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  • Dutch National Ballet: ‘Four Seasons’ Review
    19 June 2021

    British choreographer Christopher Wheelan’s latest creation 'The Two of Us' opens the show, a piece for two dancers set to four songs by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.

    The post Dutch National Ballet: ‘Four Seasons’ Review appeared first on Dance Dispatches.

  • 10 Thank You Notes For Dance Dads this Father’s Day
    19 June 2021


    Dance dads: where would we be without them? Of course, they wouldn't have the coveted title of "Dance Dad" if it weren't for their dancing kids (let's face it: no matter how old you are, you'll always be their kid).

    So for Father's Day, Dance Spirit has drafted some Jimmy Fallon-style thank you notes for all the Dance Dads out there. Cue the pensive piano music.

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    Thank you Dance Dads, for wearing T-shirts that say “*Studio Name* Dance Dad,” in case anyone wasn’t sure what you were doing at a performing arts center on a random weekend.
    Thank you Dance Dads, for going full on HGTV when it’s time to build a prop for a performance.

    Thank you Dance Dads, for not complaining every time your dancer drops $100 on a pair of shoes that will only last a few weeks, or a costume that will be worn only once or twice.
    Thank you Dance Dads, for nodding and pretending you understand the difference between scoring an Elite High Gold versus a Platinum versus a Double Platinum versus a Crystal.

    Thank you Dance Dads, for acting as a 5-star Uber to class and competitions, and not even taking tips.
    Thank you Dance Dads, for being the loudest cheerleaders in the audience—don’t believe it when your dancer says you’re embarrassing them!
    Thank you Dance Dads, for spending Father’s Day at a dance competition or recital at least once in your life...and probably more.

    Thank you Dance Dads, for being your dancer’s first duet partner by letting them step on your feet as you twirled around the room.
    Thank you Dance Dads, for buying enough flowers to cover a Rose Parade float.

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    Thank you Dance Dads, for doing it all, because you love your dancer(s)!
  • 8 Dance-Centric Juneteenth Celebrations to Check Out This Weekend
    18 June 2021


    Dance organizations across the country have been planning ways to celebrate Juneteenth since well before it was declared a federal holiday by Congress this week. June 19 marks the date on which news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, TX, more than two years after the Civil War was declared over and enslaved people in the U.S. freed. Here are eight class and performance offerings, some in-person and some online, celebrating Black joy and resilience that you can check out this weekend.

    Ailey Celebrates Juneteenth, plus a free class from Ailey Extension

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's online portal, Ailey All Access, launched a week of Juneteenth-inspired programming on Wednesday, June 16. It features an excerpt from Rennie Harris' tribute to the company's eponymous founder, Lazarus; a 1972 archival film of the legendary Judith Jamison performing the finale of Ailey's Cry, famously dedicated to "all Black women everywhere—especially our mothers;" and the rousing "Rocka My Soul" dance that closes Ailey's seminal Revelations. The program additionally features a "BattleTalk," putting artistic director Robert Battle in conversation with Opal Lee (the "Grandmother of Juneteenth"), Juneteenth Legacy Project co-chair Sam Collins and Legacy Project commissioned artist Reginald Adams. The program is free to watch on YouTube and will be available until June 22 at 7 pm ET.

    In addition, Ailey Extension will offer a virtual Juneteenth Celebration: West African Class, diving into West African culture and technique fundamentals, with Maguette Camara on June 19 at 12 pm ET. The class is free but will be capped at 300 participants. Register at alvinailey.org.

    (RE)VISION presented by 651 Arts

    New York City–based presenting organization 651 Arts launches its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration with (RE)VISION, a weekend of outdoor and online dance film screenings. Ronan Mckenzie and Joy Yamusangie's short film WATA draws on stories of the African and Caribbean water deity Mami Wata. Charles O. Anderson's (Re)current Unrest, making its long-awaited regional premiere, explores the history of Black art and protest. Marjani Forté-Saunders' Memoirs of a...Unicorn: BLUEPRINT shows the importance of the Black family structure to individual identity as it's been tested through history. And the premiere of Cyborg Heaven places the Black urban experience at its center through the lens of house ballroom culture, hip hop and queer radical poet traditions. The film series will be shown following a set from Qool DJ Marv at outdoor screenings in Downtown Brooklyn June 18–19 at 8 pm; tickets are free but advance registration is required. Virtual screenings will take place on June 20. 651arts.org.

