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The 5 Basic Dance Jumps

5 types of dance jumps

Mathematically, the human body (with two feet) is capable of only 5 basic jumps. Stack that in your trivia …crack. Anyway… It’s true! You can do all the fancy-pants jumps you want but they each boil down to one of only five possible combinations: Two feet to two feet One foot to the same foot One foot to the other foot Two feet to one foot One foot to two feet Knowing this is helpful for more than just scoring well in trivia games. It helps {Read More}

The Bolshoi’s Alexander Volchkov on Dancing Romeo

Alexander Volchkov - photo by Shirokov

What is it like to play Romeo? Bolshoi Ballet principal, Alexander Volchkov tells us of the preparation and experience of giving an emotional performance as Romeo. Dance Advantage: What is the most challenging aspect of dancing the role of Romeo? Alexander Volchkov: The most difficult part of Romeo is the period of emotional preparation. To get yourself in that mindset. And of course in rehearsal as obviously, it is physically challenging. But the most challenging is to emotionally become Romeo.   DA: What {Read More}

Ode to the Pointe Shoe

Ode to the Pointe Shoe

How do I love you? Let me count the ways… Dancers adore pointe shoes and Corina Chan puts into words and verse exactly why we love them so.

Dance Class Etiquette Essentials

Dance Class Etiquette

Before you take your next dance class, look over this giant list of dance class rules of etiquette. We cover everything from basic common sense to things only experienced dancers would know.

Dance Auditions for Non-Dancers

Dance Auditions for Non-dancers

No dance experience? No problem. In the performing arts, dancing isn’t always just for the trained dancers. Here are some tips for inexperienced movers preparing for that dreaded dance audition or dancing-required production.

“dancergirl” Giveaway and Book Troupe Chat

dancergirl cover

YA novels about young dance hopefuls are pretty easy to come by. Thrillers about young dance hopefuls… not so much. That’s what makes dancergirl by Carol M. Tanzman a unique find for dancers who love to read, or readers who like to dance, or just readers! What’s it about? Check out this teaser… “Ever feel like someone’s watching you? Me, too. But lately it’s been happening in my room. When I’m alone. A friend posted a video of me dancing {Read More}

Pointe Shoes Receive Tough Love from Houston Ballet Dancers

Dead pointe shoes

The love affair a ballerina has with her pointe shoes is torrid but beautiful. Find out which pointe shoe is a match made in heaven for four Houston Ballet dancers, and how each breaks in her shoes.

Foot Care for Modern Dancers

Blistered, callused dancer foot

The feet of barefoot modern dancers can be every bit as gross as those of a ballerina. Find out how to relieve soreness and care for your calluses, skin splits, even floor burn.

Important Dates for a Dancer’s Calendar

Important Dates on the Dance Calendar

Never miss a chance to recognize and celebrate dance again. Mark these important dance events and birthdays on your calendar.

Are You Ready to LEAP! into Competition?

Leap dance competition - working hard

LEAP! dance competition owner/director, Drew Vamosi shares that part of being prepared for dance competitions is remembering that dance is an art, that teachers need trust, and that being smart about injury is a plus.

Dance Auditions for Actors: What to Include

Comedy/Tragedy

The dance portion of musical auditions are usually dreaded by actors and singers not fluent in the language of movement. Still, it’s possible to sort out the stronger movers without a lot of intimidating choreography. We’ll tell you how.

“Help! I Needed Those Dance Costumes Yesterday”

Photo by Jake Davis is licensed CC BY-ND 2.0

You’re out of time. You’ve already tried everything. But the costume company is failing to make up for their mistake. Keep your cool and take these next steps to get results from their customer service department.

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