In-Depth, My Journey Through Volleyball #4: Volleyball Is a Team Sport?

Hello and welcome back to my blog! If you remember my previous update on my in-depth project, you’d know that the last few weeks were not very eventful due to Mr. Salisbury, Devon, and I not being able to have any mentoring sessions. But this time around, I come bearing some good news and some bad news.

Progress Report

Cutting straight into my progress in the last two weeks, I am disappointed to say that I have still not been able to have a proper mentoring session with Mr. Salisbury since last month. I will say that these results are in no way the cause of my actions though, as I have been working hard each week contacting Devon, Ms. Anderson, and Mr. Salisbury, trying to work a schedule out. I feel like I’ve been receiving the short end of the stick in terms of this project, but I have been trying my best to adapt to the situations I’ve received. Being entirely in charge of scheduling sessions has proved to be quite stressful, as my proposals have been let down each week due to different reasons. Just two weeks ago, Ms. Anderson has told me that the school gyms have been closed for afterschool activities due to COVID cases rising within our vicinity. It was not until this last week that we had finally confirmed a mentoring session for Wednesday, which was a huge relief for me as I was able to finally play some volleyball under the guidance of Mr. Salisbury. Unfortunately, I was let down once more by both my mentor and partner. On Tuesday evening, one day before our planned mentoring session, Devon had informed me that he wouldn’t be able to make it, which came as a sudden surprise to me. Despite not having a partner though, I was still ready to practice with Mr. Salisbury, only to be informed that he double booked himself that particular Wednesday with a leadership meeting. Feeling bummed out, I decided to play some volleyball by myself at Town Centre Park that day. It got me feeling that volleyball was a solo sport. But I’ve learned that it’s at these crucial moments in life that you need to continue to look forward and stay hopeful, which is exactly what I did.

I didn’t have time to be sad. I still loved the sport of volleyball, and I was eager to learn. So I spent a few days during the past two weeks practicing volleyball with the help of my younger brother at Glen Park to make up for the lost time. Below are some small clips from those practices.

Passing

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Acj4cG2shnTsY5uX6

Setting

https://photos.app.goo.gl/UqPeJA6Hyn2ApPAKA

Serving

https://photos.app.goo.gl/C9vkP7chtkFvRwG98

Spiking

https://photos.app.goo.gl/bfGnWr3QtmJqWeCf6

As you can see, I can certainly pass, set, and serve at a decent skill level. I am aware that my spiking needs lots of work, but I am hoping that my practice will pay off by the end. During our next mentoring session, which can hopefully be this Wednesday, I am looking to receive some feedback from Mr. Salisbury regarding these clips. (and if you’re here reading this, please feel free to let me know in the comments Mr. Salisbury!)

How to Have a Beautiful Mind

Post #4 relates to De Bono’s concepts of being a good listener and asking questions. Although Mr. Salisbury and I have not had a proper mentoring session since the last update, I will try my best to connect the concepts from De Bono’s “How to Have a Beautiful Mind” with the interactions I have had both recently and from previous sessions.

When learning under a mentor, listening is the most important way for you to gain the knowledge and skills that you want, as you digest your mentor’s ideas, information, facts, insight, and discoveries. Being a good listener is what sets off the first interactions with your mentor, as it allows the mentor to know that you are genuinely interested in what they are saying. When it comes to the skill of volleyball, our sessions are more heavily reliant on physical actions rather than verbal conversations. In the mentoring sessions that we’ve had so far, Mr. Salisbury has given me insight into my form and my overall plays during a match, and I have been taking in his advice and applying it immediately.

But in addition to listening, asking questions is also a good way to grow a connection with your mentor as you generate more back and forth interaction with your mentor. By asking questions, I am able to clarify Mr. Salisbury’s points and poke at his knowledge even further to gain further insight into what I am learning and why it is so effective. An example of clarifying one of Mr. Salisbury’s teachings was when we were practicing spiking a ball when the setting is in the back row. Mr. Salisbury had told me to position my left leg in front of me when getting ready to spike, as it aligns my body with the setter. I was normally used to having my right leg in front of me, so I made sure to ask him how and why I should be positioned like this. Questions such as these are the reason I am learning with my mentor rather than simply through the internet, and I find lots of value in these interactions.

