#WhyNotWednesday: Dance Like Everyone’s Watching

We’re currently in that odd frame of time where the holidays—and the relaxation time/return of our sanity—feel so close and yet so far away. Need some #WhyNotWednesday inspiration to put you over the hump this week? These three videos feature dancers giving their all with plenty of sass and nary a care in the world.

This kid is rocking the moves to AronChupa’s “I’m an Albatraoz” in what appears to be a department store, oblivious to passersby who seem stunned by his attention to detail. (Slay level: master.) Somebody get this kid in dance classes, if he’s not already!

Twelve-year-old Meg has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound, but that hasn’t stopped her from dancing—even with the added obstacle of 17 steps up to her dance studio. She eventually mastered the staircase, and now the studio is telling her story. Through dance, of course.

And these lil bits. These kids will be inspiration, post-holidays, to work off the treats I’ve been sampling (gorging myself on). Plus, anything that shows people dancing to Missy Elliott’s “WTF (Where They From)” is tops on my list.

Don't miss a single issue of Dance Teacher.

Teacher Voices
Getty Images

I often teach ballet over Zoom in the evenings, shortly after sunset. Without the natural light coming from my living room window, I drag a table lamp next to my portable barre so that the computer's camera can see me clearly enough. I prop the laptop on a chair taken from the kitchen and then spend the next few hours running back and forth between the computer screen of Zoom tiles and my makeshift dance floor.

Much of this setup is the result of my attempts to recreate the most important aspects of an in-person dance studio: I have a barre, a floor and as much space as I can reasonably give myself within a small apartment. I do not, however, have a mirror, and neither do most of my students.

Keep reading... Show less
Allie Burke, courtesy Lo Cascio

If you'd hear it on the radio, you won't hear it in Anthony Lo Cascio's tap classes.

"If I play a song that my kids know, I'm kind of disappointed in myself," he says. "I either want to be on the cutting edge or playing the classics."

He finds that most of today's trendy tracks lack the depth needed for tap, and that there's a disconnect between kids and popular music. "They have trouble finding the beat compared to older genres," he says.

Keep reading... Show less
Teachers Trending
Courtesy Lovely Leaps

After the birth of her daughter in 2018, engineer Lisa McCabe had reservations about returning to the workforce full-time. And while she wanted to stay home with the new baby, she wasn't ready to stop contributing financially to her family (after all, she'd had a successful career designing cables for government drones). So, when she got a call that September from an area preschool to lead its dance program, she saw an opportunity.

The invitation to teach wasn't completely out of the blue. McCabe had grown up dancing in Southern California and had a great reputation from serving as her church's dance teacher and team coach the previous three years (stopping only to take a break as a new mother). She agreed to teach ballet and jazz at the preschool on Fridays and from there created an age-appropriate class based on her own training in the Cecchetti and RAD methods. It was a success: In three months, class enrollment went from six to 24 students, and just one year later, McCabe's blossoming Lovely Leaps brand had contracts with eight preschools and three additional teachers.

Keep reading... Show less

Get Dance Business Weekly in your inbox

Sign Up Used in accordance with our Privacy Policy.