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A Beginner’s Guide To Spotting

Spotting is single handedly one of the most important elements in any kind of turn. Whether it be pirouettes, fouettes, Italian fouettes, piques or chaines, spotting is a major key when it comes turns of almost every genre. However, sometimes the concept of spotting and the process of developing strong spotting skills is something that… Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide To Spotting

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Bending Into Shape: Stretches To Help Improve Your Back Flexibility

Welcome back to From the Top, dancers! Today we are talking about ways to improve back flexibility! Back flexibility, along with back strength, is the key element to perfecting moves like arabesque, needles. penches, many more. However, for some reason or another, your upper and lower back can be one of the most difficult places… Continue reading Bending Into Shape: Stretches To Help Improve Your Back Flexibility

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Improv 101

Improv, the art of dancing without any planned choreography or premeditated direction in movement, is easily one of the most commonly known genres in dance. Since there is no choreography involved, improv has a big reputation for allowing dancers personal freedom of movement and expression. However, improv can actually be a bit of a challenge… Continue reading Improv 101

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Teacher Tips: How To Get The Most Out Of Your One Hour Class Time

Hey there, dancers and welcome back to From the Top! In today’s blog post we’re talking about a small issue that most every dance teacher faces and that is figuring out how to get the most out of your one-hour class timeslot. In the world of dance and teaching, there are literally so many things… Continue reading Teacher Tips: How To Get The Most Out Of Your One Hour Class Time

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How To Slay Choreography In Any Genre

Hey dancers! Did you know the key to dancing choreography well isn’t completely in the dance steps? That’s right! The dance moves are not the one and only key to doing an amazing job in a dance. There is actually a combination of key elements that go into making a dance really pop! But what… Continue reading How To Slay Choreography In Any Genre

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Self-Care For Dancers

Hey dancers and welcome to the first From the Top blog post of 2019! As we go into a new year, I thought this would be a perfect time to discuss a topic that focuses on taking care of ourselves. Today we are going to talk a little about self-care. Dance is an extremely physical… Continue reading Self-Care For Dancers

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How To Deal With Stiff Muscles During The Cold Months

The colder months can be a very rough time for dancers because if there is anytime our muscles are going to put up a fight, it’s during the colder months! The winters season can bring temperatures that can stiffen our muscles and make stretching more of a challenge. However, even though stretching starts to become… Continue reading How To Deal With Stiff Muscles During The Cold Months

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Gift Ideas For Dancers

Hey there, dancers and welcome back to From the Top! The holidays are quickly approaching and along with them comes all the hustle and bustle. Gift shopping is underway for many of us and while we may know exactly what to get for say, our parents, what exactly do you get for the dancer in… Continue reading Gift Ideas For Dancers

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How To Stay Organized During Nutcracker Season

Hello, dancers and welcome to another installment in our “Nutcracker Series”! Today we are going to talk about how to stay organized and stress free during performance season. In a busy performance season such as Nutcracker season, it is so important to stay on top of our game and in even more important to keep… Continue reading How To Stay Organized During Nutcracker Season

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How To Embody A Character

So, you’ve got the role, you say? Congratulations! It looks like all of your hard work and determination has paid off this Nutcracker season! Now that you have the role, costume fittings are underway, rehearsals are a constant factor and now you must begin to get yourself settled into the character that you’re playing. But… Continue reading How To Embody A Character