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

5 Modern Dance Books

5 beautiful books to introduce dancers to modern dance, dance history and famous dance artists. Enjoy! The Human Alphabet ~Pilobolus  “An alphabet made of… PEOPLE!” ~ A fun book for dancers young and old. Pilobolus dancers use their bodies and colorful costumes to make all the letters of the alphabet and a picture for each … Continue reading

Found: Footloose ’11 Star Talks Believing in Yourself

Sometimes I need a reminder that the next generation, every generation, needs to hear the simple messages. That’s why I was happy to stumble upon this video of dancer Kenny Wormald, star of the 2011 movie version of Footloose,  sending a message that kids can be afraid of “different”…but that difference may be exactly what leads … Continue reading

My Current Top 7 Songs for Contemporary Class

Selections from My Current Contemporary Playlist: Percussion for the Dance Technique of  Lester Horton V.1 ~ Victor Y. See Yuen/William Catanzaro, especially tracks #1, 9, 10 “Deliciae Mae” ~ Nicholas Lens   from Flamma Flamma, The Fire Requiem “Raven” ~ Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors   from Bones   “Drop” ~ Cornelius   from Point “Holding Out for … Continue reading

My Current Top 10 Songs for Jazz Class

7 of My Go-To Songs for Jazz Warm-Ups and Across the Floor (in no particular order): “Twist” ~ Pritam  from Love Aaj Kal “Pumpin’ Blood” ~ NONONO “Canned Heat” ~ Jamiroquai   from Synkronised “Love is the Answer (Club Mix) [featuring Mya] ~ Cedric Gervais “Beat It” ~ Michael Jackson   from Thriller “Three Little Birds” … Continue reading

Nutcracker Apps – For Apple & Android

Here are two apps–the first for Apple and Android, the second for Apple only–worthy of a child’s imagination. Nutcracker App #1 The Nutcracker Musical Storybook    from Mouse King Media  Find this App for: iPhone/iPad, Kindle, &  Nook. The Nutcracker Musical Storybook is a gorgeous digital book with Edward Gorey-ish drawings, pleasingly simple animation on each page, and … 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

Found: Template for Crafting a Bendable Dancer (+ Josephine Baker)

All you need to make this beautiful dancer is the pattern, a cereal box, scissors, paint, brads, and some patience! The Lait Frase site is in French, but you can get an English translation of the dancer craft here. The download for the pattern is at the end of the post….the link to the PDF … Continue reading

3 Ways to Freeze Dance – Without “Outs”

Children seem to LOVE Freeze Dance… . …and I seem to hate being a “judge” of who is moving or not after the music stops. I’m all for games, but I prefer to play games that reinforce what we’re learning in class and ones allow everyone to participate for the entire time, rather than having … Continue reading

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