2: FEEL LIKE A SUPERSTAR AT EVERY SHOW WITH CUSTOM BACKGROUND SCREENS Showstopper doesn't just use LED background screens at Finals because every performance you have should feel special! NEW THIS SEASON, each Showstopper show will have brand new background screens (did sneak a peek at their 2018 Finals?). That means more backgrounds, better customization, higher quality screens, and better photos and videos!
3: PERFORMANCE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FOR ONLY $6.99… WHAT?! At Showstopper you can pre order your photos and videos during competitions for only $6.99! Showstopper's multi-camera shots leave you with incredible, professional videos that you will want to show everyone!
4: DON'T STRESS, THERE ARE NEVER ANY ADDITIONAL FEES With Showstopper, avoid paying for mandatory workshop classes that wear out your dancers before their big performance. Never pay for observation or admission at Showstopper's competitions!
5: THE BEST LOOKING TROPHIES ON YOUR SHELF A quality performance deserves a quality award, not cheap plates or plaques. Showstopper provides custom-built, crystal lined trophies that are unmatched in the dance industry. You will not want to let this trophy out of your sight!
6: AWARD CEREMONIES THAT ARE ON TIME Never feel like you're waiting around all day for an award ceremony, or sit there for an hour before you even hear your name. At Showstopper, awards ceremonies are strategically placed throughout the whole weekend. Dancers don't wait forever for their trophy and no one has to sit through hour long ceremonies. PLUS with performance playbacks, dancers feel extra special walking up to get their awards and seeing their hard work on the big screen!
7: TEACHERS SHOULD BE REWARDED FOR THEIR HARD WORK, TOO! Teachers and studio owners can relax and enjoy their teacher gift in Showstopper's Teacher Hospitality Suite, stocked with food and drinks to keep you going all weekend long! At some Showstopper Finals, teachers will even enjoy complimentary limo rides, messages, and party treats!
8: DANCE BY DAY, DISNEYLAND BY NIGHT Whether it be a theme park, waterpark, or beach paradise, Showstopper always picks the BEST venues possible at every location. Bring the whole family because you'll want to enjoy all the fun each place has to offer. PLUS through the Showstopper Travel Site, every location has exclusive discounted hotel rates. Staying at Disneyland has never been so affordable!
9: THE NEWEST, MOST FABULOUS, MOST AFFORDABLE MERCHANDISE Showstopper always has the best merchandise and for the lowest prices! Never spend more than $20 on any item! This season, make sure to leave room in your suitcase because Showstopper's merchandise is getting even more fabulous! PLUS program books are ONLY $10 and you receive a free copy of the latest issue of Showstopper Magazine!
10: A HELPING HAND WHENEVER YOU NEED IT The Showstopper faculty consists of an incredible group of people. We all know any experience can be shaped by the people you're experiencing it with. Show Specialists to Tech Crew, Showstopper's staff will be cheering along side you all weekend.
Expressions Dance Alliance president Liz Ladley addressing the company (Sabrina Thadani, courtesy Liz Ladley)
Do you dream of running your student dance company or becoming captain of your dance team? Are you a triple threat eager to direct your school's next musical? If you have big ideas and the drive to make them a reality—as well as a strong rapport with your fellow performers—you might be a good fit for a leadership role. But even the most dedicated dancers can stumble during the transition from peer to peer leader. Try these tips to make the most of your tenure at the top.
In today's dance world, versatility is key. It's not enough to be a master of one style—even when they specialize in one area, dancers are frequently asked to fuse multiple genres, or step out of their comfort zone for specific projects. With their wide variety of summer programs, Joffrey Ballet School aims to prepare dancers for the demands of a professional career. We asked five faculty members to share how they do this:
Right now, it seems like the entire world is equal parts obsessed with and thoroughly creeped out by Jordan Peele's Us, the horror film about devilish doppelgängers that's currently rated 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But while the normal human reaction to Us is to hide under the covers for approximately 17 years, "Step Up: High Water" superhero Kendra "K.O." Oyesanya's reaction was to make a totally bananas dance video.