I Gotta Shake My Shoulders

As a choreographer, one of the hardest parts about choreographing a dance is the first step: deciding on a song that speaks to you. Whether it’s the lyrics, the beat, or it’s just an overall good song a choreographer does much better work when they are listening to a song they enjoy. An even harder part about it is going through iTunes, YouTube, or Spotify for hours trying to find a unique song that you can connect with as an artist. Below is one of my most prized possessions- a sneak peak into my list of songs I hope to choreograph to one day. For almost every genre these songs have a good rhythm and make you want to dance to them.

Jazz

Hip-Hop

Lyrical

Netflix and Chassé

Even dancers have to binge watch Netflix sometimes. When it comes to the few free hours we have away from rehearsals, all we want to do is lay on the couch and watch some T.V. Most of the time, that includes something dance related. These shows are funny, dramatic, entertaining, and give insight into the Hollywood version of the life of a dancer. Below are some of the best dance shows that every dancer has to watch at some point in their career.

  1. So You Think You Can Dance

So You Think You Can Dance is a show that is widely popular despite the audience’s knowledge of dance. The dancers on this show always give an inspiring story to what brought them there and you get to follow their journey with them to success.

2. Dance Academy

Dance Academy is a dramatic series that follows a young girl that hopes to be a professional ballerina. Although it is a little cheesy, it’s a show that you can’t stop watching once you start. The teenagers in the show face problems with friends, relationships, and their dancing which makes the perfect combination.

3. First Position

First Position is a documentary that follows the lives of six professional ballerinas. Each dancer comes from a different background and really shows the dedication and commitment it takes to get to where they are. This film is emotional at times and is extremely inspiring by showing that nothing is impossible.

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To All the Dance Moms…

To All the Dance Moms,

Thank you for all the support throughout our lives when it comes to dance. For driving us to class every week, cheering us on backstage, and teaching us how to make a killer bun. Since I was 3 years old I have been enrolled in dance classes and my mom has been a part of the journey every step of the way. Although dance moms are known to be crazy, it’s only because they care about us and want the best for us. At the end of the day, our mothers are our number one fans in the audience who will oversee every little mistake and tell us we danced beautifully. When we have a run in our tights, need alterations on our costumes, or just want help doing our make up our moms are the first people we go to. When it’s competition day and your nerves won’t stop, our moms are the ones who know how to calm us down. Dance moms are a unique kind of parent that are invested in the sport you love so much they will try to use the terminology. Although they can be a pain in the butt, make sure you always remember to thank your dance mom. download.jpg

Do I Have Abs Yet?

Most dancers are very fit because of the large amounts of cardio they do. Dancers are known to have great stamina and flexibility which focuses on very particular parts of the body. For instance, running can be dangerous for dancers because of how it affects your body’s turnout. A dancer also has very strong inner thighs, which is a unique muscle for most people to have strength in. For dancers that want better stamina, more muscle, and more overall strength training, try my workout listed below! It’s perfect for dancers that want to increase their athletic ability and improve their dancing.

Cardio- (1 minute each)

  • High Knees
  • Jump rope
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Fast feet
  • Burpees

Biceps (32 counts of each)

  • Bicep curls
  • W curls
  • Shoulder Press
  • Rotator pulses

Squats (32 counts of each)

  • Parallel squats
  • Sumo squats
  • Frog squats
  • Right leg lung
  • Left leg lung

Abs (16 count each)

  • Pikes to plank
  • Plank with hip dips
  • Push ups
  • Plank hold
  • Shoulder taps
  • Plank hold
  • Push ups

Custom Apparel

Purchasing new dance apparel is almost as exciting as Christmas morning. When you’re a kid, you can’t wait to show off your new leotard and ballet skirt to your class. You love the way the skirt twirls around when you spin and the way the new fabric is soft against your skin. Who says once you get older you can’t be just as excited about new dance clothes? The only negative side to buying new dance apparel is trying every brand until you find one that you like. Below is a list of companies that make custom apparel to fit your body and preferences perfectly. Custom apparel is also awesome for team wear, to ensure uniformity and promote your team! Whether it’s a leotard, warm-up apparel, practice wear, or performance outfits, it’s always fun to be able to customize your wardrobe! Elve Dancewear is an amazing website that allows you to create stylish and reliable leotards. Although the prices are on the higher side, they last forever and are worth the price!

