Giving Thanks Giveaway 2012

There are many ways to say thank you but here at Dance Advantage, we like to thank our readers with giveaways!

So if you’re reading this right now, consider yourself invited to a whole week of them.

Details in 5, 4, 3…

December 3 - 8:


(sponsors in red are live links to the giveaway! click to enter)

Seek New York LLC [CLOSED]

Richard Maddock [CLOSED]

Ballet Barre None [CLOSED]

Tendus Under A Palm Tree [CLOSED]

International Dance Centre [CLOSED]

Papercutz [CLOSED]

Balletband [CLOSED]

When will it begin?

Monday, December 3.

When will it end?

Saturday, December 8.

What could I win?

We’ve got music, books, videos, and some surprises too! But stay tuned to this post because the links to each individual giveaway will be posted above in our sponsor list.

What will I have to do?

All you have to do is show up and sign into the Rafflecopter widget for the giveaway (or giveaways) of your choice — each giveaway has its own widget — then comment, and click ‘Did it” in the widget.

TWO new giveaways will go up daily so check our home page or check the sponsor list here for the links.

Each contest will be open for only 3 days so don’t wait to enter if you want to win!

What are my chances?

It depends. There will be up to three winners on each giveaway. Winners will be chosen randomly from those that enter.

If you want to improve your chances, there are extra tasks in the widget. For each task you complete, just let us know you ‘did it’ and you’ll get an additional entry!

What happens if I win?

After I randomly draw your winning entry, I’ll contact you via email. You’ll only have 48 hours to get back to me. So stay close to your email throughout the coming week (and a half). When I don’t hear back from a winner, I move on to the next drawn winner which makes another person happy (yay!) but another one pretty disappointed. I’d rather that no one be disappointed!!

Any other questions?

Ask now in the comments below!

And, before you go, please read our giveaway policy.

$99 To Spend On Positive Dance Products by Rhee Gold Company

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Spread the passion for the art of dance

Positive Dance is a division of the Rhee Gold Company, publishers of Dance Studio Life Magazine, and producers of

Rhee Gold’s vision is to bring the positive aspects of dance to the forefront with videos, articles, quotes, products and more.

“Some people think that great dance is defined by the number of pirouettes or tricks that a dancer can do, and others believe that ballet is all there is, and then there is a new generation of dancers who are passionate about hip-hop. I believe that the gift of dance comes wrapped in various packages, because I see the beauty in them all.” – Rhee Gold

The Giveaway

The Rhee Gold Company would like to offer a $99 gift certificate for the website to THREE DA readers.

Winners can choose from an array of products like t-shirts, subscriptions to Dance Studio Life Magazine, handbooks, DVD’s and more.

The Positive Dance giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada, ages 18 and up and closes at Midnight EST on Wednesday, February 22.

How To Enter

This giveaway is closed but find t-shirts, teacher tools, and more at

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Teaching Tools For Dancers: Ballet Bundle

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Teaching tools for dancers --

Dance Teacher Press has creative books, posters, flashcards, coloring sheets, and other teaching tools for dancers.

Dance Teacher Press began with The Ballet Combination Book

The Ballet Combination Book is a compilation of notes from years of teaching. Says founder, Janet Jerger, “I was constantly referring to my notes and thought many other teachers might enjoy them too.”  Testing the market on ebay, teachers told Jerger it was a very helpful tool that they enjoyed for class planning.

“That was my first product,” says Jerger, “and since then I have created many new items for dancers and teachers.  It has been a wonderful adventure to create beautiful items that make teaching dance easier and more enjoyable.”

The Giveaway

Dance Teacher Press would like to give away a Ballet Bundle to THREE Dance Advantage readers.

The bundle includes:

IMAGE Cover of Ballet Step by Step (Dance Teacher Press)Ballet Step by Step, an illustrated ballet dictionary for students.

The 64-page book includes definitions, translations and pronunciations for more than 60 of the most basic ballet terms. The book is written in the order a class is conducted, beginning with etiquette and positions. Ballet Step by Step is Perfect bound, 8 x 8, 64 pages, and retails for $13.95.

IMAGE The Ballet Combination Book by IMAGEThe Ballet Combination Book contains over 250 combinations for the ballet class.

This book is designed to help you with a multitude of choices and ideas, ideal for those times when you find yourself teaching the same exercises week after week. It is also an indispensable tool for apprentice teachers. You’ll find basic technique ideas for young dancers, as well as more difficult combinations for the intermediate dancer. After you are familiar with the easy to read combinations, refer to it on the spot – even while teaching! The Ballet Combination Book is Perfect bound. 8 X 11, 58 pages, and retails for $21.95

You can read DA’s review of these two resources here. But wait, there’s more!

IMAGE Words of the Week by Dance Teacher Press IMAGEWords of the Week provides a visual display of ballet vocabulary.

