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How to Calm Recital Jitters

All About Dance Recital Jitters

For many children, especially those about to experience their first dance recital, nerves and jitters on the big day can be difficult to overcome. Some nervousness is actually a good thing. Adrenaline pumping before taking a step onto the stage can keep a dancer’s energy up throughout the performance. However, being too nervous can make […]

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The Tradition of The Nutcracker Ballet

Based on the story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker ballet was first created in the late 1800s. This year marks the 220th anniversary of the debut performance of The Nutcracker on December 5, 1892 danced by The Russian Imperial Ballet and choreographed by Marius Petipa. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky […]

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Back-to-Dance Survival Guide for Parents

Back to Dance Survival Guide

Back-to-school season, for many children and teens, also means back-to-dance, back-to-sports, back-to-theater, back-to-band, back-to-homework, and any other number of things. Here are some tips for parents to help their dance students prepare for, and survive, a busy school year! Preparation is key. Before the season begins, your child will probably start receiving schedules for dance […]

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Dance Class Tips for First-Time Parents and Students

Tips for New Parents and Students

Back-to-school season also means back-to-dance season!  For those students who are attending their first dance class ever, the dance studio is an exciting yet unfamiliar world.  Here are some tips for parents and students to feel more prepared for their first steps into the dance studio. Now that you’ve registered for classes and received your […]

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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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Winter Dancewear Trends for Kids, Teens, and Adults

The bustling winter dance season has hit full swing with dance parents rushing between Nutcracker rehearsals, school concerts, and basketball practice, while still trying to squeeze in some time for holiday shopping, office parties, and cookie decorating. But the cooler temperatures of the winter season extend long past the holidays, and for dancers that brisk […]

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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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