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Beginner Ottawa Valley & Cape Breton Step Dancing with Ashlyne Bigg

Cape Breton and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing are very unique styles of dance that children of all ages and grades (teachers too) can enjoy. I have taught Step Dance classes of 10 to 15 students. I am willing to give several classes if class sizes are higher than 15 to 20. I strongly feel that more children, especially for beginner dancers, means less one on one time. I want the children to feel excited about the class and accomplish goals; not bored and discourage because class sizes are too big.
Goals:
I have two end goals; first goal is have the children memorize a short routine. My second goal and end product for the entire course throughout the year, is to have the students use their creative abilities and improvise/choreograph their own unique dance using the steps and techniques they have learnt over the course of the program, and perhaps perform the piece and the end!

Grade Suitability:

All

Maximum Class Size:

15-20 max

Time Required:

For beginner Step Dancers, one hour in length is plenty of time. One hour permits the children to learn the steps without feeling rushed or pressured, while still allowing the heart rate and oxygen levels to rise. No prep time needed - children just need to arrive on time.

Material Required:

The children could use their own tap shoes if they have any, or even hard sole shoes that might make a sound on a hard floor. Running shoes are also acceptable; but no socks or bare feet. A large space such as a gymnasium would be excellent as the hard floor will allow the students to hear the foot work, but also provide safety to the feet and shins. The “give” in gymnasium floors helps prevent shin-splints and foot cramps. If the schools could provide a cd player for my music that would be helpful, if not, I will happily get my own! Finally…. Positive attitude and willingness to learn!

Language of Instruction:

English

Communities:

All

Availability:

Available when needed until the end of the school year, however, would prefer a couple of weeks’ notice.

Ashlyne Bigg

Ashlyne Bigg has been performing since the age of 12 in the Yukon Territory - dazzling her audiences with her musical theatre skills and numerous talents.

Ashlyne’s performing career really took off after she graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, British Columbia in 2003. She was hired as fiddler, step-dancer, and highland dancer for a renowned Canadian company out of Victoria - The Spirit of a Nation.

In 2004, deciding to head home to the Yukon, she worked with the Frantic Follies as a Can-Can dancer, a singer and musician; playing several instruments including the fiddle, stand-up bass, trumpet and banjo! In later years, Ashlyne was promoted to the position of Dance Captain with the Follies.

In 2005 Ashlyne had the pleasure of being sought out for the well-known “Charlottetown Music Festival, Young Company” in Prince Edward as their featured fiddler and step-dancer.

In the years of 2006 to 2008, Ashlyne was hired by the Theatre Royal in Barkerville B.C. There she was the troupe’s fiddler and step dancer. Ashlyne also allured her audiences with the Theatre Royal’s two road tours, traveling to every corner of British Columbia.

Today, Ashlyne is still found around Whitehorse and at the Frantic Follies entertaining the crowds with her fiddle, step dancing, musical theatre and comedic skills!

Contact: 867-334-2425

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