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Spotlight Dancer: Kalysta Gregory

Meet this month’s Spotlight Dancer Kalysta Gregory. Kalysta is a homeschooled senior who dual enrolls at St. Petersburg and is now on track to earn her A. A. before she turns 18. In addition to her school focus, she trains, as well as teaches tap dance at A & G Dance Academy in At. Petersburg Florida. She is a company member of Nick Dinicolangelo’s Hands Down Tap Project in New Jersey. She is also a proud SoDanca Ambassador. Kalysta can be found on many weekends attending dance conventions and festivals across the country. Her plans include continuing her college studies while pursuing a career in dance. Whether it’s teaching, performing, or choreographing, dance will definitely be a part of her future!

With all of this, we wanted to get to know her a little bit better.

1 What is your favorite dance class to take?

Tap dance class of course, but contemporary is a close second!

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

Since I’m always busy and on the go, I would spend the extra time with my family and friends.

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

I love leggings! Leggings are my go-to clothing item when it comes to dance and on a regular day-to-day basis!

4 What songs have you completely memorized?

Every song that I have done a solo to I have completely memorized. Whether it’s the lyrics or how the rhythm goes, I spend a lot of time working on my solos and therefore hear the song over and over again.

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

Because I choreograph, I really challenge myself to venture out and listen to all styles of music. If I have no clue what to listen to, I’ll play something or someone I’ve never heard before. However, Ed Sheeran has always been a favorite of mine!

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

I would do a duet with Aaron Tolson in a heartbeat! He has been one of my mentors for about five years now. Not only do I look up to him, I also consider him a great friend. He and I have worked a lot together on various things, however, we have never performed together, so I would love to do a duet with him someday!

7 You can pick up the phone and talk to your number on dance idol – living or dead – but you can only ask 3 questions. What are the 3 questions you would ask them?

For me, I would want to speak to the tap masters of the past; ALL of the tap masters of the past. I honestly can’t pick just one. Regardless of who I spoke to, I would ask them: 1) What did you do to jumpstart your career in tap dance? 2) What was the inspiration that drove you to continue tap dancing throughout your life? 3) What do you believe was your greatest achievement overall?

8 What do you like to do besides dancing?

In addition to dancing, I really love photography, playing piano, and doing makeup! Also, I love spending time with my family, friends, and playing with my baby sister.

Rapid Fire This Or That

Dog or cat?

Cat!

Netflix or Youtube?

Netflix!

Phone call or text?

Phone call!

Ice cream cone or snow cone?

Ice cream cone!

Cake or pie?

Pie!

Watching a movie at home or in the theater?

Home!

Sneakers or sandals?

Sneakers!

Tablet or computer?

Computer!

Amusement park or day at the beach?

Beach!

The Spotlights On Lazy Dancer Tips

DanceWear Corner is proud to shine a spotlight on the Lazy Dancer Studio. This studio unlike others runs completely online and is based in London so everyone, no matter where you are, can get to know this awesome team.

About The Founders

Alessia and Lacopo are partners in every way. With Alessia’s background and training at the New Zealand School of Dance and English National Ballet School and Lacopo background in photography and VFX, they make a perfect pair to run every aspect of the Lazy Dancer Studio.

 

 

About The Studio

Lazy Dancer Studio strives to create a fun, friendly, and welcoming environment where people can feel free to get up and dance at any time. They created this online studio as a way to teach ballet in their own way.  

Alessia and Lacopo have come across a variety of people interested in Dance from students to professionals, and teachers to amateurs.  She found that many people wanted to learn more about this amazing world of dance. This is why they created Lazy Dancer Tips as a platform to share everything that she has learned throughout her career from dancing to teaching. They have created a series of videos that cover a lot of things, from learning the basics of ballet to a good chat about the do’s and don’ts of dance, hence the name Lazy Dancer Tips. These videos provide something for everyone.

Moreover than this is the fact that ballet can teach you so much. It can teach you how to set and reach your goals so that you can get the most out of your life. This is the primary reason why they created their own version of a studio. You can try their online ballet studio and dance wherever you want!

 

 

DanceWear Corner Celebrated Our 22nd Anniversary

DanceWear Corner has been proud to serve the Central Florida area and beyond since 1996. In this time we have been dedicated to not only providing an excellent selection of dancewear and accessories at an affordable price but also to be your total resource of information that will help you make the best possible dancewear purchasing decisions.

On Saturday, August 11th, 2018

We here at DanceWear Corner celebrated our 22 years of business with a huge event filled with dancing, savings, and pointe shoe decorations. We had studios come from all over Central Florida to perform at our store so that everyone could enjoy the performances while they wait to be called over to the shoe fitting area 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.

On this day, everything in the store was 20% off and yes this included pointe shoes. We had our excellent pointe shoe fitters as well as regular shoe fitters working around the clock to make sure that each person got the shoe that they needed to start the dance year off right. 

We also had a free pointe shoe decoration station where anyone could make a beautifully decorated pointe shoe to take home with them. Like the ones these little dancers made. 

Overall, we here at DanceWear Corner would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate with us on our 22nd anniversary, you are what makes this event so great every year. 

Premier Dance Network: Pirouettes From The Past

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 Pirouettes From The Past.

Pirouettes From the Past

Pirouettes From the Past is a mini-series featuring Dr. Melissa Klapper, a history professor, who hosts a monthly class on the history of Ballet in America. In these classes, Dr. Klapper talks about everything from the history of the College Dance Departments in the U.S. to the history behind the Nutcracker. Some of the interesting lessons include the fabulous careers of Native American ballerinas in the mid-20th century and history of Ballet shown on TV.

This podcast is a great way to learn more about the vast history of dance whether you are an activity dancer or just someone who enjoys the art of dance. To listen to this podcast click here. 

 

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