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Practice Makes Perfect...

I have dance homework???
Homework has been given a bad name...until it's related to dance!  That makes it FUN!  It's important for a dancer's growth and progress to practice their technique and choreography at home in between classes!  Knowing their dance when they return to class each week and seeing their own development of technique will build their confidence and enjoyment of dance, creating a lifelong love of the art!  Encouraging your dancer to do informal and impromptu dance performances for you is a great way to help them build this habit while working on their stage presence skills...and it's a great way for you to connect with your dancer!  Happy rehearsals!

What is a Dance Technique Class?

Technique classes are focused specifically on developing a dancer's strength, proper delivery of steps, balance, and enhanced skill without the focus of long term choreography retention.  Technique classes are a critical part of any dancers development, regardless if their focus is ballet, jazz, lyrical, or tap.  Technique classes can be offered in any genre of dance including ballet, tap, and jazz and can be weekly or multiple times a week.   It allows for a dancer to focus on fine tuning their dance technique, therefore enhancing their overall presentation ability.

When Will I Get My Splits?

It's one of the milestones that you look forward to as a young dancer...when you finally get your splits!  It's a goal for many new dancers, young and old...but how can it be accomplished?  
Like many things in life, it would be great if we could just snap our fingers and our goals were achieved but this, like most things, takes time, dedication, and determination!
Increasing flexibility is certainly not an easy feat.  It is one that requires effort and a plan.  In order to see progress in flexibility, stretching must become part of the daily routine.

Why are dress codes important to dance class?

Dress codes have multiple benefits for dancers in a class.  Not only do dress codes create uniformity and unity among dancers, it helps in teaching students the beginning basics of discipline and 'dressing the part' that is so important as a dancer.  When dancers wear the same attire, it minimizes distractions for students and creates an atmosphere of focus and energy.  Dress codes are also extremely important in helping instructors see mistakes in a student's technique and body positioning, therefore allowing for better corrections and education.  

Why do I have to wear a bun to ballet class?

"Mom and Dad, why do I always have to wear a bun to ballet class?"
Surely, this is a question you've heard from your little ballerina!  Having a ballet bun in ballet class is more important than just 'because our teacher said'!
Not only do ballet buns meet the standard expectation and appearance of ballerinas, they have a functional purpose too.  Having hair up in a ballet bun allows the instructor, and dancer, to see the line that is being created by the shoulders, neck, arms, and back, and make corrections if necessary.  The buns also prevents any distractions that can be caused by a 'flying' pony tail during leaps, jumps, and turns.  Often times, dancers get hit in the face with their pony tail during turns, creating a distraction to their spotting and technique.  So the next time your dancer asks, 'Why do I have to have a ballet bun?' you can share it's importance! Thank you for making sure your ballerina arrives to ballet class in their bun!

If you can feel it, you can fix it!

Like many sports, dance is all about working toward perfection.  Constant corrections on technique is part of the life of a dancer, always striving to have a higher leg extension, turn more and faster, or jump higher.  How does a dancer know to make these corrections?

The first step is recognizing when technique is incorrect.  Frequently this occurs visually, by using the mirror in class to see where adjustments are needed.  However, this is not the most influential way to improve your technique.

Dance Intensive...FUN!?!?!?

Dance Workshops...Ballet Intensives...What's in it for my dancer??

What is a dance intensive? 
It's an opportunity for a dancer to hone in on their skills and really improve their technique.  Intensives can range in length anywhere from 1 week to 8 weeks.  They can be hosted by your local studio or be a program offered by top ballet schools like Joffrey or American Ballet Theater that require a successful audition to join.  Dance intensive programs, regardless of the location, are typically extended hours, longer than that of a regular dance class.

Summer vacation from dance????

It's summer time...dancers are out of school...families are ready to relax...and vacations are being planned...

But should dancers take a vacation from classes? 

Dancers that are serious about their art are constantly looking to improve.  They want to improve their technique and master challenging steps.  Summer is the perfect time to really advance as a technically sound dancer!

Unlike fall/spring classes, where there's need to perfect choreography for the upcoming annual performance, summer classes allow students to focus on their technique while improving strength and flexibility.

Practice makes Perfect!

It's the old cliche we all hear...practice makes perfect!  But is that really true?  How much do you really need to practice as a dancer?

Just like professional football or baseball players that focus their energy on continually improving their skills, professional dancers must do the same.  They are always striving to improve their flexibility, technique, positions, and performance, no matter how long they have been involved in the art.

A student's dedication and dream for the art determines the amount of time they would commit to developing their skills.

When can I dance on my toes?

Every little girl dreams of it...her first pair of beautiful, pink, satin pointe shoes!
(For parents that want to sound cool with the dance lingo, be sure to call them POINTE shoes, not toe shoes!)

One of the most common questions young ballet students have is the infamous 'When can I dance on my toes?'
While even our tiniest dancers love to show off their talents by rising up on their toes in bare feet to demonstrate what they just learned on "Angelina Ballerina", this certainly will make any dance instructor cringe on the inside.