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Premier Dance Network: On Pointe

Premier Dance is the only podcast that is one hundred percent dedicated to the world of dance. This growing network of shows provides the listener with a “one-stop shop” of online resources for all topics related to dance. Premier Dance Network programming ranges from real stories of young dancers just starting out, all the way to the fascinating lives of the top professional dancers in the world. Today we are going to be shining a light on their show On Pointe.

On Pointe

On Pointe with Robyn Jutsum is a podcast where Robyn describes and discusses life as a millennial professional dancer. This show focuses on the transition from student to professional and what life is like for the modern day ballerina starting out in New York City.

This podcast series starts off with Robyn breaking down why she chose to go to college for dance and the factors that led her to make that decision. She also takes you through a day in her life as a professional dancer in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

She also discusses with a friend, peer, and fellow Minnesotan, Anna Novak, all about their experiences performing at the Fireside Theatre in Wisconsin. They also talk about their transition between ballet and theatre dance and what the audition process is like.

In this podcast series, Robyn discusses how the professional track of a ballet dancer looks in today’s world of dance. She discusses how the traditional; role of company life is evolving and how it has taken on the shape of freelancing. She then talks about the factors that contribute to this evolution and how the millennial generation of the artist are paving the way for what it means to be a professional in today’s dance world.

This series gives advice and hope to younger dancers as Robyn talks about her own experiences in ballet and reflects on the culture of ballet.

 

8 Tips On How To Get The Most Out Of Your Summer Dance Intensives

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Summer intensives are such an exciting, beneficial, and fun part of a dancer ’s growth and development. During these summer intensives, you have the opportunity to meet a lot of other students that share your love of dance, you get to work with master teachers and depending on where you go you can learn to be a little bit more independent. Overall, summer intensive is a great experience for dancers of all ages. However, it is important to make sure that you make the most out of your time at your Summer Intensives so here is a list of things that you can do to ensure that you can make the most out of your summer intensive.

1 Do Your Research

This first tip should happen before you even step foot in the studio of your summer intensive. It is important to make sure that you, as a dancer, tries to pick a Summer Intensive that will offer you the most out of your summer training. This could mean something different for each dancer, so you really have to think about what summer intensive will be best for you. If you are an advanced dancer who is looking to take steps toward becoming a professional dancer, you might want to look into summer intensives at schools that are associated with a professional company.

2 Embrace each class even if it is outside of your comfort zone

No one can ever get better if they don’t push themselves out of their comfort zones. It is also important to challenge yourself and what better way of challenging yourself then by taking classes that teach you how to move your body in a different way. Even if you are the biggest bunhead in your studio, taking a jazz class will allow you to become a more well-rounded dancer. The same can be said for any dancer trying a new dance form. If the movements feel a little foreign and uncomfortable, just take a deep breath and try again. The ability to adapt and have an open mind is essential when working with new choreographers and teachers especially if you go on to work professionally.  

3 Remember To Listen To Your Body

Summer Intensives are far more demanding than your typical dance schedule and thus they require you to take stock of your overall physical state. The days can be long, sometimes over eight hours so it is important to take time to listen to your body. It is also important to stay hydrated and eat well, this will help your fuel your body to be able to perform at your best. Also after class make sure you are stretching and relaxing and at the first sign of an injury let your teacher know they will be able to help you.

4 Make A Goal for Yourself

Now that you have completed your goal of going to a summer intensive it is important to also make yourself more goals to stay motivated while you are there. This will help you stay focused. A good goal to have is to get a critique of at least one of the teachers that you are working with. Getting a critique shows that the teacher recognizes your potential and wants you to get better.

5 Record Everything

Summer Intensives are all about soaking up as many details as possible. So keep a notebook, a pen or a note app on your phone so you can take notes after class. Write down things like corrections or combinations. You may also be able to videotape combinations and choreography to help you practice. Just make sure that you talk with the choreographer before you post on social media and make sure you give correct credit.  

6 Be Confident

Being in a new environment can be a little intimidating. Especially when you feel like you are surrounded by amazing dancers your age. So it can be scary when you make a mistake, but everyone makes mistakes what is more important is how you recover and your attitude. Take all corrections that you hear not only the ones directed to you, but also the ones directed to the class. Use these corrections as an opportunity to show how well you take corrections and your ability to grow as a dancer.  

7 Make Friends With Everyone!

More than anything Summer Intensives are about making connections. Smile, make eye contac, and say “Hello” when you introduce yourself. Be a positive voice in your classes and make others feel welcomed. Summer Intensives can create friends that can last a lifetime because you are surrounded by people who share your love of dance.

8 Embrace Every Moment

From the experience of living away from home to learning a new style of dance, you have to embrace every moment in order to make the most out of your Summer intensive experience. Embracing every opportunity that is presented to you and you will be sure to get the most out of your summer intensive.

Summer Intensives are a wonderful place to honen a young dancers skills. So be bold, reach to your highest limits and make friends.

