If you've spent much time around Dance Concepts you probably know Julie. This is her 6th year teaching with us. She works heavily with the competition teams but also teaches some of our more beginner dancers. Julie has become known for her outstanding choreography and is in high demand for solo/duet/trio work. You can see some of her choreography here. Continue reading the interview below to learn a little more about Julie. (more…)
Here's another great terminology sheet from Constanza Murphy. This one breaks down the most common turns used in ballet including detourne, chaine, pique, soutenu, and fouette. It also includes a review of en dehors and en dedans - important for every ballet dancer to understand. (more…)
As dancers we tend to spend a lot of time on demi pointe. Ballet, jazz, contemporary, and even tap dancers can benefit from strengthening and improving their releve (hip hop dancers, you can have a pass here-but do the exercises anyway, strength is good). Dancers who are working towards getting pointe shoes should pay special attention to developing a very solid releve to demi pointe. Even parents and siblings who would like to strengthen their calves and ankles are welcome to play.
The only tool required today is a step (any step will do, even a curb, but it’s best if you have a wall or banister to hold for balance). Start with your toes on the edge of a step and your heel hanging down below the level of your toes. (more…)
[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Constanza with Missouri Contemporary Ballet"][/caption] Tell us about your dance training and education: I started dancing when I was 3 at a RAD school in England: light blue leotard, pink socks, pink shoes...When I was 6, we moved to Texas where I went to an unfortunate studio until I was 10 and we moved to Alaska. North Star Ballet is where I really started to train, and I left Alaska for the University of Utah when I was 17. The U ballet department didn't take me my first year auditioning, but I was stubborn and tried again the next year. I graduated in 2007 and have been dancing around as much as possible since then! What is your favorite dance you’ve ever performed? Oh...there was one where we dressed in bubble wrap and duct tape, that was pretty fantastic. (more…)
We had Red Tree Photography on site at last week's winter recital. They took tons of pictures (chances are there's one of your dancer!). Prices for prints start at just $6.00. In addition to the standard full color, they also offer prints in black and white, and sepia tones. You can view all of the pictures and order prints at http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/redtreephotography/albums/events/ (more…)
Lauren Lombardi is a new addition to Dance Concepts this season. She is currently teaching Ballet 4 and Ballet 5. Learn a little more about her in the interview below. Tell us about your dance training and education: I started taking ballet lessons when I was 8 in a small studio in Connecticut by our house. My mom was my first ballet teacher. (more…)
The new year is a great time for Dance Concepts dancers to put themselves out there in the ballet world – by going to auditions! Summer intensive audition season runs January-March, and it gives everyone an opportunity to take great classes from master teachers, as well as the fantastic learning experience dancers get from auditioning. (more…)