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

6 Costumes for the New School Year

Dancers & dance teachers on a school year schedule are heading back into the studio to meet their new classes. I always use the week before classes start to round up some new music and peruse some of the latest costumes to get re-inspired. I won’t be picking out any “June Show” music & costumes … Continue reading

Sketch Book: Pirates!


Sketch Book: Fairy Costumes

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

My last post, So 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

Rockin’ Nursey Rhymes for Youngin’s – Jack Hartmann

A good hunk of the children’s music out there—especially in the nursery rhyme category—is not only hum-drum for dancing to, but is practically intolerable for adults to listen to at all.  The cd below, Rhymin’ to the Beat, I use for my young tappers all the time! If you teach very young hip-hop, you might also … Continue reading

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