Don’t Let Being a Great Dancer Go to Your Head!

How is your dance training going so far this year?

Well, I have an interesting story to tell you.

A few days ago, I was in a basic ballet class working on my technique. Since I had quite a bit more experience that many of the other dancers in class, I ended up being in the front most of the time.

At one point, we were doing a very simple step across-the-floor. When I finished, one of the other dancers (who was a real beginner) came up to me and said:

“You were using this foot instead of the other one. We were supposed to use this foot.”

I was a little surprised at first, apologized and said I was concentrating on getting my foot into first position as the instructor told us to do. (Actually, I was doing the step correctly and was just trying to be nice.)

I didn’t really think anything of it. But then the instructor came over to us and said,

“Well, Melanie, you dance professionally, don’t you?”

I said, “Yes.”

Then, the instructor told the other dancer that many dancers do steps differently.

Basically, in the nicest way possible, she let the other dancer know that she shouldn’t give corrections, and I knew what I was doing!

At that point, I realized that the instructor was sticking up for me, and she wasn’t going to have any negativity in class.

I have to say…

It was awesome!

Obviously, the other dancer stopped talking and went to the back of class – a little embarrassed.

So the point of this whole story is…

No matter how good you think you are, don’t let it go to your head!

You should not give corrections to another dancer unless you are an instructor, or your dance teacher has suggested you do so.

This also goes for giving directions when you are in rehearsals, doing a performance or at an audition.

Don’t do it!

This is not your job, and it’s unprofessional. It can also be super annoying to a fellow dancer, and you’ll create enemies. Plus, it can show your insecurities.

When you are in a dance class or rehearsal, you should be working on your own movements.

If you are a really good dancer, you will be so focused on your own technique that you won’t have time to critique others!

With this in mind, what dance technique are you going to focus on today?

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Bad Weather is No Reason to Stop Dancing!

How is 2014 going for you so far?

I’ve heard from many of you that you are stuck inside and unable to get to the studio due to the bad weather. I know how that is.

But, there is no need to despair!

This is the perfect time to further your dance training in other ways.

3 Ways to Improve Your Dance Technique at Home

1. Review your notes.

You know all of those notes you’ve been keeping after class? Well, now is the perfect time to review all of them.
You may see some important things that you completely forgot about.

If not, you’ll still be able to review some basics and think about how far you’ve come with your dance since you wrote the notes in the first place!

2. Practice.

Yes, even though you are snowed in, that’s no reason to avoid practicing.

Go over arm and feet placements in front of a mirror.
Stretch and work your feet.
And if you have room, practice the turns and movements that need improvement.

3. Think about dance.

It may sound silly, but if you think about how you want a particular dance move to look, it will actually help you become a better dancer.

Review specific choreography and techniques in your head. Picture yourself doing them perfectly. Then, when you get back to the studio, use those positive thoughts when you actually dance!

Snow Days Do Not Mean No Dance Days.

When the weather is horrible outside, and you can’t get to the studio, be creative.

There are still many ways you can improve you’re dancing at home.

Review notes. Stretch and practice as much as possible in the space you have available. And think about doing your dance movements the correct way.

This way, you’ll keep your body and mind in shape. And when the snow clears, you’ll be ready to hit the dance floor!

What are you going to do today to improve your dancing?

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Your Dance Jobs Will Get Better

Keep Dancing For The Future

By Melanie Rembrandt

If you hang out at enough dance studios and auditions, you’re bound to hear dancers complain about their current situation. They are either working at a bad job to afford their lessons and have time to audition, or they are working on a show with long rehearsals, bad costumes and props and tiny budgets.

Yes, on top of working on your technique for hours and hours and years and years, you need to deal with people, shows and circumstances that just plain stink. But hang in there and know that this situation will not last forever. There are….

3 Things To Look Forward To As a Professional Dancer

1. Getting Respect.

Once you start working professionally, you will be covered by the unions of SAG-AFTRA and/or Equity. This means that you will only work a certain number of hours without a break or sleep, food is available on the set, auditions are run a certain way to waste less time, costumes are made specifically for you, travel arrangements meet a certain standard, and much more.

Basically, you get treated with respect as a performer.

2. Getting Paid.

Yes, it may seem a long way off or a dream right now, but once you start doing professional, dance productions, you will get paid for your dancing. And if you work overtime, work in unsafe conditions and/or use your own props, you will get paid more.

Plus, union representatives at each show make sure you are paid on time and in the right amount. And if you dance on television or in film, plan on getting a residual check in the mail whenever that performance airs!

3. Getting To Do What You Love To Do For a Living.

Do you have any idea how many people out there would love to be professional dancers, but they chose other life options, or just plain didn’t have the talent?

If you become a professional dancer who gets paid to dance, you are doing what many consider a dream profession. You’ve worked hard your entire life, and given up many things, to be a dancer. This will be your time to shine and enjoy every minute of life doing what you love to do!

If Things Stink In Your Dance Life Now….

Don’t worry. If you are focused, working on your dance technique every day and have the passion to be a dancer, things will get better in the future. Being a dancer takes a lot of physical and mental strength, but over time, all of your hard work will pay off.

And even if you do not obtain the dance career you want, at least you spent your time pursuing something that you love. You never have to say, “What if?” And there are way too many people out there saying that right now.

What one thing are you going to do today to start making your dance dreams a reality?

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Dancers, A Six-Letter Word to Use in Dance Class

Will you say it today?

The holidays are coming, and that means you are probably preparing for “Nutcracker” and year-end performances.

Your life will get hectic with long rehearsals, extensive dance-classes, costume fittings, and school work… not to mention the activities you have planned with family and friends.
But while all of this is going on, there is something very important to remember… the little word with big results –


– Keep a thankful attitude.

When things get tough during dance classes, auditions or at rehearsals, give yourself a break. Remind yourself how lucky you are to be able to dance, and be thankful that you are healthy enough to move around.

– Send a thank you to the people who help you.

Take a moment to write a thank-you note to your teachers, parents, friends, and others who provide support and encouragement so that you can do what you love to do… dance. And while an e-mail is nice, a handwritten note means so much more.

– Offer a surprise treat.

If you are getting ready for a big rehearsal, take some healthy snacks or drinks to the dance studio to share with your fellow dancers during a break. It will be a nice surprise for them and show your appreciation for their collaboration and hard work.

A simple “thank you” goes a long way!

During this holiday season, it can be easy to forget how lucky we are to be able to dance.

When things get rough during rehearsals or class, remember to have a thankful mindset, and make a special effort to thank those around you who support your dancing.

Giving thanks is a simple thing to do, but it can mean a lot. Give it a try and see if it doesn’t help make your busy day a little better!

And with that, I’d like to say “Thank You” for reading this blog!

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5 Things to Tell Yourself Before Dance Class

If you just don’t feel like dancing today, but you need to go to class, here are

5 Things to Tell Yourself Before Dance Class


  1. I am lucky to dance. Today, I will dance for those who can’t.

  2. I may not be the best one in class, but I’m going to do the best I can today.

  3. I will have a positive attitude in class no matter what.

  4. I will learn at least one key thing today that will improve my dance technique.

  5. I will thank my dance instructor for teaching me, appreciate the other dancers for allowing me to learn from them, and thank the people in my life who make it possible for me to go to class!


I know what it’s like to feel sore, tired and just plain out of sorts. The last thing you want to do is go to dance class. But as dancers, we keep going… so the next time you are having a bad day and need to keep going, think about this list. You’ll feel better about going to dance class, and you’ll actually become a better dancer because of it!


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