Their approval should not be the goal Recently I came across a post by a dancer who talked about all the “father figures” she came across in dance and her desire to please them and gain their love and approval.
Healthy Dancer Summer Feature Chamonix Bas Where do you dance? Share a bit about your journey in dance. My journey in dance has been somewhat unconventional. I grew up doing competitive swimming, but unfortunately I quit when I was
Jess Spinner (JS): What’s your background in dance? Dawn Smith-Theodor (DS-T) : My mom had a dancing school in Ohio so I danced before I was born. I moved to New York and danced for Henry Letang who at the
If you’ve ever danced Swan Lake, you know that the entire ballet is quite an undertaking. There are very few parts that don’t require a ton of stamina and energy. Swan Lake requires you to really fuel yourself well and
Dealing with Casting At just about every level, dancers experience the doubt and insecurity that comes with casting decisions by artistic staff. I remember back all the way to my first experience with casting in the Nutcracker at age 12.
Naturally Sassy Sassy Gregson-Williams is a former Professional Ballet Dancer turned fitness and wellness guru. Her recipes and workout programs are available on her site Naturally Sassy where she shares her philosophy about food: “The Naturally Sassy philosophy is all
This interview features Butler University Dance Graduate, Julianne Blunt. Julianne is in a time of transition moving from college to her first professional job with the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company. We discussed how she maintains balance and what makes her
To kick off The Whole Dancer “Summer Inspiration Series” here are some insights from professional dancer Jeanette Kakareka of English National Ballet. We asked Jeanette to share what makes her a “Whole Dancer” and her path to that place. Here’s
Standing Tall When Dance Pushes You Down by Stacy West Have you ever had a teacher or choreographer who said or did something that made you feel bad about yourself or your dancing? If you are a serious dancer the
I remember hearing this Nureyev quote, “Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.” Now, I’m not going to disagree with Nureyev but I think when it comes to auditions – especially for professional company