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By Marie Seidl
When thinking of dance we often think only of the dancer, whose dreams began at an early age, twirling around whimsically in a tiny tutu. What about the angle of the instructor? Teaching dance to young children presents unique challenges that require creative solutions, all while creating a great sense of accomplishment in both student and teacher.
Kim Boese, former student and now teacher at Kay's Academy of Dance in Mukwonago, enjoys the challenges and accomplishments of teaching dance to young children. "Kay was my dance teacher from the time I entered the studio,” remarks Boese, “From her influence, I have been able to enjoy all the wonders teaching dance holds."
By Debra Gilbert
Dancing To The Beat Of Your Own Drummer: How To Become a Professional Choreographer
So you think you can dance? Right on, you know you do! Now, do you think you have what it takes to choreograph a dance piece? Think about that for a second. Not only would you be performing your own stylistic approach, but also having other dancers perform it as well with your own ideas coming to life right before your eyes. Intriguing, is it not?
Four legs, two heads, but one heart. That's what it takes to tango. For over 200 years, this Argentinian dance has swept couples off dance floor and has proven that more than two can enjoy this sultry, seductive treat.
There are many dance forms of tango, such as Urguayan, ballroom, Finnish and the most well-known, the Argentine tango. Argentine tango consists of an intimate embrace between the lead and follower connecting in a chest-to-chest embrace or through the upper thigh. Unlike other forms of tango, the style of Argentine tango is more improvisational than others varieties of the dance. Ideally, no two forms of tango are alike.
Russian Folk Dance: A Cultural History By Debra Gilbert
Russia. What can be said about dance in Russia? Aside from the granddaddy of them all in this significantly spacious area of the globe, ballet, what else does Russia have to offer from their culture in the means of dance? Stemming from the depths of the many cultures that inhabit Russia, folk dancing seems to be a huge part as well. With costumes that are designed with intricacy and are quite beautiful, three types of folk dance have sprung up.
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By Clinton Walker
Flexibility is the ability of the muscles and tendons to relax and stretch easily. It determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. Stretching improves your posture and helps to prevent low back pain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and low back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back. Today, 80% of adults will suffered from lower back pains. Warm-up stretching exercises loosen tendons, increase blood circulation, and help prevent injuries during your workouts or any activity. Cool-down stretching helps relieve muscle soreness and tightness.
THREE TYPES OF FLEXIBILITY
As a dancer, your cover letter and résumé are lived and written every day and in each performance. Your appearance and style speak volumes about your personality without uttering a word, and your dance technique and fluidity are manifestations of your training and experience. However, there comes a day when this animated application to greatness needs to be set down on paper, and the day you decide to find a dance agent is that day.
The Hula dance is associated with Hawaii and luaus and while everyone knows what the hula is very few people are actually knowledgeable of its origin, not even the Hawaiians. According to Hawaiian history there is no information available as to who performed the first hula dance or why, however it is a common agreement that the original hula dance was performed by a god or goddess, making the dance sacred to Hawaiians.
By Julia Godoy
A ballet dancers best friend are her ballet shoes. The wrong shoes can result in disater. Ballet shoes that are not well fitted can cause a dancer to improperly execute ballet techniques. Injury and improper balance can also occur when ballet shoes are not properly fitted. Any ballet dancer with a little experience knows that properly fitted ballet shoes are critical to good performance.
Ballet shoes have five components: The binding, quarters, drawstrings, side seams, and pleats. Each of these parts must be adjusted to fit the dancer’s foot exactly. Properly fitted ballet shoes will ensure the dancer can feel the floor beneath them. In other words, ballet shoes should fit like a glove.
Unfortunately for many of us, our first encounter with a talent agent was with Jerry Maguire (pre-Renée Zellweger accompanied self-employment). But for many aspiring dancers, the fight for representation is one they are fighting for themselves and not one being fought over them. So how do you find not only an agent, but the right agent? Just like dancing, it involves a lot of intuition with cognitive guidance and some practice in persistence.
We all know what an agent is, but what we may not know is exactly what an agent does.
Many dancers focus their career on performance, but some young professionals remain unaware of the variety of career choices in dance. With all of the knowledge a young dancer gathers during training in the art form, it can be utilized later on in several ways. Aside from knowing proper technique, dancers should be educated in terminology, the business aspect of dance, the stage, dance criticism, history, anatomy, as well as performance quality. This allows a dancer to be well rounded in the field of dance- opening doors to different career choices in the dance world.
A lot of dancers end up teaching and/or choreographing for a living.