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Spotlight Dancer: Ayla Flowers

This month’s spotlight dancer is Ayla Flowers and she is an amazing dancer that you can follow on Instagram @aylaflowers_dancer. She was one of the winners of the Norelle model shoot. So we wanted to get to know her a little better.

What is your favorite dance class?    

Contemporary

What is your go-to style for leotards?  

Anything comfortable, and long sleeved.

If you could perform a duet with any dancer who would it be and why?  

Mollee Gray because she is so nice and really funny.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?  

Spend time with my family.

What is your favorite piece of dance clothing that you own/ owned?

My Jo & Jax jumpsuit

Who’s your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

Maroon 5

You can pick up a phone and talk to your number one dance idol -living or dead- but you can only ask them three questions. What are the three questions you would ask them? Why?

Gregory Hines. Questions: What made you want to learn tap?
Who was your dance idol?
What is your favorite thing about tap dancing?

Year In Review

This year has been an exciting one for DanceWear Corner. So we wanted to take this time before the year runs out to reflect on everything that DanceWear Corner has been a part of.

Events

DanceWear Corner had the wonderful opportunity to play host to some great dancers this past year.

We had professional dancers Tiler Peck, Sara Mearns, and Alex Wong all in the store between March and April. Tiler Peck was in the store for a special event to celebrate the launch of her new Body Wrappers clothing line. The whole event included a wonderful master class taught by Tiler Peck herself, a fashion show features her line, and a meet and greet, including an autograph session with Tiler Peck.

The Sara Mearns event included a Q&A where dancers had the opportunity to ask Sara some important questions about her career,  a meet and greet for dancers to have someone on one time and a fashion show of her new So Danca line

              

And for the Alex Wong event, everyone was encouraged to take selfies and talk with Alex.

                         

We also had our anniversary event like we have every year. We had studios come from all over Central Florida to perform at our store so that everyone can enjoy the performances while they wait to be called for their shoe fitting or while they shop.

         

The Performances included Not Just Dance, Inez Patricia School of Dance, Clermont Academy of Dance, Harwood Watson, Emotions Dance Studio, Starz Dance Galaxy, Raskin Dance Studio, Chance to Dance, Xplosive Dance Academy, Russian Ballet, Skyra Studio, Xtreme Dance Studio. We also had the pleasure of having Angelina, who was recently named Little Miss Florida, perform at our store as well. We had a free pointe shoe decoration station where anyone could make a beautifully decorated pointe shoe.  

If you want to learn more about these events check out our blogs about them.

Model Searches

DanceWear Corner also played host to a few model searches throughout the year. Oh La La DanceWear hosted their model search in our store. Dancers auditioning had the opportunity to meet Lilly K, from the Lifetime hit TV show Dance Moms. We also teamed up with Norelle from @imagesbynorelle to find three models

 

This past year has been an exciting one for DanceWear Corner and we can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us.

Dance Teacher Gift Guide

Being a dance teacher is not the easiest job in the world, they have to be a great role model for all of their students along with motivating them to work harder and improve their dancing. It takes a special kind of person to do all of that so you may be thinking about what to get them as a way to say thank you for all they do. While dance teachers don’t necessarily expect to receive gifts from their students for the holidays, it sure does bring a smile to their faces when they do. It can also be a great way to tell your teacher how much they mean to you and how much they have helped you grow as a dancer throughout the year.

That being said choosing a gift for your dance teacher can be a difficult task. That is why we have come up with some gift ideas that we think your dance teacher will love.

Gift Cards

No matter how many gift cards a dance teacher can receive they will always be happy to see another. Gift cards are so versatile, you can get a gift card to their favorite store or restaurant or even one for a message. You can be sure that they will love it because they can use it to get things that they need in their everyday life as well as for class.

Dance Accessories

Every dancer could use some new accessories no matter the age. So, grabbing something small like a pair of leg warmers or other small dance relate things is great to get a teacher. You can run into your local dancewear store on your tights run and quickly grab something for your dance teacher as well. If you are having a hard time thinking about what to get them, just think about what you would like to get as a dancer and that will guide you to getting them the best gift.  

Handwritten Letter

Every student is near and dear to a dance teacher’s heart, so giving your teacher a handwritten personalized letter is a perfect way to let them know just how much they mean to you. All you need is a pretty piece of cardstock and let your words come from the heart. This is the perfect time to tell your teachers just how much they mean to you and what you have learned from them.

