Hands on hips, impatiently waving her fairy wand, my dramatic little three-year-old announced that she wanted to go to dancing class with her best friend. ‘Sure’, I thought, ‘Sounds like fun.’ Nine years later, she lives and breathes dance. From musical theatre to Classical ballet, she loves to perform; her smile lighting up the stage with the pure joy of entertaining.
The dance industry has been largely starved of major technological innovations. You need only look down at your average ballet slipper to realise you’ve probably been wearing the same design since you were a child and one that has changed little in terms of functionality for hundreds of years. Yet MDM Dancewear has now engineered what is arguably the perfect ballet shoe.
A young Australian woman is embracing her personal adversity to create awareness around the stigma of lung cancer.
“We are always a family, whether it is by blood or by heart,” Miss Tania Robins said.
If you are a studio owner or an aspiring one, you will understand the importance of creating a safe space for your students. However, the vision is sometimes far from reality for some dance entrepreneurs. Melbourne studio owner, renowned dance adjudicator and VCE VET Lecturer Tania Robins reveals her knowledge about creating a sanctuary for students to enjoy.
Pilates is rapidly becoming the top profession in the dance and fitness world. New workout regimes are fusing Ballet barre work with strength and stretching techniques. Dancers who take Pilates on a regular basis understand how to use their core properly and are highly aware of safe dance practice.
“I’m so grateful for dance because it gives me a way to express exactly how I’m feeling when there are no words to describe it.” -Lucy Doherty
‘Making it’ as a professional dancer is hard. Not only do you have to be talented, but your passion for dance has to exceed beyond all other things. Sacrifices must be made, along with the sweat and tears. But what every professional dancer has in common, is the ability to work harder than they did before, due to all the pressures they face from criticism and rejection.
Dancers from Australia are travelling overseas to see if they can make it professionally in the dance industry. There is a trick to being successful; and it is not exactly a glamorous one.
Melbourne dancer Maddie Schinner is the newest recruit to the Melbourne Storm Cheerleaders. She has kicked-started her career with her first game of the season.