I was watching promotiondance.com and looking at some of their tutorials on how dancers or cheerleaders are seen by coaches or judges and how you could stand out from others. They gave little tips and tricks that you could use to get that professional dance or cheer job. Jessica and Brittany are professionals and watching them really made me think about that little piece, that little change that you could make, that little something that causes you to stand out (more…)
Our Dancer of the Month for June is Dylan Itzstein. He is 10 years old and trains at Dance Express Mackay in Australia. He is learning all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, acro and musical theatre, but his favorite style of dance is ballet. Dylan loves his dance studio because he has lots of friends there, the teachers are great, and they are like a big family. He absolutely loves dancing on stage and entertaining people.
When Dylan was born, he was very ill with heart and lung problems. Even though he recovered, it led to asthma and various problems with his gross and fine motor skills. Plus, he was an extremely shy child. Consequently, his mother choose to enroll him in dancing at the age of four to help him overcome some of these issues.
His happiest moment related to dancing was last year when he auditioned and was accepted into the Brisbane City Youth Ballet’s production of The Faraway Tree. This year, he wants to audition and perform in their production of The Nutcracker. Dylan would really love to dance at Disneyland or on a cruise ship, because he thinks that would be very fun and exciting.
Dylan reports he and his mother had a great (more…)
They believe that there are many wonderful dance outlets, resources, and opportunities available for aspiring dancers but it is hard to find them all in the same place. At ProMotion Dance, they have compiled a combined 14 years of professional dance experience and created a product that provides nearly everything a dancer could want or need to be successful! Britanny and Jessica say they work hard for their dancers bringing them the latest and greatest to propel themselves to The Next Level because they know what it takes to be a part of this industry. Not only do they have a passion for (more…)
Platinum Performance Dance Academy in Huntington and Wantagh, New York, was established in 2003 and six years ago PPDA proudly expanded to a second location. Their two convenient locations are North Shore, Huntington and South Shore, Wantagh. Their goal is to nurture and motivate dancers in a warm and friendly atmosphere while instilling a strong foundation and love for dance. They pride themselves in small class sizes which lend to individualized attention for all of their dancers and strive to provide their youngest to their most experienced dancers with a quality dance experience!
Lora Ayala-Hinde, Director and Owner of Platinum Performance, has been teaching for over 20 years and still loves it as much as she did the day she started. She now has two locations and often helps with school dance teams. Even so, she never stops teaching at her studio. She is still as hands on as ever. Lora still works with the toddlers, beginners and competition team dancers. She does not ever want to not be involved. She always wants to try and be a role model to her students and teachers.
Lora says she has had so many moments in her career that have made her smile. But, her (more…)
Jenae Duncan, Owner and Creative Director of Jenae’s Dance Experience (JDE) in Conyers, Georgia, describes her studio as being focused on professional and affordable technical training from 3 year old beginners to 18+ year old advanced dancers. They test on terminology and teach Traditional Ballet, Tap, Jazz, West African (accompanied by live drummers), Hip Hop, Pointe and Beginners Tumbling and Competition Team Training.
Jenae’s proudest moment coaching was surprising their students with their brand new 4,125 sq foot studio space. JDE started at the Boys and Girls club, moved into Jenae’s basement, back to the Boys and Girls club and is now filled to capacity in a studio with 3 different rooms. They’ve gone from no mirrors to ceiling to floor wall to wall mirrors, from carpet to wood floors, from wall support to free standing Ballet Bars. They have lockers, a parent lounge, TV’s in every room for dancer reviews and playbacks, chalk board wall sections in every room for terminology and notes! It is an amazing feeling for Jenae.
The biggest mistake Jenae has seen dancers make today (more…)
Emma Miller lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She describes herself as a kind, fun loving person who enjoys performing, family and friends. Emma started dancing just like any other little girl at the age of three but then began competing at the age of 7. She then started to take dance to the next level and found that she loved it even more.
