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Aislinn – August Dancer of The Month

Aislinn Halvonick is a 6 year old dancer who describe herself as a smart, happy, and fun person. Her mom says that Aislinn sees the beauty in everyone and would often remind her to be patient and compassionate.

She started dancing when she was one and a half years old. Her mom mentioned that any time there would be music playing, she would dance. She said the she had always felt the music.

Her happiest moment related to dance was when she competed her first solo at 4 years old to the jazz song ‘Splish Splash’, which she liked. Today, she’s excited to compete as Ariel in her company team’s theater piece ‘The Little Mermaid’ in this upcoming competition season.

Skydiving is something Aislinn had always wanted to do with her mom when she gets older, she said that she also wanted to make more friends.

Her experience buying from B Dancewear was awesome. Aislinn’s mom said that they loved the many choices of colors and styles that they could mix and match. What impressed her was when she needed them on a certain date for Aislinn’s competition and B Dancewear made sure that they would have it in time.

Aislinn’s goals for this year is (more…)

Rylie Gillepsie, June 2018 Dancer of the Month

Our Dancer of the Month of July is Rylie Gillepsie. She is 9 years old who loves to dance. She loves to do contortion tricks and acrobatics. Rylie says she loves to play tennis and read books. Harry Potter is her favorite series and once did a solo to the theme of Harry Potter.

 

Rylie said that she began dancing at the age of three and loved being on stage since then. She said that back then, she couldn’t wait to turn five years old and start competing. She dances at Pennsylvania Dance Company in Sharon, PA. Her teachers Jessica Wellington and Victoria Davis are the people who push her to be the best dancer she could be and who gives her constant encouragement. She also said that she appreciates everything that they have taught her.

 

Her happiest moments relating to dancing was when she was six years old and did her first solo competition. She said that she worked hard to learn the steps to ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and that her parents made her a cool Jeannie bottle prop for her to dance on. She earned first overall at the competition and also did a fun check dance. One thing that (more…)

Choreographer of the Month, Kendrick Clevór King

Kendrick Clevor King is a 25 year old that teaches various styles like Performance, Jazz Funk, and Hip Hop. Kendrick is most known as the ‘Trap Daddy’ for teaching ‘Trap Moves’ and has since been a growing trend in the dance industry. Kendrick started dancing at a young age, he said that he always danced in front of his family at all family gatherings. He graduated from Cleveland School of Arts as a music/vocal major but started in commercial dance training in LA 6 years ago.

 

Kendrick said that he had too many favorite dance memories but the one that sticks out the most was when he skipped his high school graduation to perform in a musical production called “Bubbling Brown Sugar”. Kendrick has the lead role in the major production did not want anyone else playing it. He chose to perform and said that it was one of the best decisions he had made. His family came to the show and his friends surprised him at the end of the show with his diploma. He said that it felt like a dream and the memory would always get him emotional.

 

His favorite song that always makes him dance is Future by Commas, (more…)

Taylor Korte, May 2018 Dancer of the Month

Our Dancer of the Month for June is Taylor Korte. She is 14 years old and describes herself as fun loving and cheerful. Taylor said that she loves to dance, watch movies, swim, and hang out with her friends. Other than dancing, Taylor plays basketball and track. She gets almost all A’s and says that school is very important to her. She also mentioned that the beach was her favorite place.

Taylor said that she started gymnastics when she was 3 years old but always wanted to become a ballerina. She has been dedicated to dance since she was 7 years old, she got her first pair of pointe shoes when she was 11 years old. During her first year, she only took one class, but this changed when her mom took her to watch Nutcracker and began her audition for company and competition team. In 2017, she took 11 classes and a competition team. On top of that, she also did a show in Chicago.

Her happiest moments relating to dancing was being with her amazing friends, winning a scholarship at the Radix convention this year, and winning two golden tickets to the World Dance Championship this year which she expressed that (more…)

Kirsten A. Pickens, April Dancer of the Month

Our April Dancer of the Month, Kristen A. Pickens, describes herself as “just a happy 10-year-old girl who loves to dance, make slime, play with American Girl dolls, and make musical videos. Kristen says her mom thinks that she is an over active Diva because she performs in competition dances, is in Girl Scouts, and plays the flute in her school’s band.

Kirsten’s name is pronounced Keerstin but people usually call her Kristin or Christian. She lives in Belleville, Illinois, is in the 4th grade and is a very good student. She always makes the Honor Roll and has been nominated for the Do the Right Thing award twice. This is a special award given to students that always behave great in school and that do the right thing at all times. Believe it or not, her favorite color recently changed to pink. She thinks the solo costume she got from Bdancewear had something to do with changing her favorite color to pink. She says that she is very competitive in everything that she does. Whether it’s in dance or at school, Kristen loves to win!

