2017 Exciting News!

The Jaksa Team are very excited to be implementing a new rewards program called “SPOTLIGHT” highlighting our students who have shown not only improvement but also commitment, dedication, hard work & importantly, teamwork & kindness.  These students will be showcased on the website, social media & on our display boards.  We encourage parents to keep up to date with “Jaksa Performing Arts Studio” social media i.e FaceBook; Instagram; Twitter; Pinterest & YouTube as we’ve got a new marketing campaign happening too!

We are also integrating the CSTD Theatrical & Performing Arts Syllabus!

This syllabus aims to develop the triple threat, to train students to be versatile performers and to prepare them for musical theatre auditions.

Renowned musicals are are studied at each level and is designed to allow teachers creative scope, choreographically and stylistically.

2017 is going to be full of excitement and new adventures!

The First of Studio ‘First’s’ for 2015

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Today is the ‘first’ blog post on the ‘first’ Sunday after the ‘first’ week of classes.

After ten years in business, there aren’t quite so many ‘firsts’ anymore, so I am excited to write about our ‘first week.’

I have many words to describe last week however the one that popped into my head ‘first’, was mayhem.  It was an exciting, chaotic week of mayhem!

To begin the week, we had Mad Monday! Always a hectic start to the week, our ‘first’ Monday was just that. Students were unsure of what studio classes were held in, parents were unsure of timetables and teachers were unsure of class numbers. We had people wanting to buy uniforms and shoes, teachers looking for music and syllabus (though that should have been sorted beforehand…. Insert a Miss Jahn frown.) Our security camera’s were turned on for the ‘first’ time this year and registration forms were flying about, like the scene in Harry Potter’s The Sorcerer’s Stone when all the mail flies into Uncle Vernon’s house.

Jay John’s hosted our ‘first’ hip hop dance workshop for the year and we all had our first studio pictures with him (and our ‘first’ set of sore muscles!)

We had nervous little bellies of new students attending their ‘first’ class at Jaksa.

Yes, we had a few ‘first’ tears but after warm hugs from Mother’s and the start of ‘first’ exercises, everyone had their ‘first’ smiles and skipped out of classes with their ‘first’ class enjoyed by all.

At Jaksa, we love creating….. ‘First’s!’

Daddies are Brave.

I was going through the concert pictures and discovered these awesome shots.  They’re not awesome because of the pictures themselves (even though I do think they’re fantastic!) They’re awesome because it captured a magic moment of the brave Fathers who had the gusto to move out of their comfort zone and dance with their daughters in the End of Year Concert.

Out of 40 Father’s asked, eight brave men attended regular classes to learn a basic jive with their daughters. They put 150% effort into their rehearsals and even though it was hot and sweaty work twirling their gorgeous girls around and they got lost in their format here and there – they never complained.

What was magical, was the look on their daughters faces…. Priceless. That’s what we do at Jaksa.  We give the opportunity to everyone to create little pockets of priceless memories.

Well done guys. You were awesome. Xx Miss Jahn

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21 Days until Concert!

There are now only 21 days until the concert. Wow!! I cannot believe that another year has flown by with the speed of 1000 gazelles and here I am, awaiting the crazy whirlwind that inevitably pops up as the Concert day looms closer. I write this as I sit eating my breakfast and organising my week, day, hour, minute…. As dance/singing/drama teachers we have the ability to squash 400 things into the small space of an hour. A rare talent I believe! And then we wonder why we get so tired! Ha ha. Today I have a very long “To Do” list. Already I have ironed two sets of school uniforms, made school lunches, dropped the kiddies off to school, put two loads of washing on and hung one out, put new bed linens on one bed, put the dishes away, fed the pets, emailed several clients, taken 4 phone calls and updated my website. It’s only 9.00am. Now I have to finalise insurances, update banking, finalise invoices, organise head pieces, finalise some costumes, organise tech runs, edit music, mix vocal tracks, go for a walk (to keep my derrier in check), then tonight I will teach for 3 hours and then attend the first audition sessions of The Regals Musical Society – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (I am the choreographer.) No doubt, when I crawl into bed at midnight I will be a tad tired. Perhaps I’ll need to fit in a nanna nap somewhere. TTFN, lots to do! Until next time. Zoom, zoom, zoom!

Being a Drama & Musical Theatre Student.

In Drama and Musical Theatre, we do two performances a year. A Pantomime and the End of Year Concert. All of our scripts are written by Miss Jahn and they are always light-hearted, and contain a child-friendly humour to them. Being a drama student is constantly fun. Playing acting games, working on improvisation, becoming a character and learning lines are part of what we do over the year. The Musical theatre is also available to drama students as a separate class on the same day but you have to do Drama to be able to do this class. Musical theatre is an extension class. It consists of singing, dancing and acting by learning songs as a group, then adding music and also lines to make short scenes. We also get to learn how to direct, choreograph and costume other students in our small performances. Drama and Musical Theatre classes keep me looking forward to Monday afternoons.  Lana (student aged 15 @ Jaksa for 7 years.)

Concert Rehearsals from a Student’s Perspective.

Rehearsals are always full on, but are definitely needed. They help us (the students) remember our cues for when we need to go on stage. At Jaksa we specialise in Musical Theatre, so our end of year concert always has a storyline and is full of Singing, Dancing and Acting!  Last year we did an adaptation of the Wizard of Oz and I got to play one of the lead characters called Dot. This year we’re doing an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and I’m playing a Jaksa-Who (like a Tweedle-Dee) and a talking Guitar! ha ha. So we don’t just have music cues but dialogue cues as well. We need to know exactly what’s happening. The rehearsals give us time to practice changing our costumes between all the singing, dancing and acting routines. The singers and drama students also use hand held radio microphones and head set microphones. Each student who uses them needs to know where to go to get the mics and where to put them when we finish. We also need to know what colour or number mic we have to use because the sound man has our mics tuned to our voices. This part does take a bit of time, especially when there’s new students who haven’t worked with them before. We also need the practice joining everything together. Jaksa rehearsals are a great way to get everyone ready for the end of year concert and help students know exactly where to stand on stage and when we need to get ready in costumes, with microphones and props. I forgot about props! But that’s another story! Lana (aged 15 & student @ Jaksa for 7 years.)