Prelude Overview

preludeAs with every year November starts off the competition calendar, and this year Main Stacks had the honor of continuing the tradition of hosting Prelude NorCal. Main Stacks is the premier dance team of UC Berkeley and has been hosting Prelude since 2010, 2 years after their debut performance where they took home third place. The competition took place on November 12, 2016, at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center. All in all there were 23 performances throughout the night, following the tradition of starting with the Pre-Show which showcased some of UC Berkeley’s other dance teams, and ending with Main Stacks as Continue reading

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Jon Mitsui

jon-mitsusuMitsui, like most college dancers began his dance career in high school after one of his physical education requirements was to take a dance class. A little after that he realized he was good at what he did when his coach Juliette King asked him to try out for the schools team. Dance became a regular part of his life, as he would constantly take classes throughout all of SoCal ranging from workshops hosted by many of the colleges teams around the area. In specifics, PAC Modern Continue reading

Alfred Remulla

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Born and raised in Daly City, California, Alfred Remulla was exposed to dance through the likings of boy bands like N*Sync and Backstreet Boys at the age of 6. Seeing this infatuation with the art of dance, his mom enrolled him in the hip hop program at the Westlake School of Performing Arts (WSPA) where he received training from his first teacher AR. Soon after that Chris Aldegar took over from there and got him accustomed to the style of The Company, which is WSPA’s competing dance team. After training with him for 2 years he recommended he audition for the jr’s. hip hop team at WSPA. After making it, Remula trained with Patrick Cruz for a year and a half before taking a hiatus during his transition into high school. Continue reading

Season Calendar

Unlike the Gregorian calendar, dancers have an agenda of their own. They follow a more scholastic type calendar in which their season begins in the fall. Fall auditions for a dance team are the most cut throat due to the season of dance as a whole coming to a start. Many community teams come from college campuses so it only makes sense to start at the same time school starts. many auditions happen in August and September and some in October for those quarter system schools like many of the Universities of California.

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Difference between Teams & Projects

What some people do not notice is that being on a dance team can be extremely time consuming, so much so that some people put their lives on pause in order to do so. So why do people do it? Some for the love of dance, others for the family that the team brings but for many its for the mere chance to perform on stage. Because of this avid factor, the beauty of the project was created. A project is nothing more than a temporary dance team, they pretty much do everything a regular year long dance team does just in the short amount of time that they have before their big show.  Continue reading

What is a dancer?

It does not take much to be a dancer, anyone can start at any given time. Some of the most talented dancers in the industry started in their teens, so this stigma of all amazing dancers starting from birth proves to be false. It all depends on the drive of the individual and how they choose to train from the moment they decide to embark on their journey of dance. So the question is, where does one start? The answer is really simple actually, it starts with movement. Any movement in general, whether it be imitating the dances one sees online or merely just creating your own movement, as long as there is music present.

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