Pirouette: a rapid whirling about of the body; especially: a full turn on the toe or ball of one foot. As one of the most common steps known to the average person, the pirouette is a skill that takes many years and dance technique training to accomplish successfully. This advice can be used in a turned out or parallel position. Below are several of my turning tips to help create a consistent, smooth turn. Continue reading →
Whether you’re preparing for a dance competition, dance recital, a memorable first dance for your wedding, or you desire a creative and unique approach to any other special event or showcase, hiring a professional choreographer will add professionalism, creativity and overall entertainment value. Learn something new to give you the edge and extra wow factor you need to showcase your talents.
Dance may very well be one of the most primal forms of human expression. As humans, before we could talk, we communicated through movement. These non-verbal forms of communication laid the mental groundwork for the development of spoken and written language. Children also have a strong connection to non-verbal forms of self expression which form the developmental foundation for their verbal communication skills. Children are also simply natural movers. They move to explore the world, to express their feelings and their thoughts, and they move simply for the joy of moving.
Dancing is known to be a beautiful art form as well as a great way to exercise providing endurance, flexibility, strength, mental mastery and a sense of well being to those that participate. Not only are the benefits physical, they are mental as well. Whether you enjoy dance as a beginner or you are a veteran, the health benefits of dancing are no secret to those that have been bitten by the bug, so to speak. Enjoy my favorite 5 health benefits related to dance. Continue reading →
Jazz dance is a type of modern dance that is influenced by the rhythms, sounds, and techniques of jazz music. This dance style can be very individualistic because it often focuses on showcasing a dancer’s abilities and athleticism. Most jazz dancers are well-skilled at improvisation.
Jazz dancing has quite a unique history that has been directly influenced by a number of other dance styles. Similar to jazz music, its origins are in African culture and slave traditions. During the 1800s, when African slaves were brought to United States, they were permitted to dance so they could maintain their health and fitness. The dancing continued once they arrived on the plantations.
By World War I, jazz dancing had become an established and popular style. Throughout the early 1900s, African-Americans lead the jazz dancing movement. From there it took ideas from tap, vaudeville, Minstrel shows, swing and even Broadway. Continue reading →
Training in all styles of dance gives those interested in learning a choice in the type of training desired. From Ballet to Hip-Hop dance, the decision of the classes to take can depend on the individual taste of the student. Small children who receive exposure to many different dance styles develop good rhythm and movement while cultivating a love for performing arts. Many people assume that it is necessary to limit themselves or their children to one form of dance education. While this can provide choreography during the dance lessons, a one-track focus will limit the overall exposure and experience leading to an unbalanced dance education. To ensure well-rounded dance training, a student should consider taking classes in several forms of dance. Continue reading →
Check out this improvisation video of me dancing to “Keep Breathing” by Ingrid Michaelson. I love to express the music in this way, it gives me artistic freedom to feel it in the moment. This movement is directly inspired by the music.
Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through body mind centering, levels, shape and dynamics (see Laban Movement Analysis), sensory experiences through touch or contact improvisation, and perceptual schema.
Private dance instruction is an important part of a dancers growth and development, especially if they are serious about a career in the dance field. Spending one one one time with a qualified instructor gives the dancer the attention needed to hone specific skills and develop stronger technique through positive encouragement and personalized corrections. In a classroom setting, most corrections are general corrections for the entire class, versus the individual. That is why private lessons can be vital to a dancers growth bringing them from average to excellent. There are many advantages to private dance instruction, here are just a few to consider for your dancer. Continue reading →