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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].


 

Here's Why: Ballet

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

Here is why:


 

Boys in Dance?!

So you have a son! And your son wants to take dance! You as his parent may or may not have that moment of, "Wait... why dance? Why not football or soccer or hockey?"


 

Work With What You've Got: Your Turnout

"Turn out! Rotate, rotate, rotate! From the hip!"

Dancers, you've grown up hearing these words. From the day we learn what First Position is in ballet, you've heard these words more than you've probably heard any other collection of words.

We model ourselves off of the ballerinas we see on stage, on TV, in photographs and magazines. While this helps us visualize what the "ultimate goal" is, it isn't necessarily healthy. We have to learn a valuable lesson first:

You've got to work with what you've got!


 

Pre-Stage Serenity

"all nearness pauses, while a star can grow..." - e.e. cummings

The hours of rehearsal are over. Your body still bruised. But now, there's a stillness.


 

Teaching Dance: Ages 2-11

Starting a child's dance education when they are young is vital to the child's development in dance later in life. Learning stretches and proper posture, as well as learning how to hear and feel music, are all taught beginning at young ages so that later it seems "natural" to the dancer.

As children grow physically, cognitively and emotionally during this period in their life, dance is the perfect way to guide their cognitive and emotional development while aiding their physical development as well.


 

Top 10 Reasons: Dance & Community Service

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank

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Dance and community service together can change lives. Here's how:


 

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