After baby me spent several months glued to the window at my older sister's dance classes, my mom finally decided to let me join in, and I've been hooked on dance ever since. I grew up a classic #compkid, performing and competing with my dance team throughout Florida and spending my summers training at Broadway Dance Center, where I fell in love with all things NYC. So I was ecstatic to move to the Big Apple, first to study dance and journalism at Marymount Manhattan College, and then to train full-time in BDC's Professional Semester program. Now, it's a dream come true to be writing about my #1 passion—and even cooler to be working for the magazine I grew up reading!
Take another bow, comp kids: Nationals 2019 was INCREDIBLE. From jaw-dropping solos to showstopping production numbers, you guys brought nothing less than your A-game to every number—and it showed. Before visions of next season start dancing in your heads, let's reflect on some of the top trends of this past summer's Nationals.
YouTubers and Arnold sister stans, take note: One of our favorite powerhouse dancing families is starting its own YouTube channel! And considering that the Arnolds have gathered over nine thousand subscribers in just five days, it seems like we're not the only ones who've been dreaming of this moment.
Tucked into an almost two-hour Apple announcement video is pure dance gold: a promo for the newest version of the Apple Watch featuring none other than the trailblazing jack-of-all-styles herself, Emma Portner.
Dancers breaking world records before they've even had their morning coffee? Shouldn't surprise you, considering our next-level enthusiasm for absolutely anything that has to do with dance. And that's exactly the feat 300+ dancers—myself included!—achieved this morning on the streets of NYC.
For the longest time, dancers were expected to be thin above all. Well-meaning dance teachers used to warn against dancers "getting too bulky." A "serious" dancer wouldn't dream of partaking in any other kind of sport or physical activity—let alone (gasp!) weightlifting.
What do Power Rangers, ballroom champions, and giant lobster goggles have in common? They all happen to be topics of discussion on the dance world's latest and greatest dive into podcasting, "The Dance Room."
Whether it's your very first dance convention or you're a seasoned weekend warrior, you're undoubtedly hoping to catch the eyes of your favorite teachers, and dreaming of getting pulled onstage to demonstrate a combo. With hundreds of other talented dancers in the room, however, it's easy to feel (and actually get) lost in the crowd. We asked three veteran teachers on the convention circuit for tips on how to best grab their attention.
The Enneagram, a set of nine basic personality types, is a pretty hot topic these days. There are tons of different tests you can take to find out your Enneagram number—but what do your results mean in dance terms? We've broken down the 9 Enneagram types into dancer categories you can definitely relate to.
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Dreams, drama, and capital-D DANCE: The brand-new High Strung Free Dance trailer just dropped, and it is chock-full of everything we love.
While dancers tend to spend every waking moment inside the studio, one of the best things about dance is that you can bust out your killer moves pretty much anywhere. So why not get creative with your choice of scenery—especially since it just might spark more creativity in your dancing?
See how many of these out-of-the-box improv spots you can check off your bucket list. All the world's your stage!
Grab your dancing shoes and put on those thinking caps—the dance video we've been waiting for is here!
American Dance Movement (formerly known as Dizzy Feet) just released this year's Official National Dance Day (NDD) routine, and it has us feeling electric.
The routine is choreographed by none other than Matt Steffanina (who's casually the most-followed dancer in the world, thanks to his 10 million YouTube subscribers), and set to the high-energy Dua Lipa/Silk City collab "Electricity."
As a dedicated dancer, you're probably pretty proud of the number of hours you spend in the studio. You may even feel guilty whenever you divert from your normal non-stop routine. But time spent outside the studio can actually be super beneficial for your dancing.
Here are seven non-dance activities that can help you become a better dancer.
You've clocked in hours of practice, rounded up every single bobby pin you could find, and told friends "I can't, I have dance" so many times you might as well write it on your forehead. But the summer sacrifices are worth it, because you've finally arrived: This. Is. Nationals.
To get you even more hyped, we've rounded up the top six best things about the magical celebration that is #NationalsWeek.