Recital Videos

Favorite Dance Moment from 2010

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…)

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Teacher Interviews

Meet the Teacher-Constanza Murphy

[caption id="attachment_63" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Constanza with Missouri Contemporary Ballet"]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…)

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New Year, New Look!

It’s been a long time coming, but Dance Concepts finally has new signs! We hope everyone had a fantastic holiday and is enjoying (or at least putting up with) this crazy Utah weather we’re having.  We’ll see you on January 3rd when dance classes start again!

By Dance Concepts, ago
Teacher Interviews

Meet the Teacher-Lauren Lombardi

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…)

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Summer Intensive Auditions Coming to Utah

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…)

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Vocabulary

Standard Body Positions

Constanza Murphy made this study sheet for Ballet 3, but it’s good for all of us to know our body positions.  Knowing your body positions by name makes it easier to learn combinations and choreography in class and will also make it easier to reverse combinations.  Test yourself to see how many you already know. (more…)

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Vocabulary

Know Your Positions

Before we even start moving, dancers need to know the 6 basic foot positions.  Five of the six are based in ballet, but it’s good for all dancers to know them as part of the common language of dance.

Parallel and First Ballet Positions

Dancers in First Steps (3 year olds) should know the difference between parallel and 1st position.  It’s important that the entire leg rotates from the hip joint in order to turn the feet out.  It’s fine for young dancers to use a small degree of turnout.  As they progress, we’ll work to increase their range. (more…)

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