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Dancer Spotlight: Angelina Broad, Halfway Through A Summer Intensive

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Most dancers across the country are about halfway through their summer dance programs, and today we follow up with our summer intensive correspondent, Angelina Broad.  Angelina is a student at Orlando Ballet School and is currently at the Houston Ballet Academy Summer Intensive. We caught up with Angelina to hear all about how her summer at Houston Ballet Academy is going.



DanceWear Corner:  How are you enjoying your time at Houston Ballet Academy this summer?

Angelina Broad: I am loving it so much!!  At first it was hard to adjust because I felt very challenged and overwhelmed, but now every morning when I get up I can’t wait to head into those beautiful studios with such inspiring people and work hard all day!!

DWC: You mentioned when we last spoke that you were looking forward to focusing on the small details of your dancing while in Houston. Do you feel like you have been able to do that so far?

AB:  Yes I definitely feel I have been able to.  Sometimes the classes get difficult and hard to keep up with, but you just have to remember your foundation and build from there because we are all here to improve. While the teachers seem to really reinforce the technique aspect, there is also certainly a focus on the artistic side.  They explain how articulating and using the details of your body and movement, can say so much and tell a story.

DWC:  What has surprised you the most about what you are learning in Houston?

AB:  What has surprised me the most is all the opportunities they give us. There are 6 performances at the end of the summer and we are doing Stanton Welch’s “Waltz of the Flowers.” I am also choreographing a piece for AFA which is a collaborative program with Houston Ballet and student composers. I have had so much fun during the choreography process and have learned so much! I have learned how to choreograph on other people and how to play the role as the teacher because I have to run the rehearsals. We got to design our costumes and lighting.  It’s just so fun to be able to experience this and to feel the role of being a choreographer/teacher has made me grow so much in so many ways.

DWC:  Have you gone on any particularly fun excursions while visiting the city?

AB:  Yes, I have gone on plenty of fun excursions already. I went to The Galleria which is such an amazing mall here and I will be going again this weekend because there just wasn’t enough time the first time! I went to Splashtown for the 4th of July holiday, which was super fun because it was my first water park and I was finally able to get some time in the sun. We have also been on plenty little mini activities during the week such as the pool, chocolate bar, water wall, movies, and new grocery stores I have never heard of.

DWC:   What has been your favorite piece of DWC dance wear that you have been flaunting over the past few weeks?

AB:  Well, I have been wearing my leotards from DWC all the time since I am mostly in dance clothes all day. Other than that, I really like wearing my DWC t-shirt as well, because I can wear it with anything.  I just got a surprise package from DWC today with a new shirt they sent me and I absolutely love it!


Follow the rest of Angelina’s journey through as she is documenting her time for DWC fans through our Snap Chat and Instagram!


Share your summer intensive experience with us!!!  Post a photo of you at your summer dance program on Instagram or Facebook and tag #dancewearcorner for a chance to be featured on our social media!  We can’t wait to hear all about your summer!

The Injured Dancer: Introduction

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Injuries are a common occurrence in the dance world, but often something we don’t talk enough about.  As athletes dancer’s bodies take a constant beating as we require our bodies to take on unnatural tasks.  Welcome to DanceWear Corner’s newest series on prevention, treatment, and tips: “The Injured Dancer.”

I am Rebecca King Ferraro and am happy to have recently joined the DanceWear Corner marketing team.  I am a professional ballet dancer: a member of Miami City Ballet for over a decade.  I have been struggling with an injury for in an excess of two years, forcing me to take a year leave of absence to heal.  During this time, I will have the pleasure of working with DWC to create new content for all you dancers out there.

With “The Injured Dancer” series, I hope to chronicle my injury, my recent surgery, and my recovery.  Through my 10 years of dancing professionally, and 2 years of dealing with a severe injury, I have tried every possible healing technique, done every possible exercise, and eaten every possible food to promote healing.  So, over the next few months, I will be sharing everything I have learned and will be answering any questions you may have.

So stay tuned to DWC’s social media accounts for updates on new content!  In the meantime, feel free to leave any questions you may have below.

