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Know Your Warm Up

Before asking our bodies to do the physical demands required in dancing, we need to adequately prepare. A proper warm up will enhance your performance but it will also prevent injury. Sometimes, we feel rushed or pressed for time, and we hurry through a warm up, only to find later that we are sore or tight. Our bodies crave a quality warm up. In other words, before you start dancing... you should be sweating! Let's talk warm up!

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Artists: Saving for The Future

As dancers, dance teachers and artists, we often work off of contracts between theaters, companies and studios. In the government's eyes, we are considered "self-employed." Being self employed has many rewards, like the freedom to make your own decisions, working the hours you prefer and most importantly the monetary rewards can be endless.  However, there are numerous pitfalls that can derail a dream.

Today, we are asking the tough questions to investment advisor, Kevin Bostic. We want to know how to keep dancing and keep our finances on track - for today and tomorrow!

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Photo Source: Drew Humphrey & Ensemble, "We're in the Money;" 42nd Street


 

"Double-Jointed": The Real Story

We have all seen it, and sometimes we envy the beautiful lines a "double jointed" dancer can produce. But what does "double jointed" really mean? Is it really a thing? Today, we investigate "double jointed-ness!"

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Being a Dance Mentor

Nobel Banquet prizewinner, Rosalyn Yalow, once said to a group of students:

"If we are to have faith that mankind will survive and thrive on the face of the earth, we must believe that each succeeding generation will be wiser than its progenitors. We transmit to you, the next generation, the total sum of our knowledge. Yours is the responsibility to use it, to add to it, and transmit it to your children."

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Where is Dance Headed?

A question that often creeps into the minds of dancers, choreographers, company directors, dance enthusiasts and supporters is: What is next?

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Photo: The Regional High School Dance Festival at Todd Rosenlieb Dance studios


 

Choosing a Dance School

Fact: Dance training is expensive.

Fact: Dance training is a rather large time commitment.

Fact: Dance training is working with muscles/bones/developmental growth.

Fact: It is important that you research schools, ask questions and choose one that fits what you are looking for in a school and for your child.

This isn't the easiest task in the world to do, especially if you do not know a lot about dance. Perhaps you don't know the questions to ask or certain things to look for. Here is our guide to Choosing a Dance School! Plus download our special checklist for parents!

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Photo: Southeastern Regional Ballet Association - Photo by Richard Calmes


 

Making Ballet Fun

"Ballet is so... serious."

"Ballet is so boring."

"Ballet moves too slow and the music is old."

"Ballet is too stiff for me."

These are all complaints that we've heard students say about ballet. Opinions of ballet have shifted as time has passed. It was during the post-modern period of dance, which began around 1960, that shifted the thoughts on ballet to more of a "conditioning" aspect of dance as a whole. Ballet was thought of as a way for dancers to stay in shape and become stronger dancers. Even today, it is thought by many that ballet is equated to taking vitamins.

How can we re-frame ballet in today's dance world? How can we rid ballet of the "why so serious?" feel that pushes many dancers away from it? We must teach them the positive aspects of ballet! We must show them how to find beauty, passion, drama and intrigue in ballet! We must show them how "cool" ballet is!

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Photo: Ashley Murphy, Dance Theatre of Harlem


 

Ballet Dance Identifications

Do you ever feel lost in dance conversations?

We're here to help you!

Here are some quick-and-simple Ballet Dance IDs of people in the dance world who made a difference.

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Girl-on-Girl Crime

Class was over. The little girl grabbed her dance bag and ran from the studio. When she found her mother outside waiting for her in the lobby, tears were streaming down her face. She wanted to go home. And now.

The mother stood bewildered. Her daughter had never left dance class before in such a state. She followed her daughter out of the studio. [Continue reading to find out what happened in this scenario].

Girl-on-girl crime can creep its way into many situations. Today, we will examine how girl-on-girl crime finds itself in dance studios and dance relationships; the effects of girl-on-girl crime, and how it can be prevented.

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10 Things Dance Teachers Say

1. What we say: "Point your feet!"

What this really means: A beautiful pointed foot is not just about the toes. In fact, "scrunching" your toes is not a pointed foot at all! Scrunching toes can also lead to injuring a tendon in your foot. A good point, instead, lies in the instep (between your ankle and toes). Try exercises sitting down, pushing through demi pointe and then en pointe, using your entire foot. Also try standing, and thinking "pulling up through your arches" and "spreading the toes" out. This will help you feel the energy coming through your instep. Then, when you jump of lift the foot off the floor, the toes will come underneath in a beautiful point. Pointed feet exhibits a dancer's extensions and lines. It is also important for balance and strength.


 

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