Dance

When Life Gets Hectic

Written by: Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

I have 5 fully-functioning calenders in my daily life.

One hanging up in my bathroom by my sink to read over while brushing my teeth or putting on my make-up. One on my phone, which is the first method of any record. It's electronic and quick. One hanging on the wall in my office. One taped to my desk by the phone, which only has numbers that I put dots over once a day is done. One physical one that I carry around with me to write down what I did each day. It's one crazy, well-oiled, multi-tasking machine / balancing act!

Here are my tips for staying energized, staying focused, and staying right on track:


 

Luigi Jazz

An Ambassador of Jazz, A Body Doctor, Jazz Master... LUIGI.

He is an inspirational man with a story of struggle and achievement.


 

Dance & Relationships

In a recent chat with Kiner Enterprises, Inc. the topic was on dance and relationships. Some of the questions discussed were:

Shoulder dancers marry dancers?

What do you do if your partner doesn't support your career goals?

How has dance affected your relationships?


 

Dancing in a Winter Wonderland

"But baby it's cold outside..."

'Tis the first day of December. You know what that means: DANCERS BUNDLE UP!

During the chilly seasons, we must be even more aware of what our bodies are telling us. We need to take more time in warming up and preparing our bodies for intense movement.

So hear this:

1. Layer up! Keep those muscles nice and warm, comfy and cozy while you approach your warm ups. Cover those bare legs (or even legs with thin tights) until you feel warm enough to really move.


 

Teaching Dancers: Non-serious v. Serious

Written by Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

I tend to believe that young children are capable of great things. And I tend to believe that a focused, intense education (beginning at very young ages) produces well-rounded dancers and strong individuals for the "real world."

Part of my believing this comes from my background.


 

It's going to be worth it

The world is going to want you to be a lot of things. At some point, you'll have to tell the world, "Shhh... this is what I will be."

She set her dance bag down and sighed. She had so many questions she wanted to ask. She wished someone could tell her how to feel, but for this there was no answers.

When you are stuck in a moment, anything outside of that moment is a distraction - even the solution.


 

Quiet Time

"Just hold on. We're going to make it through."

Growing up in the dance world, you learn to insist on excellence. The pressure that comes with this expectation can be difficult to carry along on your day-to-day life. Students of dance learn, at a very young age, the power of self-awareness and talking yourself through.

We learn our bodies, and what our bodies are of capable of. We inspect our emotions to determine where we are any given day. We test our strength, focus on our core, and we envision everything going on inside and outside of our bodies. We investigate our surroundings, our environment and the space we're working in and around.

Although all of the above is happening inside of us, dance is quiet time. The peace and stillness that comes from dancing is euphoric [intense feelings of happiness].


 

Tap: What is there not to love?

Let's talk about a style of dance that we think is very important...

Quick history:

Over 300 years, tap has evolved from the blending of British and West African step-dance, which was considered sacred and ceremonial. Tap came to the Southern United States around the 1700s. Back then, the shoes were hard-soled shoes, clogs or hobnailed boots. It wasn't until the early twentieth century that the shoes transformed to include metal plates on the ball of the foot and the heel. At that time, tap was called "jigging" and it was performed by minstrel-show dancers.


 

Murphy's Law in Education

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." - Murphy's Law


 

Here's Why: Ballet

We often get asked by students, "Why should I take ballet?"

Here is why:


 

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