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Experiencing the Mosaic of NDEO

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Dance Advantage and company attended the 16th Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference. Here is our recap of the event.

Our Top Ten Pirouette Tips

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We believe there is no such thing as too much turning advice. Here are even more ways to perfect your pirouettes.

Keep a Costume Scare from Turning into a Nightmare

Dealing with Costume Company Customer Service

The words ‘costume season’ can send chills down a studio owner’s spine. If (or when) something goes wrong with your dance costume order, follow these tips when dealing with a costume company’s customer service department.

Ballet Primer: The Legend of Love

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I didn’t know much about this Russian ballet, but now you can learn the story and history of Bolshoi Ballet’s The Legend of Love in time for its premiere in U.S. cinemas on Sunday, October 26, 2014.

How To Improvise Movement When You’ve Never Done It Before

Crash Course in Dance Improv

Dance improvisation is a requirement for some auditions. We’ve given tips on improv before but what if you have no tools or experience at all? Here’s our crash course to help you successfully get through your first improv session.

Recipes for Dancers: Watermelon Waltz

Grilled Watermelon by Chef and Dancer

Dancers, enjoy this refined and colorful summertime salad by ChefandDancer.com’s Chef Matt Broussard.

Magical Kingdom of Dance Giveaway

Magical Kingdom of Dance Alphamat

A visual aid that keeps your class engaged and learning ballet terminology, stage directions, and body placement. Tonie Bense tells the story of her mother’s innovative teaching tools, the Magical Kingdom of Dance and the Alphamat.

5 Ways To Get Out Of Your Dance Teaching Rut

Your Students Won't Sparkle Unless You Do

Even teaching dance can get stale when you’ve been doing it for a while. Try these tips and tactics to renew your passion, bring sparkle back to your teaching, and still keep the structure of a good dance class. Your dance students will thank you!

Why Dance Teachers Should Forget About Personal Branding

You Are a Person, Not a Brand

Personal Branding sounds and often IS anything but personal, which is why I don’t like the term, especially for dance teachers. You want to “develop your personal brand?” Here’s how… and it’s probably not what you think.

Reverse Black Swan Syndrome

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Ballet has a reputation for causing eating disorders. Cloud & Victory founder, Min, tells how ballet helped her recover from one. #whydancematters

Contemporary Dance Technique: The Spinal Roll-Down

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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

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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!

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