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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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Some interesting information about the female pelvis.

Please note that every body’s architecture is unique, so your personal mileage may vary.Most people have an understanding that the female pelvis changes during puberty and make the assumption that an adult female’s pelvis remains the same post puberty (maybe with some changes during pregnancy), however this is not the case. If you picture a skeleton you are probably…See More
Sep 30

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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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Some interesting information about the female pelvis.

Please note that every body’s architecture is unique, so your personal mileage may vary.

Most people have an understanding that the female pelvis changes during puberty and make the assumption that an adult female’s pelvis remains the same post puberty (maybe with some changes during pregnancy), however this is not the case.…

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Posted on September 30, 2019 at 11:41pm

Dance Props - Part 2 - Macarons

Super lightweight and easy to make in a variety of "flavors" these macaron cookies are a great prop to make during camp environments as no heat or water are needed in the preparation.

Ingredients

Model Magic clay - white (it took just under 1 lb of clay to make all the macarons shown)

Regular art…

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Posted on March 21, 2018 at 7:30pm

Dance Props - Different from Theatre Props - Part 1 Ice Tea

Most dance teacher's, choreographers and studio owners I know have experienced that time when you think of the perfect prop to add to your dance and really finish the whole look - and then you can't find something that would work.  Your well meaning theatre friends give you a great list of options that they've used and sometimes they will work for dancers, but a lot of times our needs are unique.  Items need to be secure, safe, visible and the weight is very often an important…

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Posted on March 2, 2018 at 1:56am

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

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