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.
Eric Coudron understands firsthand the hurdles competition dancers face when falling in love with ballet. Now the director of ballet at Prodigy Dance and Performing Arts Centre in Frisco, Texas, Coudron trained as a competition dancer when he was growing up. "It's such a structured form of dance that when they come back to it after all of the other styles they are training in, they don't feel at home at the barre," he says.
For an aspiring professional dancer, an unexpected injury can feel like a death sentence to a career that hasn't even started. The recovery process following an injury can be one of the most grueling and heartbreaking experiences a performer will ever face. In times like these, dance teachers have the power to boost or weaken a dancer's morale.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of do's and don'ts for talking to a seriously injured dancer.
Jacki Ford recently wrapped up the first year of her new studio, District Dance NYC, a new dance training program for kids ages 3–10 in the Financial District of Manhattan.
Starting a studio at any location in the country is a major undertaking, but taking it on in New York City contains a whole other level of complexity. We sat down with the former Rockette and Pace faculty member in commercial dance to get the inside scoop on how she's done it, and what her plans are for the future of DiDa NYC.
There are a lot of things to think about when creating your studio space—floors, waiting-room furniture, wall decor, stereos, lighting, and perhaps most overlooked, mirrors. Your dancers will spend most of their time staring at themselves in those bad boys, so you better be sure they're super-awesome!
But where to start? Most of us aren't mirror experts—we're dance experts!
Deep in the throes of "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 16, the euphoria of summertime and live shows is causing us to reflect on seasons past. While much has undergone change since the show's inception—movement trends, choreographers, dancers, judges and fashion—the positive impact it has on the trajectory of the winner's future remains as significant as ever. "This show has changed my life—it's changed me as a person," says Hannahlei Cabanilla, winner of Season 15.
We all know that we need to include agreements in our contracts that address tuition, billing and changing or dropping classes, but what about the nitty-gritty details you may not have considered? You don't want to get caught off-guard by a lawsuit or uncooperative parent simply because you didn't cover your bases.
To help you stay on top of things, here are three important things you should put in your studio contract.
The Rock School dancers attend class at The Rock School's Summer Ballet Intensive. Via Instagram
It's summer intensive season, people! Dancers go away to train for weeks at a time and come home having grown by leaps and bounds from all of the endless hours of focused attention with some of the nation's top talent.
Wanting to stay abreast of all of the fabulous summer programs going on this summer? Instagram is the way to do it! We've compiled a list of summer program handles for your perusal. It's certainly not comprehensive, but it's a start!
Enjoy your social-media deep-dive, ladies and gentlemen!
This Nationals season has been one for the books! Across the country, competitions have featured some of the most undeniable young talent out there, and we have been absolutely obsessed with the social-media frenzy that has ensued since.
Curious about what we're talking about? Don't worry—we've compiled some mind-blowing posts from different Nationals events around the country that will fill you in on what's making our jaws drop.