Dance Teams 2010-2011 - Congratulations!

Here is a to do list for YOU new dance team members:
1. Have you e-mailed your health history and contact information?
Click here
2. Have your contract signed and returned to Ms. J
3. Pay your dance team fees ($30/ team)
4. Order your dance team hoodie ($30) There is a crew neck option this year and the original hoodie!

* If you are highlighted please talk to your coach.

Junior Team
Jen P
Jessica F

Breakdance Team
April Mica
Brandon Mander
Delainey Oum
Elaine Ramos
Erick Menon
Francis Duenas
Gene Suva
Jessie Nickoriuk
Jordan Edwards
Josh Cameron
Kevin Luong
Mark Fagela
Matthew Tran
Matthew Wong
Mike Allocod
Omara Ndayiragije

Senior Team
Lei Anne

October Dance News

October Dance News 2010

Congratulations to all dance team members and thank-you to everyone that came and tried out. We have decided to have smaller teams this year so if you didn’t make it do not feel bad. Please join our twenty dance class challenge and dance with us on Mondays!

Junior Dance Team Practices: Tuesday 3-4:30 pm / Thursday 7:30-8:15am

Senior Dance Team Practices: Wednesday 7:30–8:15am / Thursday 3-4:30pm

Breakdance Team Practices: Tuesday 7:30 -8:18 / Wednesday 3-4:30pm

Yeah… We Dance!
Frank Hurt is hosting a dance convention on Friday, October 22. Guest teachers will be teaching Hip Hop. Jazz, Contemporary, Breakdance, Pop & Lock, Boogaloo, House, and Women Empowerment dance classes. All students are invited. Classes and dance teams will receive registration forms from Ms. J but if you are not in dance or on dance team and are interested please see Ms. J in the dance office. The convention costs $30 or $45 with a t-shirt.

Works in Progress Show
All dance classes have been working really hard on our Christmas show. We have been making Christmas dances since September in the sun! We would like to show our families and practice on stage on Thursday, October 28 at 7pm. Students should arrive at school at 5:45 to get ready for the show. Doors will open for audience members at 6:45 and the show will start at 7pm and run till about 7:30-7:45. This show is by donation with proceeds going towards costumes for our big show on December 16. Students must also attend a dress rehearsal on Wednesday October 27 from 3-4pm.

Please check the blog regularly for more information, Youtubes, and pictures:

Happy Dancing,
Paula Johnson

Congratulations Dance Team Notice

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations, your son or daughter is on the dance team. This is a great opportunity for them to learn and develop as a young artist. Frank Hurt has three dance teams this year and they are all student run, choreographed, and danced. This is amazing as some teams that we compete against have professional choreographers but Frank Hurt consistently does well in competitions. Our program is strong because our dancers are dedicated and motivated to do well. This year promises to be our most exciting yet. I have included below a list of dance events that I know of so far. Please check the blog regularly for updates, videos, and photos: If you need to contact me please e-mail:

Please read through your student’s Dance Team Member Contract with them, sign it, and have them return to Ms. J with teams fees.

Happy Dancing,
Paula Johnson

Please see blog for studio schedule and important dates.

Dance Field Trips

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have two field trips on the horizon! The first is Yeah… We Dance! A dance convention held here at Frank Hurt on Friday, October 22, 2010. Students arrive at school at 9am and go home at 1:30pm. The cost to students is $30 for three classes or $45 with a t-shirt.

The second is on Monday, November 22, 2010 we have a field trip to Bikrams Yoga Delta. We will be taking taxis and my vehicle. We will be leaving the school at 11:30am and returning at 2:15pm. The cost is $15/student and all dance students are invited. This field trip is on a first come first serve basis – the first18 students who have their forms signed and their money in get to come on the trip. What a great way to warm-up and get flexy in November!

Bikrams Yoga is the hot yoga. It is awesome for increasing strength and flexibility. It is comprised of two breathing exercises and twenty-six postures. It is important not to eat two hours before the class. Our class will be starting at 12pm so please don’t eat past 10am. If you have to eat it is best just to have a light meal or snack. Please make sure to pack a good lunch to eat on the way home from yoga! Some people get very hungry after yoga, while others have no appetitite – so be prepared!

