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Notes from Miss Wendy

Summer at PacMo

Wendy Moore

Dear PacMo Families,

As we officially kick off our PacMo Summer Program (hooray!) I’d like to take a moment to reflect on our amazing Recital 2018.  As I look back, I could not be more proud or more grateful.  Watching all of our dancers perform on stage are moments I wish I could experience over and over again, from our youngest classes, so bravely and beautifully dancing for the very first time on the big stage to our older dancers whose performances were the result of an abundance of hard work and unwavering dedication to dance.  Every single one of you was simply fabulous!

And a very big thank you to our incredible parent volunteers who so graciously shared their time to help with decorations, concessions, gift sales, tickets and programs along with assisting our dancers backstage.  It definitely takes a village, and our village is wonderful!

Last year was a year of small but important changes at Pacific Motion.  Early in the New Year we revamped the studio’s mission statement and realigned our Performance Company with this mission “to create and support confident, healthy, and passionate dancers who are committed to excellence in dance.”  Our mission also guided how we designed our summer programs, our Season 4 classes and paved the way for so many awesome events, from our Preschool Week to our upcoming Back-to-Dance Event to next season’s PacMo Production. And there is so much more in store for our Pacific Motion Families!!  Make sure to stay connected via the PacMo Community Facebook page and our Instagram account.
If you haven’t already heard, PacMo is the place to be this summer!  It’s not too late to sign up for one of our classes, camps, preschool mini camps or dance intensives!  Why dance over the summer? Here are 5 quick reasons:

1.  It’s a great way to keep up your dance technique.  It takes a dancer roughly 6 weeks to get into “dance shape” and just 3 weeks to lose most of that progress. Dancers who work over the summer can head into the fall in prime dancing condition.

2.  Smaller class sizes over the summer mean more individual attention.

3.  It’s the perfect time to try new dance styles and/or incorporate fun themes into your dancing, such as our Circus Acrobat Camp or our Triple Threat Broadway Dance Intensive.

4.  You can meet new friends!  Hooray for friends!

5.  You get to dance!  Dance is a lifestyle.  Summer is a time of fewer obligations from school and other activities.  Dance all summer long and see how much progress you can make!

Our Summer Program runs through August 17th and then we will take a short week off for staff training and a studio revamp.  Save the date on Saturday, August 25th from 11am-2pm for our Back-to-Dance Party featuring a Dancin’ Soul Pop Up Shop, free dance classes, raffles and treats!  We will also be announcing the theme of our next PacMo Production.  You don’t want to miss this!

Season 4 classes officially begin on August 27th.  We will be closed on Monday, September 3rd, for Labor Day.

As always, thank you for your incredible support of our PacMo community!  I’m looking forward to another season of learning, dance and FUN!

Happy dancing,
Miss Wendy

This Month at Pacific Motion

Wendy Moore

PacMo Families,

All I can say is, last month was awesome!  Simply put, our Alice in Dancerland & Company Showcase was a dream come true for me, in part because it embodied the new mission statement of Pacific Motion.  Every single dancer in our show was committed to excellence in dance and gave their all in order to put together an entire production in just 7 weeks.  Watching them perform on stage was an experience I will never forget.  And, our families!  Our AMAZING families!  So many of you volunteered your time and talents to create a beautiful tea party and fantastic show experience.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  All in all, the show was a crowd favorite and a lot of fun. I can’t wait for our production next year!

You may have noticed some new faces around PacMo!

If you haven’t already met them, I’d like to introduce you to some of our newer teachers on staff.  Miss Nicole has been teaching at Pacific Motion since the fall, and is responsible for choreographing the incredible number, “All That Jazz”, that closed the Showcase.  Nicole began dancing at the age of 2, teaching at the age of 15 and choreographing for competition at 19.  She graduated from Cal State San Marcos where she danced on her college dance team.  In addition to dancing, Miss Nicole enjoys hiking, traveling, and skydiving.

Miss Delena has also recently joined our staff.  She is incredibly talented in many different dance genres including Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary and Jazz.  As a former student of Miss Wendy and a former Carlsbad High School Lancer Dancer, Delena has competed both in studio and school dance team competitions, winning a world championship and two national titles.  Miss Delena most recently danced with an all-girls Hip Hop crew.  We are excited to have her onboard.

Another of Miss Wendy’s former students, Miss Rachel, has also started teaching at Pacific Motion.  Rachel began dancing at the age of 2 and competed for 10 years with close to 70 dance numbers.  Rachel graduated from the University of Oregon, where she was a member of the dance team.  Rachel loves to read, travel, and she has an enormous sweet tooth.  We are thrilled to have such experienced and intelligent teachers working with our dancers.  Our incredible teaching staff is the reason Pacific Motion continues to grow strong, technical...and happy dancers!

