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…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
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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…Continue
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Salsa dance style cannot be easily defined. The term “Salsa” has been created by New York but New Yorkers are not the creators of Salsa dance. Salsa dance style combines many different cultural genres. Basically, salsa is a dance form associated with salsa style of music. It originated in Cuba and has influences of African, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Puerto Rico music styles. Many beginners confuse Salsa with Mambo dance…Continue
Added by Manav Pietro on September 4, 2015 at 5:45am — No Comments
For children, music provides innumerable benefits. Given are the top 9 benefits that your child can enjoy if she or he learns music.
1. Enhanced mental advantage-several studies have shown that children who are exposed to music show better academic achievement. Participation in music at an early age can help improve a child’s learning ability and memory. Music helps stimulate different patterns of brain development. Music also helps stimulate the parts of the brain that are related to…
Added by Manav Pietro on August 26, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by abc for dance on May 26, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on May 23, 2015 at 6:45pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by abc for dance on April 11, 2015 at 9:40am — No Comments