JSDA Blog Posts
We said goodbye to our old studio space in 2017, and we’re gearing up to welcome our students and faculty into our new building in the month of February 2018! We are thrilled that the time is so close, and we have a few photo updates on the progress.
Pointe Shoes are a right of passage in the ballet world. As young dancers, we all strive for the moment when our instructor tells us our feet and ankles are strong enough to start our pointe work and training!
When we think of tap dancing, we envision Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, Hollywood’s golden age of dance. We think of Christmas shows, the Rockettes, and Broadway dance numbers. Tap dancing is woven through the history of art and entertainment.
In the world of dance, the phrase “competition dancer” is often met with a look of disapproval. It’s not uncommon for dance teachers and some students to look down on competition dancers, insisting on the argument that they lack real dance skill and are taught dance tricks rather than technique and quality choreography.
Parents and students of JSDA, it is with great pleasure and excitement that we inform you that we will soon be moving to a significantly more spacious and accommodating new studio! We have seen our JSDA family grow and have been aware of our need for an updated space; one with larger studios, higher ceilings and updated flooring. We are pleased to say that this fall we will be moving in to the entire third floor of 1365 Beverly Rd, McLean, VA 22101.
As dancers, we are almost always rehearsing for an upcoming performance, whether it’s a competition, a recital or even just Parent’s Week at the studio. Since entertaining an audience is such a huge part of a dancer’s life, it’s important to become the best artist you can be. Here are a few secrets that can boost your confidence and help you slay your performance the next time you hit the stage!
You stretch before your dance class, to prepare your body, but do you stretch when you wake up to prepare for your day? Mornings can be difficult, but getting moving with the right stretches is a great way to jump start your day and your body. Here’s what stretching does for you.
Between the ages of 12 and 14, my dance life felt like a living nightmare. I returned home from almost every class frustrated and in tears, asking myself one question; “Why does my teacher hate me?” Here’s why I felt this way.
Beginning something new can be challenging, and stepping into the world of dance is no exception—there’s so much to learn, and it can feel competitive. So what happens when your “competition” is two feet shorter than you and three years ahead?
You might have had a dance teacher tell you before that, “There’s no such thing as a bad question,“ and for the most part, this is true. Yet, there are three types of questions that are just downright frustrating to teachers. These questions often show the instructor that the student isn’t focusing on the correct things.