All the World is a Stage

I would be perfectly content if life was a musical. If the girl in front of me at Starbucks suddenly broke out into a beautiful ballad about Taylor, the latte boy; I would be the first to throw in a nice low harmony. I realize that I may be in the minority when it comes to my affinity for all things musical. Most people are probably content confining their melodic outbursts to their showers. However, that doesn’t mean Mr. Shakespeare didn’t have a point when he mused that “all the world is a stage.” Now, I am willing to admit that he may have been making a deeper point about the masks that we wear to hide from the world, but allow me to borrow his famous words for a moment to make another po

Beyond Dance: If you cannot work with a team...you will not work.

The American Major League Baseball outfielder and manager Casey Stengel once said, “Gettin’ good players is easy; gettin’ ‘em to play together is the hard part.” We would all like to say that we get along with everyone on our team and support each other wholeheartedly, all the time. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case; building genuine teamwork is something that must be nurtured and learned. As dancers, we take so much time to perfect our craft, but do we ever invest the time, understanding, and thought it takes to excel in this craft with others? We are never hired for a professional gig on our own; we will always be dancing WITH someone… So, the skills required to be a successful te

Get Your Healthy On!

ATTENTION: It’s attack of the flu season and time to start taking precautions! As dancers it is easy for us to transmit the flu from one person to another because of the close proximity we are in for hours upon hours. At the studio students and teachers are touching the bars, sharing toilet seats, dancing on the floor in bare feet, partner stretching, etc… All these actions are examples of how a dancer can catch the flu or any other infection. Missing class or rehearsal is the last thing anyone wants to do, so here are some tips to avoid all the phlegm, snot, diarrhea and grossness. Wash your hands! Washing your hands with soap and water for 30 seconds (that’s about as long as the chorus fro

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