Whether at a competition or on a recent episode of "So You Think You Can Dance," you're highly likely to see a tilt (or 13) pop up somewhere onstage. Or as one Dance Teacher commenter referred to it on Facebook, the "Look, Ma, you can see my uterus" pose. Regardless of the visual aesthetic, if not taught correctly, the trick can promote hip problems and injuries.
DT asked its Facebook followers to give their opinions of the ever popular, yet controversial step. Here are the standout comments, including a safe way to teach to your students.
This sequence takes dancers through several foundational poses of the Giordano jazz technique. These positions aren't stagnant—they flow together with continuous energy. Nan Giordano stresses that the dancer's powerful gaze is quintessential to authentic technique. "That's my dad's look—the Giordano eyes," she says. "All the intensity comes through the eyes, focusing and imagining, but not seeing anything."
It may be difficult to believe, now that Marko Germar is a "So You Think You Can Dance" favorite, but the beloved all-star almost didn't make the show. He was cut twice during the preliminary Vegas week in Seasons 5 and 7. But he ultimately gave the opportunity one last shot—and clinched the top 20 in 2011. Now, eight years after his first audition for the show, Germar went on tour as a dance captain with this season's top 10. Here, he talks to DT about how he fought to become one of the most popular artists in the show's history.
Two competition routines are equal in technical proficiency, artistry and choreography. One consists of all girls, the other includes a boy. Guess which takes home first prize?
If you guessed the one with the boy, you may be privy to an unspoken and much-debated phenomenon in the competition dance world: The Boy Factor. According to The Boy Factor, a competitive piece is more likely to win if there's a boy in it.
Every true dancer knows just how valuable a perfectly arched foot that curves effortlessly from the ankle to the end of the toes is to a performance. In fact, it's so important, it seems we've all taken an unofficial pact to spend inordinate amounts of time stretching our feet with ominous looking contraptions that cause us severe pain. We are completely crazy! With good reason, but crazy, nonetheless.
In order to keep us all inspired to stretch our toes until they are drool-worthy, DT compiled a list of five dancers whose feet we have a very real crush on. Honestly, these guys should get their toes insured! Truly, they are perfect.
Check 'em out!