3 Ways Instructors Can Encourage Creative Expression Within Dance

By Rebecca Swol   A common misconception in dance instruction is that since choreographed dance routines involve a group of dancers doing the same motions at the same time, they do not allow dancers to express their individual talents. Teaching whole-group choreography for the sake of team building and social

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Winter Wonderland Wows all in Attendance

By Shaunna Cullen Hundreds of people gathered on December 2nd at YWCA New Britain’s Winter Wonderland. This was the 5th annual event, and the best yet. The event is fun for the whole family and features a Yule Boutique shopping experience, a variety of children’s activities, a dance performance, and

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Creating a Positive Dance Environment

By Rebecca Swol Our fall dance classes have just begun and we are welcoming many new students at all levels. Creating a positive dance experience is a priority for our program. A truly successful dance studio aspires to create an environment to make any dancer that walks through the doors achieve

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Overcoming Adversity to Dance

by Philip Galbert Dancing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, over 20 years. Growing up in an African American/Latino household, music and dance was more than just something you enjoyed, it was a huge part of our rich culture. As I write this and remember all of

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Can’t Stop the Feeling Dance Recital Dazzles All in Attendance

by Shaunna Cullen This year’s dance recital for YWCA New Britain’s School of Dance was “a huge success!” according to Performing Art Director Chris Kuzia. For the first time, the show for both our New Britain and Bristol studios had the same theme- "Can’t Stop the Feeling.”  Children ages two all the

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Dancers: How to Do a Clean Leap

By Cassandra Pagliaruli Although a dancer may think they're doing a perfect leap there are usually some corrections that can be made. They may need to straighten their back leg a little more, or their hips might not be squared off correctly. But a clean and beautiful leap is possible!

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Why You Need to Warm Up

By Chris Kuzia Every day students moan when I say “Let’s warm up!” Right away I hear, “Do we have to?”, “Can’t we just go straight to working on our dances?” or “I don’t need to warm up, I’m okay.” What they fail to understand is that warming up is

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Am I Ready for Pointe?

by Chris Kuzia Recently, I have been asked by several students when can they go on Pointe.  The question really should be: Am I ready to go on pointe? There isn't a cut and dry answer as there is no specific age when a dancer is ready to go on

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Dancers – Use your summer wisely

By Chris Kuzia Now that the recital is over, it’s great to have a little break from dance and all those long, exhausting rehearsals.  But don’t break too long.  Dancers need to keep their skills finely tuned all year round.  Here are four things you can do over the summer

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You know it’s going to be a bad day in dance class when…

By Chris Kuzia You know it’s going to be a bad day for dance when… You arrive at class and realize you only have one shoe. You brought your old shoes that are too small instead of your new shoes. You don’t have your toe pads. There’s no rosin. The

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