With only a few days left before the first big dance competition of the year, I found myself running around like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonder Land. My daughter, Sophia has her first performance on Friday night with several more performances through the weekend as well as the convention classes. Somehow, we always manage to get through it and still have our sanity. So, What Happens at a dance competition? The best way to share the experience is to describe it as it unfolds.
In this article dance teacher and Dance Parent 101 writer Heidi recalls and takes us on a competition day journey, where we get to experience the day just as she does – but from the comfort of a cosy chair!
Most people can easily recognize the street style of dance commonly referred to as breakdance by moves such as people spinning on their heads, acrobatic tricks and basic rocking movements.
When we use the term Hip Hop it is often in reference to music or dance, but what needs to be emphasized and understood is that Hip Hop is a culture, “a way of life,” as many put it. What we often see on TV or social media today when Hip Hop dance is being performed is the commercialized, streamlined, and often diluted form of what it was at its origination.
Need a great gift for your contemporary dancer, but have no idea what they need, or even want? They can be especially hard to buy for since they definitely don’t want something with a pointe shoe or a tutu on it! But don’t worry, I’m here to take the guesswork out of it!
Everyone – even professional ballet dancers – needs a break to rest and rejuvenate. But now it’s time to get back to work. Use these tips to make sure you and your ballerina (or ballireno!) have a smooth, safe return to class.
Dance can be an activity that your child enjoys once per week for fun and exercise, or it can quickly become all-consuming. I began as a dancer in a ballet, tap, and jazz class one day per week each. By the time I was a high schooler, I was often dropped at the dance studio for a 4 pm start and didn’t go home until 8 or 9. While this was exactly what I wanted and my family was able to make it work, it is not the right choice for every family.
My children started ballet when they were toddlers. I enjoyed watching them twirl in their colorful tutus, leap as high as their little legs would let them, and skip around the floor with their dance friends while I snapped hundreds of pictures. But little did I know that this early exposure to ballet would give my children advantages, not only in dance, but an overall boost to their confidence and development.
The benefits of dancing for multiple studios includes the exposure to different dance genres, types of instruction, and teaching styles which can strengthen dance skills. However many dancers will not be able to experience learning at multiple studios because of contractual obligations.
Does your child want to learn hip hop but your current dance studio doesn’t offer it? Do you have a good local ballet school but want to travel once a week for pas de deux lessons over an hour away? There are many reasons to consider dancing for multiple studios at once. However the question is, can you dance at multiple studios, and is it socially acceptable in the world of dance to do so?