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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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Why I Very Rarely "Give Class"

I've been asked before, when can I give a class and I always have to explain that I don't "give class".  It's not because give may imply that there is no charge for this service, because I will often do pro bono work for different organizations.  It's because I choose to teach a class, not give it.  Looking at the definitions…See More
Jul 5
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Teaching and using sur le cou de pied from the beginning

Sur le cou de pied is a position that I find very helpful for encouraging students to shape their feet correctly for classical ballet training.…See More
Apr 6
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Crustless Almond Tart - 3 versions - Great source of healthy fats

This recipe is modified from a NY Times recipe - "Pan Baked Lemon- Almond Tart".  I played around with the recipe trying to figure out how to boost the good fats that our bodies need to recover from dance.  Fats are part of the composition of all cell membranes, so eating better fat choices will help build healthier and more efficient cellular function.  Healthy fats are also important for tendon health.  Free range eggs and grass fed butter will improve the ratio of Omega 3 - Omega 6 fatty…See More
Jan 12
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Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe -(Grain free, vegetarian and vegan versions included)

Here's a version of Mac and Cheese that keeps the comfort food aspects in but also improves the nutritional profile so that it can be healthy meal option.  This particular version freezes well, so to save some precious time, make a double or triple batch and freeze in individual glass containers for those times life is too crazy to cook from scratch. Makes 4 servings Ingredients 2 cups of butternut squash in approximately 1 inch cubes 2/3 cup low sodium chicken stock (preferably free range) -…See More
Jan 6
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Deconstructing the Tour Jeté

This post is based on the Progressions for Progress class that I recently taught at the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC and Long Beach.  With the positive feedback from the class, I decided to write this up as a blog post so that I can share it with more people.  The process used here can easily be adapted for all dance steps.  To clarify the step being deconstructed, this link will take you to a video clip of a well executed…See More
Aug 10, 2016
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Information Overload and Effective Cues and Corrections

I was recently asked to present a few classes at a small conference geared towards hypnotists, not my normal dance, exercise, anatomy type of student to be sure.  During the time spots I wasn't presenting, I was welcome to participate in classes that other people were presenting and these ran the gamut from…See More
Mar 17, 2016
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Performance Hack #2 - Truly Invisible Straps

Straps can be a problem.  Even though many costumes and undergarments come with adjustable straps now, they aren't really invisible.  The clear plastic straps look shiny on stage and break easily, the "nude" straps don't seem to match anyone's skin tones.  Solution?  Make your own invisible straps.1.  Take the clear plastic straps that you want to replace and remove the fittings from them.…See More
May 26, 2015
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Performance Hack #1 - Coloring Pointe Shoes

Need a pair of pink pointe shoes to turn black (or one of many other colors)?  Conventional dye can be tricky as it's quite wet and the shoes can soften too much from it (not ideal if you have your shoes at the perfect broken in level).  Fabric paint is a less than ideal solution as it will alter the surface too much, sometimes…See More
May 23, 2015
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Turning Competition Dance Around

I recently shared an article about a competition routine danced by 8 year old dancers that appeared in a prominent news source.  The article was reflecting on the appropriateness or lack of that was demonstrated in this dance.  I was absolutely floored that within 48 hours the post had reached just under 19,000 people and generated almost 100 likes, comments and shares combined.  It's obviously a hot button topic.  The overwhelming response was that the act was inappropriate for that age…See More
Apr 11, 2015
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Wearing Many Hats

Very few of us are just a dancer or just a dance teacher, we are usually trying to juggle many different roles at the same time and it can be challenging.  When I owned my studio I was constantly switching between studio owner, teacher, choreographer, office manager, grant writer, artistic director to name a few.  It…See More
Jan 18, 2015
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Increasing Your Traditional Media Exposure

Keeping your studio or company name in front of the public is a challenge for most dancers.  Paid advertising can be effective, but costly and sometimes it's hard to know how to get exposure otherwise.  The adage "You don't get something for nothing" is pretty much spot on when you are looking at marketing, but that doesn't mean it…See More
Jan 10, 2015
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Dancing in Heels

Dancing in heels is nothing new.  Throughout the history of many dance styles heels seem to come in and out of fashion.  Historical pictures have documented dancers in heels going back as far as the middle ages for both male and female dancers for social dances, but it's only been recently where I've seen classes actually being…See More
Jan 3, 2015
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Convert Your Leotard - Handy Upcycle Project

What to do when it's 4 degrees out and you have only a pile of camisole leotards?  Convert a camisole leotard into a long sleeve leo by upcycling a sweater that has a pull or run in it.1.  FInd a sweater you are no longer using as a sweater due to a pull or run in the body (or other reason, like lots of holiday designs on the front).2.  Carfully remove the sleeve along the seam line at the shoulder.  This works best with a sweater that has normal inset sleeves (the sleeve sits neatly in the…See More
Jan 7, 2014
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Shoe Deodorizers - Craft Project

A simple craft that will help absorb odors and moisture from your shoes while helping the shoes to retain their shape.  Please note that a mesh fabric was used for demonstration purposes only.  To avoid dust in your shoes, use a slightly tighter weave fabric - muslin would be a good choice. 1.  Cut a rectangle of fabric that is as wide as the inside of your shoe and twice as long as the area you want to cover.  To be effective you want to cover at least the front half of the shoe. …See More
Jan 4, 2014
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Hip Helpers - A Quick Conditioning Series

The ability to move your thigh freely in your hip socket is crucial for all style of dance.   To be able to do this without pain, popping or crunchy…See More
Dec 26, 2013
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Wall Barre Alignment Strengthener

Use your break between classes to improve your alignment and strength with this short workout - Lay on your side with your bottom and shoulders against a wall.  Most people will not have their back all of the way against the wall.  Bend your bottom elbow and allow your head to rest on your arm to help create proper neck…See More
Dec 22, 2013

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Dance Writer, Dance Industry / Retail Resource
About Me
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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Abc for dance's Blog

Why I Very Rarely "Give Class"

I've been asked before, when can I give a class and I always have to explain that I don't "give class".  It's not because give may imply that there is no charge for this service, because I will often do pro bono work for different organizations.  It's because I choose to teach a class, not…

Continue

Posted on July 5, 2017 at 10:30pm

Teaching and using sur le cou de pied from the beginning



Sur le cou de pied is a position that I find very helpful for encouraging students to shape their feet correctly for…

Continue

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 11:27am

Crustless Almond Tart - 3 versions - Great source of healthy fats

This recipe is modified from a NY Times recipe - "Pan Baked Lemon- Almond Tart".  I played around with the recipe trying to figure out how to boost the good fats that our bodies need to recover from dance.  Fats are part of the composition of all cell membranes, so eating better fat choices will help build healthier and more efficient cellular function.  Healthy fats are also important for tendon health.  Free range eggs and grass fed butter will improve the ratio of Omega 3 - Omega 6 fatty…

Continue

Posted on January 12, 2017 at 11:00pm

Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe -(Grain free, vegetarian and vegan versions included)

Here's a version of Mac and Cheese that keeps the comfort food aspects in but also improves the nutritional profile so that it can be healthy meal option.  This particular version freezes well, so to save some precious time, make a double or triple batch and freeze in individual glass containers for those times life is too crazy to cook from scratch.



Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

2 cups of butternut squash in approximately 1 inch…

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Posted on January 6, 2017 at 7:00pm

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