Although there have been some ups and downs when it comes to my in-depth project, I can still see myself growing from these experiences.

I’ll see you next time (hopefully with a mentoring session to report on!),

Gyu Min

In-Depth, My Journey Through Volleyball #3: We’ll Be Right Back

Hi everyone! I hope your last two weeks have been amazing, as we headed into our quarter three courses for tons of new experiences.

So, the title and featured image of this blog post sort of tells you all you need to know about my progress with In-depth since the last update. As you may have already guessed, there wasn’t any massive breakthrough.

Since the beginning of February, Mr. Salisbury, Devon, and I have not been able to formally meet together to have a mentoring session. This is due to the fact that our block Y Thursdays in which we would normally practice on have been taken up by ourselves TALONS adventure trip planning. This sort of lead our mentoring sessions into a stalemate, as we needed to find a new open time for practices in the gym. During these past two weeks, I have been talking with Mr. Salisbury and Devon, as well as emailing Ms. Anderson to find a time slot in the gym in which we can practice. This has obviously been a greater challenge than I expected, as we have not been able to make any formal progress. But this is not to say that there was no progress made at all.

To make up for the lost time from our mentoring sessions, I have started to take my skill practice into my own living room, where I run drills with my younger brother. I have had a consistent practice of volleyball almost everyday since the beginning of quarter three, and I am more passionate than ever to continue. As I learn more about the fundamentals of volleyball and watch professional games online, I become more excited to learn and implement these skills when I play. In addition to practicing at home, I have also paid a visit to Glen park as they have a volleyball net set up as well. I have been working my serves and sets the most in my spare time, as I find that I need lots of improvement in those areas.

And practicing physically isn’t the only way to learn volleyball. Tools such as the Instagram explore page has helped me to watch students like me play volleyball, with various videos of games and drills. I often spend a couple minutes a day just browsing through the volleyball content on the app when I have some time, and it has kept my mind engaged on the sport at all times.

But outside of my practices at home, these last two weeks have been pretty quiet with our mentoring sessions. This will not be for long though, as I am still trying to figure out a schedule that can allow us to practice in the gym once a week.

To end on a high note, I have linked a video of the highlights from my current favorite volleyball match on YouTube. I highly recommend you to give it a watch, as it only takes 16 minutes of your time, and is extremely entertaining.

Staying motived and paitent,

Gyu Min

In-Depth, My Journey Through Volleyball #2: Things Are Really “Working Out”

Okay, before I go on, I need to address the elephant in the room: I’m sorry to anyone who fell for my amazing editing tricks, but the man on the cover of my blog post is not me. It’s actually the body of some buff volleyball player that I stuck my face onto. But with this new progress report here at the end of January, that body may not be a fantasy…

In the last month since my first blog post, Devon and I have been able to borrow half the school gym to have mentoring sessions once a week with Mr. Salisbury! We’ve had three sessions so far, with two running from 2:30-4:30 pm and one cutting a little short until 4:00 pm due to our mentor’s schedule. These sessions have involved lots of repetitive skill practice with immediate feedback from our mentor, Mr. Salisbury. Skills including serving, spiking, passing, and setting were all worked on during these last three weeks, with some notable progress being made. Devon and I were also able to get a few of our teammates from the juniors volleyball team to join us in these sessions to make practice a little more social and engaging. This also allowed us to run more drills and even play a few smaller games. I think my serve has improved the most since the volleyball season has ended, but I am also getting much more comfortable with my spike as well. The thrill of volleyball is still very much inside me, and that feeling of hitting a good spike or receiving a hard ball is one that can’t be replicated anywhere else for me. In our first practice, Devon and I were able to measure our vertical jump too, giving us a starting benchmark for how high we could jump. Both of us are hoping to have our vertical increase, so it was exciting to measure the extent of our jump before the rest of the project continues.

