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Photographer Spotlight Jonathan Givens

Jonathan Givens

Jonathan Givens is the author and photographer of the book Dance Across The USA. This book showcases a collection of dancers from all over America. As well as focuses on what is both beautiful and inspiring about this country. What makes this project so amazing is that all of the photographs are real and all the dancers are actually in the locations depicted. Over the course of 90 days Jonathan drove 22,264 miles, created 22,160 photographs and photographed 163 dancers in 56 locations throughout the 50 states. He wanted this project to be something that both supports the entertainment industry that he loves as well as gives back. So a portion of the proceeds of the book will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as to America’s parks

Jonathan originally began as an all around entertainment guy; acting, dancing and singing while  touring the country with multiple productions. That is until an injury forced him off stage, but this did not stop his creative passions. He turned his attention toward theatrical tech work and later earned a degree of Master of Photography from PPA (Professional Photographers of America. His company is called Entertainment Photography Specialist or EPS for short and you can find his work on instagram @eps_photo where his shows off his latest work. EPS is the world’s only dedicated performer photography studio with sprung floor for dancing as well as rigging points for aerial photography.

He will be having a book signing event at Dancewear Corner’s Superstore on January 6th from 12 to 2, but get there early because after the signing he will be giving mini photo shoots for free to the first 20 people that buy his book at the event. You do not want to miss this amazing opportunity to have your picture taken by this wonderful photographer. Click here for more information about his book and this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

 

Tiler Peck Takeover

Tiler Peck is a pretty remarkable woman. Along with being an international award-winning Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, she is also an actress and designer. She has made appearances on Dancing With the Stars in season 2, was a guest on Bravo’s TV show Rocco’s Dinner Party, stars in the film Ballet 422 and was a guest star in Julie Andrews’ new Netflix series, Julie’s Greenroom. On top of her TV show accomplishments, Tiler Peck has also been in Broadway productions such as ‘The Music Man’ and ‘Little Dancer’. With all that she has going on, Ms. Peck still finds time to design a line of wonderful leotards, dresses, tutus, shorts, and skirts for Bodywrappers that every dancer would love to preform in.

 

With all that she has accomplished in the world of Ballet what more could there be, right? Well, how about being the first Ballerina to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In earlier November Tiler Peck took the stage to show Ellen her moves and wow the audiences both in the studio and at home. To read more about Ms. Peck’s visit with Ellen click here.

On January 7th, 2017 Dancewear Corner will have the honor of hosting a master class taught by Tiler Peck. Attendance of the master class will be by invitation only at the Orlando Super Store, click here for a chance to win an invitation to the master class. Contest ends December 18th. However, people are welcome to come and observe the class. The event includes the master class itself, a special meet and greet and autograph session, a fashion show premiere of new 2018 Tiler Peck designs and a huge sale on all Bodywrappers merchandise. Along with Tiler Peck, you also have the opportunity to meet the Dance Photographer and author of Dance Across the USA and purchase an autographed copy of his book

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DanceWear Corner Set to Celebrate 21 years!

DanceWear Corner Anniversary

Happy Birthday to us… and you!

DanceWear Corner is proud to celebrate 21 years as your go-to source for all of your dance needs. Whether you shop DanceWear Corner online or seek out expert advice from our helpful staff at the Orlando Superstore, we wouldn’t be here without you.

If you’re in the Orlando area, we invite you to celebrate with us at our annual in store Anniversary Event, Saturday, August 12, 9 am – 6 pm. We’ll feature performances by:

Our staff will be on hand to help with shoe sizes, leotard fits, dance school uniforms and more. Plus, did we mention everything is 20% off, in store only?

DanceWear Corner Anniversary Event

We truly appreciate you for these last 21 years! Thank you for supporting DanceWear Corner!

DanceWear Corner Master Class with ‘Conversations On Dance’ Hosts

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One of the great things about being a teacher, is the wonderful opportunity to shape the next generation of dancers.  When Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden, the hosts of the “Conversations on Dance” podcast, teach a ballet class, they start with one simple question, “Who has heard of George Balanchine?”  In this post they explain why this questions is so important to them, as we excitedly await their Master Classes here at DanceWear Corner headquarters on August 13th.  This post will give you some insight into their vision and an idea of what to expect from their class.  Reserve your spot today with Michael and Rebecca before it fills up! You won’t want to miss this amazing opportunity for dancers of Orlando!

 


 

As teachers, it is so important to help young dancers develop their technique and understand how to execute steps.  But it’s even more important for us to offer them a history of the art form. By offering a context behind what they are doing, students receive a deeper appreciation for dance and become more motivated.  We must remind them that there have been many dancers before them who have danced the very same steps, as there will be many after them, but the way they do each step is entirely their own.  That’s the art.  That’s the very special thing about what we do.

This is our vision when we teach a master class.  We like to start at the beginning of our training and talk about a man who, though we never were able to meet him, has shaped our lives and our careers: George Balanchine.  He founded the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet, and is known as the “Father of American Ballet.”

American history is an essential part of every child’s education in this country.  And similarly, all ballet students should know about the history of dance in this country, and that starts with Balanchine.  He essentially brought ballet to this country when he arrived in 1933.  Though 1933 may seem like a long time ago to today’s students, when comparing it to the overall history of ballet, which spans centuries, Balanchine is quite modern.  Students today really are a part of his lineage, since their teachers were taught by teachers, who were taught by Balanchine.

George Balanchine founded The School of American Ballet with Lincoln Kirstein in 1934.  “But first a school,” he is famously quoted as saying.  The establishment of a school was integral to what Balanchine accomplished in this country: he created an incubator, where he could shape his dancers and give them the skills they needed to dance his ballets.  With the establishment of Ballet Society in 1946 (which would later become The New York City Ballet), he already had a base of dancers to pull from.  We want our students to know, this is why ballet school is so important: it is meant to prepare you for all that you do onstage and serves as a laboratory to develop as an artist.

Balanchine choreographed an incredible 425 ballets over his lifetime, and somewhere around 90 of his works still exist.  It was important to Balanchine that once he was gone, his ballets continue to be danced to his standards. In 1987, after his death, an organization called The Balanchine Trust was established to protect the remaining ballets.

Before establishing The New York City Ballet, Balanchine spent time choreographing for Broadway and for major films in Hollywood.  These experiences contributed to, among other things, his unique style that fused technique from his background in classical ballet, with other schools of movement.  Here is a brief list of some of the characteristics of a Balanchine aesthetic for ballet:

  • Speed and articulation
  • Musicality
  • Deep plies
  • Emphasis on lines
  • Abstract arms
  • Hand placement
  • Pirouette from a lunge with a straight back leg
  • Spotting front for turns
  • An athletic dance quality

These unique characteristics are built upon a classical ballet foundation, which all ballet students understand.  These options that we present dancers with allow them to place finishing touches on their dancing creating a professional look.  Just knowing that these differences in style exist in ballet, prepares students for any future audition class where they may be asked to execute step in this way. Our students are able to take some of their classical technique and expound upon that by adding more extreme movements.  I could tell they were really enjoying the experience of learning a piece of ballet choreography that was out of their comfort zone.

We hope you will join us this August in Orlando at DanceWear Corner’s Superstore for Master Classes incorporating this specific style.  We are so passionate about ballet and cannot wait to share our knowledge with you in this exclusive event.  For more information, visit DanceWearCorner.com.

Learn more about Balanchine on the “Conversations on Dance” podcast as Rebecca and Michael talk with his former dancers.  You won’t want to miss the stories these dancers provide about the “Father of American Ballet.”

 

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