Learn Center Stage's Iconic Jazz Choreo From Susan Stroman Herself

If you’ve ever wanted to master the iconic jazz-class combo from Center Stage, now’s your chance. In celebration of the movie’s 20th anniversary, choreographer Susan Stroman is teaming up with Broadway Dance Center and Open Jar Studios to lead a tutorial on the infectious “Higher Ground” routine for the first time ever. Join Stroman, a […]

These 5 Mistakes Are Holding You Back from Improving

There’s a healthy dose of repetition in your dance education—whether it’s those same fundamentals you’re asked to practice over and over as you deepen your technique or the many run-throughs it takes to polish a piece of choreography. But teachers also see the same missteps and issue the same reminders from student to student, perhaps […]

5 Things You Should Be Doing For Higher, Faster Jumps

Jumping might seem like something you’re either a natural at or that you’ll never master. “She’s a jumper,” you might hear someone say about another dancer with a beautiful grand jeté—and assume, in turn, that you’re not. But how high you leap—and how quickly and easily you do it—is actually a skill that you can […]

How I Grew To Love Teaching Adults To Dance

When most people think of dance students, they imagine lithe children and teenagers waltzing around classrooms with their legs lifted to their ears. It doesn’t often cross our minds that dance training can involve an older woman trying to build strength in her body to ward off balance issues, or a middle-aged man who didn’t […]

"Dance Is My Time For Make-Believe"

“I don’t wanna go to dance!” As a kid, these were my famous words. When packing into the car for the interminable ride to the studio, I would kick and scream so much that I earned the nickname “The Hornet.” I am so glad my parents put up with my sting, because looking back, it […]

How An ADHD Diagnosis Propelled My Confidence in Dance

To me, dancing is an opportunity to exist in an alternate reality. With my imagination moving galaxies per minute, there’s no telling what I will do, when or how—and that’s my escape from this world. It’s common for my mind to drift off and borrow ideas from a character in a Disney movie while performing […]

Why I Became a Dancing "Super Commuter"

What lengths would you go to in order to further your dance career? For some of us, we’re willing to build our life and work in two separate cities to make our wildest dreams come true. I recently learned that there is a term for people like me who travel between two major metropolitan areas. […]

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