Dance Concepts competition teams had an outstanding weekend. We spent it in St. George at Releve Dance Competition. Solos and duets danced on Friday night and did very well. We want to give a special shout out to the overall winners. These are dances which placed in the top of their entire age/skill division. We’re very proud of their performances and all of the work that went into them. (more…)
The schedule is out! Please remember that these times are approximations and not every competition does a fantastic job of running on time. Also, don’t forget dress rehearsal this Wednesday at Dance Concepts. Dancers should be there at 7:15 ready to go. We will be in full hair and makeup. Parents don’t need to be at the full dress rehearsal, but should attend the parent meeting from 8:30-9:00. We will also be running regular classes that day so if you are in Pointe, Contemporary, or Mini Company please be in class. And here it is…. (more…)
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…)
Over dinner on New Year’s Eve Julie and I were going over our personal highlights of 2010. We both agreed that one of our favorite Dance Concepts moments of the year was at Utah Dance Fest when Jenna, Tessa, and Mikel each won queen in their category. Each of their solos is well worth watching and can be found below. All choreography is by Julie Edison. Do you have a favorite dance moment from 2010? (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…)