Below is a video of Devon and me measuring our vertical jumps. I was able to jump a maximum of 23 centimeters, but I know I have plenty of room to spare for more. Because I’m usually not the tallest player on the court, I’ve got to make it up with my jumps and my overall speed, which I am working to improve.

But on top of these mentoring sessions, Devon and I have also been working hard at home. I mentioned at the beginning that the cover image of this post might not be a complete fantasy for me. That’s because Devon and I have been following a home workout through the month of January! To work on our stamina and to stay fit in general, I have been following a youtube workout program that Devon suggested from a YouTuber known as BullyJuice! I’ve gotten familiar with his workouts at this point, and it’s been nice to find a routine of working out daily (or at least daily most of the time!). Below is the link to his channel, which I recommend to anyone who’s interested in any form of home workout:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK9JEqf7LBBx3tkrPx2xvbQ

How to have a beautiful mind

The first three habits in Edward de Bono’s book, “How to Have a Beautiful Mind” talks about how to agree, disagree, and differ as a mentee. Going into a new skill and under the wing of a mentor is sometimes intimidating, but it is important to know that the more connections you make and the conversations you have will lead to a more fruitful experience between you and your mentor. Agreeing with Mr. Salisbury has not been a problem at all. I’ve tried to be as open as possible with hearing the tips he has to give me, and I find them genuinely helpful as I continue to improve my craft. An example would be when Mr. Salisbury was telling me that my arm wasn’t fully extended while I served, so I listened to his tips and was able to apply what I learned instantaneously. Having mutual respect with each other is important when both Mr. Salisbury and I are hopefully trying to learn out of this mentoring experience. Similarly, disagreeing is still another form of making a connection. Reasons to disagree include errors in logic, limited interpretation of data, and selective perception. Although I have not had any disagreements with Mr. Salisbury so far, I know how important it is to gain a better sense of his perspective when making any remark. Finally, having a difference in opinion between the mentor and mentee is alright, as acknowledging these differences allow for a stronger sense of connection. Mr. Salisbury and I have obviously have our differences but, sharing the same goal of volleyball has allowed us to bond.

Overall, I am still more than excited to continue with volleyball, and I hope to make even more improvements!

See you next time. Gyu Min

In-Depth, My Journey Through Volleyball #1: “Serving” a New Course

Picture the summer of 2020. In the midst of the pandemic filled summer was a bored 15-year-old who had seen just too many YouTube videos for any normal human, even in quarantine. Unmotivated and unamused, he rummages the house’s storage closet to find a cheap and flat volleyball that looks like it hasn’t been used for years. It all began with just a single pass. Or at least it was supposed to be a pass. My first proper introduction to the sport of volleyball had sparked a new flame for me to fan as I spent my days inside playing and watching all things related to volleyball for the next few months.

Fast forward to January of 2021. I spent the second half of last year continuing to play volleyball as a way to kill time, even joining the juniors volleyball team at Gleneagle. I fell in love with watching professional volleyball matches, and I am an avid fan of the popular Japanese volleyball anime “Haikyuu!!” as well. The sport that was mostly obscure to me just one year ago has now taken over my hobbies. When it came time for my second and final In-Depth project, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Amazon.com: S-ANT Haikyuu Anime Poster 24in x 36in Sport Volleyball: Posters & Prints Poster from the first season of Haikyuu!!

JAPAN vs. BRAZIL - Highlights | Men's Volleyball World Cup 2019 - YouTube Thumbnail of my favorite volleyball match (Japan vs Brazil in Men’s Volleyball World Cup 2019)

During the next five months, I will be learning and applying the fundamentals of volleyball. On top of honing my passes, sets, spikes, serves, and blocks, I will also be improving my overall fitness and health, especially when it comes to stamina. Although I had my chance to play some more volleyball through the Gleneagle team, I am still craving to improve my skills and have more playtime before grade 11. In terms of my skills as of now, I am decently confident in my ability to pass and serve once in every blue moon. Basically, I have set the bar very low, which only motivates me to work harder.

