Our contributors enrich the content at Dance Advantage. Each extends our vision and mission with his/her unique voice, expert knowledge, and experience in the field of dance.
Lauren Warnecke is a dance writer, educator and freelance choreographer/producer based in Chicago, IL. She is a contributing author at 4dancers.org, danceadvantage.net, and The Huffington Post. Lauren holds degrees in Dance (BA, ’03) and Kinesiology (MS, ’09) and is currently a full-time Clinical Instructor for the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lauren owns and operates Art Intercepts, a platform for dance-based discourse that is steeped in evidence-based learning and practice. She is a certified ballet teacher through the Cecchetti Counsel of America’s Midwest Counsel, a certified personal trainer through American College of Sports Medicine, and blogs in her spare time about travel, food, and various foibles at craftylauren.com.
Latest posts by Lauren Warnecke (see all)
- How To Devise an Effective Pre-Show Warm-up - October 8, 2013
- Dance Instructors and Injury Management: Leave it to the Pros - June 6, 2013
- Four Things I Learned from Teaching Littles - April 9, 2013
Suzanne Blake Gerety is not only the very busy mom of two young children but is the owner and co-founder of DanceStudioOwner.com, and the Vice President of Kathy Blake Dance Studios. She is a regularly featured contributor in various pieces for Dance Teacher Magazine including, "Ask the Experts", business articles, and has presented live workshops at Dance Media's Dance Teacher Summit New York City. Suzanne experiences the ups and downs of studio ownership too, which is what inspires her to help studio owners and teachers keep their passion for dance alive as they grow their business. You can connect with Suzanne on Twitter @SuzanneGerety and at DanceStudioOwner.com.
Latest posts by Suzanne Gerety (see all)
- How to Find, Hire, and Train The Ideal Office Staff For Your Dance Studio - May 14, 2013
- What’s To Love About Dance Competition Drama? - February 16, 2013
- Less Email, More Dancing: 4 Ways to Tame Your Inbox - April 13, 2012
Heather Vaughan-Southard is a dance educator and freelance choreographer based in Michigan with rich teaching experiences in higher education, K-12 public schools, and private studios. With an approach of teaching dance as a liberal art, she draws from her experiences dancing professionally in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles to create experiences that move beyond the boundaries of a studio, producing well-rounded, thinking dance citizens. She is author of the blog EducatingDancers, where she chronicles her perspectives on dance and dance education. Heather holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan, BFA in dance from Western Michigan University, K-12 Dance Certification from Wayne State University and is the mother of two small children whom never seem to stop moving.
Latest posts by Heather Vaughan-Southard (see all)
- Working the Numbers: Math Problem-Solving in Dance - December 9, 2013
- Creating Classroom Choreography with Purpose - November 6, 2013
- Graphs and Charts in the Studio Classroom - October 17, 2013
A passionate advocate for early childhood dance education, Maria Hanley Blakemore teaches ages 18 months to 6 years, 6 days a week. Maria currently designs and implements ballet programs for the young families and after school division at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan. In Brooklyn, Maria teaches creative movement, creative ballet, and parent/toddler classes at Dancewave Center and The Mark Morris Dance Group. Maria holds a Master’s degree in dance education from New York University (2007) and a Bachelor’s degree in dance performance from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania (2005). She also serves on Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization. Maria is the founder of Maria’s Movers, a program that offers dance, movement and yoga classes to boys and girls in their early years. She authors the blog Move. Create. Educate. (www.mariasmovers.com), where she shares her creative ideas about teaching young dancers.
Tristan Bruns has studied the art form of tap dance with Donna Johnson, Ted Levy, Lane Alexander and Martin "Tre" Dumas and has a BA in Music from Columbia College Chicago. Tristan has been an ensemble member of such Chicago tap companies as BAM!, The Cartier Collective and MADD Rhythms. Tristan currently produces his own work through his company, TapMan Productions, LLC, which includes the performance ensemble The Tapmen and the tap and guitar "band" of The Condescending Heroes.
