Specific Activewear is Important | September 16, 2022

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Athletic clothing for sports and dance helps prevent injuries, improve breathability, keep your muscles warm, wick away sweat, protect you from the elements and fuel your fitness mentality.

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Extracurricular Activities are Important to College Applications | September 1, 2022

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A successful college application has many elements needed to be effective, many we are aware of, including but not limited to:

  • Official Transcript/Class Rank
  • Essay/Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Community Service/Outside Learning

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What Do Setting Goals Do for Us? | August 18, 2022

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If you and or your kids did take off dance and fitness for the summer, and you’re getting ready to get back to work and school, it’s time to get back to dance and fitness too!

However, one of the positive realizations that has come from the pandemic is how dance and fitness help us to maintain our physical, mental, psychological, and social well-being not just seasonally but on-going.

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Is Your Dance and Fitness Workout Routine on a Yo-Yo Diet? | August 4, 2022

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If you and or your kids did take off dance and fitness for the summer, and you’re getting ready to get back to work and school, it’s time to get back to dance and fitness too!

However, one of the positive realizations that has come from the pandemic is how dance and fitness help us to maintain our physical, mental, psychological, and social well-being not just seasonally but on-going.

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The Positive Effects of Youth Competitive Sport | June 16, 2022

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First, it is important to clarify there are many group sports from soccer, basketball, baseball, football, etc. But competitive group sports also include dance as well.

The unique quality of dance as a competitive sport that stands out over many others is the fact that it offers both group and individual competition opportunities in one and is also considered an art form. Regardless of what form of competitive sports a youth chooses, the positive effects are endless.

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Dancers are Athletes? | June 2, 2022

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an athlete as; a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.

When you think about athletes, the first things that come to mind are those athletes you see on TV playing basketball, football, soccer, track, tennis, the list goes on. You don’t think about a ballerina, hip hop dancer or a tap dancer as an athlete.

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The Benefits and the Support Network for Parents of Children
in Dance and Fitness | May 19, 2022

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It is no secret that there are many parents who understand and value the many benefits of dance and fitness bring to their children. Selfless parents are often seen providing this opportunity to their child through dance, often unaware of the secret health and wellness it offers to the parents as well!

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Benefits of Dance for Children in All Areas of Life | May 5, 2022

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Let’s face it, as parents we want our children to succeed, however you define success. And let’s all agree we want to make sure they are best equipped to achieve their goal. Believe it or not, dance classes can help your child develop work and learning skills that will help set up your child for success for their entire life.

We all have different reasons why we enroll children in dance classes—for the health benefits, to expand their creativity, or simply because they love the art of dance.

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A Choreographer's Inspiration | April 21, 2022

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There are times as a choreographer when creating a piece of choreography can have an even greater lasting impact than could have been imagined. One of those such dances for me was “High Hopes”.

When I began the process of creating this competition tap dance, November 19, 2019 my first goal was to reflect the powerful lyrics of the song “High Hopes” (by Panic! At The Disco),

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A Brief History of Ballet | April 8, 2022

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“Ballare.” It’s Italian which means “to dance.” And it is in Italy where the history of ballet begins. Terms such as “ballet” and “ball” originates from the word “ballare.” Ballet's origin can be traced to the Italian Renaissance, where it was just a mere court entertainment. During the 15th and 16th centuries the dance technique became formalized. When Italian-born aristocrat Catherine de Médicis married Henry II of France, the heart of the art moved to France with her. Catherine de Medici introduced early dance styles into court life in France.

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What Motivates One to Dance? | March 24, 2022

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I believe for me the motivation began at age five when I was always dancing to music and found the connection of the two filled me up with such glee that I was forever changed! My wonderful parents recognized my love for dance and immediately signed me up for dance classes! Not only did dance fill my heart with joy, but it also motivated and inspired me, gave me confidence, taught me responsibility and teamwork, put me in great physical shape, and gave me an amazing social connection to my peers.

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Inclusivity & Art of Dance | March 7, 2022

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Inclusivity is a hot topic with many having very specific views on the subject. And how we move forward to ensure all are accepted, and welcomed. For me, inclusivity is and has always been synonymous with the art of dance, when the dancer is truly pure of heart and fully embraces the magical connection of movement/rhythm to their heart, mind, body and soul. When this is achieved, there is no room for negativity or short sighted judgment of others.

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Stretching: Easily Overlooked | February 17, 2022

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Stretching. It is definitely one of those things easily overlooked when it comes to working out. It’s very easy to brush it off. May be your schedule is too tight or maybe it’s because you don’t “see” the results of stretching that you don’t take it seriously enough. Knowing the benefits of stretching can help you better understand why stretching is important to your daily life. But for an athlete and a dancer, you better make sure it’s deeply rooted to your pre and post exercise/class routine.

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A Silver Lining: The Multi-faceted Health and Wellness Benefits of Dance and Fitness | February 3, 2022

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As the saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining”, and wow does that ring true in a way we could have never imagined during this pandemic. As we all rose to the monumental challenges put before us, we also bared witness to the magical and additional multi-faceted benefits the valued arts enrichment of dance and fitness brings to us all. As the pandemic challenged our abilities to stay safe and think outside the box, we were determined, dedicated, and driven to continue bringing dance and fitness to our community, no matter the obstacles. However, all the while not realizing the additional long reaching Read more...