While this may be secified to just ballet, this video sends out a very important message. There is a lot that goes into dance, and that includes the accessories. Shoes, whethere they be jazz, ballet, tap, etc. must fit well. This also goes for tights, leotards, etc.
This Q&A points out something that most people don't understand... DANCERS MUST START EARLY. To be able to form a career for yourself in dance, you must be able to help your body develope in a way that will be suitable for dance. This means pointed and arched feet, straight back, long neck, flexibility, etc.
What is Dance? Dance is the art form in which human movement becomes the medium for sensing, understanding, and communicating ideas, feelings, and experiences. Dance provides a way of learning—one that develops communication abilities, problem solving techniques, and creative and critical thinking skills along with kinesthetic abilities. At its core, the goal of dance education is to engage students in artistic experiences through the processes of creation, performance and response. The Elements of Dance Dance has its own content, vocabulary, skills, and techniques, which must be understood and applied to be proficient in the art. The elements of dance are the foundational concepts and vocabulary for developing movement skills as well as understanding dance as an art form. All these elements are simultaneously present in a dance or even in a short movement phrase.
Since I have moved back to NYC and am temporarily living with two dancers, I have begun to realize (or re-realize) a vast difference between the two breeds: humans and dancers. Below is my list of the reasons why this experience has been so charming.
After studying the art of dance for nearly 18 years, Nikki opened the doors to her dream at the age of 19 and never looked back. After years of dedication, numerous awards, prestigious invitations, and renowned training, her opportunities were endless. Teaching, however, is what she knew she was meant to do. Nikki loved dancing, however she did not love the drama that seem to come with it. It was obvious that a dance school that provided the technique of professional studios with the atmosphere of "public classes" was desperately needed. That's exactly what she did. Starting out with only 10 students, Simply Nikki Dance Studio has managed to expand its clientele without losing its personal, hands-on instruction and "small" studio attitude. Several staff members, parents, and students are alumni from those original 10 which is a true testament of the impact she makes on the families she works with. She started out dancing at Laurel Ballet school and continued her career at Mercyhurst College and took summer college classes at Point Park University. She has won many first place awards and other events. I asked, “what was your worst memory about dance school while you were still there?” She responded, “ one time, I was extremely sick, but I had to go to class to watch and observe anyways. They gave me a pen and a notebook and my teacher told me to write down every pattern, to every count, to every song, to every beat. It was a mess. Ballet is french and some of the positions are hard to spell, but my teacher made it clear that she wanted everything spelled right too. I never sat out of class again. It was way better to dance even though you felt like dying rather than having to write all of that nonsense out in that stupid notebook.” She has told me many stories about her auditions and she has always told me, “there is always someone better than you. You may be good, but someone is always better so you might as well have fun, try your best, and dance for yourself.” I asked her why did she continue to pursue dancing as her career even though she knew it wasn't guaranteed a job or money and she said, “ some people are good at math, I'm good at dancing. I love to dance and that's all there is to it. That's why I started my own studio, that way I could continue to be involved with what I love to do even after my body can't keep up with it anymore.”
What is nice about this is that it is 100% true! While they have specified this to dancers, it is also nice because it can be good advice for anything! This shows that dance may be unique, but it is also similar to other activities in the basics that it requires.
A ballerina who's making historymsnbc.comMisty Copeland, the third African-American soloist for the American Ballet Theater, will be inducted into the Boys & Girls Club National Hall of Fame. NBC's Natalie Morales reports.
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