Benefits of Recitals

You drop off your dancer once or twice (or more) every week; when you pick her up, she’s a little sweaty and needs a snack. You wash the dance gear and keep track of the shoes, and you smile at the other parents who are doing the same. You peek through the doorways and curtains…

Having dance on the brain is a good thing

Most parents know that when they have a dancer in the house, they have a child who seemingly thinks about dance all day long. They spin through their conversations with you, search endlessly for new dance music and continually hike their legs high on the walls to get a good stretch. Sometimes just watching them…

MDU’s 20 Gift Ideas for Dancers

The holiday season is here! Here are our 20 gift ideas for the dancer in your life! 20. A new dance bag. Check out THIS awesome bag from Lululemon, with multiple pockets for all your dance-wear and shoes! 19. A Turning Board. Help your dancer improve their pirouettes with an official TurnBoard. Check out their…

Why Technique Matters

Why Technique Matters   Dance is often viewed as simply an art form, which it truly is. But ask any dancer and they’ll tell you they’re athletes just as much as they are artists. Performing their art requires skill, muscle control and endurance. That’s why technique matters and is so fundamentally important throughout their dance…

20 Dance Halloween Costume Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner! We know you want to show your love of dance with your costume; here are 20 dance themed Halloween costumes to do just that! Recreate MJ’s iconic look from his “Beat It” music video with a red leather jacket, black pants and black loafers with white socks. Don’t forget…

Three signs you’ve chosen the right studio

Three signs you’ve chosen the right dance studio   Most communities offer a variety of dance opportunities. Knowing whether you’ve found the right fit for your dancer can be as easy as 1,2,3. Look for these signs:   Dance instructors are qualified and well trained in technique. Good dancers don’t always make good teachers. You…

Is Pre-Pro Right for Your Child?

Are Pre-Professional Ballet Classes Right for Your Dancer?   Pre-professional ballet programs, we call them pre-pro for short, are designed for talented and passionate young dancers who are ready for advanced training. A well-developed pre-pro program will include an academic study of dance as well as advanced technique. Is this program right for your dancer?…

Preparing for Auditions

How to help your dancer prepare for an audition: eight healthy strategies Every dancer has the opportunity to audition, whether it’s for a role on a studio team or a professional company, for a high school dance team or for admission into a college program. There’s no denying that dancers can get anxious about auditions,…