You need to bring two bath towels with you – one to lie on your yoga mat and the other to shower or dry off with after class. If you have a yoga mat please bring that as well because they do not have enough rental mats for everyone. You will also need a big water bottle. There is a filtered water tap in the washroom that you can use to fill up your bottle before and after class. Class attire is shorts and a tank top or sports top.

Please send exact change or make cheque out to Frank Hurt Secondary and include student name and student number in the memo section.
Happy Dancing,
Paula Johnson

YouTubes Week 3!!

ummmm... ok.. I do this about once a ... semester. I am sorry it happened to you block B. Here is the funny footage that I did get. OH.. what happened? Look and see! 

Dance Party Friday Playlist!

Hey! I am making a playlist for dance party Fridays. What do you want to party to? You can post a comment below or e-mail me at:


Dance Teams 2010-2011 - Congratulations!!

Congratulations!! You have all made it to call backs. Please attend the first practice for your team. Cuts will be made during your first practice so please dance full out and show your love of dance!! THANKS EVERYONE for coming out!!

Junior Dance Team 2010-2011 - We look forward to seeing you Tuesday 3-4:30.
1. Monica
2. Calvin
3. Wayne
4. Bianca
5. Francis
6. Mark
7. Lily
8. Latisha
9. Mariah N.S.
10. Jillian
11. Anu
12. Jenny
13. Prianka
14. Michelle W
15. Patrice
16. Jen P
17. Sonya
18. Jasmeine W
19. Amanpreet
20. Jessica F
21. Elizabeth

Senior Dance Team 2010-2011- We look forward to seeing you Thursday 3-4:30.
1. Alison
2. Andrew
3. Cierra
4. Kelsi
5. Lei Anne
6. Josh
7. Jordan
8. Nana
9. Mia
10. Janica
11. April
12. Rheann
13. Michelle
14. Elaine
15. Shakira
16. Anjali
17. Eliora
18. Nisha
19. Jessie
20. Mercedes

Breakdance Team - We look forward to seeing you Wednesday 3-4:30.

All students that auditioned please come to the first practice. We would like to see everyone again. We will make cuts at this practice so please come prepared to dance full out, have fun, and use your listening skills!!


Dance Team Members Health History and Contact Information

All NEW dance team members please copy and paste this into an e-mail and send the information to

Dance Team Members Health History and Contact Information:

Dancer’s Full Name:
Dancer’s Date of Birth:
Grade dancer will be in 2008 – 2009:
Dancer’s e-mail address:
Dancer’s cell phone number:
Dancer’s home phone number:
Parent name:
Parents’ daytime contact number:
Parents’ e-mail address:
Emergency name and number:
Family name and doctor:
Health card number:
List any current health problems:
List any current medications:
List any current injuries:
Do you take dance at Frank Hurt?
If no, where do you take dance classes?
School or recreation centre name and phone number:
Dance class(es) that you take:


Diana Xu, Jojo Zolina and Masarap Productions presents:



Click Here to join the group!

Hip Hop, House, Waacking, Experimental, YouTube ISO

Where: Storyeum Gallery @ 145 Cordova St.
Time: 5-12pm
When:October 3rd 2010
Cost:$20 presale / $25 at the door


Judges: Loose Joint(NYC) Waackisha(Montreal) Free(Seattle)