Joanie Johnson is a certified health coach (CHC) through the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. Joanie is board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practioners (AADP), holds a B.A. in dance from Slippery Rock University, is a certified Pilates instructor, TRX trainer, professional modern dancer with HT Chen and Dancers, a Julie Morgentstern trained organizer and an all-around busy, motivated woman in New York City. She founded Motivated Nutrition (www.motivatednutrition.net) to educate and motivate movers and food lovers of all ages through individual and group coaching, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, creative movement based workshops, and educational seminars. Joanie believes in everyone's right to live an active, healthy lifestyle and enjoys sharing her passion of optimal wellness through movement, fun and delicious food!
Latest posts by Joanie Johnson (see all)
- What To Eat When You Are Too Tired To Eat - January 8, 2013
- Nutrition On The Move: Why You Don’t Need Expensive Supplements - September 20, 2012
- Nutrition On The Move: All About Avo - August 23, 2012
Roger Lee is a professional dance writer, instructor, and studio consultant from Philadelphia, PA. His writing has been published nationally in Dance Magazine, Dance Magazine College Guide, Dance Studio Life Magazine, and The Dance Journal. Roger has taught hip-hop at The Rock School of Dance Education, Koresh School of Dance, Mid-Atlantic Ballet, Philadelphia Ballet School, and Drexel University Recreation Center. Roger also directs and choreographs Roger Lee Dance Company and provides dance studio marketing, communications, and publicity at www.rogerleedance.com
Latest posts by Roger Lee (see all)
- Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of “I Have A Dream” Through Dance - February 11, 2013
- The Nutcracker, Philly Style - December 18, 2012
- How To Build African-American Audiences for Dance - February 29, 2012
Alissa Anderson is a lifelong resident of Jamestown, New York. Currently in her senior year at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, she is majoring Dance and Comparative Literature. Her choreography has been featured in the Beloit College December Dance Workshops during Fall 2011 and 2012. Additionally, she studies both Spanish and Portuguese and spent a semester abroad studying environmental sciences in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career writing for the arts and to continue her study of the Portuguese language.
Latest posts by Alissa Anderson (see all)
- Non-Performance Dance Careers: More Alternatives - May 16, 2013
- What Makes a Dance Career “Alternative”? - April 16, 2013
- Is It Impossible to Balance Dance Training and a Desire to Run? - February 19, 2013
Angeline Lucas is a freelance dance writer, teacher and lecturer based in England. She has been awarded Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and is an Approved Teacher of the Council for Dance Education & Training (CDET). Angeline trained at Northern Ballet School (NBS) and holds a Certificate of Higher Education in Dance Education, validated by RAD and the University of Surrey. Previous roles have included working as head of department, outreach coordinator and curriculum manager, and she also has experience in dance research and arts administration. Angeline has taught and lectured at various private dance studios, schools, colleges and on community programmes, and is considered to be a dedicated, experienced and enthusiastic teacher. Angeline’s greatest passion is classical ballet, and is devoted to the advancement of the art form, the promotion of accessible high-standard dance education, and facilitating the achievement of her students.
Latest posts by Angeline Lucas (see all)
- Developing Performance, Expression & Communication Skills in Ballet - September 5, 2013
- What To Do When Your Teachers Don’t Agree - May 2, 2013
- “And Remember To Smile!” - November 14, 2012
Dance Advantage welcomes guest posts from other dance teachers, students, parents, professionals, or those knowledgeable in related fields. If you are interested in having your article published at Dance Advantage, please see the following info on submitting a guest post.
Latest posts by Guest Contributors (see all)
- Pointe Shoe Casserole & More Dance History Tidbits - December 10, 2013
- The Sci-Fi Origins of the Nutcracker’s Snow Scene and Other Fun Facts - November 21, 2013
- Save Your Spot and Your Ankles at the Barre - October 3, 2013
Nichelle Strzepek began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. She has written about 100,000 words on dance and dance training each year of its existence. Nichelle holds a BA in dance and is an instructor with more than 17 years experience. She covers dance performance in the Houston area as a freelance writer and balances daily life as a mom to two young children. In June 2012, Nichelle presented the whats, hows, and whys of blogging on a panel at the annual conference for Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance, to better equip artists and companies for engaging their audience and new readers through online communications and content.
Latest posts by Nichelle (admin) (see all)
- How Ballet Found Its Way into the Hearts of Texans - November 27, 2013
- A Look at LEAP! National Dance Competition - November 19, 2013
- Tips on Making a Video to Market Your Studio - November 14, 2013