A Framed Photograph Of The Teacher With The Student

This gift idea is a great one if you want to give something a little more personal. It is relatively easy to do yourself as you will only need to print out a picture that you like of the teacher with the dancer and then get a frame that you like as well and tada… You have a wonderful, memorable gift that your dance teacher will cherish.

A Cute Water Bottle Or Coffee Cup

Dance teachers need to stay hydrated in class too! And with all the cute dance related water bottles out there how can you resist. However, coffee is also something many dance teachers need to help them power through a long day of rehearsals. So a cute dance related mug would make a wonderful gift as well.

A Book

A thoughtful or dance related book can make a great gift and bookstore usually have a section devoted to dance-related materials. The possibilities are endless when it comes to the type of book you can get them. There are books that are completely filled with pictures or you can grab a biography of a famous dancer that you think they will like.

Notebook for Choreography

There are many cute dance related notebooks and journals out there. So gifting one to your dance teacher is a great idea. Especially if you see them using one in class because teachers can use notebooks and journals to jot down different routines or numbers. However, the notebook could be used for many more things outside of dance.

Dance Tote Bag

Tote bags, in general, are very useful. They can be used to carry anything from groceries to dance clothes. So grabbing a cute dance tote bag and giving it to your teacher can make a perfect gift. You can even stuff it with a few things that you think they might like.

Jewelry

This gift idea can seem like it will get too expensive, but a simple bracelet, necklace, or ring will do the trick. Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot to tell your dance teacher how much they mean to you. Keep it simple and meaningful and they are sure to love it.

Dance Related Phone Case

Everyone has a phone and phone cases can say a lot about a person. So getting your dance teacher a phone case that involves dance in some way is a wonderful idea. It’s cute, it protects the phone, and it will say to everyone who sees it that they love to dance.

 

I hope this list has helped you decide on what to get your dance teacher this holiday season, but remember no matter what you choose to get them, watching you improve in your dancing is the greatest gift a dance teacher can receive. Visit us online or instore to get more ideas? 

Happy Holidays!

Tips On How To Survive The Nutcracker Season

The Nutcracker session is underway and whether it is your first time or your 10th time the whole experience can be stressful and exhausting. This is why we have gathered a few suggestions to help dancers have a great Nutcracker experience.

Be Prepared

One of the most important things a dancer can be is prepared. This means that before the very first performance you should mentally do your hair and makeup to make sure that you have everything you will need ready in your bag before heading to the theater. It is also important to organize your bag in a way that makes sense and allows you to reach everything you will need with ease. Keeping everything in a separate compartment will help to ensure that your hair products and makeup will not mess up your tights and outfits. Make sure that your costumes and accessories are all in the order that you will need them in the performance. You don’t want to be head on stage only to remember that you forgot a headpiece. It is also important to make sure that you are checking your bag carefully before you leave the theater. Remember to always be aware of what is happening on stage so you can judge when you need to get ready and how long it will take.

 

Keep Warmed-Up

Make sure that you are properly warmed up. This means that you are going to any company classes that are being held before the performance. As a dancer, it is important to keep your muscles warm so that you can dance to your highest ability. So you need to rewarm-up backstage to ensure that you can have an enjoyable performance. This means that you should make sure that you have enough warm-ups with you as the backstage can be freezing. 

Don’t Play Around

This means that older dancers should not change their routine and every dancer should be careful to ensure that they do not get injured. If there is more than one performance in a day, make sure that you are stretching and putting your feet up and not running around goofing off because you want to still be able to dance your best for the second show.  And don’t forget to sleep! Trust us sleeping is the most important thing for a dancer. Even though it will be hard to unwind after long rehearsals or performances. It is so important to sleep so that you have enough energy to get you through each performance.

Label All Your Belongings

While dancers do sometimes share items it is important to remember which items are yours and which are your friends. And the best way to make sure that you don’t lose something is to label them.

 

Bring Plenty Of Healthy Snacks And Water

Healthy food will help you power through the run. So save the sugar until after the performance so you don’t have a sugar crash. Eating sugar will also affect your energy and your muscles so not having sugary foods will help you to keep your muscles in tip-top shape for the duration of the run. Fruits and nuts are what you will want to be snacking on backstage, not Micky D’s.

And remember above all enjoy the experience! Treat every performance like it is your first because the Nutcracker brings with it a new set of dancers and dance lovers each session.  

 

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