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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!

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.   

Ballet Rosa Is Now In Dancewear Corner

Dancewear Corner is always glad to add new brands to our site and store. We are even more excited to be able to introduce this European dancewear brand Ballet Rosa as it makes its debut in America.

Every leotard is designed like a work of art down to the fine details. All of their leotards are handmade in Europe with Italian microfiber, soft and stretchy mesh from Spain, and embroidered lace from Austria. These materials all work together to provide a comfortable fit for dancers while also allowing the dancer to look both elegant and fashionable while they are in class, at conventions, in auditions, or performing on stage. They are the exact leotards you want to put on when you want to feel your best and stand out in the crowd. Dancewear Corner is proud to be one of the U.S. dancewear stores offering the Ballet Rosa brand in the U.S.

A Little Bit About Ballet Rosa

Ballet Rosa inspires ballet dancers from all over the world with products that are designed with an eye for the importance of comfort, mobility, and performance without sacrificing the importance of style. Their products match the level of poetry and passion that the art form of ballet holds. With their combination of beautiful design and mastery of technical materials, it is no wonder that they have captured the attention of the dance world. 

Ballet Rosa’s mission is to provide its customers dance and ballet technical garments within a reasonable price, with fast deliveries and making it possible for the client to customize the product at his/her own needs and taste.

Ballet Rosa believes in using the existing industrial capacity and flexibility, shouldered by the know-how and experience of its workers, and place it at the customers’ needs.

Ballet Rosa too firmly believes that it can be useful to retailers and dancers, that it may bring joy, well-being, fashion and provide highly quality products at a reasonable price.

The brand wishes to communicate with the customer from equal to equal, with the purpose of developing new products, always better and increasingly customized by its customers.

When Am I Ready For Pointe? Insights From Capezio

Getting the first pair of pointe shoes for any dancer is a wonderful rite of passage. However, there are many factors that a student must consider when preparing for pointe work. Some of these factors are more technical such as strength, flexibility of feet and ankles, center of balance, posture, and alignment. Other factors include age, attitude, training, physique and proper pointe shoe fitting.

It is important to understand that pointe technique is the balance between the technical and artistic components of classical ballet. It involves body alignment, feet placement, weight distribution, and the transitions from demi-pointe to full pointe. Proper technique includes consistent application, mastery of leg rotation, alignment, aplomb (posture), placement, and épaulement (head and shoulders).

Strength

It is important for dancers to have the strength needed to be able to support themselves while en pointe. The muscles that need to be strong including the core muscle groups, back, rotators, quads, hamstrings, calves, ankles, feet, arches and insteps. All of these muscles need to work together when en pointe to ensure that the dancer does not injure themselves.

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Center of Balance

Centre of balance is extremely important for pointe preparation. A student must have the ability to find their center of balance while maintaining proper technique both by the barre and during center combinations. The student should also have an ability to balance on demi-pointe in various ballet positions such as relevé in first position, and passé in fifth position.

Posture and Alignment

Posture and alignment are when the body is held properly while maintaining correct placement both while standing as well as moving. What does this look like? Well, the student should be in a proper stance with core muscles held, shoulders down, chest lifted, rib cage closed, and a straight pelvis.

Flexibility

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The flexibility of feet and ankles are an important factor when en pointe. Sickled or pronation and winged or supination feet are indications that a student requires more strengthening and/or flexibility of the muscles in the feet. A Theraband may be used to strengthen and stretch muscles and ligaments. Ankles should be flexible enough so that when the foot is pointed, the toe, instep, and knee are all in alignment.

A good exercise to stretch the ankles is to sit on the floor with feet and knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Have a teacher or parent hold your ankles down in a parallel position while you attempt to gently straighten your legs while moving the buttocks and shifting the body back a little at a time. Overstretched ankles and high insteps require special attention to build foot strength. A Theraband will aid students to build this strength by flexing and pointing the foot with the elasticized band.

“There is no reason to get a young dancer up on full pointe, if she cannot do anything when she gets up there.”- George Balanchine

When to Start Pointe

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It is very important that a young dancer not begin pointe work too soon. Pointe work usually begins when the student is 10 to 12 years old. The only exception may be if a dance teacher or a physician has determined that the bones in the feet have sufficiently developed. The student should have an ability to receive and apply corrections and work diligently to master proper technique. Furthermore, two to three years of serious ballet training is essential. This is the minimum time and preparation needed to develop sufficient technique and strength to prepare for pointe work.

The student’s individual physique must be carefully evaluated. She should have strong abdominal, pelvic, buttock, and back muscles which hold the torso in proper alignment.

Proper Pointe Shoe Fitting

Pointe shoe fittings are an absolute necessity to ensure the dancer receives a proper fit. When considering a pointe shoe fitting, always remember shape, support, style, and shank. The shape of a shoe must match the shape of the foot being fit just like the style of the shoe should complement the aesthetics of the student’s line and the natural extension of her foot and leg. The shank should provide ample support to the instep and conform to the arch.

Demi-pointes are suggested for pointe work preparation. They help to strengthen feet, familiarize the student with proper shape and fit, and aid in the transition to traditional pointe shoes.

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The team at DanceWear Corner are all trained and experienced Pointe Shoe Fitters. With the huge range of pointe shoe brands and styles available at the Orlando Superstore, you will surely find the perfect pointe shoe for you or your dancer. Our Pointe Shoe fitters are dedicated to taking the time to ensure that you get the right shoe for your foot, but be prepared as first-time fittings can take time so it is recommended that you call ahead and make an appointment.

Criteria for Pointe Work

Here are some criteria for knowing if you are ready. If you are ready for pointe you should:

  • Be able to correctly hold turnout while dancing.
  • Have a straight, pulled-up back while dancing, especially the lower back.
  • Maintain correct placement (alignment) and stability (aplomb) on flat and in demi-pointe.
  • Keep the heels forward toward big toe (no sickling) while on demi-pointe.
  • Keep the weight evenly distributed over the balls of the feet.
  • Be able to do continuous relevés in center-work without losing one’s balance.
  • Be able to hold a passé balance on demi- pointe.
  • Execute piqué passé with a straight leg.
  • Possess flexible ankles so that the knee, instep, and toe are aligned when the foot is pointed.
  • Relevé on one leg while maintaining balance and pulling up in the legs.
  • Maintain proper technique while performing center combinations.
  • A firm understanding of intermediate ballet.

Checklist

Now that was a lot of information to take in. So here is a little checklist to make it a little easier.

  1. The student should be at least age 10-12 to begin pointe work.
  2. It is recommended that the student have at least two years of classical ballet training.
  3. It is recommended that the student is taking a minimum of three classes a week consistently.

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Moving to pointe is a huge step in any dancer’s career. The beauty and grace of a dancing en pointe is unsurpassed. You have to be ready though as it also places enormous strain on the feet and your body.

Because of this, we can’t stress enough how important it is for you to get the right shoe for you or your dancers’ feet.

Seek the expert help at DanceWear Corner and contact us today for assistance or to schedule your shoe fitting today.

 

*Information was provided by Capezio.

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