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New HoneyCut Styles Are Cool For The Summer

Summer means something different for everyone, but for DanceWear Corner, summer means new Honeycut styles.

HoneyCut is a brand that takes you from the studio to the street with their unique shorts and bra tops. These designs are perfect for expressing your personal style in class, at conventions or at competitions throughout the season. The collection combines form, function, and a dash of fun and brings an ever fresh perspective to the world of dance. This is why we here at DanceWear Corner just love this brand for the summer.

 

 

 

 

A Little About The Brand

HoneyCut is always focused on creating authenticity between the product and the dancer-athletes who inspire us every day. The brand is located in Southern California, where creative director and owner, Darcy Post and her team, conceive and curate this contemporary dancewear line. They do this by channeling their obvious love of movement, saltwater, and a natural boho beach lifestyle. Their brand name, when broken down, means “sweet fit” and that is exactly what their brand is all about. This idea of a “sweet fit” reaches beyond the studio and enters the streets with their ready-to-wear-anywhere collection that combines individuality into their styles. Along with this, HoneyCut is a company that strives to bring awareness to the now endangered honey bee and helps to raise funds to protect these creatures.   

DanceWear Corner Spotlight Photographer: April Singleton

April Singleton is a photographer in Northern West Virginia.  Along with family, engagement and wedding portraiture, her work has been featured in local magazines and newspapers as well as commercial work for architecture and mining companies.  She currently works with Ballet in the City, a non-profit group that brings ballet education through master classes across the country. This summer she will be in Saratoga Springs, New York with Ballet in the City where anyone booking a photo shoot between July 15th -22nd will be entered to win a DancersHaul as well as be featured on the social media accounts of Dancewear Corner and Ballet In The City. Ms. Singleton currently resides in Grafton, West Virginia with her husband, Josh, and their two children, Emelia and Clark.

We here at DanceWear Corner wanted to shine a special spotlight on this Photographer and learn a little more about her and her craft.

What are three things that you have to keep with you at all times?

My insulated water cup…hydration!  My phone because in addition to business, I’m a Mom and need to be reachable.  And some sort of protein bar because I never know when I’ll work over the scheduled time or get pulled in another direction and not get to eat otherwise.

Which do you like more taking the pictures or editing them? Why?

I’d have to say I like taking photos more.  My style is semi-journalistic, so I don’t edit abundantly.

What is your favorite part about being a photographer? Why?  

I love that I get to stop time.  Whether it’s catching the perfect grande jete or catching that funny, all-teeth smile a toddler gives, I am able to preserve that moment forever.

How did you get interested in photography?  

My mother-in-law bought a Canon DSLR around the time my daughter was born.  I fell in love with how sharp the images were, and when my daughter was a little over a year old, I purchased my first (used) Sony DSLR.  I started photographing her for fun, and it wasn’t long before I had friends and coworkers asking me to photograph their families and children.

Of all the states that you have photo shoots in, which is your favorite? Why?

  West Virginia because it’s home.

6.) When you are not behind the camera or editing what are you doing?

My family and I love to be outdoors.  We love to hike, so we love to visit state parks and their trails.

**All pictures are examples of her work**

Dancewear Corner Is Teaming Up With Skrya Studios On New Movie

Skyra Studio

Dancewear Corner recently partnered with Skyra Studios on a new Short Dance Film called Sound Language. In case you haven’t heard of Skyra Studios, it is Central Florida’s newest performing arts training center that offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for aspiring dancers, actors, filmmakers, and artists to gain real-world experience through professional film productions and stage shows. In addition to this unique opportunity, students can prepare for a career in classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance, filmmaking, acting or art in their multidisciplinary academy. Their state of the art training facility is a beautiful, ultra-modern space that includes large dance studios, a filmmaking studio, acting studio, cafe and more. All classes are taught by master instructors, renowned working performers, choreographers and production experts.

Sound Language

We were excited to partner with Skyra Studios on their latest film project after we met with the Owners Scott & Mary Poiley and saw the high-quality, story-driven content they have produced that has yet to be released to the market. A few clips from these projects are in their latest promo video above. Scott, the Artistic Director, had a vision for a tap film and pitched us this idea that evolved into something quite unique.

SOUND LANGUAGE, is an elevated short film set in a Dystopian world where the spoken word has long been forgotten and people use rhythm to communicate. The story centers around “Dig” played by Dorrance Dance’s Nicholas Van Young and “Nati” played by Syncopated Ladies Co-Creator Maud Arnold. Dig and Nati believes that they can once again bring Earth back to its Utopian paradise by uniting three warring (Step, Tap, and Drum) tribes to create one harmonic song. The rhythmic language will be supported by subtitles creating a unique foreign film unlike no other. 

 

 

 

 

 

Choreographed by award-winning writer, director, and producer, Scott Poiley with additional choreography by Christopher Broughton (Dorrance Dance, After Midnight). The two bring an amazing amalgamation of rhythms through step, tap, and percussion. Scott integrates a fresh tribal flair to the tap and step choreography, creating sharp, dynamic, and energetic movement.