What’s in the works for the next few months?  

Don’t forget our Company Preview Parent Meeting on Sunday, March 11th for both new and returning Company dancers, where we will lay out the new direction of the Pacific Motion Company.  

In classes, teachers will begin evaluating students for their progress reports, which will be sent to families in late April.  In order to make sure all of our dancers are receiving the guidance they need to reach their dance goals, we will begin holding parent/teacher conferences in April to discuss each child’s progress.  In the meantime, feel free to sign up for a meeting with me during my office hours to talk about your child, ask questions, or just check in with me.  See our front desk crew to schedule an appointment.

What else can we look forward to in March?

It’s our Three-year Anniversary Party.  Wow-time flies when you're having fun!!  Stop by the studio on March 22nd to check out the festivities!  Lastly, it's our favorite time of year, as we are in full recital mode.  We are currently ordering costumes, starting dance choreography, and getting ready for another memorable recital experience on June 23rd. 

Thank you, as always, for being a part of our Pacific Motion family!

Miss Wendy

Why Acro?

Wendy Moore

Why Acro?

I am constantly thinking about ways to provide the best training possible to my PacMo dancers, no matter what their dance goals are (this is seriously what keeps me up in the middle of the night).  I realize that I may not always communicate what’s in my head with parents because I forget that everyone hasn’t had a lifetime of dance training or continues to obsess about dance like me.  I want to be better about sharing exactly why I make certain choices for the studio.  Why would I be “pushing” acro on my dancers when I want them to be dancers and not gymnasts?  Here are the reasons behind my support of bringing acro into your dancer’s training.

  1. It’s back “in.”  When I was growing up way back in the 80’s, acro was a part of my regular tap/ballet combo class.  Every dancer was expected to know how to do a bridge, a somersault, a cartwheel and basic acro tricks.  As far as I can tell, acro remained big on the East Coast, but fell out of vogue in Southern California because we were busy doing MTV hip hop.  Now, it’s made a comeback in a big way, and we are seeing acro integrated into jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop competition routines.  Just like high waisted skinny jeans came back with a vengeance, this is what is hip on the dance scene.  If your dancer attends dance conventions, takes master classes, or plans to enter the world of competitive dance, she or he will be expected to have a basic grasp of proper acro training.

  2. Acro provides cross-training that complements dance.  Cross-training is important to dancers because it provides balance to the body to avoid overuse of certain muscle groups that can lead to injury.  Professional athletes cross-train, and professional dancers should cross-train.  It can be highly beneficial as long as the outside activity is not detrimental to dance.  Acro is among the best cross-training exercises for dancers, in addition to Pilates, yoga, Gyrotonics and swimming.  I’m going to go right out and say this...high levels of soccer are detrimental to dance.  A small amount of running won’t hurt a dancer and is even encouraged to increase endurance and leg strength.  But running for long periods without stretching afterwards and repeatedly kicking the ball out of dancer alignment with a non-pointed toe (gasp) goes against everything your child is learning in jazz and ballet class.  Will a little recreational soccer ruin your child’s dance career?  Probably not.  But you aren’t seeing Misty Copeland playing soccer on the weekends.  Just sayin.’

  3. Dancers learn the proper way to execute acro when they receive supervised training.  This is a generation of YouTube learning.  Many kids are trying the things they see on YouTube at home and on the playground.  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how dangerous it is for a child to try a flip they aren’t ready for, but maybe you don’t know the long-term effects of a child performing an extreme acro stretch improperly.  Dancers can put pressure on delicate necks, tweak developing backs, and wrench shoulders into positions without the strength and flexibility to do so.  Your dancer may be doing something that only hurts a little now but will have dire long-term consequences on the body.  Lower back and neck injuries can lead to a lifetime of chronic pain, not to mention make it impossible for dancers to pursue their passion for dance.  We don’t want that to happen.  Acro allows dancers to work incrementally at accomplishing a trick, in proper alignment, with correct spotting by an instructor, and only when they are ready.  As a 38-year-old who grew up doing acro properly, I have no major dance injuries (knock on wood) because my instructors always taught correct alignment and preparation. I want to make sure our PacMo dancers enjoy the same longevity in their dance careers.

This message was just to help everyone understand the importance of proper acro training and why I believe it is essential to developing our students into well-rounded and safe dancers.  One more benefit to acro I forgot to’s a healthy dose of exercise in a fun-filled package!  If we can get our children to pursue exercise and self-expression at the same time, it’s a win-win.  I encourage all our dancers to add acro into your training, whether by taking a weekly class or just an occasional workshop.  It will improve your dance training, fitness, versatility, marketability, and it’s just plain fun!