Dance Tip Videos of the Week

Our Dance Coaches share their weekly dance tip videos. Some recent dance tip video topics include how to take care of your feet as a dancer, how to memorize your choreography, how to create clear tap sounds, how to pirouette like a pro, and how to prepare for dance class.

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Take Care of Your Feet

Flip flops are cute, but it's so important as a dancer to wear shoes with proper support. 

 

(Featuring the gorgeous and unique costume designs of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.)

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Always bring a pen/pencil with you to class

Don't forget to bring a pen/pencil to dance class or rehearsal to jot down choreography notes!

 

(Featuring Sutton Foster and the cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie.)

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Treat Yourself

It's ok to treat yourself every once in a while for all of your hard work!

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Clear Sounds in Tap

In tap, the most important thing is making clear sounds with your feet.

(Featuring the fabulous tappers of Broadway's Shuffle Along)

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Martha Graham

Martha Graham ("The Mother of Modern Dance") is known for her dramatic performances both on and off the stage.

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Hydrate Before and After Class

You need to stay hydrated to not only stay healthy, but to perform at your best!

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Know Who's Who in the Industry (feat. Andy Blankenbuehler)

Andy Blankenbuehler is one of the most relevant choreography today. He takes hip hop and contemporary movement to tell a story in a unique way.

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Move with intent

When you are doing contemporary or modern dance, move with intent, so that you don't look like a tree flailing in the breeze. Featuring: "Aquarius" from Hair and the Urban Humans dancers.

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Take the Dress Code Seriously

Feat. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan from Step Up.

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Always cool down

It's important after class or rehearsal to let your body recover from all of the hard work you are doing. Ft. Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy of "Dancing With The Stars"

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Bob Fosse's Style

Bob Fosse is known for incorporating shoulder and hip isolations as well as pulling from pedestrian movement to create his iconic choreography as seen in musicals like "Cabaret," "Chicago," "Sweet Charity," and "Damn Yankees."

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Learn your choreography

Make sure you review your choreography before every rehearsal.

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Always bring all of your dance shoes to an audition

Don't forget your tap shoes, ballet shoes, jazz shoes, character shoes, and a pair of street shoes to be safe!

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Pirouette Like a Pro

Keep your rib cage closed!

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Don't rely on the mirror

If you rely on the mirror too much in dance rehearsal, you'll become disoriented when you get onstage. 

 

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Know your motivation

Know the story that you are telling. Ex. Cassie in "The Music and the Mirror" from "A Chorus Line"

 

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Cross Training

Conditioning for dance can get you ready for upcoming auditions or performances.

Dance Tip of the Week w/ Dance Coach Ashley:

Work through your feet for your tendus

You always want to complete the line of your leg!

 

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