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10 Gift Ideas For Dance Teachers

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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 ten gift ideas that we think your dance teacher will love.

1. 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.

2. Candles

Candles can make a wonderful gift for any teacher this holiday season. They come in so many different scents and there is just something about lighting a candle and feeling the warmth coming from it that can really make a person feel nice and cozy for the holiday season.

 

3. Little Dance Related Things

You can also opt for getting a bunch of little items for your teacher as well. A cute little pointe shoe keychain or a button is the perfect little gift that will put a smile on your teacher’s face. This is an especially great gift for a young dancer to give their teacher because they will have fun picking out the little trinkets for their teacher.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

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6. 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.

 

7. 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.

 

 

 

8. 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.

 

 

 

9. 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.

10. 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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Happy Holidays!

What To Wear To An Audition

Much like when we talked about what to wear for a convention. It is important to feel confident in whatever you choose to wear.  However, that being said it is also important to adhere to the auditions dress code. If it is clearly stated that dancers must wear black leotards and pink tights that means that you should show up wearing a black leotard and pink tights, not a purple leotard and black tights or a bra top and legging.

Wear Something You Love

Even if the audition calls for a plain black leotard, wear the one that makes you the happiest in. This will shine through in your performance and help you exude confidence even if you are nerves. If the casting call does not give a specific dress code still opt for something that you love and have worn before. You may have loved the cut out on that leotard in the store, but before you head to an audition make sure they look and feel good while you dance.

 

 

Color Is Great But Keep It Consistent

Some colors just look better on some people. If you look best in teal, or burgundy, or sky blue, wear that color. What you don’t want to do is show up in all three. You want to be known as the dancer in the burgundy leotard not the dancer in the burgundy leotard and odd teal and sky blue skirt. Pick one color that you love on yourself and stick with that color.

 

Become The Character

Keep in mind what role you are auditioning for and stay in that character throughout the audition. If you want to be Clara for the Nutcracker get into character with a white leotard and flowy skirt. If you are auditioning to be Anita in West Side Story get sassy with some heels a red leotard and full skirt. You will have no chance of landing these roles if you dress to blend in.

 

Finish The Look

Whether you are at a Ballet audition or one for theater it is important to look polished and be prepared. In Ballet auditions it is especially important to have your hair neatly pulled back and hairspray into a bun. There should be no wild wisps of hair sticking out. Even in other auditions make sure your appearance is tidy. You don’t want to hit anyone with a runaway bracelet.

 

Don’t Forget The Shoes… Unless You’re Auditioning For Cinderella

But not even then. Bring every pair of shoes you can think of. You never know what a casting agent will ask you to do and you need to be prepared for everything. This means that you should pack ballet shoes, tap shoes, jazz shoe, heels, character shoes, bring it all. Then double check to make sure that you have everything.

 

The most important thing to wear for an audition is a good attitude. For more advice check out Kathryn Morgan’s video Audition Advice for Dancers.

 

Ten Great Gift Ideas for Your Dancer

So you have a dancer and the season of gifting is approaching… and you have absolutely no idea what to get them do you?  

Well here is a list of 10 gifts that every dancer will love to see under the tree this holiday season.

 

1 SoDanca’s Pointe Shoe Covers

These cute pointe shoes covers come in so many different colors and designs that your dancer will be sure to love. They work to help keep the pointe shoe in good condition when warming up or backstage, but really they are just the coolest gift to give your dancer.

2 New Shoes

This one may sound weird, but trust me every dancer wears their shoes way past dead without telling anyone until their toes are literally popping out of the top. Trust me  I’ve seen it happen. New shoes are sure to be a great hit and if they are ready for pointe shoes a surprise trip to Dancewear Corner for a fitting might be a good idea.

3 Gaynor Minden Flexibility Band

This is a must for any dancer wanting to increase their flexibility. I mean what dancer isn’t wanting to increase their flexibility, am I right? This can be used on the floor to get that perfect straddle split or while standing to perfect that needle split.

4 New Dancewear

You can never go wrong with new dancewear. Whether your dancer loves leotards or bra tops and shorts they have probably worn the same items of clothing for multiple dance classes in a row. So some new clothes aren’t a want… they’re a necessity.

