Recommended Resources

I’m often asked for my recommendations for all things dance-related and on the tools I use for blogging, too. So, I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that includes some of my favorites. I’ll add to it as we go. Feel free to bookmark it for your reference and convenience.

Media Musts

Dance Gear

IMAGE Stretching with Balletband: Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer, Jennifer Kronenberg, stretches in 3 poses. IMAGE

Dancer: Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer, Jennifer Kronenberg

  • Balletband – a heavy-duty latex resistive stretching band specifically designed for dancers by a dancer. Natural rubber and latex compounds make up this durable, hands-free alternative to traditional stretching techniques.
  • JAM Cosmetics – I wrote a review on JAM performance makeup some time ago, but I still use and like it. Jessica Michaels has created a great product without testing on animals and it doesn’t feel like heavy, stage grease. She offers awesome video and written tutorials (like this one) on her site too!

Blogging Tools

  • 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 – THE blogging platform or choice by publishers everywhere (and with good reason). DA started on the free hosted version ( and later moved to self-hosted for greater customization.
  • MailChimp – MailChimp powers DA’s e-mail newsletters. Flexible payment options for all list sizes and budgets. Offers great support and service.

These are all things that I have direct experience with that I am recommending because they are useful and are companies that I trust. Some of the links below are affiliate links to products that will earn me a commission. It does not affect the cost should you choose to buy, but it does support the oodles of free content here at Dance Advantage, and the person who delivers it.