FOOTWORK MINI-ENSEMBLE 2019-2020
The purpose of Jo’s Footwork Mini Ensemble is to promote the art of dance, dance performance, and to further the dance education of its members. It seeks to advance the art form of dance and performance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of the dance members. This company gives members the opportunity to experience new aspects of the art of dance, through the traditional means of dance, while incorporating aspects of Dance Team. Through promoting this art form, members grow in performance skills, technique, gain confidence as dancers, and grow in dance education.
The first half (September through December) focuses primarily on performance skills and technique through jazz, hip-hop, and ballet/contemporary. Towards the end of the first half, dancers have the opportunity to perform at Brookfield Zoo, during Holiday Magic, in December. Leading up to their performance, members have once a month Rehearsals from September through December.
The second half (January through June) is spent on team building, performance skills and technique through Pom Dance. Members continue to work on jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary, along with learning new pom skills, pom arms, and pom technique. Members perform at the Jo’s Footwork Recital, in June, showcasing their different dance team routines. Members continue to have once a month Rehearsals from January through June.
Director of Mini Ensemble: Ms. Sequoia Rada is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been dancing since she was three years old and was a student at Jo's for thirteen years. Sequoia started assisting teachers at age eleven and began teaching her own class at the age of fifteen. 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, while attending COD. While there, she danced mostly Poms, along with Kick Line, Jazz, Tap, and Modern. Currently, Sequoia is the Artistic Director of Jo’s Footwork Mini Ensemble, and the Co-Coach for Footwork AllStar Elite Dance Teams.