When choreographer Cristian Faxola learned he had two days to create, develop and shoot a music video as an audition to choreograph for The Squared Division production house, he and his team embraced the challenge.
During tap dance's waning popularity from the 1970s to the 1990s, Gregory Oliver Hines kept it alive with his show-stopping performances on Broadway, television and in film. A triple threat, Hines was best known for his sensational tap skills—namely his natural rhythm, creativity, elegance and speed. Throughout his career, Hines served as a tireless advocate for tap and mentor to dozens of today's most notable hoofers.
Kyle Van Newkirk is a tap dancer you probably remember from the premiere season of NBC's World of Dance. In case you missed it, he is also one of Showstopper's incredible convention teachers. What makes Kyle stand apart from some of today's other incredible tappers? He isn't afraid to change what tap means to his audience and even himself. This modern view of tap dancing is important because it shows us that tap dancers are just as versatile and dynamic as dancers of any other genre. We sat down with Kyle to get his advice on bringing tap dancing into the 21st century.
"When we come together and start talking, everyone starts sharing so much and it's just great. That's my favorite thing to do all year long." – Denise Wall, Dance Teacher Summit Ambassador
For years the Dance Teacher Summit has been offering opportunities for studio owners and dance instructors of all levels to work with world-renowned faculty members to improve their teaching methods, learn new styles of choreography and discover ideal ways to convey choreography to students.
The Royal Wedding was EVERYTHING this weekend, and we still can't get over it. We haven't stopped checking Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for recaps and commentary on the dress, preacher and Oprah, since 7 am Saturday morning. (Who are we kidding—we've been wedding-obsessed since November 😍.)
But, now that we're back to work and deep in the throes of our day-to-day lives, the withdrawals are just too real. WE MISS THE LOVE!
To help all of us recover in the only way we know how, we're providing you with five love-centric dance videos that are sure to fill the lavish, Royal Wedding–sized void in your hearts.
Purchasing a Harlequin floor is now easier than ever!
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Who says you need fancy equipment to make a festival-worthy dance film? Right now, two New York City–based dance film festivals are calling for aspiring filmmakers to show their stuff—and you don't need anything more cumbersome than a smartphone to get in on the action.
Here's everything you need to know about how to submit:
I'm an adult and just started taking ballet classes for the first time in my life, and I'm having trouble keeping my balance. I've never really paid attention to my balance in the past, but I always seem to fall over when the teacher has me hold relevé in any position. Do you have any tips or suggestions?