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12 Ways to Help Any Dancer Cope with Performance Anxiety

Performing in front of an audience seems like it should come naturally to all dancers, but most dancers – even prima ballerinas – are not exempt from having pre-performance nerves and jitters! New and young ballet, jazz or tap dancers for example, do not have much practice on how to handle themselves and their emotions, because dancing in front of …

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How to Prepare Your Dancer for a Smooth Return to Ballet & Dance Class

After taking some time off from dance or ballet class, your dancer is ready to return to the studio. Whether they’ve taken a break to recover from an injury, spend a carefree summer break, or take virtual classes, the transition back to in-studio instruction will be a change for them. They might feel a little rusty after time away from …

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Are Online Virtual Dance Classes Worth it?

Thinking of taking online dance classes, but not sure whether you are going to get your money’s worth from them or if you will actually learn anything from them? Virtual dance classes are worth taking for two main reasons; the first is if you are unable to get to an in-person class and the second is your ability to learn …

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Should you Enroll your Child in Online Virtual Dance Lessons?

Has your dance school closed and is now only offering online dance classes? Or are they open but offering a virtual option for those wanting an alternative to in-person lessons? Are you unsure if virtual lessons are going to be best for your child? I had to make the decision recently to enroll my dancers in When their are no …

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The Elements of Dance: Energy, Dynamics, Time, Space – A Guide for Parents.

Dance can be intimidating for beginners which is why I put together this guide to the elements of dance. Whether you’re a beginner or a parent, these are useful concepts and definitions that will help you understand the language used to describe dance. In this article, I’ll cover dynamics, direction, length, speed, rhythm and weight in detail. I hope it …

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Become A Dance Writer for Dance Parent 101!

Hi, I am Samantha the owner and creator of Dance Parent 101 and I am looking at hiring a small team of writers to create helpful articles for DanceParent101.com. With four kids I am just not able by myself to write the hundreds of articles I have planned for Dance Parent 101 to make it into the ultimate resource for …

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How Do You Make A Homemade Ballet Barre?

When my girls started taking online dance and ballet lessons in 2020, they used a chair or furniture from around the house as a makeshift ballet barre. Buying one was an option, but I wasn’t prepared to pay for the postage to Australia – especially as my girls wanted one each. So instead I decided to make them a homemade …

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14 things you can use instead of a ballet barre?

When doing ballet or dance away from the studio, the dancer is often left with the conundrum of what they are going to use as a substitute barre. And with more and more people opting to take and try dance lessons at home the question is being asked more and so I thought I would address it as well as …