Madi Hicks in Jeff Edwards' ballet class at Juilliard (Kenneth Edwards)
Here's a five point friendly reminder to be a stellar student! Give it a read, and apply it to your classes this coming week!
1. Don't look at the clock.
It's rude. Don't do it.
When you look at the clock, you're communicating to the teacher that you're tired of class and ready for it to be over. Even if that isn't how you are feeling, that's how it translates. Stay engaged the whole class. Trust that the teacher will let you out when it's time for you to move on to your next rehearsal.
2. Don't chew gum in class.
You'll choke. Plus, you'll just look ridiculous!
Imagine the most gorgeous contact improv session you can possibly imagine, and then suddenly the beauty of the moment is broken because one partner's jaw is moving up and down on a stale piece of Extra.
No. Just no.
Please observe Cindy Salgado and Jermaine Spivey as they successfully demonstrate how to do contact improv without chewing gum at the same time. It's lovely. 👇 (via Cindy Salgado's Facebook)
3. Don't fold your arms.
Don't be a sassy pants. Nobody likes a sassy pants.
Dance is all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. So go out of your way to show your teacher some! Stand with your arms by your side or behind your back when you aren't dancing. Folded arms demonstrate attitude, and there's no room for attitude in the dance studio!
4. Don't disrupt class by talking to other students
Please. Please. Please.
Your teachers are exhausted from telling you to stop talking over and over. The line, "Exercise your legs not your mouths," gets old for them too.
I know I know I know. You love your dance friends, and you have sooooo much to tell them but. . .
SAVE IT FOR LATER! Each class deserves your undivided attention.
For guidance on how to stay focussed in class, please observe the dancers in this Teddy Forance class. We can't take our eyes off of them because they are just SO gosh. darn. present.
If you see someone do something brilliant in class, tell them! If you love your teacher's choreography, express that! Class shouldn't be a space filled with negative energy. Communicate the moments that you're genuinely inspired by others. You'll make everyone's day brighter, and that positivity will come back around to you!
Example: If you see someone look like this👇 in class, you should definitely tell them they are stupid good.
Miriam Miller (Lucas Chilczuck)
Apply these dance class etiquette "Do's and Don'ts" this week! You'll kill it!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Imagine attending American Ballet Theatre's prestigious NYC summer intensive, training among classical ballet legends. Imagine taking the stage at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals, competing against some of the country's best contemporary dancers. Now, imagine doing both—at the same time.
Welcome to Madison Brown's world. This summer, she's in her third year as a National Training Scholar with ABT, while also competing for NYCDA's Teen Outstanding Dancer title. (She's already won Outstanding Dancer in the Mini and Junior categories.) The logistics are complicated—ABT's five-week intensive overlaps with the weeklong NYCDA Nationals, which translates to a lot of cabs back and forth across Manhattan—but Maddie is committed to making the most of each opportunity. "I love contemporary and ballet equally," she says. "While I'm able to do both, I want to do as much as I can."
Maddie has an expressive face, endless extensions, and a quiet command of the stage. She dances with remarkable maturity—a trait noted by none other than Jennifer Lopez, one of the judges on NBC's "World of Dance," on which Maddie competed in Season 2. Although Maddie didn't take home the show's top prize, she was proud to be the youngest remaining soloist when she was eliminated, and saw the whole experience as an opportunity to grow. After all, she's just getting started. Oh, that's right—did we mention Maddie's only 14?
Corbin Bleu in rehearsal for "Kiss Me, Kate" (Jenny Anderson, courtesy Roundabout Theatre Company)
If you're a hardcore Broadway baby, today is the worst Sunday of the year. Why, you ask? The Tony Awards were last Sunday, so basically there's nothing to look forward to in life anymore—no James Corden being James Corden, no teary acceptance speeches from newly minted stars, no thrilling excerpts from the hottest new shows. Oh yeah, and there are 50 more Sundays to go before our humdrum lives are once again blessed with the next annual iteration of Broadway's biggest night.