Haley Hilton graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in News Media. She is from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Haley taught at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio for four years, and has danced professionally with Odyssey Dance Theater. She interned for Dance Spirit summer of 2017. Haley covers the What my Teacher taught me, Chatroom, Face to Face, Teachers' Tools, Technology, List and Recommended beats. Haley also edits Ask the Experts and Ask Deb.
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!
The decision to go to college is often difficult for aspiring professional dancers to make, but for Zoey Anderson, attending Marymount Manhattan College made all the difference in achieving her goals. Aside from the great education that she says honed her technique and refined her artistry, Anderson was able to meet MMC Dance Department chair, Katie Langan, who was instrumental in helping her book her first post-college job with Parsons Dance.
"I worked my whole life to be a dancer," says Matt Dorame Warner, co-director of Creative Arts Academy's Touring Company in Bountiful, Utah. "I danced more hours than a lot of kids did anything else. So now as a teacher, I expect the same amount of professionalism and respect for dance from my students."
As a dance teacher, on any given day of the week you've probably taught about a million ballet classes, your feet hurt and you need a little laughter to get you through the rest of your week. We've got just the thing!
Every Friday, one of our favorite Instagram accounts, @biscuitballerina, shares some of the best stage falls of all time from dancers around the world—it's amazing! To keep you on your toes, we've curated all of Biscuit Ballerina's best #FallingFriday posts because, let's be honest: You need it, and you need it right now.
Give them a watch and prepare to laugh 'til you cry!
We've all been there—standing in front of a sea of eager students, ready to create the next eight counts on them, when our brains decide to shut down. All the creativity we've been cultivating in preparation for this choreography session has disappeared, and we are left completely blocked. YIKES! What do we do?? Have the kids take a water break? Review the chorus 20 more times? Cry?
NO! We take a step back. We recharge. We glean inspiration from our previous work. For an extra creative boost, we've curated dance videos that are sure bring you back to a place where you can do your best work on your students. Enjoy!
Kids say the darnedest things, and if you're a dance teacher, you are privy to some of their best material. We asked around to find some of the most hilariously unfiltered comments made by students in dance classes this year, and shared them here for your entertainment. You're VERY welcome.
Be sure to tell us your best "Overheard at the Dance Studio" moments over on our Facebook page. We want to hear ALL about them! Enjoy!