip Hop, Tuesday Littlie Hip Hop, Tuesday Littlie Ballet, Tuesday Tiny Ballet, Tuesday Tiny Hip Hop, Monday Mini Ballet, Monday Mini Hip Hop, Saturday Mini Ballet, Saturday Mini Hip Hop.

CAST 2: Seniors, Teens, Inters, Friday Junior Hip Hop, Friday Junior Jazz, Wednesday Junior Hip Hop, Saturday Junior Hip Hop, Saturday Junior Ballet/Contemporary, Friday Littlie Hip Hop, Friday Tiny Hip Hop, Friday Tiny Ballet, Saturday Tiny Hip Hop, Saturday Tiny Ballet, Wednesday Tiny Hip Hop, Friday Mini Hip Hop, Friday Mini Ballet.

DON’T FORGET THESE IMPORTANT DATES

COMPULSORY THEATRE REHEARSAL: The rehearsal is the one and only compulsory event we run throughout the year and attendance is mandatory for all students who wish to participate at the end of year concert.

CAST 1: Wednesday 20th of November


CAST 2: Thursday 21st of November

END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE:

CAST 1: Friday 29th of November


CAST 2: Saturday 30th of November

Our important dates page and google calendar are updated throughout the year to include things like; term dates, performance opportunities and mid-year concert. Check it out and sync your google calendar to ours so you never miss a reminder: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

FRIENDLY REMINDER – MSF IS NOT A PLAY CENTRE 🙂

Please ensure your children are fully supervised when they are at the studio but not participating in a class. The lounge and foyer are not to be treated as a playground. Please do not run, cartwheel/flip, play on the stairs or climb on the furniture in our foyer and waiting areas. Over the past few weeks we have noticed a number of studio items damaged or missing as well as an increased mess (cushions have been thrown, water and soap spilled all over the bathroom, food scraps and rubbish over the floor) and the noise levels, from children playing and squealing, have increased to a level that is distracting our students and teachers. While we are pleased to offer you a comfortable place to wait, please treat our dancing home with the respect you have for your own home and remember that it is a shared space and is intended for comfortable waiting, not adventure.

STUDENT SAFETY

Please ensure you are walking your child from the car to the studio door when you drop them off and pick them up. As outlined in our child safety policy, students are not to walk through the thorough fair/car park on their own. Teen and Senior students, please walk together as a group to the gate and wait in the studio until you know your parents have arrived. Parents, we suggest you text your children when you are there. We don’t want students waiting outside in the dark. Thank you.

Wishing you all a fantastic and safe school holidays. We hope to see you all at our school holiday program, otherwise, we will see you all when classes resume on Tuesday, April 23rd.

Kristie, Carla and Chloe x

Please don’t ever hesitate to contact the MSF team should you have any questions.

E: mainstfunk@gmail.com PH: 0433220973

Make sure you’re following MSF on social media for daily updates, inspiration and friendship.www.facebook.com/mainstfunk | www.instagram.com/mainstfunk

February 2019

2019 is off to a flying start, we can already tell this is going to be a fabulous year. We would like to extend a huge welcome to the many new students and families we have met so far and a big welcome back to our loyal and committed returning students. We are so lucky to have you all.

What’s New?

  • We welcome Teen student Keira Mifsud, who has been dancing with Main St Funk since 2012, on board as an assistant teacher. Keira has always demonstrated a fabulous work ethic, a positive attitude and a genuine passion for dance and she makes a great role model for our younger students. Welcome, Keira!

Performance Opportunities

Main St Funk has been invited to perform at TWO upcoming events in the community; The City of Whittlesea Community Festival and the Aurora Lendlease Meet and Greet. These are a great opportunity for MSF students to practice performing in front of an encouraging crowd in a relaxed and fun environment. It is also a great way to bond with your new classmates and to be involved with the extended community. Who can perform? ALL Main St Funk students are invited to perform at these events and we would love as many MSF kids involved as possible. Please see more details about the events here:https://goo.gl/forms/3UrqfDPUJkIhzzH72 This is also where you can let us know if you will be attending or not.

Medical Records

At Main St Funk we aim to look out for every child and cater our classes to ensure they are a positive and safe experience for all involved. If your child has a medical condition or takes medication, please get in touch with the MSF team so that we can discuss what we can do for your child. Other things you may like to let us know about are learning difficulties, injuries or any personal or family situations that you feel may affect the way your child learns or behaves in class.

