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Nicola Adams

Our #WomanOfInterest may not be a dancer on-stage, but she is a dancer in the ring. Nicola Adams made boxing history in the 2012 London Olympics. She is an inspiration to any young girl hoping to achieve their dreams!   Round 1 Nicola “The Lioness” Adams was born in Leeds in the UK on October […]

Using Props

From small hand-held props to full stage sets, the judges have seen a plethora of props in the recent past. While all artistic decisions are subjective, there is nothing wrong with taking a step back to make sure your prop is warranted. Making sure your prop moves the story forward, functions well and can be […]

Laura Dean

Most famously known for her collaborations with the Joffrey Ballet, Laura Dean is a choreographer and composer who has dedicated her life to the dance community. Her minimalist work set her apart from other professionals in the field and led her to become a leading lady in the world of modern dance.   A Young […]

Dancer

To be the best dancer you can be, you must know your basics. Taking as many styles and genres from as many teachers as you can will only help you on your journey as a dancer. Whether your dance training takes you from the Nova to the Select Level or to a career as a […]

Maria Tallchief

With high energy, a sense of grace, and impeccable speed, Maria Tallchief is known as being one of the most prominent figures of ballet in United States history.   A Quick Name For Herself Born on January 24th, 1925 on an Osage Indian Reservation in Oklahoma, Maria Tallchief began pursuing her career at a young […]

Long Dance Career

Want to remain a dancer for as long as possible? Here are some tips from prominent veteran professional performers of the dance community. Strengthening your Weaknesses Every dancer has a weakness—nobody’s perfect. As such, in order to withstand a long career as a dancer, you must work to counteract your weaknesses. For example, National Ballet […]

Hanya Holm

Hanya Holm is known as being one of the “Big Four” founders of American modern dance. A dancer, choreographer, and educator, Holm’s influence on the dance industry remains present today as her work is practiced in dance classrooms across the country.   Her Own Unique Style Born on March 3rd 1983, Holm was instantly drawn […]

Wayne Lamb

A dancer, choreographer, theatre director and professor of dance, Michael “Wayne” Lamb had always held a passion for dance despite a lack of initial interest in the art. Lamb’s change of heart and transition into the arts tells the tale of the way art can be used to heal, educate, and empower all.   An […]

Your Brain

How do you feel when you watch someone dance, or when you yourself dance? And why, when watching a dance performance in a room full of complete strangers, are we able to lose ourselves within the movements, feeling more connected to those around us and on stage than to the outside world? Many of the answers […]

New Year's Revolutions

As teachers and studio owners, what can we do to make the most of our holiday break to recharge and reinvigorate ourselves? It’s time to set yourself up for success in the coming year and create your resolutions. Do the things you’ve always wanted to do as a teacher and/or studio owner.   Reduce, Reuse […]