 

5 I- Flex Jr.

This is similar to the Gaynor Minden Flexibility band, except that it attaches to a closed door and works using a pulley system. However, this can only be used while standing or on a chair, but it allows that dance to control the leg that is being stretched a little better than the Gaynor Minden Flexibility band. 

6 Make Up

Every dancer needs makeup for the stage and to just play around with. So a little pallet would make for a get stocking stuffer no matter the age of the dancer.

7 The Hairpin Pal

This one is a no-brainer. There is one thing that every dancer needs and can never have enough of and that is bobby pins. Ask any dancer and they will tell you that as soon as they open a pack of bobby pins in two seconds they will have three left.

You don’t know where the bobby pins disappeared to, but you do know that you need to get more before the next class. Enter the Hairpin pal, this keeps all the bobby pins together in one place because it’s magnetic and not to mention it comes in two beautiful colors.    

 

 

8 Water bottle

What dancer doesn’t need a water bottle to get them through dance class? Plus there are so many cute dance-themed water bottles that they are sure to love. With that in mind, a plain one just won’t do.

 

9 Dance Accessories

Now I know what you are thinking “dance accessories is a pretty broad topic” and your right, but there are two dance accessories that would make a great gift to any dancer and they are the Dance Apothecary Set and the Dancers problem kit. These two products are great for the dancer to use after class for recovery. So it may seem weird but after your dance uses it they will love it and the dance apothecary set smells amazing.

10 DancersHaul Subscription

You can’t go wrong with this last gift idea. Getting your dancer a subscription to DancersHaul takes all the stress off your shoulders. You just put in your dancers’ style and sizes then sit back and wait for it to come to your house. There are different subscription boxes you can get so click here to check it out.

 

 

 

I hope this list of gift ideas helped you think about what to get your dancer. Click here to start shopping for the perfect gift and make sure to tag @DanceWearCorner with pictures on Christmas if it did.

What Should I Wear To A Dance Convention

Dance conventions can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. They’re a great place to meet and connect with choreographers and other inspiring dancers. These connections are extremely important because one day you could find yourself working with a choreographer that you met at a convention. So you will want to make a good first impression to everyone in attendance as well as stand out from the crowd. That’s where your outfit choice comes in.

Bra Tops

It can get pretty hot in a room full of dancers all vying for there own space to dance. That’s why a fun and comfortable bra top is a good starting place for your outfit-of-the-day. Something brightly colored can catch the choreographer’s eye, then all you have to do is let your personality shine. But no matter the color you pick, the most important thing is that you feel great in your clothes. So whether that is a black bra top or a yellow one, you can feel free to dance your heart out. If you need any inspiration for what bra tops to wear you can click here.  

 

 

Boy Shorts

Boy shorts can also be a great way to combat the heat of the room as well as show off your personality. A plain top and brightly colored shorts can just as easily bring attention your way as a matching top and bottom can. It’s all about showing off your lines and showing off your confidence.  For some boy shorts click here

Leggings

Let’s say that you don’t want to show that much skin. That’s okay too! A great pair of legging can go a long way in terms of comfort. Let your personality shine through everything you wear and you’re sure to make a great impression to everyone you meet. You can find leggings and dance pants here

 

Shoes  

Let’s not forget your feet here. What you put on your feet is very important in a convention. Usually, the classes are on a carpet so please whatever you do don’t dance barefoot. Some people will just wear socks, but jazz shoes are a good alternative. The footwear will depend on the class you are taking, so plan ahead and make sure you have all the shoes you need for all the classes. That means pack your tap shoes, jazz shoes, hip-hop shoe… you know what just to be on the safe side, pack all the shoes.

Bags

Now, this isn’t part of your outfit but it is important. You need something to keep your shoes, hairpins, coverups, water bottle, and other accessories that you brought all together. Too many times things are lost or left behind because they fell out of a bag. So make sure that whatever bag you bring is big enough for all your things. If you don’t have a bag click here to find some. 

 

More important than what you choose to wear is continuing to wear it throughout the day. If you choose to wear a blue tank top keep the tank top on, even if it gets hot. Choreographers end up associating the dancer with what they are wearing so if you take away the tank top, the Choreographers will likely forget what they thought of your dancing because they didn’t see Blue Tank Top after the water break. Overall no matter what you wear, wear it with confidence, a smile, and let your dancing do the rest.   

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