Everyone in the studio coming down with something? Here's a delicious way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, over 95% of your potassium, over a quarter of your daily fiber and a lot more healthy things. I made mine in a cast iron skillet, but it works just as well in a glass baking dish. The nutritional information is…Continue
Added by abc for dance on January 18, 2020 at 4:07pm — No Comments
These are the notes from an class I taught on the subject at the Dance Teacher Summit in 2011. For clarification, these skills are meant to be cumulative, over years of training and not progressions to be drilled one class after the other in short term training. If you have been working on fouetté turns with dancers and…Continue
Added by abc for dance on December 10, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by abc for dance on September 30, 2019 at 11:41pm — No Comments
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.
Model Magic clay - white (it took just under 1 lb of clay to make all the macarons shown)
Added by abc for dance on March 21, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on March 2, 2018 at 1:56am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on September 10, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on September 6, 2017 at 4:11pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on August 20, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on August 16, 2017 at 12:37am — No Comments
Each day we have experiences that are likely to produce anger, anxiety, disappointment and frustration. The result is physical stress: the strain on your body caused by its automatic reaction to the events that have caused you to be upset.
The sequences go like this: mental stresses are transmitted from the outer brain, the cerebral cortex, to a lower brain center, the hypothalamus, that controls our…Continue
Added by Flora Kasper on July 9, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments
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 of give…Continue
Added by abc for dance on July 5, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Today, we'll talk about aerobic fitness. Aerobic fitness is the ability of your lungs, heart and blood systems to get oxygen to the muscles, and the ability of muscles to use that oxygen to release energy from store fats and sugars.
Any exercise that stimulates the aerobic system to become more efficient is an "aerobic" exercise. There is a…Continue
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DIAVOLO | Architecture In Motion® seeks male and female dancers to join the touring ensemble to perform, choreograph, collaborate, and teach. Dancers must have a strong background in modern dance, partnering, improvisation, gymnastics and acrobatics. Major commitment in Los Angeles with travels all over the world. Experience in acting, extreme sports, gymnastics, and other movement styles a plus.
2017 Audition Dates
March 11 | Dallas, TX
Booker T. Washington High…Continue
Added by Diavolo on February 20, 2017 at 6:10pm — No Comments
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
Added by abc for dance on January 12, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments
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
2 cups of butternut squash in approximately 1 inch…
Added by abc for dance on January 6, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on August 10, 2016 at 12:45am — No Comments
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 clinical topics to self hypnosis and then applications to other…Continue
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