The Positive Effects of Youth Competitive Sports

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…

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Dancers are Athletes?

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. Status Quo 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…

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Benefits of Dance for Children in All Areas of 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. No matter what background or level of experience, one has much to gain from the art of dance. Dancing helps to develop new skills, get physically active,…

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A Choreographer’s Inspiration

A Lasting Impact 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…

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Miki

It’s not every day we get a chance to introduce one of our young students. When we heard from Miki’s mom that FOCUS was the subject of one of her school projects, we were pleasantly surprised and elated! We’re happy to have Miki’s permission to share it!

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A Brief History of Ballet

It Began in Italy “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…

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What Motivates One to Dance?

What motivates one to be a teacher of dance? 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…

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Inclusivity

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. Art of Dance and Inclusivity For me, inclusivity is and has always been synonymous with the art of dance, when the dancer is truly pure of heart and fully…

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