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Beautiful Dancer

The muscle on these human makes me want to:

a) Hit the gym…like…now.
b) Put down the bag of candy in my hand.
c) Put on some tights and find a studio to dance in.

The people, the dance, the graphics, the music, just beautiful!!

Dark Side of Dance

Many parents put their children into dance not knowing the strain in may have on them.

Some teenagers grow up in the dance world and have such stress and anxiety they take it out on their bodies.

How can we inform people of the dangers the image of dance can have on individuals?

Being a high level ballet dancer, you need to take exams that allow you to move on into your ballet career. These exams start out at a very young age and move up into your late teens.

Class placement is at the discretion of the instructors. Placement is based on age and experience, but above all, the ability to cope with the steps in that level.

All levels and ages are seen in this source… Ballet Levels

Source: shaywarddance.com

To keep up with the “natural” Ballet Dancer physique, there are many ways dancer made themselves thin.

“In the dance world, Andrea says, disordered eating is a part of life, and her school was no exception. Eating in the cafeteria “where everybody is watching you,” she recalls, was one of the most difficult times of the day. She was lucky in that she didn’t have to constantly diet to meet her teachers’ approval; instead, she exercised as a way of staying fit. While some students suffered from anorexia, the most prevalent disordered-eating behavior was purging. Yet “there wasn’t any type of discussion about it, no help or anything like that,” says Andrea.”

Source: Ballet: Extra Vigilance for At-Risk Kids | Psychology Today by Nancy Matsumoto

 Ballet dancers have to be thin and strong, and it definitely takes a toll on the mentality of a dancers life.

Ballet is hard. It’s hard on the body; it’s hard on your confidence. To be a successful ballet dancer, you need to be strong both physically and mentally.

Grab some music, teach some people, DANCE.

People are always stressed in busy places and need more happiness.

Dance brings happiness and joy to people.

How can dance bring happiness to stressed people in busy places?

Flash mobs are fantastic ways to bring smiles to almost every person watching, esoecially when the people least expect it.

So, how do you begin to start a flash mob?

Step 1: Be Creative
Step 2: Pick a Fun Tune
Step 3: Learn the Moves
Step 4: Choose a Date, Time, and Location
Step 5: Surprise Everyone
Step 6: Be a Cinematographer
Step 7: Upload & Promote Your Masterpiece

Source: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning an AWESOME Flash Mob

Now that you have finished your production, congratulate yourself and everyone who danced with you!

Flash mobs make the dancer happy, and the viewers happy. It’s a lot of work, but definitely worth it in the end!!

To Dance, or Not to Dance?

So many people see professional dancers as entertainers rather than workers.

Some children look up to a professional dancer in front of them and wish to be like them.

What does it take to become a dancer and is it really worth it?

 

There are many dancers in the world, some for fun and some dance as a profession. If you would like to become a professional, it requires a lot of effort.

There are many ways to pursue a professional career in dance. Perhaps you see yourself negotiating the challenging life of an independent modern dance artist. Or you hope to become a dancer in a large ballet company with year-round employment. For some, the desire to choreograph surfaces early on, while for others it comes after first being established as a performer.

Source: Making Dance | ArtsAlive.ca Dance

Before being a professional, you should know some of the salaries the dancers can make.

In Canada:

Average salary for 4 of the top ballet schools is Canada

National Ballet: Corps de ballet $991.49, apprentice  $486 per week

Royal Winnipeg Ballet:Corps de ballet $754.36, apprentice $560 per week

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens:Corps de ballet $747, apprentice $522 per week

Alberta Ballet: Corps de ballet $711, apprentice $540.97 per week

Source: Canada – Ballet Position

In the states:

Source: How to Become a Dancer – TheArtCareerProject.com

After being a professional dancer for years, it takes a beating on your body. Many professional dancers retire and start up a new lifestyle and even new businesses.

Some people think being a professional dancer is a great way to live life, but unfortunately these dancers are human and their body won’t let them professionally dance forever.

Just Dance!

People like to dance
People don’t know what kind of dance they should do
What types of dances are there and how can people start?

To start your days of dancing, you first need to pick the type or types of dance  you would like to try out. There are many dances you could try, but there are a few that are most popular to dancers all over the world.

  • Hip Hop
  • Tap
  • Belly Dance
  • Break Dance or B-Boying
  • Ballet
  • Salsa
  • Line dancing

Those are all types of dance that are very popular around the world.

Source: 10 Most Famous Dance Styles in the World – Wonderslist

Once you have the type of dance, and if you’re not sure – try different ones and see what fits your style the most, you need to prepare for the classes. If you picked ballet, here are a few things you may like to have on your first day of being in class.

As if my ballet teacher would let me wear anything but a leotard and tights:

Source: (14) First Ballet Class: What to Prepare

If you’re someone who just wants to dance and not worry about actually going to a class setting, there are many online sources – including this one – that will allow you to get the basics of dancing down.

