A chat with Artistic Director Caitlin Elledge of X Contemporary Dance Caitlin Elledge started X Contemporary Dance after struggling through her professional pursuits in ballet. The dance world tore her down but she got back up in a big way.
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.
Summer Intensive Prep 2019 Part II : Show up with Confidence + Get Noticed When you head off to intensive, whether it’s your first or your fifth, it’s a valuable time to make contacts for your future career aspirations. If
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
Staying Body Positive We’ve all been there – innocently warming up for class and a friend unleashes her hatred, onto herself. She’s looking in the mirror and starts to pick apart her body and appearance. She says her butt has
I started dancing when I was really young. I asked my mom to bring me to a dance studio when I was only three and since she noticed I enjoyed moving and listening to music, she looked for a dance school
Nutrition education: The Missing Gap in a Dancer’s Training by Leah Brandstetter, The Whole Dancer Intern Aspiring professional dancers go through a lot of training–technique classes, variations, pointe, pas de deux, conditioning, pilates, contemporary, private lessons/coaching, summer intensives…all to become
The Mental Preparation for Performance The time leading up to a performance is a critical opportunity to condition yourself for success. It’s surprising that more ballet companies and schools don’t focus more on the mental components of a good performance.