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So You’re Gonna be a Dance Parent

Welcome to the Laurel Ballet Academy family! We’re so excited to see your child learn, grow, and enjoy the beautiful art of dance. This makes YOU a bonified Dance Parent! We’d love to share four things with you that will answer some of your questions and help navigate...

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Foot Prep/Care: Blister Edition

As many dancers know, figuring out what’s the best for your feet while wearing pointe shoes can be a long journey, especially when dealing with blisters. I can’t give you the magic key to what will fix your pointe shoes struggles, but I can give you some tips and tricks for preventing and treating those pesky blisters.

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The Goal of a Dance Teacher

Every dance teacher knows that there’s a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time. Sometimes I wonder, “does teaching dance make any difference for these students?” Let me tell you a story that helped me answer that question.

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The Importance of Our Art

Does dancing for the sake of dancing have value? This question has come to mind quite often over the past few years. It’s a massive topic that cannot be fully covered in one blog entry, but there are several thoughts to share on the subject. Let’s dive in!

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The Benefits of Summer Intensives

It’s well known that these programs can easily become the best time for dancers to get the most out of their training. The benefits of going to an intensive are mind boggling! Not only do you receive amazing coaching, but you also get to make wonderful memories and learn valuable skills to carry with you for the rest of your life! There’s nothing like knowing you are going towards your dancing dreams.

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Weird Things Dancers Do

Dancers typically tend to be a little different from the average person. As they goes through their daily life, there are some tendencies that come across as odd. By asking the dance majors at Belhaven University about their opinion on the matter, I was able to create a list of some of those unusual tendencies.

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Never Give Up

As time goes on and we continue to work hard, whether that be in dance class or our daily lives, it’s important to receive a pep talk every now and then. After putting in long hard hours of dedication, it can feel like no progress is being made. Questions start to pop into your head of whether or not this is worth it. You believe that you’re working towards what God has for you. But is that enough?

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Audition Tips to Never Quit

I was recently at the USA International Ballet Competition scholarship auditions as a volunteer helping with registration. Some dancers were ready for battle while others appeared to be flighty balls of nerves, unsure of what to expect. I decided to ask the audition coordinators what their advice was for successfully approaching auditions.

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The Art of You

This post will be about respecting yourself. It’s a very straight forward statement that can be hard to live out. I find that as dancers we often don’t give ourselves the respect that we deserve. There are three things we must remember…

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Your Support is Their Support

The words we speak have greater power than we realize. If you see that your fellow classmate is doing a good job, make a point to find the opportunity to tell them! A compliment given at the right time can change a person’s day. Dance is filled with critiques, so having someone acknowledge your hard work can make all the difference in the world. Inspiring others to shine brightly will help your studio be a light in the community.

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Dancers of Future Past

When your mind wanders, or you’re having a side conversation with your friend, you are missing vital pieces of information that will help you succeed in class. Sometimes our teachers tell us the same corrections, but we get comfortable with their comments about what needs to change and think, “there they go again telling me to engage my core, point my foot, or use my turnout”. Just imagine how far we’d be in our dancing if we actually listened the first time our teachers told us something.

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