Eleve Custom Dancewear

If you’re looking for team apparel, GTM Sportswear has great prices and options for all types of clothing! This website is expert at creating apparel for large groups at a reasonable price and good quality.

GTM Sportswear

Lastly, for performance costumes, The Lineup is a perfect website to browse through. There are unique outfits that compliment any style of dance that can be customized or ordered as they are. The Lineup has a large selection with many different categories to browse through.

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Why We Dance

“Dance isn’t a sport” is something you hear all the time. There is a constant battle occurring over whether dance is considered an art or a sport. The problem is that dance is such a broad term. Some dancers are required to work out and run like athletes, while others focus on the art of dance more. This is why dance is such a good way to relieve stress for such a large amount of people. Whether you do it for the competition or just to learn something new, almost anyone can enjoy it. Even if you have never tried it, there’s always adult drop-in classes with plenty of beginners. You may surprise yourself with how much you like it! Here are some awesome classes to try below for the D.C. area.

Classical Ballet Theatre

Metropolitan Ballet- Hip Hop Class

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Male Dancers

The dance world consists of mostly women. Men have both an advantage and disadvantage when considering taking on dance. They have a better chance when it comes to trying out for roles because since there are less men, there is less competition than the women are against. The negative part of being a man in this profession is the stereotype that is associated with it. People like to assume that male dancers are gay or not masculine especially when looking at ballet. It is important to accept all genders into this art to be able to let people express themselves and enjoy dance without worrying about how people perceive their sexuality. Remembering that these beautiful ballets would not be possible without men helps you realize that it is a good thing there are more male dancers now than ever. a9a1f4937e0eade0583e25796fbe3539

Eating Habits

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There is a stigma that is connected to dancers and their health. The dance world contains a dangerous amount of eating disorders and unhealthy living to achieve a body type that is favored for this sport. For professional dancers, they are doing intense rehearsals for up to 12 hours a day with little break. When you are burning that many calories it is important to get sufficient nutrients to give you the energy to get through the day. Below is a list of foods that will help give dancers energy and gain necessary muscle.

Breakfast

Egg whites

Whole wheat toast

Yogurt

Fruit

Smoothie

Lunch

Deli roll

Protein bar

Vegetables

Hummus

Trail mix

Dinner

Salad

Wheat Pasta

Fish

Fruits/Vegetables

Brown Rice

1412115735-cique-du-soleilEveryone’s favorite holiday tradition is going to see the Nutcracker or the Rockettes so they can sit in awe at the performance that is put on by these talented dancers. These shows can be seen across the United States, but the best place to see them is on Broadway in New York City. Although these shows are the most popular for a reason, anyone who is interested in seeing dance shows at other points in the year should do so. When it comes to dance shows, there needs to be a balance of impressive dancing technique and performance ability to appeal to both an audience that is there for the dancing and that is there for the entertainment. These are two of the best shows to go see on a rainy day!

  1. Cirque du Soleil- The shows that this group performs are typically around two and a half hours long. It almost resembles a circus with people doing amazing acts with their bodies and props. It is extremely entertaining and will leave you in disbelief. There are many different shows that Cirque du Soleil do which have different themes but are all similar in concept.

http://www.ticketnetwork.com/tickets/cirque-du-soleil-tickets.aspx?adp=1t3&xtor=SEC-62-GOO-%5BCirque+du+Soleil%5D-%5B149289376950%5D-S-%5BCirque+du+Soleil+tickets+-+p%5D&xts=561471&gclid=CIXAh5eYi9MCFdmCswodnuIMug&gclsrc=aw.ds

  1. Wicked- Wicked is a musical that has been on Broadway for years. It is very famous and widely known. The plot line follows the witches side of The Wizard of Oz and includes musical numbers and dances. It is highly entertaining and recommended!

http://www.broadway.com/shows/wicked/?gclid=CKy-4PKXi9MCFY-Fswod2FUA2w

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