Street Parking

Thank you to everyone who has kindly respected our ‘Street Parking Only’ rule. We have seen a significant improvement since last year. We ask parents to park in the street to ensure the safety of our students walking up and down the thoroughfare and to maintain a good relationship with our neighbours, who require access to their spots at all times. The three car parks out the front of our studio are for MSF staff only. Thank you again!

Uniform

Main St Funk has in place a set of uniform guidelines. Please start ensuring you/your child start coming to class dressed in accordance with these. A uniform promotes a sense of unity and teamwork and helps students get into the right mindset for dance class (dress like a dancer, feel like a dancer) and it helps the teacher see the student’s body line, ensuring they can correct technique and prevent injuries.

Friendly Reminders

  • Term fees are now due. Please settle your balance online or by placing cash in a clearly labelled envelope and handing it to your class teacher
  • Please take your child to the toilet before class
  • Don’t forget to pack a water bottle for every class

Important Dates (Concert and Rehearsal Reminder)

We are pleased to have locked in The Magis Theatre Loyola College (Watsonia) once again for our end of year performance and compulsory theatre rehearsal.  This year we will hold two concerts and two rehearsals. The school will be split into two casts – so each class will only perform in one concert ( and will be required for one rehearsal).  We will split the school later in the year when everyone has settled into their classes so please pencil in both concert dates and both rehearsal dates for now before we confirm which cast your child will be in. Senior and Teen students, you will perform in BOTH concerts. Petites will not perform in the concerts.

COMPULSORY THEATRE REHEARSAL: The rehearsal is the one and only compulsory event we run throughout the year and attendance is mandatory for all students who wish to participate at the end of year concert.

CAST 1: Wednesday 20th of November

CAST 2: Thursday 21st of November

END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE:

CAST 1: Friday 29th of November

CAST 2: Saturday 30th of November

Our important dates page and google calendar are updated throughout the year to include things like; term dates, performance opportunities and mid-year concert. Check it out and sync your google calendar to ours so you never miss a reminder: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

Social Media
Make sure you are following Main St Funk on Facebook and Instagram. We love to post daily to give you reminders, inspiration, a sneak peek into our classes and to stay connected with our dancing family.

www.facebook.com/mainstfunk

www.instagram.com/mainstfunk

Thank you for a great start to 2019! We are so inspired by the way our students have jumped into class and we love seeing all of your happy and smiling faces in the studio.

Please don’t ever hesitate to contact the MSF team should you have any questions.
E: mainstfunk@gmail.com PH: 0433220973

HAPPY DANCING!
Kristie, Carla and Chloe. x

My Baby’s First Dance Class – What Do I Do?

So your little girl or boy (or big girl or boy) has been asking to start dance classes? You know how much they love music, you see that they have an uncontrollable urge to move when their favourite song comes on, you’ve watched them obsess over dance related tv shows and movies and try to copy the dance steps in front of the TV. You would love to sign them up to dance class and make their dreams a reality but just as going to a new dance school can be daunting for your child, often it can be as equally daunting for you, a first-time “dance mum” or “dance dad”.

Never fear! Your guide to your child’s first dance class is here to help you get through the process; before, during and after.

BEFORE CLASS.

  1. Do your research. Google Maps is a monopoly board of dance schools in your local area. Each one of them will be different and have something that makes them special. Their “special” might not fit you and your child though. There are many factors to consider when picking a dance school; location, price, the culture of the school and qualified teachers to name a few. Think about what your ideal dance experience will be; do you want a high level of commitment and elite level performances? Do you want a recreational class for fun? Check out each dance school’s website and social media pages to find a school whose vision matches yours. Ask questions! Call up and inquire. Don’t be afraid to inquire at a few different schools until you find what you’re looking for.

  2. Book in. Just as you and your child need to be prepared, so do your teachers. Make sure that they know you will be attending class. Some school’s have an online booking system and others will take your booking via phone or email. Booking is important to ensure that there is space in that class for your son or daughter. Nothing is more disappointing than building up the excitement of dance class only to arrive and be told that that class is full. It is also a good opportunity to tell your teacher a little bit about your child. Maybe they have learning difficulties or a language barrier or are just generally very shy. A good teacher will take this on board and be prepared to create the best experience possible for your child.

