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The Dancer’s Pointe Interview with Susan Schott Martucci

The owner of Temilys-leap-in-2ndhe Dancer’s Pointe in Orlando, Florida, Susan Schott Martucci, describes her dance studio as offering quality dance education in an atmosphere that is warm and caring. Dancer’s Pointe opened in 1990 and has been teaching dance in the same location, south of downtown Orlando, ever since.

The Dancer’s Pointe is proud of all of their dancers, both current and alumni – not only those who have continued in the world of dance through college and the professional dance world, but also those who have chosen different paths. They believe that regardless of the path chosen, their students and alumni are doing it better and with more style because they are dancers!

In Susi’s opinion, her dance studio is separated from other studios because their dance studio focuses on being a good corporate citizen. For many years, they have participated in fund raising events for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund) and FFB (Foundation Fighting Blindness) both inspired by people involved with their studio. They collaborate in providing dance experiences with Russell Home for Atypical Children and frequently support community events at local schools, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, etc.

Susi’s proudest moment coaching occurred when alumni students started bringing their children to her for (more…)

DIY Crop Top

Hello, I am Cyndi from In this demonstration, I am going to show you how to create a crop top out of an existing full size top. So, if you are looking for a top for dance that is a little longer than normal why not use a longer version of the top you want and just cut it down. That way you can make the crop top fit perfectly.


  1. Full Length Top
  2. One Inch Wide Elastic
  3. Matching Thread
  4. Pins
  5. Tailor’s Chalk, Bar of Soap or other sewing marker
  6. Measuring Tape
  7. Yard Stick
  8. Scissors
  9. Sewing Machine


  1. Choosing Your Materials

In this project, the only item you need to choose is the top that you will cut down to create the Crop Top.

  1. Marking the Cutting Line

I have already measured the dancer from the top of the shoulder down to where I want the hem of the top to rest. Remember, you want to make sure that the bottom of the top does not slide up so high that it reveals the bottom of the girl’s bust line when the dancer reaches up,. In this particular case, I came up with 13 inches when I measured her. I then marked the shirt (more…)

How to Create a Unique Looking Skirt

In this video, I am going to show you how to create a unique looking skirt. This particular one happens to be two layers. The thing I like about this skirt is it has a lot of flow and movement like a circle skirt. If you want a circle skirt flow but you don’t want the straight cut of the circle cut, then this is the guide for you.



  1. Fabric
  2. Scissors
  3. Marker
  4. Ruler


  1. Take Measurements and Mark

Take the fabric and fold it in quarters. First of all you need the inner circle. There are two ways to get that. The easy one is to measure the elastic around you, fold it in half and once more so its in a quarter of the size. Now round it against the fabric corner, and mark it. Now we decide what is the longest we want the skirt. In her case, I decided to do 15 inches. Put the ruler on the marked area and measure down on the 3 different points around the fabric.

  1.  Cut Out The Layers and Waistband

Now cut the fabric out from the marked areas. Also cut out the inner circle marked area.

Lay the cut (more…)

Dancer of the Week – Anisa Krouse

Our most recent Dancunnamed-3er of the Week is Anisa Krouse. Anisa is a 13 year old girl with huge dreams! She has been through a lot but still puts a smile on her face because she loves making people happy. The reason she says she has been through a lot is she was adopted by her grandparents when she was just one year old. Then her Papa died very unexpectedly a year ago, and her Mom fell and broke her hip this past March. There are many other things, but these three things were very traumatic for her.

Anisa’s family moved to Iowa from California when she was almost two years old. She started taking dance lessons at Almost Famous Dance Studio with Amanda Hackney when she was just three years old.unnamed-4

Her happiest moment in dance was in June, 2015 at Nationals at the Dells, where her solo placed 3rd overall. She was then qualified to perform at Grand Nationals which is a honor. She had danced her solo, Soul Shine, which was one of her Papa’s songs and she performed it in memory of him. Then to dance it at Grand Nationals was very special.

Anisa has always wanted to model ever since she (more…)

Academy of Dance Interview with Carla Olson

According toswamlake041 Carla Olson, one of the owners of the Academy of Dance in Port Orchard, Washington, the Academy is committed to building a school of excellence and uncompromising dedication to the education of performance art. The philosophy of the two owners, Carla Olson and Jennifer Dean-Mckinistry, is reflected in the fact that all instructors are highly trained instructors who are devoted to the Academy and to the development of each individual student’s abilities.

The Academy provides children and adults with superior education and inspiration in performance art offering classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical dances. Currently, serving families in the Kitsap area including Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Kingston, Bremerton, Silverdale, Port Orchard and Gig Harbor. their goal is to create a positive and healthy learning environment where individual talents and abilities will be recognized. They emphasize self-discipline and a strong work ethic so that each student will learn the art of dance to their fullest potential athletically and artistically. Most importantly, they believe dance will enhance the development of each individual’s self-image and self-esteem, giving him or her the inner strength necessary to respond appropriately when confronted with life’s many challenges.

