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

Found: ’50s & ’60s Moves – With Costume Fail

My last post,┬áSo You Want To: Learn More ’60s Moves?, focused on dances from the later ’60s and leaning toward go-go style. Next, a little Lawrence Welk Show. Dancers Elaine Balden and Bobby Burgess show some classic ’50s & ’60s moves while they try not to get tangled in their mop shirts. This 1981 clip … Continue reading

So You Want To: Learn More ’60s Moves?

The ’60s had some very dance-worthy songs and outfits… …but are you getting tired of rehashing the same pony step with swim arms? If you’re using music from Hairspray, Mamma Mia, or by The Beach Boys or any Motwon artist, here are some YouTube resources for your ’60s era choreography needs. First, the Pontani Sisters … Continue reading

Found: Teaching Running Fa-laps Video

In my browsing I found this great little video on teaching Running Flaps….the essential, and often tricky for newbies, tap step. I’m always ready to watch someone else explain it!! (Click picture at Left for link to the video) I’d also like to try out this 5 & 6 count shuffle combo. I use 4-8 … Continue reading

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