  3. Talk about dancing. Often a dance class environment can be quite daunting for first timers, especially younger children. A dance class is a structured activity and while heaps of fun, is very different to just dancing around in the lounge room at home. Children who haven’t yet participated in a structured activity like school, kinder or lessons will take more time to grasp the concept of following directions in a group. The environment itself can be quite daunting too, a big echoey studio, loud music, other children and a new grown-up telling them what to, Talk to your child in the weeks leading up to class so these things will be less of a shock to them. Some things you can say are:
  • “Your dancing teacher’s name is Kristie and she is so excited to dance with you.”
  • “I’m so excited to take you to see your special dance room,  are you?”
  • “There are going to be lots of other little boys and girls dancing with you today, that’s exciting isn’t it?”
  • “Your dance teacher, Kristie, is going to teach you lots of special things. Try to copy and listen.”
  • And the most important one: “Don’t worry if it’s tricky. Just try your very best and have fun”
  • You could also show them photos or videos from your school’s social media pages of dance routines, the studio or even their teacher.

4. Be early. Arrive about 10 minutes early to give your child time to settle in, meet their teacher, go to the toilet, become familiar with the space, put their dance shoes on and relax. Arriving late or rushing in creates a stressful experience for the child who is most likely already feeling a little bit unsure. It is also disrupting to the teacher and the other little people in the class. When a child arrives late they miss out on class introductions, a comforting and settling chat from their teacher and the warm-up. All of these are essential to a well-rounded class.

DURING CLASS.

  1. Stick around. Depending on how old and how independent your child is, it’s a good idea to wait for them during their first lesson. Check with the teacher to see if it’s ok to watch their first class, every school will have a different policy. If you are allowed to watch, this is a good opportunity for you to get a feel for the school, see how the teacher engages with your child and to make sure they’re having fun. If you will be waiting for your child in the parent lounge, you could show them where you will be sitting to assure them that you aren’t too far away.

  2. Don’t take photos or videos. This is a policy most dance schools have in place as part of their Child Safety Policy and Code of Conduct. It ensures the safety and comfort of all students and parents. Imagine you as a 4-year-old, in your very first dance class, looking up to see a grown-up you don’t know taking your picture. Or imagine you as an adult, looking across the room to see another adult you don’t know filming your child’s dance class. From a copyright standpoint – it is actually against the law. Dance schools pay lots of money to be able to use and reproduce music in class, concerts and social media videos. What’s more, it is very awkward for you, the teacher and the other parents when the class has to be stopped so that you can be asked to stop filming. If you would like to capture the special moment, a photo before or after class is a better idea.

  3. Try not to discipline your child. It can be so tempting to call out “Mia – listen to Kristie” or “Sienna – are you concentrating!?”. It is expected for little people to get distracted during class and your teacher will be prepared for it. If it’s your child’s first dance class, they need to learn that for the next 45 minutes their dance teacher is the boss, not mum or dad. It is confusing for them to have instructions coming from all different directions and often will have the opposite effect. Remember, your teacher is a qualified professional. If they think your child is particularly disruptive or not quite ready for dance class, they will have a conversation with you about it. Sit back and relax and leave it to the pros.

  4. Don’t be disruptive. Switch phones off and refrain from a catch-up session with the other parents. Chatter can be really distracting for students AND the teacher. If possible, ensure your other children are looked after and entertained, not disturbing the class. Younger siblings, in particular, can be a point of distraction for big sisters and brothers who want to look after their younger sibling or want them to join in the class.

AFTER CLASS.

  1. Ask your child what they thought. Did they have fun? Would they like to come back? Was it scary? What was your favourite part? Often what you watched in the classroom can be different from what your child feels. There are many factors that determine where you send your child to dance but your child’s happiness should be high up on your priority list.

  2. Chat with the teacher. You might have questions or concerns or you’re not sure if that was the right class for your child. Voice these with the teacher. He/She may ease your concerns or they might know of a class that would be better suited to your child.

  3. Try again. For many little boys and girls, it can take a few classes to settle into the dance school environment. As mentioned earlier, it is a structured activity with many variables; loud music, lots of other children and parents, a new place, a new grown up, all of these things can trigger nerves and emotions even in the most confident of children. If your child loves to dance but struggled with their first lesson, it may be worth persisting for a few more classes. Every child is different and like with all things, each child will take to dance in their own way and in their own time.  

  4. Relax. Remember not to expect too much from your little dancer. Dance is a progressive art form and the skills involved take time to develop. They won’t be turning, leaping or performing cartwheels in their first class. Remember it’s not just about the dance steps. It’s about developing the whole person. From social skills to confidence, musicality and counting, healthy muscles and bones and making friends!

And the last thing; cut yourself some slack. Signing your child up to dance can be stressful. It means more bills to be paid, more uniforms to buy, more emails and newsletters to read and yet another after-school activity to get to on time. It may take you a while to find your own dancing feet but if you are feeding your child’s passion for dance, you are already doing a wonderful thing. Just take a deep breath, do your research and trust your instincts.