In Carla’s opinion, there are three things that separates (more…)

How to Add Snaps to The Bottom of a Leotard

Today, I am going to show how to add snaps to the crotch of a leotard. It is the perfect project for you if a little girl, or even a big girl, is going to be wearing a leotard all day. With snaps in the crotch, the dancer does not need to undress every time they need to use the restroom. Instead, she can just unsnap the leotard from the bottom. So, if you want to find out how to add  snaps to the bottom of a leotard, this demonstration is for you.


  1. Leotard
  2. Small scraps of Lycra, (Preferably
    to Match Leotard)
  3. Pronged Snaps (the kind that are
    applied with special pliers)
  4. Snap Pliers, Eyelet/Snap Punch
    or Snap Attaching Tool
  5. Thread to match leotard
  6. Straight pins, if desired
  7. Scissors


  1. Choosing Your Materials

Obviously, your first choice is going to be the leotard. The process of attaching snaps works on any leotard.

Next, you will need to choose the material that you will add to the crotch. Although I like the feel and stretch of Lycra, it can be almost any material you want. Some people prefer the stretch quality of Lycra and some prefer a material that does not stretch at all. The material does (more…)

Geary Dance Center Interview with Brooke Byrne

adoption-day-november-3-2013Brooke Byrne and Sonoo Hiraoka-Petty are co-owners of Geary Dance Center in San Francisco, California. Officially, they are co-CEOs. Sonoo is the CFO and Brooke is the COO which Brooke often pronounces as C uh-oh. For this article, they interviewed Brooke. They teach mostly children but offer Absolute Beginner series in Ballet and other styles periodically. Sonoo teaches Jazz and Tap, and Brooke teaches Ballet, Character and preschool dance to 2-5 year olds. They also offer Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Jazz, Turns & Leaps, a boy’s class and they are working on getting Bollywood into the mix. They rent space to another organization who offers classes in Intermediate Adult Ballet, Zumba and Afro-Brazilian Samba.

Geary Dance Center offers a high standard of instruction in many styles of dance to mostly recreational dancers in order to introduce and maintain a passion for dance throughout their lifetime. While Brooke and Sonoo love training pre-professional dancers, they believe it is just as important to create the next generation of dance lovers and theater goers.

Sonoo and Brooke love all forms of dance and believe it is important to pursue at every age. They consciously decided not to focus on just a few styles or only (more…)

How to Create A Unique Looking Strappy Back Dance Top

In this guide, you will learn how to create a unique look of straps. You can take any sports bra that you have, or an halter bra. For the straps, you can use the same fabric or a different one and jazz it up by doing this technique with the straps. This is a great video if you are looking for something fun, and sassy to do to your top.



  1. Dance Top
  2. Elastic
  3. Scissors
  4. Pins
  5. Marker
  6. Fabric




  1. Decide The Length of Straps and Cut


On this particular top, I would say put it on the girl. Don’t use the sharpie because, I am just using it so you can see the marks. Decide where you want the straps to start. I am going to mark on the elastic piece room for the seam allowance. So I am placing it now where I want the straps to start giving it seam allowance. You can pin it if you want. So bring the piece around the shoulders making sure it is nice and snug and mark the other side. Now that you have measured around the shoulders and took measurements of the elastic, cut it out. The next piece, we want to give seam (more…)

Dance It Up with Music Interview with Jennifer Chin-Gorner

Jennifer Chin-Gorner is the Owner and Director of Dance It Up with Music in Township, New Jersey. According to Jennifer, the mission at Dance It Up with Music is to instill life skills such as determination, motivation, self-confidence, discipline, time management, and respect for themselves and others. Students are taught to be gracious in winning and generous in defeat. Dance It Up teaches them life lessons, tools to succeed in life and family first, everything else is icing on the cake. They educate them to use dance as their platform to make change and give back, but to really fulfill them as people.

In Jennifer’s opinion, what makes their studio different from other studios is their culture. They are all about positivity and giving back. Jennifer says she can teach anyone to straighten their legs, turn out and pointe their toes but that is what they do. Our WHY is to create strong leaders that will contribute to 13177640_1083369798391239_2584618148564631829_nnot only to the dance world but the world in general and make a positive impact on everyone they meet in their own journey. Dance It Up With Music hopes that every child, and parent for that matter, knows how valued, appreciated and loved they (more…)

Stage 1 Dance Academy Interview with Katie Stahlhut

According to Katie Stahlhut, Executive Director of Stage 1 Dance Academy, their mission is to provide a nurturing environment to motivate and inspire the love of dance in children, while building character, self-respect and confidence. Our qualified faculty instills wholesome values of outward focus, community, acceptance and love for one another.

Stage 1 is proudimg_8347 to stand for high moral values. They portray this by always dressing their dancers in tasteful, age-appropriate costumes. Also, their faculty is homegrown or currently a professional dancer in their area. Stage 1 creates a family-friendly environment focused on making each student feel special and welcome.

In an effort to create a positive, loving, caring environment for every child that desires to learn to dance Stage 1 strives to give every student the same special attention, provide a qualified teaching staff that has a passion for dance and for teaching dance, provide a studio with up-to-date facilities that are clean and comfortable, and an office staff that will keep you informed of details and assist you in studio matters. They also provide a Dancer’s Boutique that sells all dance needs at reasonable prices.

Stage 1 has many classes including the Shining Stars (for two year old boys and girls, Sparkling (more…)