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So Danca Launches Stunning Colaboration with NYCB Principle Ballerina Sara Mearns

New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns teams up with worldwide dancewear manufacturer So Danca to release a line of edgy yet beautiful dancewear that every dancer is sure to love.

Named as the “Great American ballerina of the era” by Alastair Macaulay of the The New York Times, Mearns has spent nearly all of her time in a leotard since she first walked into a dance class at the age of three in South Carolina. Now as a Principal Dancer for New York City Ballet she knows how a well fitting leotard can boast a dancer’s confidence. It is because of this that she has the ability to identify quality dancewear and put forth exceptional designs in her collection with So Danca.

Known to some as a rockstar Ballerina, she wanted her collection to reflect this, but she also wanted the line to remain classic and show off the dancers form. This is why she choose the materials that she did as well as the design. The collection is called SMxSD for short and will be available in stores come January 2018. The collection includes 13 pieces all together of leotards, tops, leggings, and a romper. Even though the collection releases in January you can still preorder the whole line through Dancewear Corner by clicking here.

In an article from Informa, Sara Mearns talks about her vision of the line, how it was working with the team at So Danca, her photoshoot and commercial experience, what inspired some of the pieces and which pieces from the line are her favorite.

Here are just a few excerpts from the Informa article, but you can read the whole article by clicking here.

“Mearns says, ‘I think it’s very hard to get the fit of a leotard just right, and Só Dança has done that. The leg lines, and then how
it fits snug in all places, is amazing! I feel I am able to wear many different styles and still feel confident when I don’t have anything else on to cover up.’

She continues, “An exceptional leotard or dancewear line makes the dancer look the best they can and allows the dancer to be confident and dance their best. When I feel pretty in my outfit, I always dance better.’”

“‘We wanted to create something that the maker hadn’t seen before,’ Mearns shares. ‘The Só Dança designers in Brazil had this beautiful scalloped lace they had come up with, and we wanted to find a way to incorporate it in a fashionable way. We didn’t want to overload this first collection with too many ideas. I wanted it to be sleek but edgy. People have described me as a rockstar ballerina, so I wanted to somehow translate that but not go overboard. There is much more to come with that, so this is just a taste.’”

“‘I was so nervous the first time I put it on. I was in the bathroom by myself, and you just never know until you see it in the mirror for the first time. I am very hard on myself and very judgmental about my looks, but when I saw the leotards on me, I started getting emotional. I felt beautiful in them. I knew this would be a dream collaboration, but seeing my looks on myself for the first time really cemented it. It’s like the leotards came to life and made me want to dance!’”

“More than anything, though, Mearns is delighted to see how her collection can help young girls and women feel their best and confident.”

Sara Mearn continues to break boundaries and through her line she courageous dancers to be confident and feel beautiful and we can’t wait for her line to hit the stores.

 

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.

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