But volleyball is not a one-man sport. Aside from my mentor, it would be helpful if I had someone else pursuing the same project as me so that we could work together. Luckily, my buddy Devon Brooks has taken this opportunity alongside me. If you don’t remember, I also worked with a partner for my In-Depth project last year in which Indah and I learned how to hip-hop dance with our mentor Kailey. With that experience under my belt, I can confidently say that having a friend while learning a new skill is insanely beneficial and just much more enjoyable. Devon is a close friend of mine, and I know we’ll be able to get far together. And he’s also a tall guy, so I’ve got to be able to step up to his natural talent of height as well.

 The man, the myth, the legend: Devon Brooks in the flesh.

Now, you know the “what” and the “why”, but this project is still missing a crucial component: “how?” And to answer I must introduce the most important piece to this puzzle. For this year’s In-Depth project, Devon and I will be mentored by none other than Mr. Salisbury!

Mr. Salisbury holding a piece of paper.

A teacher, coach, and soon-to-be father, Mr. Salisbury gladly took up our request to become our mentor in this volleyball journey. Having coached both the juniors and seniors volleyball team this year, he is more than knowledgeable in the sport and can offer specific advice on our progress thanks to his experience.

Starting this month, Devon, Mr. Salisbury, and I will be finding time after school for mentoring sessions that will hopefully be taking place in our school gym. During these sessions, Devon and I will be learning and practicing the volleyball skills that Mr. Salisbury highlights as we begin to build our toolbox of fundamentals. But practicing volleyball only once a week? I think Devon and I have a little more energy than that. In addition to our mentoring sessions with Mr. Salisbury, Devon and I will frequently meet up at local parks to practice ourselves. This, along with the practice we can do at home, will hopefully become the recipe for success! (spoiler for our final presentation: we will be recording as much footage of our progress as possible to create a final montage video!)

I’ve never been an insanely active person, so being able to spend five months dedicating myself to volleyball is quite exciting. I’m not looking to become the next athlete prodigy through this project, but I am hoping to have significant improvements throughout the months. To start us off before anything else, Devon and I have taken up a 30-day workout challenge for the month of January to build some strength and improve our fitness overall. We have yet to arrange our bookings with the school gym, but that will be the next step in the process.

As a way for you to enjoy my blogs a bit more, I’ve decided to take a more casual route to write them this year, including images and inserting jokes once in a while. I really am dedicated to this skill, so I want nothing but the best out of the whole experience, and I hope you can enjoy my reports to follow me along the ride!

Signing off, Gyu Min

Robert Downey Jr. Learning Center

Good evening everyone! I’m Robert Downey Jr. and welcome to my virtual learning center!

It really is a shame that I couldn’t be meeting with everyone in real life; I know I would’ve stolen the show all night! But we gotta work with what we have, and that was a poor camera and a week of preparation for me. But without further ado, I present to you my learning center:

Please feel free to ask me anything down below in the comments as well, thanks.

-RDJ

Core Competencies Q1 Reflection

QUESTIONS:

1. During Quarter 1, what went well for you? Explain. Examples: being back in the classroom, having only two courses, seeing my friends, keeping up with homework, playing volleyball, improving math, helping plan a virtual assembly, becoming more fit.

One change with the new quarter system in school that I was quite pleased with was the number of courses I had. Rather than having up to six different courses a day like last year, I would only have a maximum of three to four courses a day, with some days even having just one course in-person. Although these blocks were longer than last year, I had a much easier time managing my classes and my workload. I was able to go more in-depth and focus on only a handful of subjects at any given point, which made school both less stressful and more effective for me coming into such a different year. I actually preferred having shorter and longer days during the week, so I could spend more time doing work at home and taking needed breaks.

2. During Quarter 1, what did you find challenging or disappointing, or stressful? Explain.

One obstacle that I faced as a learner in quarter one was the lack of interactions I was able to have with students around the school. Due to all the COVID-19 protocols, I was limited to conversing only with my classmates and nobody else from different parts of the school. Although I am grateful that we are still allowed to talk with our classmates in general, I found that my determination and overall enjoyment for school could have been higher if I was able to meet and talk with many of my friends outside of my classes. This became very apparent during lunches when I would often resort to simply browsing on my laptop or phone for the entire duration.