Get to know Rebecca a little better:

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Photo by Patricia Reagan

Rebecca King Ferraro was born and raised in Northern California. She received her ballet training at Contra Costa Ballet Centre in Walnut Creek, CA. King spent two summers studying at San Francisco Ballet School under the direction of Gloria Govrin. Her senior year in high school, she attended The Rock School in Philadelphia. After graduating in 2006, she moved to Miami to train at Miami City Ballet School.

King joined Miami City Ballet in 2007 as a company apprentice and was promoted to corps de ballet in 2008. Since then, she has worked with many of today’s most sought-after choreographers including Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, Liam Scarlett, and Christopher Wheeldon. She has danced in the majority of MCB’s Balanchine repertoire, as well as classical full-length ballets and contemporary works. From 2010-2016, she served as a Company Representative on behalf of the dancers, a role similar to a union representative.

In 2010, she founded a dance blog,, which has enabled her to reach out to dancers and audience members from around the globe. In the summer of 2016, she launched a podcast, Conversations on Dance with fellow dancer Michael Sean Breeden.  In 2012, Ms. King started her own social media management company where she helps her clients reach their marketing potential through online platforms.  King is currently a member of the guest faculty of The Dance Academy of Stuart in Stuart, FL.



How to Stay “Dance Ready” over Summer

How to stay dance ready over summer break

If you’re like most dancers, summer doesn’t only means a break from school but a break from your regular dance schedule as well. While summer intensives help keep you in shape, they don’t last all summer. Go back to school this fall, fit and dance ready. Here’s how!

Summer Intensives

If you have the opportunity, take a summer dance intensive. Often these classes are hyper focused on technique and learning. While some intensives are an audition or invite only, many of your local studios offer summer classes or camps. Search for dance, ballet, or tap intensive in your area to discover various offerings around town.

Additionally, many studios offer all-day workshops or master classes. These workshops are a fantastic way to try out a new style of dance. In fact, DanceWear Corner will be hosting a Master Class in August. Click here to learn more and register.

College Classes

In addition to the summer intensives, high school aged dancers can stay dance ready by enrolling in a summer course at their local college. Many schools allow dual enrollment. With summer classes and time limitations, these are often more intense yet a rewarding way to learn from experienced dancers.


Daily Fitness

Even if you’re not in class, a daily fitness routine is a great way to cross train while giving your body a break from dance. Find a workout buddy and schedule time to challenge your muscles. Get a combination of cardio, strength, alignment, and stretching. If you prefer a gym, see if a local fitness center has summer rates or programs. If the gym isn’t the right place for you, check out some of the amazing streaming services the internet has to offer. Check out Daily Burn’s Barre Class, for something different but familiar.


Check out the I-Flex Stretch Unit for at home stretching and increasing flexibility.

I-Flex Dance Stretch Unit


Relax and Have Fun!

There’s a reason we have summer breaks, to relax and have fun. Make sure you give your mind a mental rest so you can return to class in the fall recharged and ready. And most importantly take time for your muscles to recover.  If you just finished your Spring performances, you were likely dancing a lot, and your body needs this time to recover.  And once your summer dance programs are done, put your feet up! You earned it.

And if you need a new extra dose of sunshine and palm trees, come on down to Orlando and visit us!


What are your favorite ways to stay “Dance Ready” over the summer? Share with us on social media!

DanceWear Corner Goes to the Beach!

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Who says dancing only happens in the studio or on the stage?

We took seven dancers, paired them with sweet Honeycut brand dancewear, added a little salty air and the magic of a Florida beach.


Honeycut Dancewear is focused on creating authenticity between the styles and dance athletes. Owner Darcy Post and her team bring a fresh and fun approach to dancewear with an “obvious love of movement, saltwater, and a naturally boho beach lifestyle,” making Honeycut the perfect Dancewear to take to the beach!


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Click Here to see all Honeycut designs on DanceWear Corner.


Follow along on Instagram as we Seas the Day with Honeycut Dancewear.

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