October is thrill time and just like every year, we didn’t let anything stand in the way of rocking Michael Jackson’s famous Thriller dance! When the forecast promised rain we took the party inside and rocked the JJIU studio!
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped keep the Thrill spirit alive! Huge thanks to Queenies Bake Shop for sponsoring the event and to Jeannie Maidens and Rui Gomes for bringing the whole thing together!
We’re celebrating 15 years of fabulous Jennifer’s Jazz It Up dance programs with a year long party!
Our dancers mean everything to us and we are honoured to be a part of their dance education. We started our year off with our annual free workshops. Thanks to everyone who came out to kick off another great season of dance!
Classes are underway and we are thrilled to welcome to all our new students and welcome back to our returning dancers!
New students are always welcome – check out our class schedule and contact us for more information on how you can become a part of the JJIU family!
It’s going to be an incredible year at Jennifer’s Jazz It Up - come dance with us!
Each year before our regular dance season starts, JJIU is pleased to offer free workshops for all ages.
Everyone is welcome to attend – new students can come meet our teachers and staff, try a new style of dance and see why so many kids love dancing at JJIU! Current students are welcome to come out and check out their favourite dance classes or try something new.
There’s something for everyone and we can’t wait to see you – come dance with us!
Two members of our competitive dance team will compete in the World Dance Championships in Europe this fall. Jasmine and Mary attended open auditions in March vying for a place on Team Canada; the girls were notified in June that they were chosen.
Mary competes at JJIU in Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop. As one of 11 children selected across all age divisions she will travel to Germany in December to compete at the World Tap Championships alongside children from over 50 countries around the globe vying for the world title.
Jasmine McBride competes in jazz, tap, contemporary, musical theatre, lyrical, and hip hop. She was chosen as a member of the Canadian Hip Hop Team to compete at the World Dance Championships in Denmark this October.
The World Championships are held by the World Dance Council each year drawing dancers from over 90 countries. The cost of participation in the World Dance Championships is $3,500 per dancer. The girls are hoping to find local businesses and organizations who can help sponsor their trips and offset some of the costs and have started Facebook pages to help – Jasmine’s page is www.facebook.com/DancingToDenmark and Mary’s page is www.facebook.com/FriendsOfMaryMcnee.
We are delighted to have so many high caliber dancers at JJIU and our competitive dance team has been recognized many times for their exceptional talent and abilities. We are thrilled for Jasmine and Mary and can’t wait to cheer them on all the way from Port Hope!
It’s been another incredible year at JJIU and we want to thank all the amazing dancers, fabulously talented teachers and super-supportive parents for making this year the best yet!
We topped off a fantastic year with what had to be our best recital in the history of JJIU! Each and every one of our dancers rocked the stage and brought down the house. With super special guests Ineffable Styles and “Chris” and “West” from TVs The Next Step joining us at the evening performance, it was an unforgettable day from beginning to end!
We’re taking a short break before starting back up for our Summer Classes - so sit back, relax and enjoy a recap of another sparkle-tastic year at JJIU!
In just one week, our incredible dancers will take the stage at the Capitol Theatre for our annual gala Recital. It’s sure to be an amazing show! If you haven’t ordered your recital DVDs yet, now is the time – forms are available at the studio.
We’ve had another awesome year at JJIU – we had a great time working with the Port Hope Figure Skating Club and Northumberland Gymnastics, and held a hip hop workshop with the Port Hope Cubs!
Our Junior Ballet class was the feature performance at the Port Hope Civic Awards and our Competitive Team rocked centre court at the halftime shows for both the Oshawa Power and the Harlem Globetrotters! Our Stardust dancers were supermodels for a day, showcasing gorgeous Le Chateau fashions at Northumberland Mall’s Prettiest PROM-otion!
The comp team took the stage by storm at competitions in Chicago, Buffalo and Toronto and as we finish off a great year we are thrilled to be working with photographer Iden Ford who is shooting our dancers’ photos for the first time!
Summer Classes 2013
As the year winds down, we are already gearing up for a great summer season – check out our class schedule and register before May 31st for your early bird discount!
Interested in joining the award-winning JJIU Competitive Team next year? We’ll be holding a Parent Information Night in July – stay tuned for more details!
We’re barely into spring and busy as ever at JJIU! We were thrilled to put on the halftime show at the Oshawa Power Basketball this month and we’re really looking forward to performing at halftime at the Harlem Globetrotters come to Oshawa on April 18th!
We had another amazing competition in Buffalo with our best showing ever! 15 First place, 7 Second place, and 3 Third place awards, and special awards for Best Emotional Execution, Best Costuming and Best Presentation.
Our young ballet dancers will light up the stage at the Port Hope Civic Awards on April 18th at the Capitol Theatre and our Stardust dancers are performing at Northumberland Mall ‘s Prettiest Promotion April 20th.
We’re looking forward to our last competition of the year in Toronto and already planning for recital. Mark your calendars for June 1st at the Capitol Theatre and come out to see all our incredible dancers doing what they do best!
Well, what can we say about our first competition of the year in Chicago… it was totally awesome! Our comp dancers rocked the stage and we had a total blast! Congratulations to all our dancers and special thanks to our parents who made the long trip to the windy city and do so much to support our kids!
Take a look at just some of the fun we had…
We have had a great time in the last few weeks working with the Port Hope Figure Skating Club and Northumberland Gymnastics and we made a special trip to visit the 1st Port Hope Cub Pack for a super cool hiphop workshop. The cubs were amazing and we made a little video to show off their awesome dance moves!
What’s next for JJIU? Where do we begin?
On Wednesday, March 13, our comp team will perform at the Oshawa Power Basketball half-time show.
On April 18th the team hits center court once again for the Harlem Globetrotters Game at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa!
And if you are heading to the Port Hope Civic Awards ceremony on April 18, you will be treated to a performance by our incredibly taltented Intro to Ballet dancers – don’t miss it!
Next weekend, we’re off to Buffalo for our second competition of the year – always one of our very favourites and you KNOW we’ll share the pictures when we get back!