3. Think of ONE thing you really want to improve in Quarter 2 (and Q 3&4). Examples: a school subject, a sport, time spent on homework/studying, playing a musical instrument, leadership skills, a language, photography, a relationship, general fitness.

One major goal that I have going forward for the rest of the year would be to get more comfortable at playing volleyball. Having joined the jr. volleyball team, I have committed myself to practice and getting better at the sport already. Both for my personal enjoyment as well as my health and fitness, taking on a new sport during a time in which unique opportunities are not common has been an amazing blessing, and I wouldn’t want the chance to go to waste.

4. What are two specific actions that you can start doing every day to get closer to your goal? How long will you spend on this action each day? What part of the day?

a) Whenever I am in bed (taking a break from work, right before sleeping), I like to set the ball to myself to become more comfortable and confident with the motion.

b) Eating breakfast becomes crucial when you have an intense practice session, so I have tried to eat a healthy meal before going to school every day, whether that be a banana or some toast.

5. If you experience challenges, what might you do to work through them? Examples: ask help from a friend or parent; break the task into smaller chunks; “google” how other people may deal with similar problems.

Making sure to set clear and small goals is an effective way to avoid challenges and work past them. By taking on a task one step at a time, you are able to quickly troubleshoot any challenges that may occur and can adjust your plan accordingly.

Developing the Leaders Around Me

Session 1: The Law of Explosive Growth

In John C. Maxwell’s “Developing the Leaders Around You,” The Law of Explosive Growth talks about how the methods you use to lead in your organization can widely affect its growth and success. In Maxwell’s book,
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leader, the law is explained by saying to add growth, you lead followers, while to multiply growth, you have to lead leaders. By leading and developing your own leaders, you are not only helping that individual and yourself but the entire organization’s efficiency. I liked Maxwell’s use of adding and multiplying as terms because I believe they represent the effect of each leading style very accurately. If I was a 10 and I was leading another 10 as a follower, our team would only be a 20. I have simply added another 10 to my own. While this is not the wrong way to lead, if I were to lead that 10 as a leader, which is represented by multiplication, our team would skyrocket into a 100 compared to the measly 20 we had before. The ability to lead and develop someone who could take your own position is both a very risky but rewarding act that responsible leaders will need to do for a growing organization.

I chose this principle because I have always had a similar mindset to this law, in which any group should be aiming for multiplication between their teammates rather than addition. Once mentioned in my wrap-up TALONS call back in June, if we as learners can build each other up and grow as we go, we will surely be multiplying our efforts. 

This law simply highlights the significance of developing leaders, which through these sessions I have learned is a crucial factor to a good team. By mentoring the grade 9s and supporting my fellow grade 10 learners in event planning and other projects, the TALONS community as a whole will be a strong household for a plethora of leaders.

Session 2: Leaders have the ability to make things happen.

Maxwell’s principle about how leaders have the ability to make things happen is a resonating fact with me as a leader. The whole purpose of a leader is to lead, and I believe that starts with going out there and making something happen. When the leader becomes the first example of whatever they are trying to accomplish, followers will naturally come as they see the momentum that you have already built up yourself. A leader is a momentum maker – they say and do things that start momentum. It’s the ability to think differently and simply going for it that makes a leader so interesting to follow. Having ambition and being committed will attract the right kind of followers which you could then develop into leaders. 

As stated earlier, this principle resonates with me for a multitude of reasons. To sum it all up though, I simply agree with Maxwell’s point of how a leader has the ability to make things happen. I believe I live and breathe this quote most of the time with my creative and ambitious personality that takes me to uncharted grounds all the time. I have been able to make things happen and start ripple effects wherever I go, which I believe is the most important goal of a leader. 