    Central Avenue Dance Ensemble's A Night at Club Alabam

    A Night at Club Alabam takes its name from the dance venue that was known as the "Cotton Club of the West Coast." Presented by Los Angeles' Central Avenue Dance Ensemble, a dance group dedicated to teaching the history of Black vernacular jazz dance through performance reenactments, the online production is a tribute to a bygone era, a vintage nightclub show drawn from the dances of the 1930s and '40s—from tap to vernacular jazz, ballroom to flamenco, mambo to tango. The show premieres June 19 at 1 pm PT; the recording will be available on-demand for two weeks following the livestream. Tickets start at $15. centralavedance.com.

    Instagram offerings from Movement of the People Dance Company

    Joya Powell's Movement of the People Dance Company offers a full day of offerings and celebrations via Instagram Live. The day kicks off on June 19 at 10 am ET with a grounding exercise, followed by bass jam sessions, self guided massage, a conversation about allyship, a guided improv session, a pause for poetry and reflection, and, to wrap it all up, an invitation to "Dance it Out" with Powell herself. Info and offerings available on Instagram @mopdance.

    Coming Together at Lincoln Center

    Directed by Torya Beard, Coming Together is a multidisciplinary Juneteenth celebration centering family and celebration. Dancer-choreographer Brian Harlan Brooks, street dance specialist Tomoe Carr and tap luminary Ayodele Casel are joined by DJ Justin Johnston and poet Fanta Ballo for this presentation by Lincoln Center's Concerts for Kids. The event will take place June 19 at 12 pm ET at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' transformed outdoor campus. Tickets are free but must be secured via the TodayTix Lottery. lincolncenter.org.

    Juneteenth: The Celebration with M.A.D.D. Rhythms​

    Chicago's iconic tap crew M.A.D.D. Rhythms headlines a free outdoor performance at the Harold Washington Cultural Center alongside Blu Rhythm Crew, Broadway in Bronzeville and The Happiness Club. Live performances kick off at 1 pm CT, but early arrivals can catch a grocery giveaway at 11 am. maddrhythms.com.

    M.A.D.D. Rhythms will also be making an appearance later in the day at the 2021 Chi Village Fest.

    REFRAME / REMNANT / RITUAL at NCCAkron

    The culmination of Cara Hagan's Community Commissioning Residency at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, this collection of short dance films explores ancestry and embodied relationships to space, as well as the reframing of history from the perspectives of women of color. Dancer-choreographers Ananya Chatterjea, Paloma McGregor and Tamara Williams collaborated with Hagan on the quartet of films; poet Jacinta V. White and dramaturg Sharon Bridgforth also worked with the cohort. The films premiere June 19 at 3 pm ET on NCCAkron's YouTube channel. The event is free, but you can RSVP at nccakron.org.

    Step Afrika!'s Juneteenth Virtual Celebration

    Step Afrika! offers a virtual triple bill of three newly-filmed works. Trane, excerpted from The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence and reimagined for film, takes inspiration from the Black women who made the Great Migration in the first half of the 20th century. Little Rock Nine combines stepping with contemporary takes on 1950s social dances to honor the nine Black students who enrolled in a segregated high school in 1957. The Movement showcases a cast of nearly 50 stepping at national monuments in Washington, DC, in tribute to the newfound momentum of Black Lives Matter. The program will debut June 19 at 8 pm ET on Step Afrika!'s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Pre-register for the free event at stepafrika.org.

  • Friday Film Break: "Ended When" by Robyn Mineko Williams for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
    18 June 2021

    Shot in a Chicago parking lot, "Ended When" counterbalances that tranquil feeling of lying down and staring up into the clouds with a feeling of all-consuming heartbreak. The work is a re-imagined dance film version of a solo from choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams' 2016 creation Cloudline for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

    Co-directed by Mike Gibisser and Williams, the 8-minute film stars Hubbard Street's Alysia Johnson dancing to Chicago musician Alencia Norris' rendition of Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent's 1960s hit song "The End of the World."