Dance is Emma’s life. She dances competitively in addition to dancing classes and performing in a Musical Theater Teen Troupe in St. Louis.
Emma is entering her senior year in high school. In college, she plans on studying musical theater with an emphasis on dance performance. Her dream would be to dance on a Broadway stage someday!
According to Emma, her happiest moments related to dance would have to be all the times she was privileged to dance on the St. Louis Muny stage especially because it is amazing to dance in front of a crowd of thousands of people.
Emma has always wanted to travel to Europe since she has never been there and it seems very happy there.
Emma says that her experience buying from B Dancewear was great! Their dancewear is the base to many of Emma’s dance costumes and (more…)
Arkansas, Funk Fusion is all about building confidence in dancers and taking them to
the next level. They pride ourselves in teaching each student the basic fundamentals and
give each one the same amount of one on one time. They work hard and push for
In her opinion, what separates Funk Fusion from other studios is their ability to move
their students from city to city to allow them to learn from different instructors. They
also have professional teachers that give their hearts to the students. Chante believes
that it is very important for the student to know the basics of dance before they move a
student to the next level or on a competitive level. Funk Fusion does not move students
unless they showcase all skills needed first.
Chante’s proudest moments coaching occur when she is watching students grow up and
graduate High School or even College with the love of dance. There are always past
students that remember all the good things she has taught them about dance and life.
Some of the big mistakes Chante sees dancers make are dancing on a competitive level
without the knowledge of proper dance techniques. She will not allow any of her
students to (more…)
In our video, we are using a sports bra and cut the straps at the shoulder seam and attach straps. We are going to show you how to do that today.
- Halter or Sports Bra
- Spaghetti Straps (or the material to make them)
- Matching Thread
- Measuring Tape
- Pins (Safety pins if you are pinning it on the dancer)
- Sewing Machine
- Choosing Your Materials
Your first step is to choose the bra. Do you want a sports bra or a halter bra? If you use a sports bra, you will need to cut the back of the bra to create a (more…)
Amanda Fedor, the Owner/Director/Instructor of The Studio, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri, describes their dance school as a wholesome environment that focuses on technique and the love of dance as an art form, as well as helping to nurture great people, not just great dancers.
Amanda has been teaching dance in the St. Louis area for 15 years and taught 2 years in Los Angeles. Additionally, she has been studying dance for over 25 years. She played the part of ‘Toni,’ a lead orphan in Annie, and ‘Charlie’ in Oliver,” and has appeared in multiple television commercials. She was also a featured dancer in the movie, Solo. Amanda has studied dance in both Los Angeles and St. Louis. In addition to learning from her mother as a child, she received dance training from many master instructors including Ourania Simms, Lisa Nicholas, Gus Giordano, Van Porter, Lathaniel Cooper, Professor Robert L. Reed, Joe Tremaine, among many others. She also has trained at the prestigious “Performing Arts Center” in Los Angeles. Amanda truly takes care and patience with each and every student.
In Amanda’s opinion what separates her dance studio from other dance studios is the fact that they have a family atmosphere, and offer (more…)
Kent Boyd, a professional dancer and choreographer, describes himself as energetic and passionate about life. He will never say “no” to a group game or activity. Kent loves expressing himself in many different ways and making people feel comfortable is important to him. In his opinion, his cat is the best cuddle partner in the world, but he is a dog person.
In Kent’s opinion what separates his teaching style from others is the fact that his Musical Theatre class is more of a commercial style dance but takes a step further into character development. He loves creating “a moment” before the dance and setting a loose structure at the beginning, middle, and end. Kent encourages students to fill it in with how they would actually react to the story in their own life, which is extremely enjoyable because he gets to watch different variations of his choreography. It’s like a bunch of mini movies.
According to Kent, his proudest moment teaching dance is just the feeling he gets when he allows a space for kids to be weird and a space for himself to be weird. He feels a big responsibility to lead these kids in a genuine, authentic way; (more…)