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Bournonville Basics

Bournonville is not only a method of training and technique, but a choreographic school developed by August Bournonville, choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet. Learn more about the method and the man!

Pointe Shoe Casserole & More Dance History Tidbits

If you don't love these sweet morsels about famous dancers and the history of dance, I'll eat my pointe shoes! Share these bits of trivia with your friends or students.

Working the Numbers: Math Problem-Solving in Dance

K-12 dance educator, Heather Vaughan Southard shares two very different ways she incorporates math and problem-solving into her dance education classes: dancing fractions and budgeting for a production.

How Ballet Found Its Way into the Hearts of Texans

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Ballet is as big as everything else in Texas, the Lone Star State known for guns, oil, and cowboys. That's right y'all, find out what a broken down bus of Russian dancers has to do with the rich ballet history in the state's three big cities, Houston, Dallas, and Austin, and which college created the first ballet major program in the U.S.

The Sci-Fi Origins of the Nutcracker’s Snow Scene and Other Fun Facts

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

What's the connection between The Nutcracker and Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon?" Here's a hint: the Snow Scene has a rich history that may surprise you. Discover some fascinating trivia in this guest contribution.

A Look at LEAP! National Dance Competition

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

It pays to know a little more about a competition company, its judges, and its philosophies, so have a look at LEAP! National Dance Competition in this interview with executive director, Drew Vamosi.

Tips on Making a Video to Market Your Studio

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Covenant Ballet Artistic Director, Marla Hirokawa joins videographer Nel Shelby to answer a few questions about the making of their promotional video. so studio owners can see how to make this kind of video work for their business.

Creating Classroom Choreography with Purpose

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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.

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