    "I have always seen the solo as cinematic," says Williams. "It touches on elements of loss, but it is not a pandemic piece. I sort of liked that lonely stuff before."

  • 8 Dance-Centric Juneteenth Celebrations to Check Out This Weekend
    18 June 2021


    Dance organizations across the country have been planning ways to celebrate Juneteenth since well before it was declared a federal holiday by Congress this week. June 19 marks the date on which news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, TX, more than two years after the Civil War was declared over and enslaved people in the U.S. freed. Here are eight class and performance offerings, some in-person and some online, celebrating Black joy and resilience that you can check out this weekend.

    Ailey Celebrates Juneteenth, plus a free class from Ailey Extension

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's online portal, Ailey All Access, launched a week of Juneteenth-inspired programming on Wednesday, June 16. It features an excerpt from Rennie Harris' tribute to the company's eponymous founder, Lazarus; a 1972 archival film of the legendary Judith Jamison performing the finale of Ailey's Cry, famously dedicated to "all Black women everywhere—especially our mothers;" and the rousing "Rocka My Soul" dance that closes Ailey's seminal Revelations. The program additionally features a "BattleTalk," putting artistic director Robert Battle in conversation with Opal Lee (the "Grandmother of Juneteenth"), Juneteenth Legacy Project co-chair Sam Collins and Legacy Project commissioned artist Reginald Adams. The program is free to watch on YouTube and will be available until June 22 at 7 pm ET.

    In addition, Ailey Extension will offer a virtual Juneteenth Celebration: West African Class, diving into West African culture and technique fundamentals, with Maguette Camara on June 19 at 12 pm ET. The class is free but will be capped at 300 participants. Register at alvinailey.org.

    (RE)VISION presented by 651 Arts

    New York City–based presenting organization 651 Arts launches its inaugural Juneteenth Celebration with (RE)VISION, a weekend of outdoor and online dance film screenings. Ronan Mckenzie and Joy Yamusangie's short film WATA draws on stories of the African and Caribbean water deity Mami Wata. Charles O. Anderson's (Re)current Unrest, making its long-awaited regional premiere, explores the history of Black art and protest. Marjani Forté-Saunders' Memoirs of a...Unicorn: BLUEPRINT shows the importance of the Black family structure to individual identity as it's been tested through history. And the premiere of Cyborg Heaven places the Black urban experience at its center through the lens of house ballroom culture, hip hop and queer radical poet traditions. The film series will be shown following a set from Qool DJ Marv at outdoor screenings in Downtown Brooklyn June 18–19 at 8 pm; tickets are free but advance registration is required. Virtual screenings will take place on June 20. 651arts.org.

    Central Avenue Dance Ensemble's A Night at Club Alabam

    A Night at Club Alabam takes its name from the dance venue that was known as the "Cotton Club of the West Coast." Presented by Los Angeles' Central Avenue Dance Ensemble, a dance group dedicated to teaching the history of Black vernacular jazz dance through performance reenactments, the online production is a tribute to a bygone era, a vintage nightclub show drawn from the dances of the 1930s and '40s—from tap to vernacular jazz, ballroom to flamenco, mambo to tango. The show premieres June 19 at 1 pm PT; the recording will be available on-demand for two weeks following the livestream. Tickets start at $15. centralavedance.com.

    Instagram offerings from Movement of the People Dance Company

    Joya Powell's Movement of the People Dance Company offers a full day of offerings and celebrations via Instagram Live. The day kicks off on June 19 at 10 am ET with a grounding exercise, followed by bass jam sessions, self guided massage, a conversation about allyship, a guided improv session, a pause for poetry and reflection, and, to wrap it all up, an invitation to "Dance it Out" with Powell herself. Info and offerings available on Instagram @mopdance.

