The Hulk? Or Gumby?

I have discovered through years of dancing and teaching that there are usually two main dominant types of bodies that a dancer will have. If you have strong leaps, turns, and muscle development comes easy for you, you would be considered The Hulk. Or if stretching beyond expectations is easier, or you really don't feel as much pain when you are stretching in general, if this comes easy to you, you would be classified as Gumby! What are the pros and cons of these categories, and what is the secret to becoming the ultimate dancers? Lets dive in to find out!

Create Your Morning Routine

β€œYour beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”

  • Mahatma Gandhi

The Method of Manners (Even in Dance!)

Nice manners and respectful etiquette in dance class, or any dance environment, have played a big part in the dance community for a very long time. It shows respect and gratitude towards your teachers, and fellow dancers, which will be shown back to you. Different teachers will have their own set of class rues that you should abide by but there are a few general rules that you should follow no matter where you dance.

3 Resources for Finding Dance Auditions in Your City!

Whether you have just graduated college and looking for work, or just out of high school looking to break into the performance industry. Finding auditions in your area can sometimes be a challenge. A lot of dancers keep any information they receive completely to themselves. I mean, god forbid if someone else should know about the upcoming casting! Right? They have a scarcity mindset, and fear that YOU will take their spot from them.

5 Mistakes Parents Make When Choosing a Dance Studio

Dismissing the importance of family culture within your studio. I find most studios here build their businesses without so much as a mission statement in place... Why are they teaching? What is the point of their studio? And having your own studio manifesto is so important! When you are choosing a dance studio for your child, you want to make sure it will meet your wants and needs. At CDC we emphasize a culture of our own, and really adopt our students into our family. Every 90 days we make an effort to conduct parent phone calls, where we touch base with every parent on how they are feeling, are they happy with our business, and what could we improve for them? It is important for us to include you in our journey and process of the studio. We make sure to have fun events for team building, and student bonding time, we make sure our students and parents feel loved and supported.

Word of the Month: Commitment

This season each month I am going to be choosing a word to instill in all of my lessons and classes at the studio. This will help set the intention of each class for the next 30 days, and also teach students understand important life values and life skills.

Turning Tips

We all want to nail that perfect pirouette on stage when your choreography calls for it. So what can we do to perfect our technique and get the float we want? Here are some tips we use at our studio below. 

CDC's Teaching Philosphy

Chace Dance Company is known for producing phenomenal technical dancers, with adept versatility. When Tamra Chace founded the studio, company, and various programs, she implemented a strong foundation on important principles.

Ask Teacher Tamra

Disrespect and bullying I do not tolerate in my studio whatsoever. The minute I see a sign in class via body language (eye rolling, crossed arms, etc) or a sly remark I will fix it right then and there in class, and ask to speak to the parent and student together in a conference. Make sure you get to the root of the question.

Body Placement for Dancers

As prominent educators of dance, it is our job to figure out our students subconscious minds in class. You have to know what it is that makes your students light bulb go off, and their technical abilities click.

Lets Fly!

You have to think about where the leap is coming from, its coming from a solid plie. We all know a plie is the simplest step but takes a lifetime to master, and focusing on that development is key to perfecting a leap. I have my dancers do a lot of plie combinations and plie releves to really build those large muscle groups that get your hips off the floor.