As this school year is different than anything else we’ve had before, we as leaders are expected to adapt and think of new creative ways to keep the heart of TALONS in our class. This means that each of us will have to make things happen that have never been done before in the program. And although there is still a possibility of failure from our actions, it is simply the heart to go out and try it that makes a leader so impactful.  

Session 3: People do what people see

Maxwell made a great point in his 3rd session of “Developing the Leaders Around You,” in which he talks about the importance of modeling and that people will do what they see rather than what they hear. “No matter what you teach the child, he insists on behaving like his parents.” We as humans are naturally born to follow what we are seeing, expecting that it is the right thing to do. 89% of our learning comes from a visual standpoint, and we tend to learn most skills and concepts when we are being shown how it works with our own eyes. When we are teaching good concepts to the people around us, but demonstrating bad examples, the people I have taught will now take inspiration not from my words but from my actions. It is simply how we think and learn from each other, so it is so crucial to be able to do what we teach.

I chose this principle as I have related to its effects countless times both at home and at school. Specifically, when I tried to learn the backflip over the summer, I found it very difficult to listen to my dad’s advice as he himself wasn’t able to perform what he was teaching, but rather highlighting what he is seeing with his own eyes. This creates a disconnect between my dad and me as I cannot see how I am performing and can’t understand my dad’s advice most of the time. I found it much more helpful to watch videos of people who have already learned the backflip and take the advice that they had. 

Being a grade 10 TALONS learner, I believe it is important that I am able to model what I am teaching so that I am able to effectively develop the leaders within each of the grade 9 talons learners. I wouldn’t want to confuse anyone’s method of leading through my lack of ability to do what I teach. 

Session 4: I Motivate

The ability to motivate yourself and your team is often overlooked. Being able to genuinely trust your team and work as one group is already a task on its own, but this becomes much more difficult when you are expected to keep the morale of your team up. The Chinese poem known as Go to the people preaches about how you can go to the people to learn and build on what they have but most importantly that you can unite with the people to accomplish great things. A leader must consistently try to raise their own and other’s leadership levels for a more effective team that is highly motivated.

I chose this principle as I believe it is the one that I need to work on the most out of this entire book. As I was evaluating myself on the question that related to the “I Motivate” principle, I noticed that there was still much more I had to learn, and much more I could change about my leadership mindset. I need to able to trust that my team can produce stronger and more creative ideas than if I were to think on my own, and I must be able to let go of my positions for a more effective teammate.

Motivation is such a broad yet impactful term that we could all use a little more of in these times.  By keeping a clear goal and taking small steps to achieve them, we are already motivating the team to accomplish tasks as quickly as possible. This will be important when we begin to plan our leadership events and adventure day trips, as the tasks can become confusing and many will fall under the pressure of it all.

Gyu Min’s In-Depth Blog Post Finale: The Journey Through Hip-Hop Dancing!

How is everyone doing tonight? Did you come to this post because I had a catchy image? Even the photo is urging you to click! I hope anyone who has spent their thoughtful time to look through our posts and have online conversations with us through the comments has been enjoying the process so far, experiencing the hard work and exuberating passion of 56 unique In-Depth projects. If you so happened to come across my unique and special post, let me welcome you in with a smile!

Hi! My name is Gyu Min Jang, and I’m a grade 9 TALONS learner at Gleneagle. Welcome to the showcase of my In-Depth Project! Well, maybe “show” is the better term, because my project partner, Indah, my mentor, Kailey, and I will all be taking you through our 5-month process in hip-hop dancing, that comes together in one final dance show performance by the end!

Simply put, my friend and classmate Indah Del Bianco, as well as myself, decided we wanted to learn hip-hop dancing as our In-Depth project for grade 9. I was always passionate about dancing and the simple fact that I could move my body in sync to look so cool (haha), and I wanted to see if I could try it myself. To help us with our goal, our good friend and experienced dancer Kailey Huang took on the role of a mentor during the project. All in all, the experiences I shared during my time with this project will be unforgettable, and I hope you will be able to see the journey that I went on as clearly as I did. So without further adieu, here is our In-Depth project (Kindly edited by Indah):

Gyu Min and Indah’s In-Depth Progress Video + Final Dance (Split Screen vers.)

