10 Signs You’re a Stagestruck Dancer

1. You’d rather be a tree than not be in the show…

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2.  Your Throwback Thursdays are almost always backstage pictures

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3. You still watch performance DVDs from years past (just not the parts you’re in…)

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

 

4. Finding old programs can trigger hours of nostalgia…

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

 

5. A week without rehearsal feels strange…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. You start thinking about Nutcracker…in July

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

 

7. The last performance of the show gives you that Cinderella-at-midnight feeling

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8. Post-performance blues are real…

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9. When one show’s done, you’re counting down to the next…

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

Photo by Rachel Hellwig

 

10. Because nothing beats performance high…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sci-Fi Origins of the Nutcracker’s Snow Scene

It Came from Outer Space

From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne first appeared in print in 1865. Verne was a pioneer of science fiction and his book is an adventure imagining humans’ first journey into outer space.

The story went on to inspire an opera called “Trip to the Moon” which premièred in Paris in 1875. The lavish production included a ballet scene depicting snowflakes dancing on the moon.

A Trip To The Moon Snow Ballet - Victoria and Albert Museum

The Snow Ballet. From the Voyage to the Moon (act III) Colour lithograph. Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, 1883. Available as a Christmas card at the V&A Museum shop.

This captured the imagination of the theatrical world and inspired many imitations for many years to come. Snow ballets were all the rage. But all of these have been forgotten, with one notable exception- the stunning climax at the end of Act I of The Nutcracker.

The snow scene, in fact, was the only part of the original 1892 Nutcracker that [Read more…]

Congratulations Top Dance Blogs of 2013!

Nearly 3000 votes were counted!

Here are the Top 20 Dance Blogs of 2013:

Top Dance Blog 2013

UnlikelySalsero

Top Dance Blog 2013 – 26% of votes

2. The T.D.O.T. Blog

3. Dancing With Stefanie

4. Rince go Bragh

5. Odette’s Ordeal

6. On My Toes

7. Maria’s Movers

8. Jade Belly Dance

9. Albany Dance Fitness + Tamara Bally Dance (tie)

11. Dance Commentary

12. 2Pointe Social

13. Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

14. Art Intercepts

15. The Healthy Dancer

16. My Son Can Dance AND

Life of a Freelance Dancer

18. Inside Ballet Technique

19. The Dance Training Project

20. Adult Ballerina Project

 

Category Winners

 

Recreational Dancer

Rince go Bragh

46% of votes

Industry Support

The T.D.O.T. Blog

59% of votes

Teacher Talk

The Unlikely Salsero: Don Baarns

66% of votes

Speaking Dance

Dance Commentary by Heather Desaulniers

56% of votes

Editor’s Choice

This is always a VERY difficult choice.

This year, I led with my heart. DancingWithStefanie.com is positive and uplifting. Stefanie is enthusiastic and dedicated to dance. And, as she blogs about her adventures as the “Biggest Girl In The Ballroom,” her readers learn and share and celebrate dance right along with Stefanie.

I think this photo says it all!

DancingWithStefanie.com - Biggest Girl In The Ballroom

Thanks again to ALL who entered.

I’m happy that such a variety of dance forms and dance blogs were represented this year.

If you haven’t already, visit the list of blogs who participated. I have so many favorites in this list, including those who did not make the Top 20!

Everyone in the contest is a winner just for entering. It takes just as much bravery to blog as it does to enter. These folks put themselves out there every time they hit publish, and they do it in the name of dance!

Give them a cheer with a comment below!

 

Dance Bloggers Share Their Best Of

Welcome to the first Circle of 2013!

School House Rock - Counting FivesThis month I asked bloggers to submit a post that celebrated their own work! Their top 5 posts and, naturally, why they rock.

Access Dance For Life — Play it again!

These rockin’ posts from Access Dance for Life invite you to explore dance through the realm of dancing giraffes, disability, anatomy & alignment, and a fantastic, informative, and thoughtful newsletter. Whether you are a dance teacher/studio owner, dance parent, or dance students, or just interested in learning more about dance – you will find something to tweak your interest in this post and on accessdanceforlife.com.

The Healthy Dancer — The Many Faces Of The Healthy Dancer

This post offers snippets from The Healthy Dancer’s blog that explore the many ways that dance, science and health fit together to keep us all dancing longer, stronger & healthier.

One Crafty Lady — My Favorite-est Posts of All Time [Read more…]

Stretch Hands-Free, Improve Flexibility And Turnout

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Hands-free streching for dancers

Balletband is a heavy-duty, latex resistive stretching band specifically designed for dancers offering a hands-free alternative to traditional stretching techniques.

Professional ballet dancer, Todd Fox created Balletband in 1998 when he witnessed a fellow professional dancer stretching in a similar fashion using a plain bicycle inner tube. The product initially sold under the name ‘Stretcherz’ but was officially changed to ‘Balletband’ in 2005. Made of natural rubber and latex compounds, no resistance/exercise band on the market is more durable or offers a more convenient form of resistive stretching specifically designed for dancers. These heavy duty bands allow dancers the ability to stretch hands-free, in fundamental balletic positions.

Dancers love this product and Todd says he’s currently researching the development of a latex-free Balletband. Multicolored bands are also on the horizon!

The Giveaway

Todd would like to give away ONE Balletband to THREE Dance Advantage readers. [Read more…]