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Get a glimpse behind the scenes at the National Ballet of Canada

 Take a peek into the Gretchen Ross Production Center for the National Ballet of Canada.  Your tour guide is Gord Graham, Construction supervisor.…Continue

Started Feb 17, 2011

Some Tips for Fitting Pointe Shoes
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After you've decided a dancer is ready to progress to pointe shoes, here are some suggestions for finding them the best shoes for their first pair. First try to find a shop with a good selection of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Anekia Boatwright-McGhee Feb 16, 2011.

Funding of PBS is up for vote

If you are a fan of dance and other fine and performing arts, you are probably very familiar with your local PBS Station.  The future of these stations may be getting a bit dimmer.  Please visit …Continue

Started Feb 10, 2011

 

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abc for dance creates manuals, syllabi, curricula, coloring sheets and other resources for dance and movement educators.

In 1989, owner Anneliese Burns Wilson created the training materials for the Pan American Teachers of Dance Performing Arts Division. Over the next 10 years she refined the training materials into a leveled curriculum that was used in several studios.

In 1999, her company, The Step Shoppe Unlimited, was given a grant to create materials and workshops to prepare NJ academic school teachers to fulfill the Core Curriculum Standards in Dance in their classrooms. In 2000 this project became abc for dance.

Materials created by abc for dance are now being used in more than 1000 studios and schools worldwide. New products are introduced throughout the year and current products are updated to reflect new advances in education, movement science and dance medicine.

In 2011, abc for dance created a series of lesson plans for National Dance Week. The lesson plans will be available as free downloads from the NDW site. The hope is that academic school teachers will share the art and education of dance with their students, many who may not have had any previous introduction to dance.
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create resources that allow students to receive a quality dance education. Dancers who engage their mind are more empowered as artists. Every student should receive an education that allows them to choose their career path.
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supporting leg exercises - part 2

One of the problems I see a lot with my students is the inability to understand when they are "sitting in their hip", or if they do realize it, they aren't sure how to correct it.  For a lot of dancers, sitting in the supporting side hip happens when they are concentrating on a combination, fatigued, or trying to keep their hips square (but trying the wrong thing).

If students develop a strong supporting side and are working on it consistently, muscle memory will often kick in to help…

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Posted on September 10, 2017 at 4:00pm

Supporting leg exercises - part 1

In the summer, i'm often fortunate to have some small classes with students who are open minded about exploring a dance concept throughout a class and in one of these the focus that evolved was about the concept of the supporting leg and how active it really is when used correctly.  Over a couple of blog posts, I'm going to give some of the exercises I used to help students connect with their standing sides during class.

This series of exercises is done on a foam roller. The…

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Posted on September 6, 2017 at 4:11pm

Healthy and Affordable Coffee Protein Smoothie

I'm not a huge fan of the taste of coffee, so it really surprised me that I liked the coffee drink that came in one of my juice cleanse orders.  If you are a coffee lover, you might find that you want a stronger coffee flavor in this smoothie.  At the ridiculous prices (and often scary nutritional info) of getting coffee out, I played around with making mine.

The recipe comes in 2 parts - making the cold brew coffee and then making the smoothie itself.  It's written out for a quantity…

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Posted on August 20, 2017 at 9:30am

the importance of a good starting position

Recently, at a large dance teacher's convention, I was fortunate enough to have time off from teaching to both take classes from other teachers and to observe dancers and teachers in class.  One thing that struck me was the lack of focus on proper alignment in starting positions.  While these often subtle differences don't  usually cause an injury, they do set the body up for less than optimal movement - why would we want to prepare our students for class this way?

Since many warm ups…

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Posted on August 16, 2017 at 12:37am

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