However, while still staying in the realm of dancing in a super generic ‘core’ way, you can do little things to spice up the bare minimum:

  • Don’t just limply swing your arms, get your shoulders into it.
  • Take steps side to side, or back and forth.
  • Mix up your arm movements.
  • Nod your head.
  • Do little pivots or twists on one foot, or both feet.
  • Don’t just slightly rotate your torso, move it back and forth, or from one side to the other.
  • Pick up one foot ever so slightly, then the other, to kind of march in place. Don’t overdo the movement and look like a robot, just move your feet a tad.
  • Mix up the possible arm, torso, and leg variations. Find a combination that looks good and do it for a while, then switch to another one. Don’t mix things up to the point where you’re doing something new every half a second. That looks too scattered.

At this point you’re hardly going to win a dance competition, but you’re at the level of those movie extras, and 75% of the people you’ll see out at a bar. At this point you really could develop no further in your dancing ability and be able to get by on a dance floor for the rest of your life.

Source: How to Dance – For Average Guys And Girls | www.succeedsocially.com

So if you’re new to dancing and you want to find a studio that can teach you the main basics, or you just want to look alright while dancing in a social setting, it isn’t hard and you just need to learn a few techniques and you can be on the dance floor surprising everyone with your new-found talent.

Keep Calm and Ballet On

Ballet can enlighten people with both the calmness and musicality.

People don’t know what ballet can do to you psychologically.

How does Ballet help people mentally?

By just watching a ballet, the show can take your breath away and leave you in awe.

“The National Ballet’s Onegin enthusiastically steals your heart and forces you to experience insatiable love and cruel rejection in such waves that you will be in tears by the time the curtain drops”.

Source: S. EVELYN CIMESA

If you’re a dancer yourself, the exercise does much more than just help you lose weight, it also helps with your ability to feel emotion. A study was done on emotions for dancers and non-dancers and the results were in favour of the dancers!

Ballet doesn’t just make professional dancers stronger emotionally, it has also been helping soldiers fight off their stresses.

So whether you are watching the show, being in the show or simply using it for internal stresses, ballet can help your emotions drastically.

I don’t care where, I just want to dance!

There are places that people go and dance to take classes.

It is difficult to find good places to go to dance.

What makes a good dance studio a good dance studio?

People sometimes don’t realize what commitment dance contains. There are many different facts you might not think of when looking into dance studios.

Fact: Dance training is expensive.

Fact: Dance training is a rather large time commitment.

Fact: Dance training is working with muscles/bones/developmental growth.

Fact: It is important that you research schools, ask questions and choose one that fits what you are looking for in a school and for your child.

This isn’t the easiest task in the world to do, especially if you do not know a lot about dance. Perhaps you don’t know the questions to ask or certain things to look for.

Source: Choosing a Dance School | Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

These are some ways that allow you to see if a studio is right for you. However, you must do you research and some trial and error sample classes.

When seeking out instruction, don’t just join the studio with the largest ad. Arrange a time to observe or even sample classes, talk with the owner and/or instructors, and ask questions.

Do all of these things before making your choice because sometimes observation will reveal more than speaking with the owner, or visa versa. A studio interested in your business will make time for potential customers, however, keep in mind that approaching a studio owner right before performances or recitals may not be the best time.

Source: What To Look For In A Dance School or Studio

The journey of a dancer starts with the studio itself. When you find the one you want to be a part of, enjoy the journey and let the dance studio become a second family.

Depending on your choice of being casual or competitive, the dance studio will make all the difference in your experience. So choose wisely!

 

A Good Dancer Doesn’t Always Make a Good Teacher.

A good dance teacher knows how to teach children how to dance, as well as know how to dance.
Finding a teacher who teaches dance well is hard to find.
What is it that makes a good dance teacher?

When looking at dance instructors, it is hard to find one that works well with the student. Overall, a teacher is someone who knows how to dance, as well as teach the student how to dance in a way they can understand. Once you find a good one, you know they will be in your mind your entire dancing career.

Overall, a dancer already has passion about the art of dance…a dance teacher guides others in a highly skilled way to grow the same passion that they have already found.

Source: What makes a good dance teacher?

A good dance teacher will put her students first. Even if they have a broken leg, they teach their students dance choreography and gain experience out of it.

There are certain characteristics that make a good dance teacher. They

Passion

As is important in many other careers, passion is a necessary quality in a superior dance instructor. Not only will love of dance make even the toughest classes enjoyable, but a teacher with continually positive energy will pass that same joy on to young students.

Flexibility

Another important characteristic is flexibility. Dance teachers need to be able to go with the flow, and this is something that poses a struggle for some professional dancers. You never know when a lesson is going to fall flat with students or when a class will be particularly rowdy. A great teacher will adjust on the fly and make the most of each class, even when things don’t go according to plan.

