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Inside Dance Master Classes

Dancers, especially those in intermediate-to-advanced classes, may be presented with opportunities to take classes from professional choreographers or performers. This is often called a master class. Master classes can occur at a convention, at your own studio, or after a performance. In any case, a master class is a wonderful opportunity for dancers to learn […]

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Tips for Adults Taking Dance Classes

There are many reasons to continue, or begin, taking dance classes as an adult. Whether your studio has adult-specific classes, or you will be included in student classes at your ability level, many studios offer excellent options for adult dancers. Goal-Setting for Adult Dancers Setting specific and measurable goals will help you get the most […]

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The Role of Dance Parents at the Studio

Dance moms, dads, grandparents, and other caregivers take on active roles in their children’s dance activities, whether they are dancing for fun, taking part in competitions, or preparing for a professional dance career.  At a time when dance moms may be gaining a questionable reputation on reality television, here are some tips on how you […]

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The Dance Industry Reacts to Dance Moms Television Show

“Dance Moms” on Lifetime showcases a small dance competition team from the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh, PA.  The show focuses on five moms and their interactions with their own children, the other dancers, and the company’s director, Abby Lee Miller.  While most of the series takes place inside the dance studio, and in […]

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Lessons Learned from Dance Competitions

Many students have fun at competitions and conventions but in between the fun, there can also be disappointment.  Results can be unpredictable, because of the many factors involved:  the dancers’ performance, costumes and music; the performances of other schools in the same categories; and the opinions of the three or more judges who have been […]

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Tips for Making a Good First Impression in Dance Class – Part II

[See Part I of this article for more tips to use in preparation for class.] Different studios and teachers will have their own policies and guidelines, but the following additional tips will help you stand out as a committed and conscientious dance student. Taking Correction and Direction Try to accept criticism and corrections well.  Try […]

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Tips for Making a Good First Impression in Dance Class – Part I

As many dance studios prepare for their fall seasons, students may be wondering how they can make a good impression on their teachers, whether they are entering a studio for the first time, taking class with a new teacher, or just want to start their new year on the right foot.  Different studios and teachers […]

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Common Foot and Ankle Injuries for Dancers

A dancer’s most important asset is his or her feet. Following are some common foot injuries and how to care for them. Sprained Ankles A trip, a mis-step, or possibly an old injury that has gone untreated can cause an ankle sprain, as well as constant use of the feet without enough rest, and wearing […]

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How To Choose A Dance Studio

Before you begin to look at studios, ask yourself why you want to take dance classes.  There are a few possible answers to this question, depending on your previous training (if any) and your needs.  You may want to take classes for fun or recreation, for exercise and health benefits, or for technical training and […]

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