Use “Words of the Week” as a reminder to discuss, define, and demonstrate vocabulary. This visual aid hangs like a spiral bound calendar and displays over 50 ballet terms or phrases. There are 18 displays with 2 to 4 phrases per display.  Having the “Words of the Week” system helps insure you cover essential terms throughout the year. Words of the Week is Spiral Bound, 8.5 x 11 folded (Full display is 11 X 17), is printed on high quality gloss stock to last for years, and retails for $22.95.

The Ballet Bundle giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 and over and closes at Midnight EST on Saturday, February 18.

How To Enter

This giveaway is closed but learn more about these and other fantastic teaching tools at

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We Put Lauren’s Nose To The Grindstone [Giveaway]

Our columnist, Lauren Warnecke has been writing at Dance Advantage for almost 2 years on the Cecchetti Method, muscles, bones, injury, ballet terminology, and more.

So you know a lot about her… but you don’t know ALL about her!
IMAGE Lauren (center) and Grind housewives, Katie Matteson (left) and Jenna Dillon (right).. IMAGE

©Kelly Rose Photography

If you visited the site and checked out our sidebar last month you may have noticed we flashed a Kickstarter campaign initiated by Lauren to support her other dance habit.

But after all she’s done for you and I, Lauren deserves a little more, so I pulled her aside and asked a few questions about this side we don’t see.

And, you know Lauren’s a giver so, she’s got something for readers to WIN later. Read on…

Dance Advantage: Frankly, most of our readers have only seen your nerdy side, Lauren. A conscientious dance teacher, meticulous academic… they may not know you have a rebellious streak, making work as an independent dance artist in Chicago. What gives?

Lauren Warnecke: I started becoming interested in choreography during undergraduate school, and created about three pieces there that I would actually be willing to vouch for.  I went to a school that is notorious for producing avant garde and innovative dancemakers, so while I’m a thoroughly trained bunhead, I also have sensitivities toward strange modern dance.

After school I became heavily involved with teaching and community theatre, choreographing seven full-length musicals, going to graduate school, and essentially “retiring” from the modern dance community. [Read more of that story in Lauren’s article Life Lessons on Injury: Arriving at Plan C]

Two years ago I joined the board of directors for a small modern dance company (Synapse Arts) that was doing work I really liked.  Synapse’s Artistic Director, Rachel Damon, had gone to the same school as me, and offered me a rare opportunity to create some work for the company. This was exactly the spark I needed to come out of creative hibernation!  It opened many doors for me to reenter the community, and even moreso opened my mind to making work that I really care about.  I feel that a lot of the work I make is actually informed by the time I spent away from the dance community… it takes cues from pedestrian life and musical theatre that are an important part of my development as an artist.  

IMAGE Grand dancer, Katie Matteson IMAGE

©Kelly Rose Photography

DA: I know as an artist it’s sometimes hard to talk about your work but put on the nerdy teacher hat for a moment and tell your students: What is Grind all about?

LW: Grind is a dance that is rooted in definitions of artistic success. For me, success is a three-fold conundrum that is sought through money, praise, and self-actualization. All three intertwine to create some perception of success in all of us, that ultimately can never be acheived.

In Grind, this idea manifests through the eyes of four 1950’s american housewives. For me, this is an era in which evidence of the “perfect” family and the “perfect” woman were ever-present in the media and every woman strived for this, even when things were falling apart around them. The piece is deeply satirical and manifests as an absurd comment on the state of success. I first premiered Grind last August in Chicago, and since then it’s undergone a huge evolution into a brand new piece. This new iteration premieres Feb 10-12 in Chicago at the Drucker Center.

DA: Tell us about your collaborators for Grind and a little about the artistic process.

LW: I rely heavily on games, chance devices, and a meticulous process to create a work. This 30-minute piece was largely created from one 16-count phrase manipulated in many, many, many different ways.

Grind is part of a pilot program at Links Hall called the Apprentice Producers Program. Through this program, we are offered two venues at discounted rates over the course of 9 months, as well as a paid production manager. This allows the artist to focus more intensely on her work and not have to worry about things like press releases, schedules, etc.

I’ve been working with the same dancers (Katie Matteson, Vienna Willems and Jenna Dillon) since March 2011, developing the piece. After the initial premiere in August I knew I wanted to keep working with the same dancers, the same idea and the same movement vocabulary, but essentially everything else has changed.  I enlisted sound artist, Russell Weiss to create a sound score that uses era-specific sounds such as kitchen appliances, old commercials, and 1950’s love songs. Lighting is also very important to me, and Francesca Bourgault has beautifully lit both versions of the piece. Without having had the opportunity to perform this piece and hear feedback from that first experience, I don’t think Grind could have evolved to this point, so I think it’s a fantastic luxury to have become involved with this program.