Dedication

Great dance teachers are often set apart from mediocre instructors by their dedication to the job at hand. Teachers who aren’t fully committed to explaining the necessary skills and molding young dancers often let little things slide in the studio. Maybe they aren’t willing to help out at dress rehearsal or won’t commit to extra hours with a struggling student. The once-in-a-lifetime teachers are the ones who are willing and ready to go the extra mile in the name of teaching.

Patience

Patience is a necessary virtue for all types of teachers. There will more than likely be difficult days with challenging students, and an awesome teacher will overcome these obstacles without losing her cool. Patience is doubly important for instructors who will be working with young or inexperienced dancers, as these students sometimes need a little extra time to grasp concepts.

Education

Even great dancers with natural teaching ability will benefit from training geared specifically for dance education (as opposed to performance). While there are college programs in dance education, there are also other opportunities for instructors to hone their skills, like the teacher training schools offered by Dance Masters of America or Dance Educators of America. While there may be some positions, like assistant teachers, that may not necessitate a certification, requiring your teachers to have some more advanced credentials will greatly increase the quality and safety of instruction provided by your studio.

Professionalism

Finally, a truly top-notch teacher is one that you can count on to handle parents and students with the utmost grace and professionalism. When you have a great teacher on your staff, you won’t worry about him or her sullying the studio’s reputation by acting inappropriately.

Source: Hiring Dance Teachers: What to Look For in a Great Teacher

By knowing what a good dance instructor is made of and what to look for in a great instructor, make sure you see their personality and their passion and skill towards dance.

 

You’re never too old, or too young, to dance!

Dance is something that helps everyone.
Dance can even help the elderly people, they just don’t know the benefits.
What are the benefits of dance for the elderly and the young?

Dancing can help so many people with their mental and physical health, for the elderly there is no exception.

Scientific Proof Behind the Benefits of Boogieing

  1. Dance away depression: A group of Australian researchers found that men and women with mood disorders who participated in a two-week tango instruction program felt less depressed, and experienced significant reductions in their levels of stress, anxiety and insomnia.
  2. Salsaing for strength: A few weeks of salsa dance classes can seriously increase an older adult’s strength and balance, according to a study published in the journal Gerontology. “Salsa proved to be a safe and feasible exercise program for older adults,” say study authors. They also noted the high adherence rate of the program—over 92 percent of the seniors who started ended up completing the eight-week salsa dancing regimen.
  3. Soft shoeing to alleviate stiffness: Older adults with knee and hip discomfort may be able to swap their pain medications for dancing shoes, a Saint Louis University (SLU) study recently concluded. After engaging in a 12-week, low-impact dance program, participants with an average age of 80 years old were able to decrease the amount of pain medication they were taking by 39 percent. They were also able to move around more easily—a key determinant in remaining independent. “Walking just a little more rapidly can make enough of a difference for a person to get across the street more quickly or get to the bathroom faster, which keeps them functional and independent,” says study author Jean Krampe, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing at SLU in a press release.
  4. Waltzing with your heart: People with stable chronic heart failure may derive the same aerobic health advantages from learning how to waltz as they would from more traditional forms of cardiovascular exercise, such as cycling or walking, says a study published in the journal Circulation.
  5. Defend against dementia with disco: When compared to other leisure activities (e.g. playing golf, doing crosswords, reading, cycling, etc.) dancing appears to offer the best chance of helping stave off dementia. According to a 21-year study led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, aging adults who danced regularly had a 76 percent reduced risk for developing dementia. Experts theorize that dancing is beneficial for our brains because it combines cardiovascular exercise with split-second decision making that taxes our neural network, forcing it to create new pathways.
  6. You can-can do it, in spite of health issues: Parkinson’s disease, dementia, cancer, arthritis, asthma, heart disease: What do all of these conditions have in common? They don’t prohibit you from dancing. Research into using dance as a therapy for each of these ailments has unearthed a host of advantages, with very few risks. However, it’s important to always be sure and check with a doctor before embarking on a rigorous dancing regime, especially for those with pre-existing health conditions.

Source: 6 Health Benefits of Dancing – AgingCare.com

Whether you want to gain more mobility, or help your mental state, dancing could be your cure!

There are some startling new figures that support dancing as a protective strategy in preventing dementia. A Stanford University report Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter makes the following comparisons:

… almost none of the physical activities appeared to offer any protection against dementia. There can be cardiovascular benefits of course, but the focus of this study was the mind. There was one important exception: the only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing.
Reading—35% reduced risk of dementia

  • Bicycling and swimming—0%
  • Doing crossword puzzles at least four days a week—47%
  • Playing golf—0%
  • Dancing frequently—76%.

Source: More evidence that dance benefits the elderly by Julie Dyson

Elderly are not the only ones that will benefit from this mode of exercise; kids love it too!

Why Dancing Is So Good for Your Kid (Infographic)

Source: Why Dancing Is So Good for Your Kid (Infographic)

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