For more info and to register

Week 2 YouTubes: The Christmas Show

Dance Coach Agenda – Monday Sept. 20, 2010

Dance Coach Agenda – Monday Sept. 20, 2010
1. Dance Team Auditions
Thursday, Sept. 24: 3-5pm
2:45 – 3pm sign up and get a number
3-3:10 – Teach BBoy Choreo
3:10 – 3:20 – Teach Hip Hop Choreo in the studio
3:20 – 3:30 – Teach Open Choreo or progression – in studio
3:30 – 5 – Groups of 4 – Bboy/ Jr/ Sr – sign up on sheet – In theatre
Someone should stay in the studio to help the dancers? Maybe Stephanie?
Choreo: 32 -64 counts + freestyle
2. First Day of Practices
I will be there at the start to: collect team fees, dance team hoodie fees, hand out and talk about contracts and give a notice for home.
3. Dance Team Hoodies
Do we want to keep the same ones this year?
Do you want to add something new? I still like the socks idea.
4. Sweat pants and T-shirts – Arterexia is making a design – which we will see before we order. We should see by the first week of October.
5. 20 Class Challenge: Dance Mondays – sign up
6. Competitions
Breakout, High School High, Outbreak
Footloose? Evolution?
Something new?
7. Sign contracts
8. Any other items

High School High Information

A Star Newsletter Fall 2010

Dear Dance Teachers, Leaders and Captains,


New Prices for HIGH SCHOOL HIGH!!

Even more Discounts before Dec 1st

Friday February 26th at 11:00 A.M.

HIGH SCHOOL HIGH HIP HOP DANCE Competition 2011           

At the State of the Art River Rock Theatre in Richmond

8811 River Road, Richmond B.C.  VERY ACCESSIBLE!

At the Canada Line Bridgeport Station                      

NEW PRICES: $50.00 competition fee for up to 5 members $100.00 for up to 10 members and $10.00 for each additional member. Includes guest performances, workshop and watching the other competitors! After December 1st, competitor fee is $15.00 per person.

It is your turn to let this year's event be one of your most memorable High School Experiences: share your talent and passion with dancers from all over B.C.!


- A wonderful Hip Hop Dance Competition for Middle School and High School students organized by A Star Productions

- Chance to perform at the State of the Art River Rock Show Theatre

- Dance workshop with professional choreographer

- Guest Performance Showcase

- Watch, meet and get inspired by other performers

-Scholarships, Prizes and lots more!!!

Experience the Energy at HIGH SCHOOL HIGH!

"…wonderful and well-organized dance competition…dancers LOVE their prizes!"

"…my students had the time of their lives…I really liked how they got to do a little dance workshop at the end…it helped to break down…barriers between the dance groups"

"High School High was a huge moment for our junior dance team! They're still riding a high from the chance to dance on the big stage and are adoring the gorgeous trophy-- nice touch! The whole event was top rate, from the MCs to the judges to the venue"

Check out the link for the trailer on YouTube at astarstudio

High School High Trailer:

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Not to miss! 


Important Dates for HIGH SCHOOL HIGH 2011:

December 1st, 2010; Discounted Registration deadline

February 1st, 2011; Final Registration and Payment deadline

February 22nd, 2011; submit music

February 26th, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. HIGH SCHOOL HIGH!


Wanna dance with other school dance teams?

Yes! Your team can be comprised of students representing a few schools at once. You can enter in the Open Category.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGH Audience Ticket $10 each!

This dance competition is more than just a competition; it is a great opportunity to show what you love to your family and friends!! Post-Show Prizes for the most Vocally Expressive Supporters!

Invitations to your School Community will be sent out upon Registration.

At the door tickets will be $15 each.
Audience tickets will sell out! Get your ticket in advance!

Not Old Enough to Compete? Not Dancers?

No Problem! Come cheer on the HSH teams for only $10.00


A Field Trip Opportunity to see a great show!


Last year we had the pleasure of having students from Xit'olacw Community School come all the way from Mount Currie (near Whistler) B.C. to be inspired by HSH 2010! 

After watching HSH and taking our workshop they said:

The kids were amazing!!! … (We) have decided to create a Hip Hop club for after school.  We are working on how to hip hoppize their traditional moves. You guys made a difference!!!  I have a sneaking suspicion this is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Xit'olacw and A Star!"
A Star Productions has been working closely with school boards and schools for many years and our events have been highly acclaimed to motivate, inspire and educate students.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGH 2009 & 2010 DVD available!                         

Contact us at the numbers below!

Join our HIGH SCHOOL HIGH Facebook group:

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Please let us know whether or not you are planning to attend by emailing or calling us at the numbers below!!


Youth Street Dance Council!

