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November 17, 2019

Dancer: Courtney Saffold  | Fierce Dance Competition

I have been judging regional and national dance competitions throughout the U.S. and abroad for well over 20 years. During that time, I not only have seen the tricks and trends come and go, but I also have witnessed the level of talent expressed by these young people rise to an unbelievabl...

August 27, 2019

“Good Morning America” host Lara Spencer certainly caused a furor throughout the dance community over her insensitive comments about 6-year-old Prince George taking a ballet class. 

As you know by now, Spencer made a remark during a segment on the Aug. 22 morning show as she and her co-hosts were breaking down the school...

August 8, 2018

With more than 20 years’ experience as a dance educator, I often think back to transitioning from college and pursuing a career as a dancer to when I became a dance teacher of young people.

I approached my teaching just like being a performer. I had to prepare (like a dancer does in rehearsal), deliver (as a dancer does on stage), and strive...

May 18, 2017

Whenever you think of the name Sheila Barker, what are some thoughts that ring true for you? Do you associate her with being one of the most popular instructors at New York City's Broadway Dance Center, having trained a countless number of dancers over the decades? Do you recall her spunky, off-the-wall energy that may have drove you into l...

March 30, 2017

In my position as owner and director of services for Man In Motion, I have the privilege of working closely with a great many dance studio owners throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut area. I also meet with many more studio owners when I travel across the country (and even abroad) as a guest instructor at dance conventions or...

September 14, 2016

Now that this year’s dance season is underway, most young dancers are keeping really hectic schedules from day to day, and from week to week. Intensive workshops and master classes ... tense auditions … long rehearsals … grueling competitions … and not to mention classwork and other school activities and actually trying to have a personal l...

June 7, 2016

Making the transition as a first-year student in a college dance program can be exciting, and yet a bit scary, after spending years at a local dance studio with all the competitions that go with it. So what should someone expect in their first year as a dance student in college?

Man In Motion interviewed three students who have just complete...

February 18, 2016

During my years as a dance educator and competition judge, I’ve noticed that the jazz dance genre has changed considerably over time. Frankly, I believe that this change is most evident on the stages of dance competitions throughout the U.S. and abroad.

I posed this topic to a few fellow dance educators and here are their responses. Our hope...

September 13, 2015

 

With the new dance season upon us, there are many things that young dancers need to consider and steps they should take in order to make the best of the season. Thinking in advance about things like time management between school, dance, and other activities, as well as the physical and mental preparation that will be needed for classes, r...

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