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DIY Overnight Bag


 

DIY Overnight Bag

Hi, I am Cyndi Marziani from bdancewear.com. In this demonstration, I will show you how to make a reversible bag that can be used for many purposes including as an overnight bag. I like to put presents in here for my favorite little dancers or even big dancers, a bag they can use later for other purposes. I also made one as a gift for my adult sister-in-law. It is reversible. It is beautiful. It fits tons of stuff inside. I often use them myself for carrying presents or other articles.

If you are looking for a quick bag to use for wrapping a gift, this is the perfect thing. You could use colors or patterns that reflect the holiday, special occasion or interests of the recipient. If you want a smaller bag, just cut the pieces in sizes to make a bag in the size for you want. Then, bunch it up at the top and tie a ribbon around it. It could still be used over and over after the gift has been “unwrapped.”

Supplies:

  1. Several pieces of material in coordinating
    or complementary fabrics and patterns
  2. Matching thread
  3. Measuring Tape
  4. Pins
  5. Scissors
  6. Fabric marker, tailor’s chalk or small piece of (more…)

The Starella Sisters Interview with Sanjna Varela

The Starella Sisters from Portland, Oregon, is a vintage dance troupe that specializes in dance styles harking back to the Golden Era of Hollywood and beyond. We interviewed Sanjna Varela, one of the founding members of the group, for this article. If there’s anything Sanjna misses, it is the glitz and glamour of those “good old days.” Imagine going back in time and seeing a full production with a big band, singers, and last, but not least, dancers! The Starella Sisters are here to bring you a glimmer of that glorious past.

 The Starella Sisters are actually not sisters, although they may as well be. They sure know how to laugh, cry, love, and have the occasional disagreement, just like sisters. The name Starella is a combination of Pearl’s and Sanjna last names, Stokes and Varela

This is a fairly new group that originally had only two dancers, Pearl and Sanjna . They first performed with the Jenny Finn Orchestra at the Secret Society Ballroom.  Pearl and Sanjna had just created their own duet after having previously been involved with other vintage dance troupes. They were excited to collaborate and express their own shared ideas and vision.

Sanjna Varela believes that their dance group is different from other dance troupes because (more…)

Inspire Dance Complex Interview with Brianna Alvarez

Brianna Alvarez, the Competition Team Director for Inspire Dance Complex in Corona, California, tells us that the Inspire Dance Complex is a positive and accepting environment where young dancers develop both dance technique and life skills such as, relationship building, perseverance, and thinking outside of the box.

According to Brianna, Inspire Dance Complex, IDC for short, is a fairly “young” studio, so it has been fun to watch how the studio culture has developed. She believes that what set’s them apart is that their students are “tight-knit” and encourage each other to be the best they can be.

Brianna says that her proudest moment coaching, thus far, was at this year’s (2017) recital. Her heart was so full after receiving post-show hugs from her dancers and it was then that she realized that she is making a positive impact on their lives.

In Brianna’s opinion, the biggest mistake she sees dancers make is a mistake that a lot of her dancers make which “is getting in their own heads.” She constantly reminds them that training is a head game. If they tell themselves that they cannot land three pirouettes or jump as high as another dancer, then they definitely will not accomplish those moves. (more…)

Chloe Hagerman- Dancer of the Month for September

Chloe Hagerman, our Dancer of the Month for September 2017, describes herself as a “very hard working and enthusiastic dancer who is outgoing, compassionate, and fun-loving with a great sense of humor.” Chloe got started in dance about four years ago when she was invited to a “bring a friend week” at their studio and, as they say, the rest is history.

According to Chloe, she did not have one “happiest dance related moment,” she had several moments that occurred when she won the 1st Place Overall Award at all of her regional competitions during her first year as a competitive dancer.!

Something that Chloe has always wanted to do was take a class from Mia Michaels. She has followed Mia and her choreography for several years. She loves Mia’s passion, style, and the stories that Mia tells through her dance.

Chloe found buying from BDancewear a great experience. She says they made designing her first solo costume a breeze!! The fact that they offer so many choices in colors and fabrics and are so helpful really assisted her in that effort. Plus, she has won several costume awards with her Bdancewear!

Her goals for this year have to do with improving her dancing. She (more…)

Interview with Marlin Million, Choreographer

Marlin Million describes himself as being Rich in life. In addition to being inspirational, he says that he is brilliant and a star! According to Marlin, he just started dancing as a kid basically learning by watching music videos of his favorite artists. He was self-taught with no formal training. Once he saw that he had the ability to teach himself, he realized that he could teach other people. He started out teaching the youth and moving on to cheer and dance teams. He then realized that dance and choreographing came naturally for him.

He moved to Los Angeles with $25 and a dream. He stayed with a few friends and auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance and made it all the way through. That experience convinced him that even though he only had $25, he needed to take the chance. So, he stayed in Los Angeles.

Marlin wants dancers or consumers to feel the music and dance in their bodies and souls when he teaches them. He believes that dancing does not come naturally for everyone so he wants them to let go and just feel like they can do his moves.

