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Lovely Picture Book Tribute to the “Madeline” Books: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

Two Gems for Dancing, Book-Loving Families Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince Pay Homage to Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline Books Even casual acquaintances of the beloved Madeline series may remember well the famous opening rhyme: In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines Lived twelve little girls in two … Continue reading

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Ms. Linda’s Daughter Leela is Here!

Ms. Linda will return to teaching in January 2016 (with the possibility of an earlier return in Late Fall before our Joy in Motion home is ready). Wishing you the peace and calm of baby snuggles!  ~ Ms. Linda

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Joy in Motion is Born!

Get Ready… …details about Linda & Justin’s new non-profit dance center are coming soon! (Stay tuned to for news as it comes.) Encourage.  Entertain.  Educate. Today is my due date. I am 40 weeks pregnant with my second child–a girl. When I was 38 weeks, my business partner Justin and I drove to our … Continue reading


An Ode to Dancing Moms

A Photographic Celebration of Ballerina Moms… Just in Time for Mother’s Day!  Do you know a dancing or dance-loving mom? Take note! A moving collection of behind-the-scenes black-and-white photos of ballerina moms and their babies has recently been published–and it is gorgeous. The Collection, Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers, is the culmination of … Continue reading

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Again From the Top! – Tips for Rehearsing Young Dancers for Body Memory

Seasoned Dancers and Teachers Know: The Body Has to Remember the Steps without the Mind’s Constant Input Before the Real Performance Can Begin An excerpt of NYC Ballet Principal Jennifer Ringer’s recent memoir is making the internet rounds. In it, Ringer describes the repetition a professional ballet dancer must go through to anchor all the … Continue reading

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Tutus Old and Tutus New – Video Picks

Web Video Candy for Tutu Lovers Luckily for dance and costume aficionados, Vimeo and YouTube are filled with short, behind-the-scenes videos from dance companies around the globe.    Here are two tutu treats–one showing the creation of a new costume for Firebird at Salt Lake City’s Ballet West… …and the other showing how New York … Continue reading


20 Pirouette Tips from the Rockettes

The Rockettes: Stunning Kicklines and Sparkly Costumes Galore… And a Modern Website with Great Tips for Dancers!!   20 Pirouette Tips for Dancers from Check out the Original Post from The Rockettes Here. (All links within the 20 tips go back to related articles from Want to improve this dance move? Here are … Continue reading

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Dance For Kindness 2014 – Sunday Nov. 9th

Dancing for a Deceptively Simple Cause: Ms. Linda’s local Dance For Kindness 10:00 am at the Lafayette Reservoir stage We are now all very familiar with the walks and runs for a cause–events organized to fight specific diseases or fund certain charities. But what is the point of a Dance for Kindness? From the organizers….Every … Continue reading


Sydney Studio Doing Pre-Ballet (and marketing) Right

Found: Big Steps Little Feet An Australian Dance Studio with an Inspiring Focus on Creative and Brain-Based Dance for Pre-Schoolers (and some really catchy marketing materials) After wasting a few moments of my life on a bogus top ten list for why some mom was enrolling her kid in pre-ballet, I found a gem of … Continue reading


Philadelphia Chickens: The Imaginary Children’s Broadway Musical Revue that I Could Play on Repeat

A torch song to chocolate chip cookies. A diva’s belting song about the pleasure of being contrary. A jazzy pajama time dance party. There is a lot to love about Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue from Sandra Boynton and Micheal Ford!!! From Grammy nominee. #1 New York Times bestseller. And, with 960,000 … Continue reading

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