Most people enjoy dancing in one form or another, whether it is on a fun night out with friends or just dancing away in the privacy of your own home. However, if you are interested in taking up a new activity and developing your dancing abilities at the same time, then you should consider joining some sort of dance class. There is a huge range of hobbies and activities you could choose to try, most of which will be beneficial for you in some way. Taking up a sport will usually increase your physical fitness. Going to an art class ... Read More »
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Most people enjoy dancing in one form or another, whether it is on a fun night out with friends or j...
Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc Vanier U...
Monica Bill Barnes’ music choices help pull out the individual. Monica Bill Barnes’ work is sure to ...
You’ve probably seen Jordan Matter’s photos circulating on Facebook and Pinterest. The New York–base...
Accentuate your beginning tap lessons with Tap Dance Flash Cards. Whether you use them to introduce ...
Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link by Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Luc Vanier University of Illinois Press, 2011 179 pages In a Nutshell: A comprehensive guide to the Alexander Technique, with movement explorations and an accompanying DVD. Not just for modern dancers, Alexander Technique promotes an easy mobility in the joints and creates more holistic dancing, so it can greatly enhance your students’ ballet, jazz and hip-hop training, as well. Written by two Alexander instructors and dance professors with very different backgrounds (Nettl-Fiol focuses on modern at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Vanier focuses on ballet at ... Read More »
Monica Bill Barnes’ music choices help pull out the individual. Monica Bill Barnes’ work is sure to make any audience chuckle, but she doesn’t always intend to be the comedian of modern dance. “Ironically, things I find tragic, other people find funny,” says the New York City–based choreographer. “I think it’s the sincerity and genuine effort behind the material that people react to. Audiences identify with us as people instead of admire us as dancers.” It’s true that you can’t help but feel as if you’re watching old friends when Bill Barnes and her three dancers take the stage. They ... Read More »
You’ve probably seen Jordan Matter’s photos circulating on Facebook and Pinterest. The New York–based photographer has made a name for himself with eye-catching images of dancers doing typically ordinary things in amazing, dancerly ways, like playing Frisbee, snapping photos or mopping the floor. Now you can own Dancers Among Us in the form of a lovely coffee table book! Perhaps a gift for your parent volunteers? Or maybe just a reward to yourself for making in through another “Nutcracker” season. And when your guests flip through it and point, awestruck, to an image of someone penché-ing on a floating boogie ... Read More »
Accentuate your beginning tap lessons with Tap Dance Flash Cards. Whether you use them to introduce new steps or to play games at the end of class, young students will love reading the names aloud and practicing the corresponding steps. Cards display the step name on the front, and the other side includes an illustration, a basic description and the number of sounds the step makes. There are 23 steps of varying skill level, including a brush, shuffle, riff, paradiddle and a cramp roll. And at almost 4″ x 11″, the bright cards are easily read from a distance. Read More »
Train The Brain to Listen to the Heart – but how…. How do we train the heart to take good care of our head? By Tammy Williams (Founder of Yoga NRG) “If you want to change the psychology, you need to alter the physiology first” Every little part of the body we let lay dormant (by not moving it or accessing it) is a part of love that we cut ourselves off from feeling. Yoga & Mindfulness is about ‘moving’ what we need to in order to Live with Heart. Consider how the author Will Johnson interprets Rumis perspective on ... Read More »
Exciting news for the Mollymook Beach Physie and Dance Club, 2012 is the beginning of a new and innovative year. Mollymook will be adopting a new form of physie and dance with the Australian Physie and Dance Association (APDA). It is a national curriculum which incorporates modern dance, ballet, lyrical, stretch and strengthening exercises. It promises to express creativity through an interpretation of movement to modern music. APDA has vision moving forward into the 21st Century, it offers strength and harmony with an electric vibe. The creative team consists of choreographers who are well trained in the dance and physie ... Read More »
Parkour We are aware that there is an increasing interest in using Parkour as a stimulus for dance lessons/activities. However, whilst this can be perfectly safe, there are a number of considerations which should be taken into account. The Association for Physical Education (afPE) has prepared downloadable guidance for teachers regarding Parkour Related Activities which NDTA endorses. Cheerleading An increasing number of schools are offering pupils the opportunity to participate in cheerleading. The growth, all under the umbrella of ‘Cheerleading’, has been driven by the basic dance elements required in the disciplines of Pom Dance, Street Cheer and Cheer Dance ... Read More »
In a number of educational establishments where dance studios have been built, the dance teacher has found her/himself without sufficient specific knowledge or support to explain to non-experts the optimum, or the minimum, requirements in order to achieve a satisfactory solution. Whether you are building from the foundations or reconstructing an existing building, there are physical requirements, aesthetic requirements and those related to health and safety. And each situation has its own unique priorities. Your views are vital. NDTA hopes to edit this article into a policy document. The readers response is an important next stage. Please send in your ... Read More »