Happy New Year, 2013!

Happy 2013!   I hope everyone had a great break!

Over Christmas break, my husband and I moved into our new house.. and have been living without internet (or cable or phone) for the past two weeks… #darkages

While it was nice to have some time to focus on other things without the distraction of screens, our internet-less world was starting to drive us nuts!  I felt like I was back in school, going to the library to use the wifi…

Anyway – the start of the New Year is always a great time to look back at last year, look forward to the new year and set some goals.  Last year, I shared my favorite way to set goals for my business and blog.  The biggest problem is that we don’t always keep those resolutions or even think about them after we make them in January.

Did you set goals for 2013?

It turns out writing them down might be the first step to achieving them!  Check out this infographic from onlineeducation.net about setting goals (click to make bigger) and keeping them:

Setting Goals Infographic

Did you have a nice break?  Did you get the plague like all of my students (and I) did?

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  How do you keep them?  Tell me in the comments!

This is Why Dance Matters

What Is This A Picture Of?

I posed the question “why does dance matter to you?” to the followers of my other dance twitter account, @dancequote, and this is a visual representation of their responses.  

What Is Why Dance Matters?

It is a movement to spread the word on why dance is a valuable artform and who it matters to.  Join the movement here: whydancematters.org

Read more about the un-scientific manner on how I created this after the jump.

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Why Dance Matters

As we are coming up on National Dance Day (July 28, 2012), Nichelle at Dance Advantage has posted the question: “Why does dance matter to you?”  In fact, she’s trying to start a whole movement (dance pun intended) of the online dance community to share Why Dance Matters.  If you want to get involved, check it out at whydancematters.org, tweet #whydancematters to you or follow our Pinterest board (you know I love a good Pinterest board)!

So here’s why dance matters to me:

It’s my job.  
But more than that, it’s my passion.
No, it’s still more than that… it’s who I am.
From: http://youknowyoureadancerwhen.tumblr.com/tagged/wordsofdancers
You would not be able to describe me without talking about dance.  
It’s a link between my past and my present.
It’s what I do when my soul needs mending.
It’s the joy that I want to share with my students and friends.
It’s a universal expression of joy and love and emotions.
It has created a community of people in my life whom I love and who I feel like I’ve known my whole life (online and offline).


It’s wordlesscommunication.
Dance is part of me.
Join the project and share why dance matters to YOU!

Share Those Performance Pics!

That’s a lot of people out there…

With recital season for many North American dance studios upon us, don’t forget to participate in May’s Dance Blog Challenge:  Performance Pics!

My studio’s recital is this weekend, so I will have a post for you sometime next month, but in the mean time, you can check out the two irish step dancing bloggers who have shared some recital photos with us:

Check ’em out!  And then share your favorite photos with us!
No blog?  That’s ok – leave a link in the comments to your favorite performance picture.

SOBuzz: It’s Picture Week

This past week was Picture Week at our studio.  We have too many students to hold just one day for pictures, so we take class pictures during everyone’s class time for one week.

Got all stocked up on safety pins, bobby pins and hair spray in case anyone forgot to do their hair or fix their costumes (there’s always a few!).

Our photographer sets up his backdrop and equipment in our biggest studio.  We take a group photo that will be hung up in our studio and then anyone who wants to do an individual photo also gets their photo taken.  We also do sibling photos and smaller groups if the parents request it.

Pros to having a photo week v. photo day – It is more convenient to the families and we have better attendance for the group photos.  Not having it on a weekend is one less weekend in April/May to fight against graduations, proms, concerts, Mother’s Day, etc.

Cons – For many of our classes, this means that we lose a class to picture day.  With some of the smaller classes and baby classes who don’t do much moving around with their dances, we can practice in the space leftover in the studio.  Larger classes aren’t able to practice on picture day, so they just get their class picture, any individuals and go home.  Being so close to the recital is tough to lose a class.

With many classes, it’s easiest if the parents don’t come into the studio – they can distract the students, and sometimes they try to sneak photos with their phones or siblings will run around.

I put up this sign to try to hint at that fact:

But we all know that no one reads signs and my first one was sort of passive agressive, so after the first class I had to add:

And after the second class, I added another one:

Some people just don’t read!  I didn’t want to be rude, but its easier to get twelve 5-year olds to look at one person instead of all of their moms and dads!

Our photographer prints out all the proofs and then comes back to our studio the week after our recital.  On these days (Picture Viewing), we also hold pre-registration in the other room so people can sign up for Fall classes while their minds are still on dance.

We put out clipboards for people to sign up for viewing times so that everyone doesn’t come all at once.

This year I got fancy and made little appointment cards (using a coupon for 250 free business cards from VistaPrint – only had to pay shipping).

Overall, it seemed to go well this week!   Now onto rehearsal and recital!

How does your studio do “Picture Day” or take class pictures?  Leave a comment!

10 Hair & Make-Up Tutorials For Recital

Recital season is upon us in the US, and with it comes lots of parents and kids who have never done stage hair or make-up before!  I used to do demonstrations for some of my classes, but it is difficult to find the time when everyone is available, so I have switched to emailing YouTube links.  My students’ parents love it when I point them to a YouTube tutorial – and I have learned a few tricks myself!

Here are some of my favorite tutorials for applying stage make-up and doing hair.  And be sure to share your favorite tips and tricks in the comments!


For older students:

(JAM Cosmetics)
For children:

(JAM Cosmetics)

From start to finish w/little explanation, just her applying make-up:

More specific tutorials

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