 

What To Bring To Your Summer Dance Intensives

Summer intensives are such an exciting, beneficial, and fun part of a dancer’s growth and development. During summer intensives you have the opportunity to meet other students that share your love of dance, you get to work with master teachers and depending on where you go you can learn to be a little bit more independent. Overall, summer intensive is a great experience for dancers of all ages. However, it is important to make sure that you bring the right tools with you on this amazing adventure. So, we here at DanceWear Corner have compiled a list of things that we think every dancer going to a Summer Intensive needs to get them through. And yes a large suitcase will be needed.

IN YOUR DANCE BAG

Leotard Lots Of Leotards

You will need a leotard for each day that you are in the Summer Intensive. It would be a good idea to check and see if your program requires a certain color or style. Make sure to bring your favorite leotards that make you feel comfortable and confident.

Tights!

Lots and lots of tights. Make sure not to bring any tights with stains or holes in them.

Skirts

A wrap skirt is always a good idea and just like with the leotard double check to see if they require a certain color. If you are taking character classes make sure to also bring a character skirt.

Pointe Shoes So Many Pointe Shoes

It is a good idea to plan on bring several pairs of pointe shoe with you to your Summer Intensive because they will wear out quicker in the summer humidity. Be sure to rotate which pair of pointe shoes you wear each day to let them rest and re-harden before you wear them again.

 

All The Other Dance Shoes

Look at your program and make sure you have all the right shoes for your other classes: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Character, etc.

Warm-ups

No matter how hot it gets outside you never know how cool the AC will get. So bring some warm-ups that you can layer to stay warm in the studio and also to cover up for when you go outside.

Everything For Your Hair

This includes hairpins, hair ties, bun covers, hairnets, headbands, and hairspray.

Little Miscellaneous Items For The Room And Your Bag

-Hip Alignment belt as some programs prefer if you have one

– Manicure / Pedicure tools ( to keep your toenails short)

– First Aid Kit- THis includes an Icy Hot pack or other sore muscle ointment, band aids, ace bandage, and ice pack and a heating pad. (trust us your muscles will thank us.)

-Toe tape

– A sewing kit

-A water bottle

-Therabands

-Music playing device. Don’t forget headphones and chargers

-Power bars and other healthy snacks

-Toe tape, toe separators(if needed) toe pads and other pointe shoe accessories. * note some of these are good to use in other dance shoes as well.

-Make-up: For performances or for every day if you like to wear make-up

-A book, playing cards, or something quiet to do after curfew or in between classes to help you wind down.

-A comfortable pair of walking shoes. You don’t want to get any unneeded blisters. Do yourself a favor and give your feet a rest.

Luxury Comfort Items For Your Feet And Body

-Message kit

-Warm-up booties

-Foam Roller

 

FOR YOUR ROOM

-Laundry Detergent: depending on the facilities you could need a drying rack   

-Toiletries and a shower bucket to transport the items.

-Towels

-A Pillow

-An Alarm Clock.

-A Camera (for sightseeing)

We hope that this little list has helped you prepare for your own Summer Dance Intensives. Remember Summer Intensives are about being surrounded by other dancers who share your passion and to learn from master teachers, but most importantly it is about having fun and learning as must as you can. Click here to start getting everything you need for your summer dance intensive. 

 

Spotlight Dancer: Katie Kovar

This month we are shining a spotlight on Katie Kovar, an ambitious dancer with her heart set on Broadway as well as teaching young dancers currently a dancer at Not Just Dance. For the past thirteen years, She has dedicated her life to dance. From her first dance class at the age of three to attending the “Joffrey Tap and Musical Theatre Intensives”, to now going to the Oklahoma City University Broadway Bound Intensive, she has grown not only as a dancer but as a person. She has been awarded “PowerPak” at Starpower Nationals, a Tap scholarship from “Florida Dance Masters”, and she has attended “The Orlando Tap Festival” and received a scholarship to go back the next year. She credits her success to “God and [her] always supportive parents and family.” Who push her to strive to be her best and wouldn’t be the person she is today without them.

What is your favorite dance class to take?

My favorite dance class to take is tap because I like how you get to be creative and use the rhythms and beats of your shoes to add to the music.

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

Other than dance I would either be with my friends at the pool or the beach even though I always get sunburn.

What’s your favorite piece of dance clothing you own?

My favorite dance clothing is my new Ballet Rosa Josephine Leotard in Black because it is so comfortable and well made.

What songs do you have completely memorized?

God’s Plan by Drake

What is your Go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

Either Shawn Mendes or Drake

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

Gaby Diaz because her passion for tap shines throughout her entire body and it would be amazing to be able to share the stage with her.

Rapid Fire Questions

Dog or Cat?

Dog

Netflix or YouTube?

Netflix

Phone Call or Text?

Text

Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?

Snow Cone

Cake or Pie?

Cake

Watching a movie at home or in the theatre?

In the theatre

Sneakers or Sandals?

Sandals

Tablet or Computer?

Computer

Candy or Popcorn?

Candy

 

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