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Your Blueprint for Better Balancing

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Tips and thoughts to improve your overall balancing of poses. We discuss alignment, supporting muscles, focus, energy, and all about growing a balance in ‘good soil’. You’ll also get a list of balance challenges to train your senses for better stability.

Is It Impossible to Balance Dance Training and a Desire to Run?

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College student, Alissa Anderson has motivation to try running even though traditionally dancers have shied away from this activity. So she turns to a few expert references and draws her own conclusions. Are you a dancer and a runner or hoping to balance them both? Join the conversation!

The Perfect (and Painless) Ballet Bun – It Can Be Done!

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Going beyond ‘how to make a ballet bun’, Angeline’s tutorial provides tips that help moms and dance teachers keep your dancers comfortable during the bun-making process. These pointers for pain-free and hygienic hairstyling are a must for exam and competition days!

Dancer Speak: Re-Thinking How We Talk About Dance


When it comes to talking about dance, there are plenty of possibilities. Sometimes using “real-life” synonyms to the “dancer speak” that we are accustomed to allows kids to see how big ideas relate from discipline to discipline. Dance in the public schools provides an outlet for kids to express themselves but also a way to connect the ideas being developed in their core classes in unique ways. Yet, you don’t have to teach in the public schools to work this {Read More}

The Fit Dancer: Get off the couch for back-to-dance bootcamp!


Back-to-school time is upon us, and with the freshly sharpened pencils and crisp wide-ruled paper also come the frightening anticipation of returning to dance.  While most studios offer some sort of summer intensive and many dancers go away to professional intensives, chances are many young dancers spend a good chunk of summer putting in serious time on the sofa.  Sure, taking a break is a great idea, but going from little or no daily activity back to three, four, or {Read More}

Warming Up to Engage: Three Options to Get Your Dancers Moving


The role of warm-up progresses as our understanding of dance changes. This is true whether our role is that of a student or a teacher. For many young dancers, warm-up is something to be endured before set free to really “dance” in the subsequent segments of class.  For my students, it is what they are referring to when they ask if next year we’ll do “different stuff.” I try to patiently explain, again and again, that “the stuff” stays the {Read More}

Hitting the Books: Two Valuable Reads from Oxford University Press


Every so often, I meet a student who seems older than their years with interests far more sophisticated than those of their peers. Despite their young age- middle school, high school, early college- their understanding of the world and their desire to see the big pictures leaves an impression and sets a tone. For these students, I talk a little longer, share a little more, push a little further, and raise the bar in what I expect from them. I {Read More}

Some Things Are Just Better Together

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Some of our articles go together like peas and carrots. Read them together for double (or triple) the fun but revisit some of our one-of-a-kind singular sensations as well.

A Fresh Start; A Firm Foundation: The Upcoming Season in Dance

Balancing what is trendy vs. tried and true

Are you feeling torn or unsure of how to balance what’s fresh and trendy with what’s tried and true? You aren’t alone. And that goes for both the artistic and business sides of studio ownership! Armed with two timely lessons and whole lot of links, Suzanne Gerety, offers guidance and reassurance. Give us YOUR take, and you could walk away with a year’s membership to

Have Your Barre and Eat It Too!

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With an aim to raise the barre on nutrition and encourage healthy eating habits in the dance world and beyond, ballet dancers, Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley created Barre, a real food bar made with natural ingredients. In this interview, Julia and Aaron share their story, their mission, and their own tips and ideas for eating healthfully on a dancer’s schedule with Dance Advantage readers.

“Look, Mom, no hands!” — Finding the Balance of Balance

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Why is it easier to balance standing up straight than bending at the waist? Lauren of Art Intercepts delves deeper into the science of balancing to answer that question and more.

A Mother Lode of Motherhood and Dance Links

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Veteran mama, new mama, mama-to-be – we celebrate you on this Mother’s Day! Enjoy this mix of stories, links, and articles all about dance, motherhood, and dance moms.