Jazz Up Your Dance Routine With a Theme!

Choosing a dance routine theme shouldn't be a daunting task. With affordable, already designed costumes from Just For Kix, the process is as easy as 5, 6, 7, 8!

Just For Kix has created many costume lines that are perfect for a themed dance. Whether it be a fully themed recital or only a themed dance production, Just For Kix has a costume for you and your studio.


The new Just For Kix catalog offers themed costumes such as Robot, Pop Art, Toy Soldier and many more! They have also designed costumes using the same color palette and pattern, making it perfect for large production routines. These lines include biketards, unitards, leotards and two pieces costumes.

Just For Kix also offers the ability to customize some of their costumes. For example, you could purchase the Eight Count Biketard and personalize it with your school name. This piece could double as a costume for football routines and competition routines.

Just For Kix costumes are comfortable, unique and cost effective. They provide fast shipping to ensure you are receiving your costumes before the big recital! For more beautiful costumes, sign up at our sister company, Alexandra Costumes.


Request a catalog today for a chance to win dance shoes and apparel. To shop the unique dancewear and costumes, head to www.justforkix.com.

For Parents

Darrell Grand Moultrie teaches at a past Jacob's Pillow summer intensive. Photo Christopher Duggan, courtesy Jacob's Pillow

In the past 10 months, we've grown accustomed to helping our dancers navigate virtual school, classes and performances. And while brighter, more in-person days may be around the corner—or at least on the horizon—parents may be facing yet another hurdle to help our dancers through: virtual summer-intensive auditions.

In 2020, we learned that there are some unique advantages of virtual summer programs: the lack of travel (and therefore the reduced cost) and the increased access to classes led by top artists and teachers among them. And while summer 2021 may end up looking more familiar with in-person intensives, audition season will likely remain remote and over Zoom.

Of course, summer 2021 may not be back to in-person, and that uncertainty can be a hard pill to swallow. Here, Kate Linsley, a mom and academy principal of Nashville Ballet, as well as "J.R." Glover, The Dan & Carole Burack Director of The School at Jacob's Pillow, share their advice for this complicated process.

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Teachers Trending

From left: Anthony Crickmay, Courtesy Dance Theatre of Harlem Archives; Courtesy Ballethnic

It is the urgency of going in a week or two before opening night that Lydia Abarca Mitchell loves most about coaching. But in her role as Ballethnic Dance Company's rehearsal director, she's not just getting the troupe ready for the stage. Abarca Mitchell—no relation to Arthur Mitchell—was Mitchell's first prima ballerina when he founded Dance Theatre of Harlem with Karel Shook; through her coaching, Abarca Mitchell works to pass her mentor's legacy to the next generation.

"She has the same sensibility" as Arthur Mitchell, says Ballethnic co-artistic director Nena Gilreath. "She's very direct, all about the mission and the excellence, but very caring."

Ballethnic is based in East Point, a suburban city bordering Atlanta. In a metropolitan area with a history of racism and where funding is hard-won, it is crucial for the Black-led ballet company to present polished, professional productions. "Ms. Lydia" provides the "hard last eye" before the curtain opens in front of an audience.

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Higher Ed
Courtesy Benny Simon

It's safe to say that the 2020 fall semester was a learning experience for college dance departments and students alike.

While Zoom and socially distanced dancing had their obvious frustrations, professors met many of them with creative solutions that not only served as satisfactory replacements for "normal" learning, but also gave students valuable new perspectives that will last beyond the pandemic.

Dance Teacher rounded up four of our favorite examples:

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