DA: Congratulations on your successful Kickstarter campaign. That’s gotta feel good. Any quick tips for others who want to give Kickstarter a try?

LW: Kickstarter was great, but also really challenging! The potential problem with Kickstarter is that if you don’t reach your goal, you don’t get anything. In some cases, I think this inspires more pledges, but it’s a dangerous game to play.

I chose our goal extremely carefully, and put tons of time and energy into the campaign, as did all of the dancers and collaborators.  I posted updates about once every two weeks and continually pushed on social media and through emails.  I saw people coming out of the woodwork and donating who I either hadn’t talked to in years, or had never donated before. This is great, but you can really only do a campaign like this every few years. When I see people continually “Kickstarting”, you can easily tap out people’s enthusiasm because it’s something you have to push really hard at in order for it to be successful.

Ultimately, raising money to make dances is hard no matter how you slice it!

DA: What’s behind the photos we’re seeing here? You’ve created calendars from the shoot?
IMAGE Grind housewife, Vienna Willems IMAGE

©Kelly Rose Photography

LW: I started talking to photographer Kelly Rose very early in the process. Kelly and I have known one another since 3rd grade, and reconnected over this project. She has shot a lot of pin-ups, and I didn’t exactly know why, but I knew I wanted to work with her on Grind. Our conversation really helped me to find the connection between success, perfection, and the vintage housewives.

Consequently, I also recently bought a fixer-upper with a vintage “party basement”.  The style of my basement perfectly compliments the era that I’m working with in the piece, and dancer Katie Matteson happens to have a closet full of vintage clothes. The photos are loosely based on images that are seen in the piece, and on the interpersonal relationships of the characters we have created.  I really wanted Grind to be more than a dance…. the goal is to create a visual world around these four women and this iconic decade that is more tangible than a 30-minute dance.

The calendars were dreamed up as a marketing alternative to the same old posters and postcards you see, as well as an additional way to bring some income to the project. Plus, Kelly’s photos were so amazing I couldn’t just pick two for the press release and let the others go.

DA: Grind isn’t the only dance on the program in February. What’s the low down on Refill?

Refill is the part-two of the Apprentice Producers Program.  We will premiere the latest (and last) version of Grind, and are splitting the bill with another choreographer, Enid Smith.  The show is Feb 10-12 at the Fasseas Whitebox at The Drucker Center (1535 N. Dayton, Chicago).  You can buy tickets at or at the door.

Win a Grind calendar!

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite “success” quote.

I’ll select 4 winners randomly from the comments.

Should you be a winner, you’ll have the good fortune to look upon Lauren and her 1950s housewives crew every month of the year when you win a Grind wall calendar featuring fabulous photography by Kelly Rose.

You must be 18 or over and a U.S. resident to win.

Contest will end Saturday, January 21st at NOON EST.

Win Prizes: The Giving Thanks Giveaway Is Here


Check here for updates

Here’s what you missed!
The Barre-Tender
Cynthia King Vegan Ballet Slippers
Real Deal Dance Marketing
Richard Maddock Music & Compositions
The Body Series
Grosh Backdrops
DancesToGo – “encore”

*Disclosure: The above companies have sponsored this giveaway with the donation of prizes and a sponsorship fee. Dance Advantage also participates in the affiliate programs of some sponsors. For further disclosure details, click here.

PLEASE READ our giveaway policies.

Six days of giveaways. This is our first contest EVENT and you don’t want to miss it.

Twelve giveaways – that’s two every day.

Dance Advantage Giving Thanks Giveaway: Nov 8 - 13, 2010When will it begin?

Monday, November 8.

When will it end?

Saturday, November 13.

What could I win?

Just you wait and see. I don’t want to spoil the fun by divulging too much but I can tell you we’ve got wearables, practice gear, music, memberships, choreography resources, and more.

What will I have to do?

All you have to do is show up and comment. Stay tuned to There will be a link to the giveaways on the home page. Or bookmark this post. I’ll update it to include links to the new giveaways each day.

What are my chances?

It depends. There will be up to three winners on each giveaway. Winners will be chosen randomly from those that comment on each individual giveaway.

Subscribers, just because they’re cool like that, earn an extra entry. There’s still time to get in on that action… sign up here.

Are you crazy?

Possibly… definitely. But I’m hosting a giveaway because I want to thank my readers. That’s YOU, whether you’ve only recently found yourself in this enchanted forest or you’ve already taken a bite of the apple and liked it.

And since it’s nearing the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., what better time to show appreciation?

Last time I checked, a week was seven days.

True, but while you are having a rest on the 7th day, I’ll be randomly drawing names and contacting winners. You’ll only have 48 hours to get back to me if I draw your name because frankly I don’t want this giveaway to drag on into Christmas.

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