Marlin organized a Flashmob at the grand opening of Drakes (more…)

DIY Overnight Bag


 

Hello, I am Cyndi from bdancewear.com. In this video, I am going to show you how to create a unique looking skirt. We did it by using one of our circle skirts. We wanted it a little shorter and sassier with a nice, thick band on the top and then we ruched it in the front. It is a really simple change up and if you have a skirt with a damaged waistband you can rescue it by doing something like this. It gives a nice kind of sporty feel to it so it is great for cheer competition or something like that. When you want to stand out from the crowd, this just might be the perfect skirt for you. So, check it out.

Supplies:

  1. Circle Skirt
  2. Lycra or other stretchy material
  3. Matching Thread
  4. Measuring Tape, optional
  5. Straight edge, piece of plastic or other measuring tool
  6. Pins
  7. Scissors
  8. Sewing Machine

Directions:

  1. Choosing Your Materials

The first choice, of course, is the circle skirt. It works best if the skirt is a smaller size because if you cut the skirt shorter from the top, the waist becomes bigger. The second choice would be the material that you want to use. Obviously, if you have (more…)

THE UNITY OF DANCE

Interviews with professional filmmakers and dancers

INTERVIEW WITH KYLE LAU, FILMMAKER:

Kyle Lau describes himself as a Director, Writer and Producer based in Los Angeles. He shoots everything from music videos to pilots to sketch comedy and more. When He is not shooting, he works for CBS Studios, helping with both current shows and the development of new shows. Overall, whether through films, scripts or his Cold Stones order, he hopes to make the world a better place.

Kyle has made films since he was 12 years old when his little brother and his brother’s friends asked Kyle if he could help them make a home video. He has always been a “tech-nerd,” so it made sense. He could work the camera and edit the video on a computer, etc. But then, Kyle, fell in love with the whole process of making videos. The use of cuts for comedic timing, working with actors, the addition of music – filmmaking became the Kim to his Kanye, the Timberlake to his NSYNC, the Special but Limited Solar Filter Sunglasses to his Solar Eclipse.

In Kyle’s opinion, his biggest accomplishment in filmmaking at this point in time is writing and directing a $16,000 plus indie project called Greener, (more…)

August Dancer of the Month – Cayleigh O’Hare

Our Dancer of the Month, Cayleigh O’Hare describes herself as a joyful person, a dedicated dancer, a serious 7th grade student, but also a sincere friend. In her free time, she likes reading and the excitement of learning new things. For example, she taught herself how to play piano, is challenging herself to take high school Honors Latin for the second year. Additionally, she has been working on Mandarin Chinese since she was 6 years old with a friend of the family. Cayleigh’s primary passion and #1 sport is Irish Dancer and she likes rising to new heights with new choreography.
Cayleigh started out in a gymnastics class. Her Mom just happened to talk to another Mom there who was an Irish dance teacher. Neither Cayleigh nor her Mom had heard of kindergarteners doing Irish dance and her Mom thought it sounded “cute.” Consequently, she signed Cayleigh up for a little kid’s beginner class. Neither one of them had any idea what they were getting into. They did not even know there was competition involved. That was- 8.5 years ago and she has been dancing since then.
She says that her happiest moment related to dance has to be the very first time (more…)

How to Add a Lace Piece to a Skirt


Hi, I am Cyndi from bdancewear.com and in this video, I am going to show you a costume I made as a result of collaboration with Stephanie. You are going to get links and information on how to see what she does with the costume and the dance that she performs. So, we got together and she gave me ideas, sketches, and pictures of things that she liked. We then worked together to create the costume that she wanted for the dance. You will notice that her costume is a little different than ours. Her costume has the dusty rose on one side and then the gray on the other side.

We took a convertible bra and then we covered half of it in lace that matches the lace bottom on the skirt which we created from one of our high-low skirts. The wonderful thing about the high-low skirt is when you turn or move across the floor, there is a flow to it, a movement to it that is higher in the front, which allows you to show your legs, and then is longer in the back. So, it gives the skirt a little bit of a dramatic flow to it. (more…)

Beautiful Feet Academy of the Dance Arts Interview with Julie Oliver

Julie Oliver, the Owner and Director of Beautiful Feet Academy of the Dance Arts in Caspar, Wyoming, describes her studio as dedicated, fun, and a little bit crazy! Their dance team is called “Beautiful Feet” based on Isaiah 52:7 in the Bible, which says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.” According to Julie, they exist to bring the good news through dance that God sent us a Savior in Jesus Christ. “Let them praise His name with dancing . . .” Psalm 149:3a

 

Julie’s proudest moment as a dance coach is seeing their dancers be brave enough to stand on their convictions in the midst of extreme pressure.

In Julie’s opinion, all dancers have their own technique mistakes or “flubs,” but she believes that one of the most pervasive and common problems is simply allowing their nervousness to show. She believes that the dancers can look the judges and audience in the eye and really step out of their comfort zone to present and perform, that makes a HUGE difference and also tends to draw attention away from other technical mistakes.

Their student’s value to Beautiful Feet does not depend on his or her dancing skills (more…)