These links are here to help you become a better performer. Performing well is more than just remembering the correct order of steps. There are a lot of daily physical and mental obstacles each dancer must work hard to get past. I hope these help each of you with any difficulties you may have.
Love, Miss Rosanne
Many of these tips are things you hear weekly in your regular dance classes...but sometimes it helps to hear it from another source. ;-)
- *New* Professional Dancers talk about their biggest mistakes on stage. We all make mistakes, some bigger than others. What matters most is how you can recover.
- How to be an A+ Dance Student
- Making mistakes is good!!! (as long as you know how to learn from them). Don't ever be afraid to make a mistake in class!!
- Fouette Turn Video: A short video so you can see correct form. Notice the correct preparation, clean and fast spotting, shoulders down, a solid plie in between each turn, and the leg is doing most of the work to get the turn around. Most importantly, notice that her entire back is not moving. Many of you use your shoulders or your torso because you think it will help. It only knocks you off-balance.
- How to Tell the Difference between Soreness and Injury
- Knowing the Difference between Good and Bad Pain
- Man learns to touch his toes in 41 days - I talked about this video in class awhile back. Some days he shows improvements, some days it looks like he got worse, and some days it looks like nothing has happened. The longer timeline shows that he was able to accomplish his goal in less than 2 months. You are ALL making small improvements all the time. It is just hard to see week to week. And the more time you put in, the faster those small improvements add up!
- How I learned to touch my toes in 41 days: A continuation to the link above. Notice, one of the stretches he recommends is the stretch/resist/stretch technique I have been making my lyrical class do. He doesn't have a partner pushing his leg, but he is using a piece of cloth to push against. That is a great idea!
- Stage Presence and "Making Faces" on Stage
- Getting Excited about Performing Helps to Ease Performance Anxiety More Than Trying to Calm Down
- Mastering Quick-Changes
- Watch This Guy Learn to Dance in a Year
- Pirouette Problems?
- Rockette's Tips For Facial Expressions on Stage - Focusing your eyes on the audience and displaying confidence (even if you're faking the confidence!) will go a LONG way to helping you master good stage presence.
- Perfectionism 101
- How to Stress Less
- Cross Training Do's and Don'ts - I can not stress enough how helpful pilates and yoga are for dancers. If done regularly, it will completely transform the way you dance. When I take both of them regularly, I even surprise myself how easy it feels to turn and jump because I am so strong.
- Mastering the Quick Change
- Three Things Physical Therapists Wish Dancers Would Do
- Sophia Lucia Breaks Pirouette World Record - Look at how much care she takes in making sure her prep is correct - front heel down, back heel up, legs completely parallel and a nice, deep plie. I always tell you: Your prep is the most important part of your turn!
- "A Letter From Your Dance Teacher"
- Cross Training for Dancers: Oftentimes, being too strong or too flexible in one area can hinder your abilities. Dancers need to be very strong and very flexible.
- How to Tilt Drop: For when you are strong enough to give it a try...