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Dance Teachers Unite

I am excited to tell you about a project I’ve been involved in that I’m finally able to share with you! It’s called Dance Teachers Unite and it’s an online summit for Dance Teachers and Studio Owners who want to grow… Continue Reading →

FIT Presents Designing Costumes for Ballet with a Twist

If you are in NYC don’t miss this wonderful evening of dance, design and discussion at FIT with a choreographer Marilyn Klaus and her costume designer Catherine Zehr, as they dissect the creations for Ballet with a Twist.

SYTYCD – Good or bad for the art form?

Critic Martha Shabas from The Globe eloquently discusses SYTYCD in her article Yes, I’m a dance critic.  And no I don’t really like So You Think You Can Dance, and puts it in context with the public’s understanding of dance…. Continue Reading →

Think your dance shoes are too expensive? Think again!

I know shoes can be one of the most costly expenses for dancers, so I wondered if the costs have kept up with inflation.  I started my research with a 1958 Taffy’s catalog.  Read this if you want to know… Continue Reading →

Planning for your college visit

My August blog on DDS – Dance Life is all about getting the most out of your college dance department visits . If you or your students are seniors in high school, and starting the process of choosing a college program,… Continue Reading →

A Letter from Lar Lubovitch

Dance/USA recently reprinted a letter written by Lar Lubovitch to an annynomous dancer.  It should be required reading for every aspiring performing artist. His words of wisdom are encouraging, inspiring and thoughtful. He knows who you are.

Dance/USA recently reprinted a letter written by Lar Lubovitch to an annynomous dancer.  It should be required reading for every aspiring performing artist. His words of wisdom are encouraging, inspiring and thoughtful. He knows who you are.

Let’s do this in the USA!

The UK has announced a wonderful program to bring dance to their rural communities.  What a great idea! It not only brings the arts to places underserved, but it also puts artists to work!

From Dancer to Executive Director

Rachel Moore, Executive Director of ABT, made the career transition from dancer to educator and made a difference. Read about her dance pathway in this recent article from the LA Times.

Rachel Moore, Executive Director of ABT, made the career transition from dancer to educator and made a difference. Read about her dance pathway in this recent article from the LA Times.

Words of Wisdom from Julie Kent

“It’s not just: you walk in and you’re really talented, and you’re a great success. You have to be a good listener, you have to be a good observer, you have to have a flexible lens to look at life… Continue Reading →

Thinking about going to college to Dance? Do It!

College is an important part of your dance career, it can take you places you never dreamed of.  Here is my article about going to college to dance posted on the Dance Life blog.  

The Power of Dance

You don’t have to be the best dancer in class, you don’t have to perform professionally or otherwise. Nor do you have to choreograph to say you are a dancer.  That’s because dance is more than that.  Dance has the… Continue Reading →

Aspiring Dance Costume Designers: Take Notes

Color, fabrics, tutu lengths – how a designer revitalizes a classic. Here is a great article about the new costumes for the ABT Classic: Sleeping Beauty.  Based on the original designs by Leon Baskt, this new version sounds like a visual feast.

Things you should know to help your dancers follow their dreams, and discover their I am proud to announce that I will be giving a seminar at The Pulse – Teacher Workshop this summer! Dance Colleges and Careers Things you… Continue Reading →

Vibrant Dance DOES Exist Regionally

Do you think you have to move to LA or New York City to pursue a dance career? WRONG! Much like the theatre movement decades ago, dancers are finding vibrant arts communities and places to pursue their dreams in cities… Continue Reading →

Teaching Dance and Making A Difference

Dance is powerful.  It has the unique power to take us to new places.  Here is a look at 3 programs that make a difference in the community and teach their methodology to spread the word. Teaching Dance: Community Outreach… Continue Reading →

Guess The Year – How well do you know dance fashions?

Dance fashion isn’t like streetwear.  Think about it.  Dancer’s have dressed the same for decades.  Fabrics change, shoe construction changes, but overall we look the same, year after year.  Here’s a fun quiz recently posted on Dance Life.

Artist by Day, Usher at Night

People often think of careers as linear, you start at the bottom and work your way up.  But life/work doesn’t have to be like that – in fact it often isn’t.  Especially a creative life.  Recently there was a story… Continue Reading →

You know, a dancer and an entrepreneur? Most of us are that special combination.  I made up the word, and then wrote a blog on how you can tell if you fit the description.    Here is a link to that blog posted on The National Dance… Continue Reading →

Calling for a Revolution in Dance Curriculums

There is a big push in higher education to focus on  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) training.  And there is big money available to develop those curriculum.  Many have suggested we change the acronym to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), to incorporate more Liberal Arts into everyone's education.  Jennifer Edwards takes this one step further, calling for broadening the curriculum in BA, BFA and MFA dance programs to better prepare our dancers for their careers.  Here is a link to her powerful article.  

There is a big push in higher education to focus on  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) training.  And there is big money available to develop those curriculum.  Many have suggested we change the acronym to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math),… Continue Reading →

We Need Tutu Makers

It seems, like almost any profession that requires true craftsmanship, the ballet world is experiencing a shortage of tutu makers.  I know there are talented and creative mom’s out there who have been making their daughter’s costumes for their solos… Continue Reading →

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