Dance Photos On The Beach – Tips & Blog Challenge

July’s Blog Challenge was to dance “outside and share a picture of it”.  Here is my contribution to this month’s challenge!  

Hubby and I went to Maine for a few days and one of the days we got up before the sun to go down to the beach and take photos of the sunset (and dancing!).

The beach at 4:55am.  ::yawn::

If you’ve never seen the sunrise at the beach, I so highly recommend it!  This was our first time and neither of us are “morning people”, but it was still so worth it.  (And we went back to our hotel and took a nap after, so it didn’t cut into our sleep.. haha).

Flying with the seagull.  
More photos and tips for taking beach sunrise (or sunset) photos after the jump!

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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!

April Pinspiration: Leaps & Jumps

If you’re not on Pinterest – don’t join, it’s too addicting! If you are – add me to see all the lovely dance things I find around the web.

This week I was looking for some inspiration in the way of leaps and jumps and I found some lovely unique leaps I’d like to share so you can feel all warm and fuzzy inside too.

Now if only I could get my students to look like this…

“Rachel P.”  By Eduardoizq
Boys represent!  Look at that height… (Unknown photo source)
Gorgeous – Photo via Pointe Magazine’s Pinterest
Top photo – rehearsal | Bottom photo – performance – Photo by: Gene Schiavone
Fierce!  Photo By: Peddecord Photo
Photo By: Richard Calmes
Epic C-Jump – Unknown Source
YES.   (Unknown Source)

Hopefully your day just got a little bit better by looking at these lovely leaps!  I know mine did 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

February Challenge: A Day In The Life

For those who work in the arts, every day can be so different from the next, but that’s part of what I love about my job and what makes it so much fun.  It keeps me on my toes! (pun intended… groan.)

Here’s one of my more ‘typical’ days:

7am – Wake up.  Contemplate exercising or yoga before I shower, but not today.. the blankets and snooze button are calling my name.  Shower, eat breakfast, remember that I am going to take pictures for “Day In The Life” post today!

9:30am – Drive to the studio – weather’s looking a bit icy.. better keep an eye on it.

10:00 am – Admin time.  Pretend to be Beyonce much to the chagrin of my office manager… “I’m all up in these costumes like my job… admin time”.  Follow up on some back-ordered costumes and work on handouts.  Dance party in the office to the hold music (hey Weissmans, at least you have some good tunes!).

11:00am – UPS delivery – hooray!  The first of our recital costumes have arrived!  Unpack, sort and label costumes.


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The Dance Things I Love

In no particular order, the dance things I love:

 When my littles rush into class because they can’t wait one more second to start dancing
Opening up the first costume shipping box of the season
The hush of the audience as the lights go down in the theater


Celebrating the small accomplishments
Warm-up camaraderie before a performance