OneMaker Academy goes to the USA!

2019 oma usa trip 35Imagine flying halfway around the world and learning from some of the best professionals in your field! This is exactly what happened for a group of OneMaker Academy students who experienced high-level dance training in the US.

The girls spent a week in Los Angeles and a week in New York. The team was made up of nine students from Years 6-11 (and two younger dance sisters) and was the first educational training trip of its kind for OMA, providing a practical opportunity for the girls to experience the bigger dance industry.

The trip was full of daily classes at the leading LA studios; Millennium and The Edge. At Disneyland, the girls had the opportunity to take classes with the Creative Director of Disney Performing Arts in the studios where the cast practices! They also found out just how cut throat the dance industry is….for every one dance job available, over 500 people audition!

In New York it was all systems go as the girls took classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey, and even learnt from dancers on Broadway and the Radio City Rockettes!
There was even a surprise tumbling class in Central Park with former OMA Teacher Mrs Jess!
The girls also took a class from a friend of Ashley who she used to dance with in a Christian dance company in NYC. The girls got to see that you can be strong in your Christian faith and use your God given talents!

A highlight of the trip was the opportunity for the girls to take a class with dancers from the Broadway productions of Wicked and Frozen! The girls learnt choreography from the show and got to see it come alive on stage at night…they were dancing in their seats with excitement!

They also had time to sight see around Manhattan and experience a blackout in Times Square!

OMA’s Dance Coordinator Ashley Brown says the trip allowed her to see her students in a new light,

“Seeing the girls grow in their abilities and confidence was amazing. I feel like God really showcased each student in unique ways- he showed me new potential in the students that we hadn’t seen before and helped us to think how we could invest in particular areas of our dance program at OMA.”

It seems the girls have brought back the professional culture of dance that they were immersed in to their dance classes. At dance camp, Ashley noticed a supportive culture where every student would clap for their fellow dancer after they performed and really cheer each other on like they were encouraged to do by the teachers in America.

It looks like this is only the beginning of many trips to come, with everybody saying they want to go back!

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