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MTV Live! on Airdance - 4th Summer Dance Workshop

April 6 to May 20, 2005

Recital Concert on May 21, 2005 at the Teatro Aguinaldo, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City

We live in an age of convergence. That is, the union of previously unconnected things and events, the blurring of distinction between different mediums, the melding of art and technology.

Take for example the case of music and television. Before the advent of the MTV Music Television channel in the early 80's, music was primarily enjoyed over the radio or played on their cassette decks. Nowadays, a certified music hit cannot do without a music video. Audio must now come with a visual component. An artist is not anymore just a singer… he/she must also be an actor and a dancer. In other words, one must be a consummate performer.

This is not unlike what dancers have been experiencing ever since ballet as we know it was introduced. The physical movement of dance has long been laid down to music. Full-length ballets and today's dance-theater pieces have demanded that dancers act their parts and not just go through the steps mechanically. And, in our case, everything is done live. The dancers, the music, the props, the lights… all come together to form a visual and auditory experience, a once-in-a-lifetime performance... a convergence indeed!

Unlike today when everything comes at the touch of a button, a good performance is not as easily achieved. Often, we see on television only the finished product and not the process. This process is exactly what our students have been preparing and training for during the past six weeks. They have endured the summer heat, sweated through exhausting dance classes, and suffered through illness and body pains to bring you the spectacle that you are about to see tonight.

All of this would not have been possible if not for the collective efforts and support of the teachers, the staff, the workshop students themselves, and most importantly, the parents. Thank you all for joining us this summer and thank you all for watching tonight.

Coming together tonight are all the dancers, the lights and the sounds, the teachers and the students, as we bring you “MTV Live! On Airdance” in 5... 6... 7... 8...

Airdance Animania - 3rd Summer Dance Workshop

April 21 - June 4, 2004
Recital Concert: June 5, 2004, Teatro Aguinaldo, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City

Every grownup recalls the time when he was a kid rushing home from school just to catch the early evening cartoons on TV. During that blissful half-hour or two, homework is but a distant task and the animated hand-drawn images moving onscreen are his idols. Better yet, one can wake up to a whole Saturday morning with nothing but 5 hours of cartoons and kid shows to watch (Parents, “Saturday Fun Machine” ring any bells?). Fun-filled, exciting, fascinating, and rousing, these shows were a constant source of amusement, inspiration, and laughter.

Cartoons, or the now popular animé, inevitably form part of a person's fondest childhood memories, often recalled with an eager smile and the occasional humming of the theme song. The characters were our heroes, our companions, our best friends… even our alter egos. It is with this in mind that we bring you Airdance Animania… a tribute to the animé's of yesterday and today.

Often, we as spectators only see the final product as shown on TV or on stage. Keep in mind that an animated cartoon is drawn frame by frame before it can be shown as a moving, living image. In much the same way, a dance first starts off with the basic steps, honed to refinement, before they can be assembled to what you'll see tonight. That is exactly what the workshoppers have been working so hard for over the past 6 weeks. They have sweated it out, endured body aches, and rehearsed repeatedly to bring you their own version of the times we sat in front of the TV enjoying our cartoons. In the process, it was a fun and learning experience for both students and teachers… perhaps something we'll all look back to with an eager smile and the occasional humming of the theme song.

So sit back, bring out the popcorn, tune out your parents' repeated calls to clean your room, and enjoy the show.

*Airdance brings this show to you with studio located at the 2nd Flr., The Outlet Yard, 1480 Quezon Ave., Quezon City. Chief Engineer is Avel Bautista with PRC license number 0054746. This show is brought to you by the workshoppers and their sponsors (namely their parents). Airdance Animania is now signing on.

Dance Another Day - 2nd Summer Dance Workshop

[ CLASSIFICATION ]
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY

[ CODENAME ]
DANCE ANOTHER DAY
2ND SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP

[ AGENCY ]
AIRDANCE

[ TRAINING COMMENCE ]
04.21.2003

[ TRAINING GROUNDS ]
AIRDANCE
2ND FLOOR, THE OUTLET YARD
1480 QUEZON AVE.
QUEZON CITY

[ OPERATIVES ]
CHILDREN'S SECTION
SECTION A
SECTION B
SECTION C
SECTION D
BREAKDANCE

[ SKILLZ ACQUIRED ]
JAZZ
STREET GROOVES
MODERN BALLET
BREAKDANCE

[ OPERATION EXECUTE ]
06.02.2003 1900 HRS

[ TARGET VENUE ]
TEATRO AGUINALDO
CAMP AGUINALDO
QUEZON CITY

[ MISSION OBJECTIVE ]
PERFORM IN FRONT OF LIVE AUDIENCE. DEMONSTRATE NEWFOUND AND/OR IMPROVED DANCING SKILLZ. EARN A LICENSE TO DANCE, AND, OH, DON'T FORGET TO HAVE FUN Ü =) (",)

[ NOTE ]
READ THE FINE PRINT

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Summer Airdance Fever - 1st Summer Dance Workshop

April 10 - May 25, 2002
Recital Concert: May 26, 2002
Limits Entertainment Hall and Disco, Robinson's Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.

Fever is sometimes defined as a state of heightened or intense emotion or activity. So, when we were thinking of a title for Airdance's first summer dance workshop, it sort of fell into place (Of course, that John Travolta movie did help a little). And what better way to spend the summer than learning to dance and experience performing for a live audience?

And intense activity it is! Over the past 6 weeks, the students have been learning different forms of dance including jazz, street grooves, breakdancing, and modern ballet. They have trained hard, almost everyday. But more than just a way to keep fit, dance is a form of expression capable of showing heightened emotions: joy, sadness, love, or delight. So here we are, perhaps a bit more limber and with a few dance moves to show off, ready to perform in special choreographies by the Faculty of Airdance.

But more important than the steps are the things that one learns from dance: that everything, from the smallest hand gesture to the biggest leap, is important; that everybody must contribute to make the performance great; that there are no second chances so we have to give it our best… always. (Of course, one should also be more than glad to have fun along the way.) Hopefully, these are lessons that are to be remembered and applied throughout one's life.

So to all the workshop students, we hope that you learned from us as much as we learned from you. To all the parents, this event would not have been a success had it not been for your support. And to all our family and friends, thank you for experiencing Summer Airdance Fever with us.

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