By Chloe Jobson – Co-Owner at Main St Funk Dance School Epping

January 2019

Hello and welcome back to another fabulous and funky year at Main St Funk. We are so pleased to see so many returning students and as equally excited to meet so many new students and their families. We are ready and roaring for a big year of dance and hope you are too. Here a few things to note as we kick off 2019.

When do classes commence for 2019?: We start back on Monday, Feb 4th.

What’s new in 2019?

  • A brand new age group! We now cater to children as young as 2.5 in our new Petite classes. Spread the word!
  • We welcome Tiana Lay from our Teen classes to the assistant teaching team. She has been dancing with MSF for nine years and makes a fabulous role model.

Location: Our address is 6/13 Lydia Court Epping 3076. We are located behind Bunnings on Cooper St.

Parking: MSF Students and parents are not permitted to park inside the complex. There is ample street parking available. We appreciate your co-operation with this as it helps us maintain a good relationship with our neighbouring tenants who need access to their car spaces at all times. When you park in their spots, we get in trouble. It is also a safety hazard for our students who walk up and down the thoroughfare, to have cars pulling in and out.

Uniform: Over the next few weeks please ensure your child is equipped with the correct dance attire and shoes as outlined on our uniform guideline here: https://mainstfunk.com/uniform-guidelines/

Parents:  Main St Funk do not allow spectators in the classroom except in the case of it being a child’s first class or if the teacher specifically invites the parents in. Please make use of our comfortable lounge area and tea and coffee facilities while you wait for your child to finish their class or you are welcome to drop and go. During your child’s first class with us you are welcome to watch but please ensure other siblings are supervised, phones are switched off and talking is kept to a minimum to limit distractions.

NO PHOTOS OR VIDEO POLICY: As per Main St Funk’s Child Safety Policy and Code of Conduct; parents, guardians, siblings and/or friends are not permitted to take photos or videos while class is in process. You are welcome to take photos of your child before or after class. The MSF code of conduct is agreed to upon enrollment. Please ensure you have read this: https://mainstfunk.com/code-of-conduct-child-safe-policy/

Fees: Term fees are due in the third week of each term and payable by online transfer, cheque or cash in a clearly labelled envelope. If paying online, ensure you put your child’s last name in the description.

Enrollment:  We are still accepting enrollments from new and returning Main St Funk students. If you haven’t enrolled or booked in for an obligation free trial class please do so asap on the parent portal. Many classes are already full with waiting lists but there is still lots of room for all of you. Enrol here: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/mainstfunk

Important Dates: We are pleased to have locked in The Magis Theatre Loyola College (Watsonia) once again for our end of year performance and compulsory theatre rehearsal.  This year we will hold two concerts and two rehearsals. The school will be split into two casts – so each class will only perform in one concert ( and will be required for one rehearsal).  We will split the school later in the year when everyone has settled into their classes so please pencil in both concert dates and both rehearsal dates for now before we confirm which cast your child will be in. Senior and Teen students, you will perform in BOTH concerts. Petites will not perform in the concerts.

COMPULSORY THEATRE REHEARSAL: The rehearsal is the one and only compulsory event we run throughout the year and attendance is mandatory for all students who wish to participate in the end of year concert.

CAST 1: Wednesday 20th of November

CAST 2: Thursday 21st of November

END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE:

CAST 1: Friday 29th of November

CAST 2: Saturday 30th of November

Our important dates page and google calendar are updated throughout the year to include things like; term dates, performance opportunities and mid-year concert. Check it out and sync your google calendar to ours so you never miss a reminder: https://mainstfunk.com/dates-events/

Comp Crew: We are still taking expressions of interest to join our friendly and inclusive competition team. No auditions required. More info here: https://mainstfunk.com/crew-competition-team/

Social Media: Make sure you are following Main St Funk on Facebook and Instagram. We love to post daily to give you inspiration, a sneak peek into our classes and to stay connected with our dancing family.

www.facebook.com/mainstfunk

www.instagram.com/mainstfunk

The most important thing to remember this year is that Main St Funk students dance for fun and because they love it. We encourage an inclusive, harmonious environment where our students are dedicated to their class and committed to working to the best of their ability, as a team. We are proud of the way we have mastered the balance of working hard and having fun and we are happy to have each and every one of you on board for 2019.

We are so looking forward to seeing you in the studio for a big year that’s all about dance! If you have any questions please shoot us an email!

Kristie, Carla and Chloe. x