Blog Profile / Dance Advantage

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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Creating Classroom Choreography with Purpose

There are three major strands through which we experience dance: Create, Perform, and Respond. Heather describes how she's been addressing these with her K-12 dance elective students to create a window into their depth of knowledge and to cultivate expression.

Does the Obamacare Rumor Mill Have You HealthScared?

We've compiled 12 useful resources and links for dancers, artists, teachers, and arts organizations to help you make sense of your healthcare options and understand what the ACA, or Obamacare means for you.

Graphs and Charts in the Studio Classroom

Are you using visual aids like graphs and charts to reinforce concepts in your dance classes? After all, dancers are often visual learners. Here are five traditional academic aids which can be put to good use in the studio.

Royal Ballet Does a Grand Jeté into U.S. Movie Theaters

You don't have to go to London, the Royal Ballet is coming to a theater near you. Find out where to see the new Don Quixote staged by Carlos Acosta in October, Christopher Wheeldon's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in November, and Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker in December.

How To Devise an Effective Pre-Show Warm-up

There are three methods of warming-up in the exercise world: Passive, General, and Specific. Lauren reminds us that dancers often utilize all three before a performance but could often do so more effectively. Here's how.

Save Your Spot and Your Ankles at the Barre

Lorry tells us about her new-found ballet friend, the Barre Buddy, a must-have accessory that wraps onto the barre with Velcro and includes a removable hand towel. In addition to helping you stay healthy during cold/flu season, it's got many benefits.

Help Preschool Dancers Move Safely In The Studio

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Spots and tape lines help young dancers keep their spacing but teaching preschoolers how to move around safely in a dance class takes demonstration and practice. Maria gives seven creative ways to teach the concepts of space and spatial awareness to little movers.

How I Help Students Pick Up Combinations Faster

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Educator, David Alonzo Jones offers this tip to end the frustration and help you or your students pick up and remember combinations and routines more effectively. He's been using this simple tool for over ten years and it works!

Blurred Lines: New Trends in Dance Training

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

It's harder than ever to classify dance performance neatly into genres. As a result, our training methods deserve a new approach. Here is how educator, Heather Vaughan-Southard is rethinking tradition and empowering her students.

Three Novels, Three Authors, One “Boxed” Set

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Releasing September 14, the Behind Barres eBook set features three distinct, entertaining stories of pre-professional dance life by three different authors, all written for a teenage audience. Find out more about the collection in this review by Heather Desaulniers.

Developing Performance, Expression & Communication Skills in Ballet

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

As she breaks down performance into its elements, Angeline offers tips and video examples that will help you breathe life into your ballet dancing whether for exams or the stage.

Do You Survey Your Students at the Start?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Socrates believes that asking the right questions is essential to learning and teaching. Do you ask your dance students about their expectations, goals, and interests?

6 Tips for Teaching and Reaching the Men in Your Class

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

When men are new or even resistant to dance, their teachers must find ways to reach and relate to them. It isn't always easy but these 6 tips by one of Chicago's top teachers, Szewai Lee, are sure to be helpful.

When in Paris, Take Class! Where, How, Do You Really Need a Why?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Co-ed dressing rooms, cash payment, and barre au sol. Guest, Terez Mertes, walks you through her drop-in experience at Paris' Centre de Dance du Marais. We hope it inspires you to take class on your travels!

Is It Too Late To Dance? The Answer is Simple

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Sometimes the answers are simple. Sometimes there are simply better questions and your answers may lead to a career in dance, or not.

Class Dress Code: Function Over Fashion

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

There's value in seeing a student's form during class but, especially in public schools, there are benefits to allowing for comfort and individuality. Here's how Heather talks about dance attire fashion and its function in her dance classes.

How to Teach a Successful Class at Open House

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

An open house or class demonstration can bring new business to your classes or studio. Maria helps you turn a short-lived event into an enrollment success story with tips that encourage fun and quickly make young students and parents comfortable.

What I Missed in College

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

For dancers, the "real world" is now. So why, asks Leila Anglin, a college dance program graduate, do most students learn so little about their own creative process and investigate their art before the safety-net of school disappear...

The Great Costume Debate: The Controversy Over Age Appropriateness

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Should something be done about revealing costumes in competitive dance? Some feel that total freedom of expression must be upheld, others think competitions should implement penalties & restrictions. Shawna David looks at the issues and tries to find middle ground.

A Short Chat with Dancer Rick Long

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Rick Long has worked with artists Lisa Lisa, Daddy Yankee, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Specializing in Dancehall, Jazz and Hip-Hop, he recently appeared in Step Up 3D and is a teacher. He answers 5 questions about his career in our Pro Dance Profile series.

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