MCDC for Young Dancers

Articles of Interest

"Questions to Ask Yourself While in Ballet Class"
By Sheena Jeffers,

It is important you are asking yourself the correct questions while in class. You do not want to practice wrong, as famous Jazz dancer Luigi warned against. Practicing incorrectly or sending yourself the incorrect messages will only hurt your dancing and potentially open you up to injuries. What questions should you be asking yourself while you're at the barre and center? Read more.

"6 Reasons Why Dancers Make Great Employees"
By Sarah Jukes, Health Professional and Ballet student

With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, applicants need to maximize their job market potential. Learn to articulate how the attributes that make a strong dancer also make a strong employee. Read more.

"15 Truths About Being a Professional Dancer"
By Melanie Doskocil, The Portland Ballet

What drives a dancer? There are many lessons about life that can be learned from dance. Find out how truths about dance parallel some general facts of life. Read more.

"Top 10 skills children learn from the arts"
By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post

You don't find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. Read more.


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"Top Four Health Benefits of Dance"
By Treva Bedinghaus, Guide

Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits. Following are the top 4 health benefits of dance. Read more.

"Your First Year of College Dance"
By Emily Yewell Volin, Dance Informa Digital Dance Magazine

August is back to school time and, for many dancers, that means starting your first year of college dance study. Dance Informa spoke with three university professors for advice on preparing for this transition. Read more.

"Nutrition for Great Performances"
The Centre for Dance Nutrition

Dancers are performing athletes much like gymnasts, ice skaters, and other aesthetic athletes. Nutrition can make a tremendous difference in performance, muscle strength, balance, fatigue, and injury rates. Read more.

"The Taming of the Tutu: A Call for Restraint in Today's Ballet Stars"
By Risa Gary Kaplowitz, The Huffington Post Arts & Culture

Although it's been nearly four decades, I remember like it was yesterday: standing in line with my friends at Lincoln Center by 7:30 AM to get standing room tickets to see Cynthia Gregory dance. She was an American Ballet Theatre superstar at the time, and no matter what she performed (but especially when partnered by Fernando Bujones), we were ravenous to dwell with her in the magical world she created onstage. Read more.

"Dance vs. Powerpoint, a Modest Proposal"
By John Bohannon, TED Talks

Use dancers instead of powerpoint. That's science writer John Bohannon's "modest proposal." In this spellbinding choreographed talk he makes his case by example, aided by dancers from Black Label Movement. Watch.