Styles on Tendu Talk

From Wikimedia Commons

From Wikimedia Commons

I’ll be covering all different dance styles here on Tendu Talk.  My favorite styles are jazz and tap.  What are your favorite dance styles?

 

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Rockettes Step out of Christmas with Heart and Lights

Now that the New Year is well underway, the Christmas trees have been put back into storage, and the Christmas cookies have been cleared away in place of New Year’s diets.  This means the famous Radio City Rockettes have hung up their LaDucas for another year, right?

Not this year!  This March, the Rockettes will premiere a new Spring show!  Titled Heart and Lights, the new show will feature the same precision choreography of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, but with a twist!  (Without kick lines?!?)

Read last year’s New York Times article on the new show here and visit the new show website here.

Dance Competitions: Fabulous or Frightening?

From Wikimedia Commons

From Wikimedia Commons

Dance competitions have existed for a long time behind-the-scenes, but recently they have been brought to the spotlight by TV shows such as Dance Moms. I was reminded recently of a 2012 article in the New York Times that discussed the popular pageants.  Read the article here.

As a former dance competition contestant myself, I think that these events have both pros and cons.  When done for the right reasons, dance competitions can be a great place for dancers to practice their performance skills.  The judging panel can give you a new perspective on which technical skills you need to perfect.  Dance competitions can teach you how to work hard and compete for something that you want.  And above all, they’re fun!

There are definitely cons, however.  Many times the “tricks” in dance competition choreography can outweigh the dancing.  Sometimes teachers fail to consider the age range of their dancers, and dances can get inappropriate.  Also, the competition can become unhealthy if the dancers, teachers, or parents take winning too seriously.  After all, as I’ve heard in many competitions before, “a different set of judges on a different day would have completely different results!”

So, if you’re considering a dance competition, I say go for it!  Just make sure you’re competing for the right reasons, and above all, remember to have fun!

Awesome Tappers!

Are you in need of a dance break?  Watch this video of tapper Chloe Arnold and her incredible company, Syncopated Ladies, performing their tribute to Beyonce.  I love how they incorporate not just crystal-clear taps, but whole-body movements and fabulous costumes to bring the performance together.  Chloe Arnold has more amazing dance videos on her Youtube channel!