The film also features Christopher Broughton, Aaron Tolson, Sydney Burtis, and Erik (Silky) Moore.

Skyra brought together many young tap dancers, step dancers, and drummers from across Florida including tap dancers from Clermont’s Not Just Dance and Lake Worth’s That’s Dancing. The Lake Mary Step Team represented the step tribe in the film. The dancers and musicians rehearsed for many months at Skyra Studios before shooting commenced on May 19th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The film attracted many sponsors including So Danca, Pastry, and Roar Organic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tap dancers received complimentary tap shoes from So Danca. The step and drum tribes received sneakers from Pastry. Roar provided the entire cast and crew with their delicious and refreshing organic electrolyte beverages. 

In partnership with Tin Men and First Unit Productions, the two-day film shoot took place at an abandoned citrus plant in DeLeon Springs, Florida. The location was transformed into a dystopian world where the tribes created one harmonic song. The film is expected to release early next year.

For more information about Sound Language and to stay up to date on its progress follow Skyra Studios on Instagram and Facebook as well as  #dwcmovie #soundlanguage on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight Dancer: Sydney Burtis

Sydney Burtis has been a part of the DanceWear Corner family for many years. In 2014 she was an ambassador for us and since that time she has accomplished many things.

About Sydney

It’s obvious to anyone who has seen her tap that dance is Sydney Burtis’ passion. However, in many ways, dance has also become a form of therapy for her as well. It has helped her find her voice, both inside and outside the studio. Sydney has been dancing since the age of 3 to help improve her communication skills and help her overcome her shyness, but she didn’t find her deep-seated connection to dance until the following year when she started taking tap. Over time, Sydney added jazz and contemporary to her repertoire and slowly began to develop the confidence to compete. It was not long before she became a regular on the competition circuit even going so far as receiving recognition and awards for ere technical ability and artistry. Last January, she was named a YoungArts finalist in tap dance and a silver award recipient.  

We caught up with her and wanted to know a bit more about what she has been up to.

What has been the most exciting thing to happen in your dance career so far?

I have been incredibly blessed with the opportunities I have been given in my dance career thus far.  I cannot choose just one, but a few of my most life-changing experiences have been National YoungArts Week 2017, the Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program 2017, and the National Broadway Tour of Billy Elliot the Musical!  I am forever grateful for the memories I made at all three of these events, and I would not trade them for the world.

What is your favorite dance class to take?

Tap dance will forever be my greatest passion, although contemporary definitely comes in second!

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

I would probably be tap dancing in my extra time (because what else would I be doing?)

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

My Capezio K360 tap shoes (in both dark purple and lime green)!  I could not live without my shoes!

What songs do you have completely memorized?

Every piece of music that I have performed solo work too, I have completely memorized.  When I am learning/working on a piece, I try to learn every aspect of the song so I am able to match the tonality of the music and the story that is being portrayed.

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

Ed Sheeran is definitely my favorite musical artist, as I think what he creates without a band to back him up is absolutely brilliant.  Some other artists I turn towards include Khalid, Leela James, Oscar Peterson, and anything off of the Greatest Showman soundtrack.

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?

The person I would call would be Dr. Bunny Briggs, historical tap dance master because he has been my inspiration for as long as I can remember.  It is incredibly difficult to think of three questions, as this would be such a rare moment, but I believe they would be: 1) What is the intention behind your focus when you are dancing and performing? 2) What was your experience like on Black and Blue? 3) How do you feel the instruments found in a jazz trio (including the horn section) affect your music and tonality?

What do you like doing besides dancing?

I enjoy spending time with my family at home and going to theme parks with friends!  If I am traveling somewhere, I also enjoy exploring my surroundings with the company I am with!

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

If I had to choose one dancer, it would have to be Michelle Dorrance.  Of the dancers alive today, I feel that my dancing resonates most with her and what she represents.  Michelle is also one of my closest mentors so it would be an absolute honor to share the stage with her.

Rapid fire This or that Questions

Dog or cat?

Cat (I love dogs though!)

Netflix or YouTube?

Netflix, because Friends and Grey’s Anatomy are my obsessions!

Phone Call or Text?

Is FaceTime an option?

Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?

Ice Cream Cone, especially if it’s Ben & Jerry’s!

Cake or Pie?

Cake

Watching a movie at home or in the theater?

In the theater!  I love the experience.

Sneakers or Sandals?

I live in my Nike sneakers!

Tablet or Computer?

Computer

While watching a movie: Candy or Popcorn?

~ Why not both! 🙂

 

Now Sydney is in the running to be on the Cover of Dance Spirit Magazine!

But She Still Needs Your Vote!

So how can you help?

You can click here to vote for her.

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#DanceSpiritCMS and #VoteSydney

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