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Contemporary Dance Technique: The Spinal Roll-Down

Photo: Do the Pilates Roll Down

Though it’s a fundamental part of most contemporary dance warm-ups, the basic roll-down of the spine doesn’t get a ton of attention in the how-to department. We address the common mistakes dancers make and how to fix them.

Farewell, Dance Advantage


With a heavy heart but an eye on the future, Nichelle says goodbye to DA and its readers…. No, not really. April Fools! We’re actually celebrating year 6 of this blogging adventure with a question for you, dear readers!

7 Reasons You Are Lucky to Be a Dancer

7 Reasons You're Lucky to be a Dancer

Today’s your lucky day! Sharing a little pot of gold with you this St. Patrick’s Day – 7 awesome benefits of being a dancer. We’d be over the rainbow, if you would read, share, and comment.

The Royal Ballet’s Beauty, Sarah Lamb

Sarah Lamb with Steven McRae in the Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. Photo by Johan Persson/ROH

The Royal Ballet’s Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae will dance Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty, in movie theaters nationwide March 20. Sarah Lamb talks with us about versatility, past injury, and the challenges of Act I.

Starting a Special Needs Dance Program

Special needs dancers, the MVD Super Stars, in performance

Are you curious about starting dance classes for special needs dancers? MVD Super Stars organizer, Shanelle Gangstad, talks about what they teach the positives and the pains of growing a successful program.

More Classical Ballet on the Big Screen

See Swan Lake in U.S. cinemas Febraury 20, 2014

London’s premiere ballet company, The Royal Ballet, appears again in select U.S. movie theaters for one-night-only events. See Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty in your local cinema in February and March.

Lovable Stefanie, “Biggest Girl in the Ballroom”

Stefanie "Biggest Girl in the Ballroom"

Meet Stefanie, “Biggest Girl in the Ballroom”. Find out why she’s blogging & building a “ballroom village.” We ask her thoughts on perceived shortcomings and, most importantly, watch her lip-sync and take charge on the cha-cha.

Dancers Need Space… For Their Thoughts

Dance This Notebook

The Dance This Notebook is an uncluttered dance journal with original quotes and line drawings that directly speak to the creative spirit of dancers. Freely record your ideas, reflections, accomplishments, or corrections.

How To Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Dancers

Roosevelt on comparison

Break the bad habit of comparing yourself to other dancers. It slows your progress and undermines your potential as a dancer. Here are some techniques to quit comparisons.

Answering Your Questions About Gaga Dance

Gaga intensive - Photo by Gadi Dagon

What is Gaga dance? Who practices it? Where can you find classes? And, what do Natalie Portman and the director of the documentary, Mr. Gaga, Tomer Heymann, have to say about Gaga?

Bournonville Basics

August Bournonville

Bournonville is not only a method of training and technique, but a choreographic school developed by August Bournonville, choreographer for the Royal Danish Ballet. Learn more about the method and the man!

How Ballet Found Its Way into the Hearts of Texans

IMAGE: Artists of the Houston Ballet perform The Merry Widow by Ronald Hynd. Photo by Amitava Sarkar.

Ballet is as big as everything else in Texas, the Lone Star State known for guns, oil, and cowboys. That’s right y’all, find out what a broken down bus of Russian dancers has to do with the rich ballet history in the state’s three big cities, Houston, Dallas, and Austin, and which college created the first ballet major program in the U.S.