51 Things Only Ballet Dancers Understand

Dancers have pretty similar attitudes when it comes to a lot of things in life. However, a hip-hop dancer is very different from a ballet dancer or a tango dancer. Each dance holds specific elements close to their heart and demands different things from their dancers. We couldn’t agree more when we came across this and we definitely laughed a lot. We’re sure all ballet dancers out there will identify with this one. (Bustle)

The Dance Doctor Takes on TV

Did you know that the Dance Doctor has an extensive background in choreographing for TV shows? One of the most recent scenes he choreographed was in one of the latest seasons of Mad Men. John coached actors Vincent Kartheiser and Alison Brie in the nearly two-minute scene where they dance the Charleston. The couple takes over the dance floor and awes all with their dancing techniques. Check our Dance Doctor’s work out!

The Power of Dance!

Since we’ve been working with dance for so long we understand the power of it, but it’s truly amazing to see other people experience it. Ben Aaron, a producer and presenter for NBC decided to go out on the street and dance with people. What we really love about this video is the different songs each group of people asked to dance to. Anyone want to go dance on the streets of NY with us? (Superstar Magazine)

 

Ballroom in Schools

Needless to say, we were pretty excited when ballroom dancing started to boom. First it hit TV with shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars” and now it’s hitting schools around the world. It is amazing to see schools use ballroom to teach young adults the values of teamwork, patience and respect. Schools have started to put together their own dance competitions and shows, and it’s amazing. We’re looking forward to the days that more schools in the US start offering ballroom, and if any high schools in Santa Monica need our help, we’re here for you! (Gloucester Times)

Dance Apps Galore

It seems like nowadays there is nothing our smartphone can’t do. Day after day more and more apps are released and a new technology is always coming out. We know it’s hard to stay updated with everything that goes on in the tech world, but we thought these apps were interesting, to say the least.

Tap App: This app teaches you the 12 foundational steps of tap dancing through a set of images, a video demonstration or written explanation. If only 12 steps are not enough for you, you can purchase two expansion packs of 11 steps each.

Ballet For Beginners: This app features over 200 lessons for both beginners and intermediate ballet students. Their video tutorials cover everything from the perfect pliƩ to a more complex pirouette. The app also has a FAQ section where it answers typical questions about ballet, such as which shoe would be best for you and other ballet lifestyle questions.

Bboy Step by Step: This one app is extremely similar to those home workout videos you can buy online. Teacher Jeromeskee guides you through warm-ups, footwork exercises and etc. This app includes 15 videos that use a virtual teaching style, where you follow teacher Jeromeskee on whatever he is doing.

A lot of dancers use these apps for additional training at home, but we’re not even close to being convinced this could ever be as good as getting instructions from the Dance Doctor himself. If you end up trying any of these apps, let us know! (Dance Magazine)

ABC Reveals Dancing With The Stars Lineup

Our not-so-guilty pleasure “Dancing With The Stars” has finally revealed its new lineup of competitors, and we can’t even hide our enthusiasm! The lineup is pretty good and we’re especially excited because our two favorite Olympians, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, will be competing for DWTS’s 18th season’s gold. Although the two are accustomed to working together, the duo will be separated for this friendly competition. Davis will be dancing with returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy and White with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.

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Our Olympians will be facing former child stars Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar, as well as housewife NeNe Leaks. They will also be squaring off against athletes Diana Nyad, Amy Purdy, and former pro hockey player Sean Avery. Stars Cody Simpson, James Maslow, Billy Dee Williams and comedian Drew Cary are the four other Hollywood celebrities Davis and White will compete with.

We’re pretty excited to see how Davis and White will transition from the ice rink to the dancefloor, but we’re guessing they’ll be just fine! What do you guys think? (CNN)

Photography Series: Dancers in Nature

Photographer Bertil Nilsson created a series of photographs showcasing dancers in movement in natural landscapes. The product is truly breathtaking as the photographer explores the human body, movement, color, nature and loneliness. The result of his series called “Naturally,” is truly unique. Let us know what you think of it. (Huffington Post)

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