Why spinning is good for kids →
great post from @movingsmartnow on spinning at various ages & how it helps with balance
I will be an adult beginner, and have in the past...
I know very little about gout or how dance might aggravate or affect your condition. I would definitely suggest you talk with your doctor. My limited understanding is that gout is an arthritis-type condition. I can only guess at what concerns you about your toes as they relate to dance. I’m not sure if it is ballet you’ll be beginning (only assuming) but there will be a lot of rising...
What's On Tap?
In honor of National Tap Dance Day, a little collection of what DA has “on Tap”: Tools for Tap Improvisation: The Time Step Teaching Tap Improvisation: Exercises for Beginners Keeping Rhythm Fascinatin’ — How to Make Tap Dance Come Alive Chloe Arnold’s ‘My Life, My Diary, My Dance’ The Great Tap Shoeganza! - a great series from columnist, Tristan Bruns on shoe construction,...
Catch the Drama Desk Red Carpet Live - Tonight at...
Tonight, Monday, May 23rd at 6 PM ET, OvationTV (the art and culture network) will be live-streaming the Drama Desk red-carpet show. Hosting the event will be renowned stylist/designer Phillip Bloch and Broadway Channel’s Maribel Aber. They’ll interview the Drama Desk nominees, presenters and guests which include Katie Holmes, Annabella Sciorra, Daniel Radcliffe, Liev Schreiber, Jonathan...
Where do you like to stand at the barre, and why? →
@bexking talks about The Importance Of The Right Barre Spot at TENDUS UNDER A PALM TREE.
So Your Ballet Teacher Won't Be Depressed... →
Just one of several reasons to give 100% in dance class. via Jackie aka balletcougar
Dance is WORK →
via @ArtIntercepts. “Part of the work, and the frustration, in dance is convincing society that what we do is not a luxury, a passion, an indulgence, a pasttime or, sometimes, an annoyance. That work includes…”
Desmond Richardson to receive this year's Capezio... →
(Presented by @capeziodance May 24) Congrats to @DesRich! @complexionsnyc coming to Houston this fall via @SPAHouston For more, here’s Desmond on DancePlug talking about his pop and lock background, and a video series about Complexions Contemporary Ballet at Dance Media: How they met, their technique, classes, & choreography Their team-teaching & what stands out in an audition ...
Share Bharata Natyam and a great book with your... →
via @DanceBooks Monsoon by Uma Krishnaswami: “…in the last scene of the book, the young girl and her brother “dance with the joy of earth’s sudden sweet scent.” What a lovely ending. But also, in an author’s note in the back of the book, I found out that classical Indian dancers have special hand gestures for several words related to rain.”
How do I create a dance bedroom, so I can practice...
The short answer: Figure out how much space and money you have to dedicate to the transformation of your room. Assuming you probably dance around in your room anyway, consider how much space you’ll need to move comfortably - a stow-away or loft style bed might provide you with extra floor space. Find inspiration by searching online for pics and how-tos. Compare flooring options, from...
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by...
Once upon a time there was a doll… →
@DaveTriesBallet gives a peek into the experiences of a first-time performer in a ballet. Great look behind-the-scenes of a production.
A fun game and a good foot strengthening exercise... →
@mariasmovers helps students focus with a bit of Toe-Ga.
Thank your teachers with these crafty ideas →
Inexpensive dance recital and performance gifts, or just a great way to say THANKS to your teacher!
My 6-Year-Old Son Takes Ballet—You Got a F#$%^$#@... →
Several Twitter peeps passed this along to me. Nice to see that bullying was addressed by teachers. What do you think about some of the comments?
Little ones use their imaginations in this Fruit... →
Straight talk for dancers AND choreographers... →
@jordoncloud shares her current injury experience and offers some quick advice.
'Late Beginner' blues gotcha down? →
BalletScoop offers some examples of ballet stars who began their training in their teens. You may want to couple it with our late beginner post: How To Get Beyond The Late Beginner Blues.
Big List of Kid Songs for Mother's Day →
@Zooglobble’s extensive list for 2011 (plus a link to last year’s). These could be great for class or recital dances, check em out!
Recital-time anxiety doesn't fade but you can... →
via DanceStudioOwner.com (@SuzanneGerety) This candid 15-minute audio conversation with Kathy Blake reveals that whether you are in your first or thirty first year of business - you are not alone when it comes to the intensity of recital time.
Lean On Me: creative dance activity for your... →
This exercise promotes problem solving, creativity, working together, music appreciation and dance making. Fun for any age! Explore what “lean on me” means to them and to you too!
Try this activity board game for your dance camp! →
Great idea from @mariasmovers
Hi Nichelle! Dance Advantage is such an amazing...
Hi there! I don’t know if your class has started or is underway but preparing preschoolers for a new dance class can really help with the initial shyness. It helps if they can gradually get to know new people and new spaces rather than being thrust into an environment so something like a ‘greet the teacher’ or open house before classes start can help smooth the transition. Also,...
NYC Dancers, participate in this anonymous survey... →
Did you work or volunteer in the dance field in New York City in 2010, in any capacity? Is your age 21-35? If so, your participation is requested in this short survey— a census—designed by the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, which is an advisory committee to Dance/NYC, a satellite of the national arts service organization Dance/USA. This survey is entirely voluntary and anonymous. And takes...
After-School Program For Special Needs Kids
The #Houston-based nonprofit organization, Social Motion Skills, is taking action to give Houston kids and adolescents with social disabilities (autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, language and learning differences) social skills classes— offering more opportunities for social interaction than the traditional “social thinking” mantra with the slogan “Where Practice Makes Possible.” Social Motion...
Not exactly Four Weddings and a Funeral but... →
@theballetbag serves up 5 ballet weddings from hell!
Let's Dance! →
Love this poem @DanceBooks!!
A little post (w/ a fun video) showing a little... →
(@ashleybouder) via ballerina by day…
Sue Samuels (Dancer, Teacher, & Mom to Jason... →
via @NinaAmir (My Son Can Dance blog) — Sue supported Jason through years of switching back and forth from sports to dance. It’s an interesting look into this tap dancer’s career and a great parenting example of letting your child choose their life’s path.