    Coming Together at Lincoln Center

    Directed by Torya Beard, Coming Together is a multidisciplinary Juneteenth celebration centering family and celebration. Dancer-choreographer Brian Harlan Brooks, street dance specialist Tomoe Carr and tap luminary Ayodele Casel are joined by DJ Justin Johnston and poet Fanta Ballo for this presentation by Lincoln Center's Concerts for Kids. The event will take place June 19 at 12 pm ET at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' transformed outdoor campus. Tickets are free but must be secured via the TodayTix Lottery. lincolncenter.org.

    Juneteenth: The Celebration with M.A.D.D. Rhythms​

    Chicago's iconic tap crew M.A.D.D. Rhythms headlines a free outdoor performance at the Harold Washington Cultural Center alongside Blu Rhythm Crew, Broadway in Bronzeville and The Happiness Club. Live performances kick off at 1 pm CT, but early arrivals can catch a grocery giveaway at 11 am. maddrhythms.com.

    M.A.D.D. Rhythms will also be making an appearance later in the day at the 2021 Chi Village Fest.

    REFRAME / REMNANT / RITUAL at NCCAkron

    The culmination of Cara Hagan's Community Commissioning Residency at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron, this collection of short dance films explores ancestry and embodied relationships to space, as well as the reframing of history from the perspectives of women of color. Dancer-choreographers Ananya Chatterjea, Paloma McGregor and Tamara Williams collaborated with Hagan on the quartet of films; poet Jacinta V. White and dramaturg Sharon Bridgforth also worked with the cohort. The films premiere June 19 at 3 pm ET on NCCAkron's YouTube channel. The event is free, but you can RSVP at nccakron.org.

    Step Afrika!'s Juneteenth Virtual Celebration

    Step Afrika! offers a virtual triple bill of three newly-filmed works. Trane, excerpted from The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence and reimagined for film, takes inspiration from the Black women who made the Great Migration in the first half of the 20th century. Little Rock Nine combines stepping with contemporary takes on 1950s social dances to honor the nine Black students who enrolled in a segregated high school in 1957. The Movement showcases a cast of nearly 50 stepping at national monuments in Washington, DC, in tribute to the newfound momentum of Black Lives Matter. The program will debut June 19 at 8 pm ET on Step Afrika!'s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Pre-register for the free event at stepafrika.org.

  • Jamestown Collective explores cultures with ‘INFUSION, No Movement’
    18 June 2021

    Sydney Opera House, Sydney.5 June 2021. Jamestown Collective brings to the Sydney Opera House its collaborative work, INFUSION, No Movement, No Sound. Headed up by Ghanian dancer and musician Lucky Lartey, INFUSION is a jam-packed, fun filled show aimed at all ages, from little people to adults.   INFUSION has evolved over the course of three years, utilising various artists […]

    The post Jamestown Collective explores cultures with ‘INFUSION, No Movement’ appeared first on Dance Informa Magazine.

  • Australia announces new Dance Film | The Red Shoes: Next Step
    18 June 2021
    It’s been a while since we’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a new dance movie and we can’t wait for this one to appear on the big screen! Featuring world renowned talent, both local and international, production has now commenced in Sydney, Australia for the new teen coming-of-age dance drama The Red Shoes: Next Step. Get ready to be entertained with this upcoming movie because from what we’ve read so far, it seems certain to be a hit!

    The Red Shoes is written with genuine characters and themes that delve into the importance of the strength and bond between dance families and friends. We aim to produce a world within The Red Shoes that feels grounded in reality, showing, on one hand, the challenges, stress and pain that comes with ballet, but on the other the freedom, love, and acceptance that can also be found through dance” explains Director Jesse A’hern (The Legend of the Five) and Co-Director Joanne Samuel (Mad Max).


    Joanne Samuel (left) with Co-Director Jesse A’Hern (middle right) and stars Lauren Esposito and Juliet Doherty (centre left and far right).

    Featuring two-time gold medalist ballet dancer Juliet Doherty (High Strung: Free Dance and Driven to Dance) as the lead Sam Cavanaugh and The Conjuring 2’s Lauren Esposito as her rebellious best friend Eve, the film opens with Sam backstage about to dance the lead in ‘The Red Shoes’ ballet when her older sister Annie, a brilliant dancer, is struck by a car while on FaceTime with Sam. Guilt-ridden, Sam quits the Academy, returns to high school, runs wild with Eve, and lands herself in community service, to be served cleaning studios at the Academy; a constant memory of the tragedy.When Gracie, ‘The Red Shoes’ principal, is injured, Sam is pressed by her ballet teacher Ms Harlow to take over the role and dance with Ben, an old friend, long-time crush, and renowned dancer.

