The purpose of Footwork Mini Ensemble is to promote the art of dance, dance performance, and to further the dance education of its members. It will seek to advance the art form of dance and performance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of the dance members. This group gives members the opportunity to experience new aspects of the art of dance (through the traditional means of dance) while incorporating new aspects of Dance Team. Through promoting this art form, the members will grow in performance skills, individual talent as a dancer, and overall dance education.
There will be two sections to the season.
The first half (September through January) will be primarily on performance skills through jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary. At the end of the 1st half (end of January), members of MiniEnsemble will perform a revue. Leading up to their performance, members will have once a month rehearsals (September –December) and will have two rehearsals in January.
The second half (February through June) will be spent on team building through Pom Dance. Members will continue to work on jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, etc. as it pertains to a team effort of Pom performing/competition. However, there will be NO COMPETITIONS. Members will perform at the Jo’s Follies in June 2018 showcasing their different Dance Team styles.
Director of Mini Ensemble: Ms. Sequoia Rada… graduated from Eastern Illinois University with her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Sequoia has been dancing since she was three years old and was a student at Jo's for thirteen years. She has done several different styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Poms. Sequoia started assisting teachers with some of their younger classes when she was eleven years old, and began teaching her own class at the age of &fteen. Along with dancing at Jo's, she has taken various workshops including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Sequoia
was also on the Dance Team at the College of DuPage, where she attended school for two years. While there Sequoia danced mostly Poms, along with Kick Line, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. Along with being the Artistic Director of Mini Ensemble, Sequoia is also the Co-Coach and Rehearsal Director for all three Footwork Elite AllStar Poms Teams.