For those of you who don’t have enough time to view our full progress and final video, I have linked recordings of just our final dance below, please enjoy!

Gyu Min and Indah’s In-Depth Final Dance (One Stage vers.)

Gyu Min and Indah’s In-Depth Final Dance (Split Screen vers.)

Feel free to ask me any questions or share comments during the night, and I will be more than happy to reply to all of them. Thank you for dropping by my project.

Gyu Min’s In-Depth Blog Post #6: Showtime…wait already?

Well, we have certainly come a long way since the first In-Depth blog post; going from a physically awkward beginner dancer to a LESS physically awkward intermediate dancer. I consider that progress if anything! In-Depth night is just a few weeks away, and I am ready to show everyone what I have learned in this journey on Hip-Hop dancing!  

Since my last post, I have met up with Kailey and Indah through ZOOM video calls once a week on Thursdays, to review our progress from the previous week, as well as learn a new portion of our 90-second original dance. So far, the mileage that both Indah and I have been gaining with our dance has been immense in the past few weeks. As of yesterday, May 7th, We have choreographed and learned more than 5/6 of our dance, and are planning to wrap up the routine by next Thursday, giving us plenty of time to practice, refine, and record our dance for the final showcase. If you may have forgotten, Indah and I are choreographing (with the aid of Kailey) and learning a 90-second dance using the song “Finale” by AJR. In addition to our hour-long weekly sessions, Kailey has also brought it upon herself to collect “progress videos” of both me and Indah showcasing how we feel about the routine thus far. As of now, Indah and I have both sent out two progress videos to Kailey, which she would then merge into one complete routine with some video editing. These videos have collectively helped and supported our learning, as we can look back at the merged videos to see how Indah and I might change certain moves or change the timing of a section to make an overall cleaner, more professional dance. In the actual Zoom meetings that we have every week, the structure usually consists of talking about our progress and any questions we had about the dance or In-Depth in general (20 minutes), implementing corrections and clarifications from the last week’s portion of the dance (10 minutes), and learning the new portion of our dance, which includes any questions asked during the mentoring (30 minutes). This format of video calling has been quite effective in our learning, and I hope to continue with this structure for the foreseeable future as well. One notable challenge that was quite apparent with online mentoring is the lack of space and communication when it comes to dancing at home. Rather than the large MPR facility we had prior to Spring Break, I have had to practice and learn our routine in the comfort/discomfort of my own living room. This has proved to be a challenge countless times, as my house has not proved to be the most spacious, especially for explosive dances moves much like the ones we see in hip hop. In addition to the space, communication between Kailey and I have been an obstacle as well, specifically when it comes to learning and correcting dance moves. Because Kailey is not physically here to moderate and comment on our dancing on all angles, it has proved to be a challenge to explain certain moves through examples and verbal speech only. Indah and I have had to adjust to this change and are trying our best to learn the moves as effectively as possible.   

Regarding the final presentation on In-Depth Night, Indah and I have collectively agreed to share our dancing with the form of a recorded video. We will film ourselves dancing to our entire 90-second routine and share that as our final presentation. But with this decision came two options for us to take. Two days ago, BC Premier John Horgan announced that BC would implement its 2nd phase of its 4 phase plan to re-introduce a normal society over the May long weekend. More importantly, this 2nd phase allows people to meet up in small groups for events such as dinners for up to 6 people. With this in mind, Indah and I have an option to record ourselves separately and merge our two films together, or to record our dance in one final take as we meet up together. We have decided that taking both options would be the most ideal, as we can decide on what might look better once finished filming. Once the May long weekend is finished, Indah and I will meet up at Gleneagle Secondary to film our dance both ways.  

In just a few weeks, everyone will be able to see the progress Indah and I have made with hip-hop dancing, and I cannot wait! 

Below is one of our merged progress videos that Kailey made for us:  

https://photos.app.goo.gl/i6nEYR8RXi6Pcrxc8