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5 Things Dancers Love About Dance

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner… love is in the air. And what better way to celebrate the day of love than to talk about all the reasons we love dance and everything that dance has brought us.

1 Dedication

Every dancer knows that dancing is hard work, no matter the style. Yet, the one thing that every dance style has in common is that they teach dancers to never give up. A combination or routine may be difficult to grasp, but each class and practice helps to improve the dancer’s skills and every time a dancer falls down they get back up. On top of this, dancers don’t have an “off-season” so dancers need to be completely devoted to making that time commitment.   

2 Escape

Dance is a great escape from the world. It teaches you to channel your emotions, whether they be good or bad, in order to create beautiful moving artwork. The more emotion behind a combination the better the combination turns out. When you are dancing it is like the whole world melts away. Stress and frustration that you face during the day turn into power on the stage and in class. It also increases your confidence level and makes you feel free and happy again.  

3 Team Work

In recitals or competitions, teamwork is of the utmost importance. The number will not go well unless everyone contributes the same amount of effort as everyone else. Every dancer in a team has to think about others instead of just themselves in order for the number to run smoothly. Dance teaches you the importance of working in a team and cooperation.   

4 Perseverance

Dancing is hard work and at sometimes it may seem easier to just give up. But, through every up and down that a dancer may go through in class or on stage, dancing teaches you how to push through the hard times. A combination or trick may seem impossible to get just right, but time after time, failure after failure, dancers still push on until they get it right. This kind of perseverance can only be cultivated by a lifetime of dance.  

5 Friendship

The best part about going to dance class each day is the seeing friends we make there. With how many hours dancers spend in the studio they end up seeing their dance friends more than they see their family sometimes. These friends end up becoming part of your dance family.

Let us know some of the things that dance has taught you.

 

How To Make A Bun

Making a bun can be difficult. Making a bun quickly can seem impossible, especially when you’re in the back of a car running late to class. But it doesn’t have to be.

Today, I am going to walk you through everything that you will need to make a bun fast and easily.

What you will need

Hair ties

Bobby pins

A Whirl-E-Style

A hair net

Hairspray

Side Note: The Bloch hair kit has most of these things.

Step one

First, you need to tie the hair back into a ponytail. This ponytail is going to be where the bun is located so make sure that you have it placed where you want the bun to be.

Step two

This is where the Whirl-E-Style comes into play. You’re going to want to open the Whirl-E-Style so that it makes a “C” facing the ponytail at the base.

Step three

Feed the hair through the middle of the Whirl-E-Style.

Step Four

Slide the whirl-e-style down to the end of the hair without letting the hair fall out and then roll the whirl-e-style up the ponytail until it is at the scalp again. Then click the whirl-e-style into place and spread the hair to cover the whirl-e-style.

Step five

Use bobby pins to capture any loose hairs that got away from the whirl-e-style. (there will not be that many.)

Step six

Finish it off by wrapping a hair net around the bun.

Step seven

Go to class and have fun!

 

5 Tips For Audition Season Success

Audition season is just around the corner so it is important for dancers to start getting prepared for what auditions they will attend sooner rather than later. Whether you are going into an audition for a company, a college, or a role; these tips will help you prepare for them.

1 Be Well Rested

The best way to make sure that you do a good job in an audition is to start off by getting some sleep before it takes place. Getting a good nights sleep will help you stock up your energy and help you concentrate on the audition at hand. Auditions can be stressful, but the only way to make sure that you are doing your best in them is to go in with the best mindset. Getting a good night’s sleep will help you do your best at the auditions and it will help you get yourself in the right mindset before going into the audition. So set yourself up for success and get some sleep. 

2 Wear The Right Outfit

Your wardrobe is very important when auditioning. It is important to feel confident in whatever you choose to wear.  However, that being said it is also important to adhere to the auditions dress code. If it is clearly stated that dancers must wear black leotards and pink tights that means that you should show up wearing a black leotard and pink tights, not a purple leotard and black tights or a bra top and legging. We have a whole blog giving some advice for what to wear to an audition so click here to check that one out.   

3 Attitude is important

One of the most important things to remember when going in for the audition is your attitude. Auditions are not just about testing your dance skills, they are about seeing how you will interact with the director, choreographer, and your fellow auditionees. Being courteous to the other dancers auditioning is incredibly important. Directors are also looking for people who will mesh well with their company. So how you behave in an audition will give directors an idea of how you will work in the studio or on the job. In auditions, the directors or choreographers do not expect you to be perfect. What they are looking for is how well you listen and react to what they are asking you to do. So come into the audition with a great attitude; listen carefully and do your best.

4 Brace For Rejection

Being a dancer is one of the hardest professions out there.  Mostly because it is a profession that is riddled with rejection. The most important thing to remember when going through the audition process is to trust that there is a place that will love to have you in their company. However, knowing this will not make the pain of rejection hurt any less. Remember that just because the director does not hire you it does not mean that you are a bad dancer, it just means that you don’t fit the style of the company.

5 Never Stop Auditioning

Most importantly, when faced with rejection the worst thing you can do is give up. No matter how many times a dancer is rejected never stop auditioning. You will find the company or job that will be happy to have you so don’t give up hope, stay positive, and keep auditioning.  

New Subscriptions

Is your New Year’s Resolution to save money?

DanceWear Corner is proud to offer more ways for you to stock up and save. We now have three new subscriptions that all help you save money on your tights, ballet shoes, and pointe shoes.

Tights Subscription

Every dancer knows the struggle of getting ready for dance class or performance and reaching into your bag only to find that your tights are ripped or stained and you don’t have any more tights to use. If this is a familiar situation to you then you need the new tights subscription. With this subscription, you will no longer have to run to the store last minute to grab another pair of tights. You now have the ability to stock up on quality brands of tights and with this subscription when you prepay you save more.  

Ballet Shoe Subscription

For a ballet dancer, their shoes are the most important thing to them. So the worst thing that can happen to a dancer is being in the middle of class and your toe pops out of the ballet shoe. With this new ballet, shoe subscription dancers have the option of prepaying for their favorite ballet shoe brands to save.

Pointe Shoe Subscription

Pointe shoes are the one shoe that every ballet dancer can never have enough of. With this new subscription, dancers have the option to choose from three popular pointe shoe brands: Grishko, Russian Pointe, Gaynor Minden. A dancer can run through a pair of pointe shoes rather quickly so this subscription is ideal for those who find themselves getting the same brand, style, size, shank, and width.

These three new subscriptions are great ways to save some money in the new year.

 

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