Dancers Need to Take Beginner Classes (Especially Those Who Consider Themselves Advanced!)

A beginner dance class is great training for dancers of all levels. If you’re just starting to dance, then it may be tempting to jump into advanced class. They look super cool and can definitely push you to your limit. But, if you are just starting out it really is best to start from the ground up. Take a beginner dance class! If you are a seasoned dancer, beginner classes are a great way to strengthen the foundation for your movement. A beginner class will allow you to really focus on details of your technique and execution. So how exactly does a beginner dance class help you become a better dancer? 1. There’s less pressure in a beginner dance class Not to say that all advanced classes are competitive, but there is a sense of going big. In a beginner dance class, the vibe is a little less intense. The dancer is not trying to kill a piece or impress anyone. Instead a dancer can enjoy the simplicity of the movement and have fun with the other dancers in class. The nurturing, no-pressure…

10 Things Your Dance Teacher Might Not Tell You

Dance teachers want their students to succeed!Dance teachers work just as hard outside of the studio! Researching, training, choreographing, music editing, performance prepping, office work, and more.Dance teachers love to be thanked.When dancers are tired and a little sore, it means they have been working hard and the dance teacher feels they have done their job well.Not everyone can be a dance teacher, it involves patience and passion.Dance teachers are love when their dancers reach their personal goals!Dance teachers know that the best dancers are the ones who are respectful, work hard, and apply corrections!Teaching dance involves much more than simply teaching steps.What dance teachers want most is to share their passion for the art of dance!Dance teachers consider you part of their dance family for life!

8 Things You Can Eat Before Dance Class

Dancer's need to be properly nourished and hydrated. Like any physical activity, taking a dance class requires high energy levels, concentration, focus, and strength. One way to meet these expectations is to eat foods before the class that will help you meet these requirements. Not eating before a dance class and not being properly hydrated can leave you feeling weak and exhausted.

According to research, it is better to eat at least one to two hours before a dance class rather than right before the class begins. Dance class can bring on physical exhaustion, pain, and soreness. Eating certain foods can possibly alleviate some of the soreness and exhaustion. Here are a few suggestions on what you can eat that will give you energy, good nutrition, and help you stay focused.

1. Hummus and Pita Bread/Vegetables

Hummus is nutritious and goes well with pita bread and/or vegetables. Hummus is a good source of protein and fiber. Chickpeas are used in hummus and are high in iron, folic aci…

Tap: Why We Do Not Offer It for Preschoolers

Many studios offer a combination preschool dance class of ballet and tap. We do not. Our Creative Movement Class for preschoolers is ballet based. We incorporate fun, developmentally appropriate ways for little ones to learn basic ballet technique and terminology along with basic rhythmic movements. So, why do we not start teaching tap at the preschool age?

Well, we have a few reasons.

Tap shoes are specialized dance shoes just like pointe shoes are. Dancers need fundamental skills, specific muscle strength, and specific muscle control to use the shoes appropriately.
Tap shoes have to fit the dancers feet. Often, to save money, families purchase tap shoes for their child to "grow into." Tap shoes that do not fit appropriately will not allow the child to learn to execute the steps correctly.
Tap dance requires dancers to relax their ankle and foot joints.  It also requires that dancers use only one part of the foot at a time in order to produce clear and concise sounds. This is …

Ballet is Important

Some dancers live for ballet while others struggle to drag themselves to ballet class. For those that consider themselves hip hop dancers, tap dancers, or jazz dancers, they may try to avoid ballet. So why is ballet important for all dancers?

Ballet lays the foundation for most forms of dance. When a dancer has the technique background from ballet, it enhances all other dance forms they undertake. A dancer with a ballet foundation stands out from others. Ballet demands discipline and dedication. Ballet technique is very specific and requires continual practice to improve. Quite often, the qualities of discipline and dedication translate themselves to other areas of life such as work and school. Ballet improves posture. Let's face it: everything about ballet requires good posture. Good posture is carried through all other dance forms.Ballet improves balance and flexibility. Ballet technique develops, improves, and maintains balance and flexibility which lessens diminish the possibil…

Criticism in the Dance World

Everyone is a critic!

One thing you can count on in the dance world is that you will face a lot of criticism. Criticism can be tough on a dancer. A thick skin will help a dancer get by, but here are a few things to think about when dealing with criticism.

Take time to celebrate achievements!

You finally achieved a perfect single wing on your left and your teacher was working with another dancer. Or, your teacher sees you and tells you to work on switch wings rather than praising your accomplishment. It can be frustrating, but take time to be proud of yourself. As Mikhail Baryshnikov said, "I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself." Take corrections, apply yourself, and pat yourself on the back when you improve.

Use corrections to grow as a dancer!

Dancers are made, not born (Baryshnikov). Dancers should be continually learning and growing.  In order to improve, a dancer needs feedback. Some instructors can be harsh with their critiq…