    Written by award-winning writer John Banas (Miss Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries), Peter McLeod (The Legend of the Five), and Zachary Layner, The Red Shoes: Next Step reunites A’hern and Samuel following The Legend of the Five, which the former directed and latter produced.

    The supporting cast is a mix of talented dancers and emerging local acting talent, including professional ballet dancer (and Energetiks former Model Search Winner and Ambassador) Joel Burke, Paris Opera Ballet dancer Primrose Kern, Carolyn Bock (Neighbours, Wentworth), Mietta White (Conspiracy 365), Ashleigh Rose (Dance Academy) and Nicholas Andrianankos (The Legend of the Five).

    Energetiks 2019 Model Search Winner and Ambassador Joel Burke, who will play the role of Sam

    Executive Producer Tanya Esposito believes the film will appeal to many and be an excellent platform to showcase Australia’s abundance of young talent: “The Red Shoes comes at a unique time where there is a void of dance-centred films aimed at a younger audience. The film will also appeal to a wider demographic who will appreciate the complexities of our professionally choreographed dance scenes. It has been a real pleasure working with a young multi-talented cast and I believe The Red Shoes showcases the high calibre of young dancers Australia has to offer”. 

    Behind the scenes, Australian ballet dancer Daniel Gaudiello is choreographing, whilst Kent Marcus is Director of Photography, and Tanya Esposito and Jesse A’hern Producing. Pivot Pictures are distributing the film in Australia and New Zealand.

    The Red Shoes: Next Step is expected to be released to audiences in 2022.

    Follow The Red Shoes: Next Step on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube




    Article by Sheree Ronai-Horvath
    Photography by The Red Shoes: Next Step and Elly Ford

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  • Dancer Treats | Green Smoothie Bowl Bliss
    18 June 2021

    Smoothie bowls are one of my favourite snacks and are so easy to make. A level up from your standard smoothie, smoothie bowls allow you to incorporate an extra dose of nutritional goodness by including a variety of toppings to sprinkle on top. This recipe is a long standing go-to of mine and is a great source of fibre, healthy fats, protein and antioxidants, supporting that hard working body of yours! It covers most bases being dairy, gluten and nut free, and is also vegan friendly. Super creamy, it leaves you wanting more!
    Read below for the quick and simple recipe.


    Ingredients
    • 1 handful of frozen mango

    • 2 frozen bananas

    • 2 handfuls of baby spinach

    • 1/2 an avocado

    • 1 1/2 cups of milk of choice (I use coconut milk)

    • 1 tbsp of flaxseed meal (this can also be swapped with chia seeds or hemp seeds)

      * I also add an extra scoop of collagen powder but this isn’t essential. You could also use a protein powder if you have one you regularly use.


    Method
    1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add more milk or water if a thinner consistency is required.

    2. Pour into a bowl and add your favourite toppings. This one has goji berries, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds.

      Watch the Reel

    Be sure to tag @naturopathic.essence on Instagram so I can see all of your beautiful recreations!


    Recipe and Photography by Sheree Ronai-Horvath

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  • 5 Rapid Growth Areas for New Bronze Dancers
    18 June 2021
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  • Callanwolde Fine Arts debuts Solstice Series with new works under the stars
    17 June 2021

    The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will mark the longest day of the...

    The post Callanwolde Fine Arts debuts Solstice Series with new works under the stars appeared first on ARTS ATL.

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  • Summer Wednesday Practices
    17 June 2021

    Yay! We are back on the dance floor!  Your board met April 27th, and decided once again to host Wednesday Summer practices.  Practices are 7:00-9:00pm at Pioneer Park Dance Center and continuing Wednesdays through the first couple of weeks in September. 

    Vaccinations required with masks optional.

