Tap

What's in Your Dance Bag?

Dance bags. These can be a dancer's best friend! On breaks, dancers rush to their bags, rummaging through for this or that. What is in our dance bags, is what helps us get through a full day of class, rehearsals, blocking and tech.

So what is the magic inside of these bags?

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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.


 

Why Dance Matters.

So we're sitting with a friend at a local restaurant following a meeting about promoting arts education in the city. We had just completed a tour of our local theater, discussed its history and future plans. We sat there completely thrilled; our hearts were full, and we were living off the energy from everyone in the group and their dedication to the arts in our city.

A man comes over and introduces himself. Turns out, he is a supporter of the theater. This made us very happy until he asked: "Now, what is it you do?" We said, "Dance instructors!"

But then he said this.

"And you can make a living off of that?"

We answered, "Yes. We can. We do. And here is why we should."


 

Things to Love About Teaching Dance

We'll share with you what we love about the life of being {dun dun dun} a dance teacher!

1. We love that we get to help students on their school projects! Whether it is being interviewed on a dance style or dance history, or calculating heart rates with a specific style of dance, or helping on a lesson about healthy eating for more dance energy... We're always willing to foster learning and pass on creativity mixed with curiosity in our world.


 

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.


 

Here's Why: Ballet

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

Here is why:


 

All Around Dance

Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins creator, Sheena Jeffers, was recently asked to be interviewed by a dance blog called All Around Dance. Below is the interview. Be sure to check out their blog!


 

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