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EWMD Performs at Christmas in the Park

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

EWMD Performs at Christmas in the Park

Downtown San Jose’s Christmas in the Park is a beloved tradition for many families. This year, EWMD joined in the festivities with a performance on Sunday, December 4, 2016. EWMD Performing Companies danced wonderfully…spreading Christmas cheer and the Joy of Dance from their radiant smiles to the tips of their toes!We had beautiful weather, a great crowd, and we are quite excited to make this a yearly EWMD...

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40th Anniversary and Student Appreciation Day at EWMD!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

40th Anniversary and Student Appreciation Day at EWMD!

2016 marks 40 JOYFUL years that EWMD has been in business. We celebrated at our Student Appreciation Day on Sunday, September 11, 2016. It was exciting to share the day with so many EWMD Families. It may be hard to choose a favorite from the many highlights of the event… Beautiful face painting Hot dogs and other food & drinks Photo booth & dress-up Giant Disney Princess bounce house Amazing balloon art Reminiscing over 40 years of Recital Photos Performing Company dancing their Disneyland Parade routine Yummy Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Sharing it all with friends, family & teachers ~ past and present! …but I think our favorite was seeing all of the “Smiles!” We have loved sharing the gift of dance and music these past 40 years and we’re looking forward to many more years to come too! Thank you to all of the families that have created so many fond...

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EWMD Dancers Enjoy the Magic of Disneyland!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

EWMD Dancers Enjoy the Magic of Disneyland!

21 of our Performing Company dancers along with chaperones and our Director, Pam East, enjoyed a fabulous trip to Disneyland in July. How could a 6 day trip to Disneyland Parks Resort in Southern California be anything but Magical, especially when you mix it with dancing?  EWMD’s Performing Company dancers learned a fun, energetic routine from Disney’s “The Jungle Book” movie, and practiced their own jazz dances in preparation for this amazing opportunity. After arriving backstage at Disneyland, they joined hundreds of dancers from around the world for some fun & hard work! The dancers “behind the scenes” experiences included two days of workshop classes taught by Disney Performing Arts Staff, rehearsal for their parade performances, and even a “Dancers Only” Ice Cream & Dance Party!  Their hard work and rehearsals paid off as they sparkled and radiated with joy while dancing for about 30 minutes down the parade route in Disneyland and then again in California Adventure Park. The memorable dance experiences did not stop there though…Our EWMD dancers graced the stage performing two dances in a Showcase at the Fantasyland Theatre! Of course, everyone managed to spend many enjoyable, hours on their favorite rides and at the pool too. The happiest place on earth did not disappoint, and “Dance the Magic Inc.” provides such an amazing opportunity that we’re sure our dancers will not soon forget! Our next opportunity to dance at Disneyland can’t come soon enough!...

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EWMD in Flashmob during Saratoga’s Classic Car Show on July 19!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

EWMD in Flashmob during Saratoga’s Classic Car Show on July 19!

EWMD students had fun participating in a Flash Mob on July 19, 2015 at the Classic Car Show in downtown Saratoga.  Instructor, Beth Moore, taught our dancers a pre-choreographed fun, car-related routine.  The dancers broke into the Flash mob in the middle of the street which was lined with “cool vintage cars”.  Notice the dancers shirts.  Perfect!

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Dancing in the Street was a Blast!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Dancing in the Street was a Blast!

Here are the dancers onstage during their Bows.  Everyone had so much fun and we congratulate our dancers on a fine performance.  The lights, sets, costumes and rehearsals came together to make a spectacular...

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EWMD Performs at the sjDANCEco Dance Festival

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

EWMD Performs at the sjDANCEco Dance Festival

EWMD performed at the sjDANCEco Dance Festival at Santana Row on April 26.  In celebration of National Dance Week 2015, our SPC lyrical group shared the stage with 60+ dance groups.  The day was filled with music and many styles of dance with all ages of dancers.  Friends and families enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day and were entertained from 10:00am until 4:00pm.  It was a great way to CELEBRATE dance and share all that it has to offer.

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EWMD Dancers Perform at Disneyland!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

EWMD Dancers Perform at Disneyland!

17 of our Performing Company dancers along with chaperones and our Director, Pam East, enjoyed a wonderful experience in July at the Disneyland Parks Resort in Southern California. This program was created by Dance the Magic Productions. Dancers learned a fun, energetic routine based on Disney’s “Teen Beach Party” movie weeks before we got to Disneyland. This routine was performed in both the Disneyland Parade as well as the California Adventure Park Parade. The dancers had to work hard to build up their stamina in order to dance straight for 30 minutes outdoors in the sun. They did it through lots of hard practice. Besides performing in the Parades dancers took two days of workshop classes taught by the remarkable Disney Performing Arts Staff. These classes allowed our dancers to sharpen their performance skills by learning a variety of styles, interpretations and dance techniques. To top the week off the dancers performed three dances, lyrical, tap and jazz, in a Showcase venue at California Adventure Park. Complete with lighting and a full size stage, the production was most memorable for all. Of course, everyone managed to spend many enjoyable, jam packed hours for the 6 days at both parks in between all of the scheduled events. All in all, it truly was a magical week in the happiest place on earth, Disneyland! We can’t wait to go back!...

