March 31, 2020

THE HISTORY OF COINED BEDLAHS AND JEWELRY

Coined bras and girdles were a mainstay for American Cabaret (AMCAB) dancers throughout the early days of the dance in the U.S. We also used beaded costumes, but, most dancers preferred the coined ones. However, coined bedlahs w...

February 24, 2020

All styles of performance art dance have their roots in a simple social version of the style prior to it becoming a performance version. Ballet was originally a minuet performed as a social dance in the courts of France. Ballroom was just that – social dance performed...

January 27, 2020

MOTIVATION

MOTIVATION: It is what drives the dancer. It is either Drama, (story), Music or Culture.  And often a blend of these.

DRAMA: Theatrical/Classical dance such as Ballet, Bharata Natyam or Persian Classical dance, is Dramatic Dance. Theatrical dance is...

December 28, 2019

If you grew up in the world of dance as I did, or, if you dance on a regular basis, or if you have a child in dance classes, then you know that dance provides many things besides just learning to move. What you learn helps you grow as a human being in many ways, includ...

November 26, 2019

As I studied, and later taught dance, I realized I am one of hundreds of people challenged by right and left. The right- left challenge comes from having attention deficit. Attention deficit means that the attention or consciousness of the individual is fixated, disper...

October 27, 2019

Art is a critical part of everyone’s life and, like science it behooves everyone to have some working knowledge of it. Why? Because art develops the creative mind which needed for problem solving skills. There are two kinds of art – fine art and performing art. The dif...

September 30, 2019

Imagine a world without art – what would it be like? No music, no painting, no dance, no theater or film – no statues, no jewelry – no poetry. In short, no beauty, no fun, no inspiration. A prison. Grey, cold, empty thoughtless, emotionless – apathy.

I wonder all the ti...

August 26, 2019

Dance, like all performing arts, includes a mix of theater arts the knowledge of which creates a true artist. Dance instruction goes way beyond teaching movement or choreography. It must include teaching the related theater arts of music, drama, pantomime, stage make-u...

July 27, 2019

The document you are handed when you arrive at any show called, “The Program”,  is a reflection of many hours of work, research and preparation to create the show you are about to see. Every show is defined by two things:

  1. Is it professional or amateur?

  2. Is it a...

June 24, 2019

The Art of Performing involves three "P's": Personality, Presence and Projection. Understanding these makes it easier to understand one's work as a performer.

PERSONALITY is the combination of the thoughts, emotions, behaviors, opinions, viewpoints, decisions and geneti...

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