She became involved in dance when she followed in her older sister’s footsteps. When Kristen was 4 (more…)

Kenzie Shellhaas, March Dancer of the Month

Kenzie Shellhaas, our April Dancer of the Month, is a 4th grade student at Scott School in
Evansville, Indiana. She loves competitive dance and cheer. This is her year as a member of Dance Theater USA.

 

Kenzie started dancing when she was five years old and has loved I ever since. Her happiest moment in dance occurred when she earned a solo in her dance company. She has always wanted to go to New York City to take dance classes and to attend Broadway shows! She and her mother have ordered twice from Bdancewear and they have been happy with both experiences. Kenzie’s goal for this year is to make the Elite Dance Company at The Next Step where she takes her dance lessons!
She hopes to dance provides her the opportunity to dance in college!

February Dancer of the Month – Brian Collins

Our February Dancer of the Month, Brian Collins, says he is a very energetic, constantly moving, tapping machine. He likes all styles of dance but tap dancing and body percussion are his favorite. It seems like he is always dancing somewhere. He is either at school, his studio, or his tap company and feels like his fellow dancers are more than friends, they are his extended family. When at home he loves to play with his big fluffy Goldendoodle named Norman and play video games with friends.

Brian started dancing in second grade when he signed up for a Hip Hop class and loved it. In fifth grade, he took his first tap class and his feet haven’t stopped since!

He has had so many happy moments related to dance that it is hard for him to name just one. One of those happiest moments was getting the Fabulous Feet judges choice award and the Best in Category for tap at the very first competition where he performed a tap solo. Being chosen for a scholarship to attend the OC Tap Fest was another one.

Brian says he has always wanted to go to California. It will be a dream come true for him (more…)

How to Make a Lace Bra

 

Hello, I am Cyndi from bdancewear.com. In this video, I am going to show you how to In this video, I am going to show you how to make a cute little bralette. Depending on where your competitions are and, obviously, your bust size, it is perfect by itself. But, it is also really cute to go under a dress that might be a little sheer or see through. That way you still have coverage. I would definitely always recommend lining it. But this is a really cute little look even if you want to just make one for yourself just to wear under a little dress that is see through so that you still have coverage, this just might be the video for you.
Supplies:
1. A well fitting bra
2. Lace fabric (with scalloped edge)
3. Elastic
4. Strap material (premade straps are available)
5. Matching Thread
6. Tailor’s Chalk, Sewing Marker
or Small piece of soap
7. Straight Pins
8. Safety Pins
9. Small Pieces of Paper
10. Scissors
11. Sewing Machine
Directions:
1. Choosing Your Materials
So, for the lace bra, there are a few things that you are going to need. You will need the elastic that will go underneath the bust. Preferably, the elastic will match the lace material. You are (more…)

Alyssa Russo

Alyssa Russo describes herself as a very driven, passionate and dedicated person. She strives to always do her best because her dreams are big and success is something she greatly values. Alyssa is a very goal-oriented person and always tries to be positive and to help others to be the same. She says “Life is always full of ups and downs, but I believe you have the choice to live life how you make it. I choose HAPPINESS!”

She started dancing at age 9. She says she saw an ad in the newspaper for a free class and begged her mom to let her try it and that’s where it all began.

Her happiest moment relating to dance was when she made it into TSC (Tigerstyle Crew). In her opinion, this group of dancers is very unique and talented. This group  always inspires her to be herself. She says it is a truly amazing dance group.

Something she has always wanted to do is to travel to the West Coast or the Florida area to try out and experience new dance studios and learn from new dance teachers.

Buying from B Dancewear was a great experience for Alyssa! She says that the fabrics that B (more…)

The Dance Academy Interview with Choreographer Ashton Kline-Gebhard

Ashton Kline-Gebhard is a full time Teacher and Choreographer at The Dance Academy (TDA), in Holland, Pennsylvania, as well as the studio’s Social Media Director. Ashton describes their studio as a second home for both faculty and students that provides a creative environment where students and staff alike are able to come in each day to express themselves and share their love of dance. She also describes it as an environment of encouragement, learning and positive life lessons. They pride themselves at The Dance Academy for offering “professional training, with a personal touch.” TDA offers classes for children to adults including: toddler dance, ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, creative dance, theater dance, and acrobatics. Their classes are created to help each child develop strong core techniques and their personal artistic talent to the best of their abilities.
According to Ashton, their dance studio is different from other dance studios in many ways. TDA has been a part of the community for over 30 years. Their Artistic Director, Donnajean Kline, opened the studio doors in 1987! The Dance Academy has been helping teach and grow children in their love of dance since that time. Donnajean has developed a curriculum that meets the (more…)