Join other Street Dancers from all over the lower mainland and share your ideas, create opportunities and be mentored by the best teachers. Connect with others who share your passion for Dance and be a part of networking school dance teams with each other and to Professional Crews within the industry, and more! Phone or email us at the numbers below so we will know that you are planning to attend!

First meeting is A Star Oakridge Studio on October 2nd at 4:00pm.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Anita Perel-Panar M. A., Jheric Hizon

A Star Productions

Artistic Directors

604 266-3053/604 805-0558

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Through A Star classes and workshops, both in the studio and in the schools, and through performances and competitions like Set It Off and High School High, A Star Productions inspires, motivates and brings together communities to share in the passion and joy of the arts.

Jheric Hizon Considered by many as a pioneer in the Vancouver street dance scene, Jheric maintains a hectic schedule as an international dance instructor, choreographer, adjudicator and performer. He recently choreographed and performed in the Olympics 2010 Closing Ceremonies. He has also appeared in several television shows, commercials, documentaries and feature films. Along with his choreographing and performing career, he’s had the privilege of judging and teaching over 30,000 dancers across North America and Southeast Asia at dozens of dance studios, conventions and competitions. Jheric specializes in Hip Hop and Breaking. He’s also been trained in Pop, Lock, House, Street Jazz, Acro and is currently being trained in Modern and West Coast Swing.
Anita Perel-Panar M.A. has been an educator for over 30 years. She has a Master of Arts degree in Drama Education, focusing on the development of artistic potential; a Bachelor of Arts degree in English & Music, and extensive training in Ballet and other forms of dance. Anita's passion for the arts coupled with her love for teaching has led her to establish A Star Studio for Performing & Fine Arts.

First Notice Home for Parents and Guardians

Dear Parents/ Guardians

Dance is a performance art so performing is a large part of a dance student’s education. Dance students are marked on their preparation as well as their skills demonstrated at these performances and at the dress rehearsal. Students will have the opportunity to perform informally in front of their peers and formally at assemblies, festivals and competitions. Notices of reminder and permission forms will be sent home when these events come closer.
The following performance and rehearsal dates are for shows at Frank Hurt Theatre. These performances are integral to the dance program. Please make note of these dates and help ensure that your child is in attendance. If there are any conflicts please inform your child’s teacher immediately.

This semester the dance department will be presenting two sets of evening shows. Our first show will be a workshop demonstration. This is a low-key performance on October 28 at 7pm and it is meant to be viewed by family members only. The purpose of this demonstration is for the students to display what they have learned and to be introduced to stage performance in a comfortable manner. This is not meant to be a polished show. Costumes and lighting will be very basic and the performances will be ‘works in progress.’ Students must be available for a dress/technical rehearsal on October 27 from 3-4pm.

Our second show is a formal performance with full costumes and lighting. The dress rehearsal will be held on December 14 from 12:30-2:30pm and the show will be on December 16 at 7pm.

Please Note these important dates in your calendars:
Important Dates Semester 1, 2010

Thursday, Sept. 23: 3-5pm Dance Team Auditions
Friday, Sept. 24 Dance Teams posted – studio door/blog
Tuesday, Sept. 28 Afterschool Dance Team practices Start
Monday, Oct. 4 Morning Dance Team practices Start
Friday, Oct. 22 Dance Convention at Frank Hurt
Wed. Oct. 27: 3-4 Works in Progress Dress Rehearsal
Thurs. Oct. 28: 5:45-8 Works in Progress Show
TBA Bikrams Yoga Field Trip
Tuesday, Dec. 14:12:30-2:30 Christmas Show Dress Rehearsal / Elementary
Thursday, Dec. 16: 5:45 – 9 Christmas Show
Thursday, Jan. 13 Surrey Dance Festival at the Bell Centre
Saturday, Jan. 15 Breakout Dance Competition at Chandos Pattison Auditorium

We look forward to a wonderful year in dance. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the Frank Hurt Dance Program. e-mail: and check our blog regularly for updates:

Happy Dancing!
Paula Johnson (Dance 8-12)