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Dancers and Families,

Congratulations on completing your first full week back at dance classes! We are thrilled to have so many talented dancers and smiling faces back in the building and filling our studios with energy and enthusiasm. Between Nutcracker costume fittings and first rehearsals, PC Rehearsals, parent meetings and dancers here for their very first class it has been a whirlwind week. With over 185 students registered, it is sure to be a busy and rewarding year. We are so happy that you are part of it!

On behalf of all the teachers and staff at Curtain Call Dance Center, we welcome you back with open arms and hearts. We encourage you to make a new friend, take a chance and try a new dance style and work hard this year. Remember…

“The journey between who you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.” Barbara De Angelis

I will be posting throughout the year with some helpful hints, tricks of the trade, and informative articles to supplement your dance practice. Stay tuned in a few weeks for my next post! But first continue reading on for how to make this first month back to dance class the best one yet!

With love and pointed toes,

Miss Sara

 

8 Must Haves in Your Dance Bag- Survive Your First Month Back!

What’s in your dance bag may be the key to your dance success.

How many of these items do you already carry with you?

 

  1. Water Bottle

Whether they are being used for hydration or as a prop in your abdominal exercises (You are very welcome Adv. Ballet!) water is the #1 most important thing to carry with you. Don’t leave it in the dressing room, or forget it at home or in the car. CC Teachers give ample water breaks throughout class and you need yours present to take a quick sip and still remained present and focused for the lesson at hand. The harder you dance, the more sweat you produce and you need to replenish your body with plenty of fluids. Pack several water bottles with you, or invest in a larger jug or Nalgene bottle that can keep your water cold all day long.

 

  1. TheraBand

The TheraBand is my favorite teaching tool. I use it frequently in both my pointe and ballet classes and highly suggest every dancer have their own personal one in their dance bags. They can be purchased at Kinney Dancewear, many sporting stores, and online (I suggest amazon.com). TheraBands are crucial for resistance based stretching which can supplement your dance training by toning specific muscle groups. I love TheraBands because you can do your exercises almost anywhere- on breaks in the dressing room, at home, while watching TV or reading a book. Most exercises have small amount of repetition, and when completed 3-4 times a week dancers will see an immense improvement in their strength and flexibility.

My Favorite go to exercise- “ABC’s”

This exercise is great for improving ankles strength and one that I recommend be done as often as possible for dancers working towards pointe placement. Place your foot in your TheraBand long ways, so that your toes are covered. Place both ends of the band in your hands and gently pull tight. Begin by spelling out each letter of the alphabet with your toes. Be sure to work from the ankle joints only, and not move from the rotators in your hips. Repeat on the left side. For variety- spell out words on our spelling test at school this week or your vocabulary words from Spanish class.

 

  1. Your go to touch ups: Hairspray and Bobby pins

A must have for all dancers. Nothing is worse than starting class with a tight pony tail or ballet bun, only to have it fall out mid pique turn combination. It’s distracting and can really pull your focus. Be sure to have on hand extra bobby pins, hairspray, gel, hair rubber bands and a brush in your dance bag for quick fixes in between classes.

 

  1. Snacks

Long dance days require extra fuel for your body! In addition to your water bottle, your dance bag should contain easy on the go snacks for between classes, rehearsals or any long breaks you may have throughout the night. I highly suggest:

Almonds, cashews or any trail mix with dried fruit

Peanut butter and banana

Hummus and pretzels

Power bar or granola bar

Yogurt or string cheese

Fruit and veggies

 

  1. Notebook and Pen

Keep track of your corrections and choreography by keeping them organized and on hand at all times in a notebook in your dance bag. When I was a student it was one of the first things I did after class, and now as an adult I always have my notebook with me for formation and choreography ideas. Did you like a piece a music the teacher has played? Ask for the title, write it down and use it to practice at home.

 

  1. All of your dance shoes

Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop etc! I do not recommend only bringing the shoes you will need for the classes you are scheduled for that evening. You never know if you will need them, and it is always better to be prepared

 

  1. Pain relief for sore muscles

Advil, tennis ball for rolling out muscle knots, tiger balm, band aids ect. There are so many great pain relievers out there these days, including all natural products using essential oils such as the Deep Relief Roll On by Young Living Oils. Every dancer should carry with them their favorite pain relieving products so nothing can hold them back during class.

  1. Beat the summer sweat– deodorant, body wipes, extra tights and dancewear

Bonus tip- Don’t forget to throw your ballet shoes in the washing machine every 1-2 weeks. Wash cold, delicate cycle and let line dry over the weekend.

 

Keep rocking and be sure to get those dance bags stocked!

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Where in the WORLD is Miss Michelle? She’s at Epcot, at The Dance Worlds, and is the Category Director for Jazz. What are The Dance Worlds? The United States All Star Federation (USASF) is host to The Cheerleading and Dance World Championship annually. Event producers across the U.S. and in over 40 countries around the world qualify top teams at their premier national championships to compete at The Worlds.

The venue for dance teams is the World Showcase Pavilion located between Cananda and United Kingdom. We have grown so large this year, that a few of the divisions will compete in a second venue at Wide World of Sports! This international event brings together more than 9000 cheer and 3500 dance athletes to vie for world champion titles in senior and international club divisions and categories. The first Cheerleading Worlds was held in 2004 and the first Dance Worlds in 2007. This year there are 21 different countries competing just in dance!

Miss Michelle was selected as a panel judge for the inaugural Dance Worlds. For the past three years she has been the Jazz Category Director and is responsible for working with a team of directors from the other genre of Pom and Hip Hop to develop and evolve scoring systems, judges training seminars and over-seeing the panel at the event. She is also the Curriculum
Director for USASF dance and is part of a team that establishes content and presentations at five regional class meetings across the U.S. every summer. This summer her primary focus in leading seminars will be how to develop and implement a warm up and teaching and correcting jazz technique.

Her most special memories of The Dance Worlds are realizing the true international language of dance and seeing such a vast amount of varied cultures represent their interpretations of Pom, Jazz and Hip Hop. We all share the same passion for our art and by the end of the event it is inevitable to see a fully blended Conga line with dancers mixed in from every country, swapping T-shirts, Disney pins, sometimes even pieces of their costumes! We may not be able to communicate with each other verbally, but the memories shared will last a lifetime and the message comes across loud and clear, “We are all dancers, we love to perform, we are AT WORLDS!!!”