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Breaking the Mold: Why a Freestyle Practice Will Empower and Challenge You

Freestyle Helps Us Break The Mold It’s no secret that cultivating a freestyle/improv practice can assist dancers of all backgrounds in their technique, artistic voice, creative fulfillment, and book-ability. All professional dancers are regularly called on to improvise: in class, in audition rooms...
Spotlight

Dance Diversity Needs a Breakthrough: Now Where to Begin?

A dance scholar, concert artist, choreographer, producer, African American artist, and Interim Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at SUNY State...

Education & Training

Get Out of the Class Trap: 6 Ways to Improve Your Dancing

If you’re a freelance dancer without the structure and routine of college classes or a company season, it may feel as if the only way to keep training...

Spotlight

Surviving the Paradise Fire: The Power of Dance to Heal

Surviving the Fire: A conversation with a dancer who almost lost everything. I knew my house was gone. I just never thought it would take the whole t...

Professional Tips

Is Working on a Cruise Ship as Luxurious as It Sounds?

Part 1: Anchors Aweigh!  If it has always been your dream to dance on a cruise ship, it’s high time to find out if a job with a cruise line is actual...

Professional Tips, Education & Training, Spotlight

How These 3 Professionals Break-In Their Pointe Shoes

Growing up as a dancer, I was always mesmerized by pointe shoes and couldn’t wait to get my feet into a pair of them. It wasn’t until I actually got t...

Reviews

"The Last Ship" Is Sting’s Ode to His Tyneside Roots

The Last Ship, Sting’s moving paean to his upbringing in England’s North East now playing at the Ahmanson Theater has finally come into its own in a n...

Opinion

What To Do When Your Core Values Conflict with a Job

We’ve all been there: training tirelessly in class and working hard at auditions in hopes of getting that one “yes” for a job or opening a door to tha...

Professional Tips

An Exciting Dance Hub Is On The Rise: Orlando Theme Parks

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago… most professional hopefuls immediately flock to popular “dance cities” after saying goodbye to their hometowns. T...

Professional Tips, Opinion

5 New Year’s Resolutions I’m Making as a Commercial Dancer

At the end of the year, commercial dancers like myself are probably dancing in a myriad of holiday-themed gigs, theme park shows, or Vegas parties, bu...