    Occupancy = 20 dancers maximum. $2Members $3General Public. Non-marking non-street shoes please to protect our beautiful floor.

    See you on the dance floor!

    The post Summer Wednesday Practices appeared first on Ballroom Dance Club of Fairbanks.

  • Dance Journey Crossroads?!?
    16 June 2021
    I had a strange lesson last night. Maybe it was the fact that I have to leave today to take
  • COVID – Gone, gone, gone??
    15 June 2021
    Another week and the curve continues to be flat. There are places in the world that are seeing increases and
  • Tapping Shoes for Kids: Beginners Guide
    14 June 2021


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    1. Capezio Mary Jane Tap Shoe These adorable Mary Jane tap shoes come with an …

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    This article is originally from Tapping Shoes for Kids: Beginners Guide and created by Jonathan

  • White Ballet Shoes for Toddlers: A Guide for Beginners
    14 June 2021


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    At a Glance: Our Top White Ballet Shoes for Toddlers Beginners Guide Brand Sole Material …

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  • What’s the Buzz?
    13 June 2021
    Depending upon your perspective, you are either lucky enough or unlucky enough to be in the middle of an insect
  • Getting Grounded to Take Flight
    13 June 2021

    When I first had an inkling that I was going to need physical therapy for my knees, before I even got the official word from my orthopedist, I started to research PTs because I wanted to make sure I saw one who worked with dancers. There was no way I was going to see a PT who didn’t understand why I had to keep dancing at least a little bit while I recovered from my injuries. Lucky for me, Doctors for Dancers had just launched and a PT local to my area had added herself to the database of dance specialists.

    Two+ years later, we’ve gotten my knees back into dancing shape (mostly), but we’re still working together on other issues. Besides just directly working on healing my body, my PT has been helping me better understand my body and increase my body awareness, which has just been a boon to my dance training!

    You all know that body alignment plays a huge role in our dancing. It helps us stay balanced and connect with our partner. It helps us create bigger, more powerful shapes while staying in control of our movement. Finally, something I’ve really grown to appreciate, it helps us dance without risking injuries.

    The knowledge that my PT has been injecting into my brain finally seemed to trickle down into my body over the last month or so. Teacher and I have been trading off on working on choreography one week and the quality of my dancing another week. I would go to a lesson and then go to my PT the next week and tell her what I was feeling and what I was having trouble with. She’d explain something about my hypermobile hips or watch me get into a closed frame position and see where I was pushing too far forward or hinging at my lower back too much. Then I’d return to the studio and share what my PT observed with Teacher and we’d try dancing again. What a difference!

    Over the last year, I’ve put together a team to support my dance journey, without realizing or intending it. I had my PT and my dance teacher longer than the last year, of course, but it’s been over the last year, as everything slowed down due to the pandemic, that we’ve really been able to dig deep into what I was feeling in my body as I danced and why. At the same time, I signed up for virtual workouts provided by another dancer/personal trainer who I connected with years ago through her podcast, Dancespeak. These workouts focused on functionality over aesthetics, and to my delight, included a lot of exercises that either mirrored or complimented the exercises I did in physical therapy!

    So my dance training, cross training, and physical therapy have all aligned and work together to support this Girl right here. The result has been some really great moments of dancing with Teacher during our lessons. Teacher’s wife observed us during my last lesson and echoed what I had been feeling. She said I looked lighter, like I finally felt like I had the time and space I had been wanting in order to dance.

    Duality is a constant theme to my dance journey, and this latest development was no exception. It was true that I felt lighter in my movement, like I was floating across the floor. But I also felt grounded, anchored into the floor in a way that gave me more freedom in my dancing.

    It’s not a new concept, right? You’ve probably heard your teacher or another coach talk about needing to feel like you’re sending energy down into the floor and up through the top of your head at the same time. Knowing and feeling are two different things though, and I’m happy to report that I’m finally truly feeling it. Can’t wait to tell my PT.

