Recommended Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can come to for what I feel are the best of the best. I’ll add to it as I learn and grow and find more cool stuff to share with you. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.

These are all things that I have direct experience with that I am recommending because they are useful and are companies that I trust. That’s why I have no problem sharing that some of the links below are affiliate links to products that will earn me a commission. It does not affect the cost of any purchases you make, but does support the oodles of free content here at Dance Advantage, and the person who delivers it.

Running Your Dance Studio Business

DanceStudioOwner.com – Dance Advantage can recommend no better resource for help, support, and knowledge on how to run a successful dance studio. I am a member of the site and personally know and have worked with co-founder Suzanne Blake Gerety. There is real heart, real passion, and real experience in this resource.

Classroom/Teaching Aids
  • Essential Anatomy and FUNctional Anatomy for Dancers, available at The Body Series. Essential Anatomy is a video course that goes through each part of the body as it is relative to dance with outlines & study guides. FUNctional Anatomy is a course which can be used in a dance class environment to help students better understand their instrument.
Performance
  • JAM Cosmetics – Since trying and reviewing JAM, these makeup products have replaced the greasepaint I used to use for my professional performances. It’s lightweight so it doesn’t feel like stage makeup. The website offers great tutorials for applying different looks and advice for age-appropriate makeup for even the youngest dancers.
Find Music
  • Find music on iTunes – I research, find and purchase music for dance class and choreography on iTunes all the time. It’s where I go first.
Expand Your Knowledge Of Dance
  • Recommended Books on Dance and Dance Training (I’m adding to these all the time)
  • Andros on Ballet – Extensive collection of biographical, historical, and personal essays on ballet, dancers, companies, and teaching from a man who dedicated over 50 of his years dedicated to the art form.
  • Tune Up Your Turnout by Deborah Vogel – Easy to read with the essentials of what you need to know as a teacher or student. Deb answers your most pressing questions about turnout, provides stretches for the appropriate muscle groups, and offers quality advice on how to test and improve your range of motion safely.
Dances To Go logo - Our Perfection is your PerformanceChoreography Aids
  • Dances to Go – Inexpensive choreography downloads for all styles and levels with links to suggested music on iTunes.

Nichelle is a featured choreographer at DancesToGo.com! Download her choreography here.

Watch Movies and Film
  • TenduTV – Delivers high-quality concert dance, documentaries, original programming and screendance to over 20 million US televisions and to every household with a broadband internet connection. Check ‘em out on Hulu (U.S. only at this time).
  • Recommended Dance on DVD – Some of my all-time favorite dance movies, documentaries, and performances.
Blogging
  • StudioPress – I am not a web-designer or coder, and I have not hired a professional to design this site. Dance Advantage looks good because of the folks at StudioPress. These are well-designed, professional WordPress themes that work and look great right out of the box. Their support forum is top-notch for all the customizations that make your site your own.
  • WordPress and WordPress.com – THE blogging platform or choice by publishers everywhere (and with good reason). DA started on the free hosted version (wordpress.com) and later moved to self-hosted for greater customization.
  • MailChimp – MailChimp powers DA’s Subscriber Plus e-mail newsletters. Flexible payment options for all list sizes and budgets. Offers great support and service.
Shop For Dance
  • Discount Dance Supply – I purchase dancewear from Discount Dance more than any other catalog.
  • Dance Advantage aStore or Search Amazon – I list personally recommended products available on Amazon in the aStore but you can search all of Amazon for anything, dance-related or not & DA gets a little commission.
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