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Hear What Parents are Saying

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Hear What Parents are Saying

“East West Music and Dance is an awesome school! I found them via a friend many years back and took ballet with them for 6 years. It was a really fun experience-I learned a lot and really enjoyed the excellent training, enthusiasm and professionalism they have at EWMD. Now I have enrolled my 5 year old daughter there and she takes Tap and Ballet. She is really enjoying it and learning a lot. I would not have chosen any other dance school for her.” Paula Ross, parent and former student “I want to especially thank you for all for the incredible dance instruction Talia has had at your studio. She has learned so much, and this year it has really paid off. She had a great time performing as a lead dancer in the Redwood Middle School play (The Wiz) and now is thrilled to be on the Song Team at Saratoga High. These are fantastic opportunities she would not have had without the kind of training she has received from you and your dedicated instructors. It is not only the excellent instruction, but the genuine caring interest you all take towards each other and every one of your students that makes the dance experience at your studio so wonderful. Through their interaction with you and your staff, the girls gain not only technical skill, but the self-assurance, grace and confidence to grow into lovely young women. Thank you being such wonderful mentors in both dance and life!” Denise Balma, parent “East West Music and Dance has been a wonderful experience. It has been a studio that puts the students best interest first… I believe this studio has allowed me first, as a Tiny Tot, to develop a love of dance through creativity and imagination. Later, as I was older, I learned the discipline required for dance.” Deborah Black, student     “I have been dancing with East West Music and Dance, the Pam East Dance, since I was four years old. Over the years I have been taught by almost every teacher at the studio at one time or another. EWM&D is my home away from home and those teachers are my second family. Many of my greatest moments and fondest memories occurred with these people in that studio.” Zoe Ward, student “No Studio has encouraged my love of dance more than the wonderful teachers at EWM&D….The teachers are nice people, making dancing in their classes a very pleasant experience. The passion I have for dance was mainly created by these teachers, who have guided me with lots of care and devotion.” Daisy Mohrman, student     “EWM&D gives everyone, whether they are tall, short, fat or thin an unbiased opportunity to succeed, which is one of the most important qualities I like about this studio….this studio brings out the fun and excitement in dance. I love dancing because it gives a chance for me to express myself in ways other than words.” Mercedeh Sabeti, student “I feel privileged and honored to be attending this dance studio and I think that everyone else here will say the same. I feel more welcome, appreciated, and loved there then I could begin to explain.” Sarah Wells, student   “A large reason we came (to Pam East Dance) and stayed was...

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Four Things Every Parent Should Know

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Four Things Every Parent Should Know

Choosing a Dance Studio Most dance studios seem to offer similar programs with friendly experienced teachers and performing opportunities. Aren’t they all about the same? Does it make a difference where you choose to enroll? Yes. There are 4 critical factors that can make a difference in the quality of dance instruction your child receives. Parents need to understand what they are expected to do while their child is enrolled. These factors will affect the overall enjoyment and satisfaction while participating in a dance program. Here are 4 things that every parent should consider before choosing where to send their child for dance class. These factors will highly affect the overall satisfaction and enjoyment of your family’s dance experience. Are Classes Age-Appropriate? Dance training must be age-appropriate for the young student – physically, socially and emotionally. In order to train effectively and safely, young dancers should be learning skills that their developing bodies are ready. Progression in levels is a very important factor. A studio should be able to provide a program which offers the student a chance to progress from a beginning dancer to an advance dancer in the disciplines taught. We describe our studio as “family-friendly”. We teach classes which are age appropriate and we provide a wholesome environment for positive learning. Technically our studio provides a graded system of levels so that we can make sure that students are ready to advance to the next level of training. Our goal is to develop a strong foundation whereby the dancer can move to appropriate levels as they advance within our program. Teachers work together to determine the correct placement of every individual student at our studio. The dancer becomes a part of our dance family and we take their advancement very seriously. What Is The Size of The class? The dance class should be a reasonable size so the instructor can teach effectively and maintain class control. This allows a teacher to provide individual attention and be aware of the student’s individual needs. The smaller class helps the teacher make sure that concepts are understood by each student and prevents students from developing bad habits or using improper technique. Our studio limits the size of our classes. Tiny Tot classes are generally 8 – 10 students. Other classes are generally 12 – 15 students depending on the type of class and age level. If a class becomes too large we will split the group to make up two classes. Our goal is to make sure that the student gets the individual attention necessary for personal attention and advancement. What Type of Dance Floor Is Used? Dance is a physical activity which requires jumping and springing. This can impart stress and pressure to the joints of the feet, ankles, knees, hips and back. Injuries can occur if a dancer is training on an improper floor. Studies have shown that it is very important to provide a floor which has spring action when participating in highly physical activities. This floor will provide a buffer to absorb the shock that is imparted to the body. The type of flooring used in professional studios and theatres is called a “floating floor”. A “floating floor” is built on top of a structure of high density foam pads. These pads act as shock...

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Music Lessons- All Ages, All Levels

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Music Lessons- All Ages, All Levels

Reasons which make us the best choice for you: Focus On Teaching All we do is teach. We do not sell or rent instruments of music. This leaves us free to specialize in one thing – providing the highest quality of music instruction. University Trained Teachers Our instructors are highly qualified and many have extensive performance experience. Most importantly, our instructors strive to tailor their teaching to fit the individual student’s learning style. All Ages – Beginners to Advanced Our current students range from 5 years old to 50’s and 60’s. We take care to teach what you want to learn so music is rewarding for students of all ages and levels. Private Lessons Private lessons ensure that the student has the undivided attention of the teacher and can progress at a pace suited to their individual level ov ability. Regular Recital – (Optional) We currently hold an annual recital. This provides students performance experience and helps build...

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