    Like everything, this new/improved flight through grounding is a work in progress. Some lessons are better than others. My body easily reverts to its old unaligned habits when I get tired. The important thing is I have reached a point where I can recognize when I’m off and make the correction. Sometimes it gets frustrating to know what I’m doing wrong but not be able to prevent it. Teacher will tell me “you let it go there” and I reply “I know…let’s try again.” I remind myself that at least I’m aware enough to correct the error. Like I said, work in progress!

    It’s unfortunate that I won’t get to show off this new level of awareness and control on the competition floor anytime soon. My next adventure takes precedence and it’s getting closer (more details to come)! Just like PT is helping my dance though, dance and cross training are helping me progress in PT by strengthening my body while keeping my hypermobile joints from wiggling too far out of alignment. So this journey continues forward, even if the rhinestones and hair spray are shelved for now.

    How’s your journey progressing? Will you share in the comments? (I’m living vicariously through dancers who are getting to compete again.)

  • Wide Fitting Ballroom Sneaker
    11 June 2021

    As of now have new comfortable dance shoes for men in width K for wide feet!

    The new men’s Ballroom Sneaker Mod. 133-226-001 is made of soft black suede and has a fully cushioned 2.5 cm wedge heel. With this comfortable all-rounder men will have great fun on the dance floor.

  • Diamant Dance Sneaker
    11 June 2021

    These dance sneakers are made of high quality European materials and equipped with a split sole made of TPU that makes them suitable for many dance styles, leisure sports or simply as street-suitable leisure shoes for dancers. The Diamant Multiflex footbed ensures the necessary flexibility, which is already known to many from the men’s Latin dance shoes with split sole.

    123-325-563
    • Material: Suede / Textile
    • Colour: Black / Grey
    • Heel: 2.5cm sneaker
    • Fitting: H comfortable
    • Sole: TPU split sole
    • Size: 4½-13 (including ½ sizes)
    123-325-565
    • Material: Leather / Textile
    • Colour: Navy blue
    • Heel: 2.5cm sneaker
    • Fitting: H comfortable
    • Sole: TPC split sole
    • Size: 4½-13 (including ½ sizes)
    133-325-561
    • Material: Leather / Reptile imprint
    • Colour: Black
    • Heel: 2.5cm sneaker
    • Fitting: H comfortable
    • Sole: TPU split sole
    • Size: 4½-13 (including ½ sizes)
    133-325-009
    • Material: Suede
    • Colour: Grey
    • Heel: 2.5cm sneaker
    • Fitting: H comfortable
    • Sole: TPU split sole
    • Size: 4½-13 (including ½ sizes)
  • VarioSpin
    11 June 2021

    Diamant Dance Shoes have taken the worlds situation into account when designing their new collection and have created a range of dance shoes which will enable dancers to glide on any surface. No matter whether the dance floor is made of parquet or wood, carpet, plastic or stone: VarioSpin lets you dance everywhere. You may want to dance a passionate tango outside on the cobblestones at sunset or to repeat the steps from the dance school with your dance partner on your carpet at home – with VarioSpin dance shoes from Diamant you determine the dance and the place.

    191-425-380-V

    Mod. 191 Diamant Mens Sneaker dance shoes made in Germany handcrafted in sportive Oxford style with closed 6-hole lacing and padded upper edge. This dance sneaker in width H (comfortable) comes with a continuous heel wedge. Read more…

    192-425-577-V 

    Mod. 192 Diamant Mens Sneaker dance shoes made in Germany handcrafted in sportive Oxford style with closed 6-hole lacing and padded upper edge. This dance sneaker in width H (comfortable) comes with a continuous heel wedge. Read more…

    188-234-548-V 

    Mod. 188 Diamant ladies practice dance shoes made in Germany handcrafted in high grade competition training style with 5-hole lacing and padded upper edge. This very flexible dance shoe with Diamant Multiflex footbed is manufactured in width F (regular width) equipped with a split sole and a shock-absorbing 3,7 cm latin heel. Read more…

    190-087-329-V

    Mod. 190 Diamant ladies latin dance shoes Made in Germany handcrafted with a 4-hole lacing. The open-toe sandals sits securely on the foot and provides a lot of support. This dance shoe is manufactured in width F (regular width) equipped with an elegant 6,5 cm Flare heel. Read more…

    170-106-034-V

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