Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Top 10 Dance Etiquette Reminders

The 2016-2017 dance season at SDC is finally here!  It’s such an exciting time: Starting new classes, trying out new dance styles, and meeting new people.  It’s also a great time to learn (or remember) the basics of class etiquette, the way to show respect to yourself as a dancer, your fellow dancers, your instructor, […]


Legend Spotlight: Michael Kidd

Michael Kidd’s career as a film and stage choreographer, dancer, and actor spanned over 5 decades.  He staged some of the most famous Broadway and film musicals of the 40s and 50s, leading to the style which would later be called “integrated musicals.”  His work garnered him five Tony awards, and an honorary Academy Award […]


Keeping Hydrated & Cool in Dance Class

In last week’s posts, we talked about what goes on your body.  Just as important is what goes into your body.  When you dance, you sweat.  It’s inevitable. With sweat comes a loss of fluid and electrolytes that need to replenishing.  In one hour of dancing, you can lose an average of 37 ounces of fluid! (Maybe […]


Dance Dress Code Decoded: The Bun

When time for ballet class rolls around and you start running down your mental checklist of “to-do and to-grab,” one of the easiest things to forget is putting your dancer’s hair in a bun. History of a Hairstyle   Much like a tutu and ballet slippers, the bun is synonymous with a ballerina.  The bun’s origins […]


Dance Dress Code Decoded – Cover-Ups

We’ve covered why dancers, both boys and girls, have worn the same classic pieces for decades, I wanted to share a few thoughts about two very important items in the SDC policy: Wear a cover-up as you arrive and leave the studio, and Do not wear your dance shoes outside Why wear a cover-up?  It’s only […]


Dance Dress Code Decoded – Boys

We’ve taken a look at traditional ballet wear for girls in our first “Dance Dress Code Decoded” post, so let’s take a look at some of the pieces that you’ll find boys at SDC wearing. Did you know that male dancers wear leotards and tights as well?  Most danseurs (male dancers – don’t call them “ballerinos!”) wear […]


Dance Dress Code Decoded – Girls

When you think of a dancer, what comes to mind?  Is it the shoes that she is wearing or the pink tights?  Is it the leotard?  Perhaps it is the signature hire style of ballerinas, a bun.  Have you ever wondered why a dancer wears these things or why most studios require a standard uniform […]


Good Rules of Thumb (or Toe!) for Dance Shoes

One of the most exciting parts of a new dance season, whether it’s your first ballet class or you’ve been with Studio Dance Centre since the beginning, is finding the perfect dance shoes for your feet. After confirming the type of shoes you need for your class with the SDC dress code where do you go […]


Legend Spotlight: Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp’s name brings to mind a singularly unique style that merges ballet and  modern dance, creating innovative choreography and often lighthearted pieces.  Tharp was born July 1, 1941. Ms. Tharp has created more than 161 works including 129 dances, 12 television specials, four full-length ballets, six movies, four Broadway shows, and two figure skating […]


Thoughts about overstretching and safety in dance

It’s a common thing to see on television and social media these days when it comes to dance, and particularly with young dancers: overstretched bodies in contortionist-type movements.  Movements like the scorpion, where the leg can be extended so high in the back that the dancer’s head touches it; the oversplit, where a dancer’s legs […]