Looking for your next audition shoe? Shot at and in collaboration with Broadway Dance Center, Só Dança has launched a new collection of shoes working with some pretty famous faces of the musical theater world! Offered in two different styles and either 2.5" or 3" heels, top industry professionals are loving how versatile and supportive these shoes are! Pro tip: The heel is centered under the body so you can feel confident and stable!
Lindsay Arnold is hoping this is her season to win the Mirror Ball on "Dancing with the Stars," and we've gotta say—it really could be! With her gorgeous choreography and her partner Jordan Fisher's natural ability, we won't be surprised if they, "take the lead," so to speak.
On the road to this glamorous career, while training at VIBE dance studio in Lindon, Utah, Arnold had a mentor that she says paved the way for her future as a performer. Rick Robinson—who also trained Julianne and Derek Hough, Witney Carson and Mark Ballas—taught her the value of being versatile as a performer and to always maintain confidence.
"Rick constantly reminds me not to focus on pleasing other people. Which is hard because, as a dancer, I'm literally going to competitions to be judged. It can be really difficult to hear someone's critique of me, but he reminds me that my opinion is the only one that's important. If I'm happy with what I'm doing, then that's all that should matter. He gave me so much confidence in this industry that's so full of rejection."
Watch Arnold and Fisher compete Monday nights on "Dancing with the Stars."
This past weekend was a busy one for us at DT—we've been in Long Beach, California, attending our Dance Teacher Summit, which included honoring our DT Award winners Award winners (best acceptance speech of the decade goes, hands down, to the fabulous Joe Tremaine) and the Capezio A.C.E. Award champions on Saturday night. It was a big evening: The overall winner of the A.C.E. Awards goes home with $15,000 to use towards the production of a future show. Here's who scored the top three spots:
Istvan Cserven has his students practice their footwork independently before they partner up. Photo courtesy of Fred Astaire Dance Studio
As the director of dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Belmont, Massachusetts, Istvan Cserven organizes the biannual student showcases, prepares dancers for competition and trains new instructors. On top of all that, he teaches the upper-level technique classes. A former ballroom champion in Hungary, he is well-acquainted with both rhythm and smooth ballroom-dance styles.
Growing up at my old dance studio, I remember my tap teacher putting these scratchy old records on (yes, our studio still, somehow, had a record player, circa 2003) and giving us a barre for tap basics. A woman's voice would command us to execute flaps, shuffles, you name it—before commanding us to tap-soutenu in order to flip around to do the other side. New robotic socks that claim to be able to teach you ballroom basics tell me just how far removed we are from tap dance records, eh?
The socks were designed by two master's students at Saarland University in Germany, Pascal Ziegler and Maike Maas. Sensor pressures and vibration motors (!) guide your feet, via an app. A vibration felt in your heel, for example, means that you should step forward. When you make a mistake, the inventors note (somewhat mysteriously) that "negative feedback is provided." Also noted: "It is possible to dance in the socks for several minutes without making a mistake."
Whether you consider "Dance Moms" a guilty pleasure or a legitimate depiction of competitive studio life (or maybe you just don't consider it at all, these days), you're definitely aware that change is brewing for the Lifetime TV show. Abby Miller (DT, October 2012) just announced she's leaving the show after seven seasons and under less-than-ideal circumstances (bankruptcy fraud claims, feuds with producers). And it appears that "Dancing with the Stars" ballroom performer Cheryl Burke (DT, October 2009) will be taking the helm—at least according to Burke's latest Instagram posts: