At BoPPA, one of our core studio values is CONFIDENCE -- that means that we aim to develop a confidence in our dancers that is transferable to all areas of their lives. Here are our top tips for building confidence on and off stage!
Now is the perfect time to set your goals for the year ahead! Here are five New Year resolution ideas for dancers that will translate to life outside of the studio, as well!
Once a dancer gets over the nerves of being put on the spot, improvisation becomes a ton of fun! Not only that, but it also benefits the dancer's training in these 5 ways.
Admit it, dancers... you find yourself thinking about dance even when you're not in the studio. Now, you can think about dancing when you're scrolling Instagram, too!
Every little girl generally attends dance lessons at some stage in their life. For those who choose to continue into a dance career what options are their for them at the end? They could perform, teach or choreograph however, here are 5 Dance Career options that you may not have considered...
Learn about how the BoPPA studio values inspired me to pick up and move to New Zealand!
In last week's blog, we detailed some stretches to help dancers develop the flexibility required to create beautiful lines in leg extensions. Now, here are some strengthening exercises to help them gain control to maintain those extensions:
Have you ever seen a dancer with the flexibility, strength, and control to create perfect lines in their leg extensions? If so, you’ve probably been inspired to elevate your own extensions in class and on stage.
The first step to create gorgeous extensions is to develop the flexibility to get your legs up there. Here are three stretches you can do at home to benefit your extension:
Every dancer can learn from and be inspired by this gorgeous cinematic tribute to the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch.
As the start of Term 4 draws closer, the End of Year Show is constantly on our minds. We can’t wait to get back in the studio to help our dancers prepare. Get your dancer excited by reminding them of all that they have to look forward to...
Whether they realise it or not, dancers are learning valuable lessons that will benefit them throughout their lives -- in the studio, at school, and in their professional careers.
Here are 5 of the biggest life lessons your dancer is learning in the dance studio:
Our students have made so much progress this term. Help your dancer remember to do these three things over the holidays so that they don't miss a beat when we return for Term 4!
Once a dancer takes the stage, it is up to him or her to remember their corrections from class and apply them. Here are some reminders to help you maintain proper alignment on stage.
Next time you have the urge to say that you "can't" do something in dance class, think about what the problem really is and how you can express it to yourself and your to teacher in a more productive, positive way! Here are my thoughts on why you should stop using the word "can't" in the studio.
With so many talented young dancers out there, it can be difficult to set your performance apart from the rest. Here are 5 ways to wow your next competition judge!
Have a concert, competition, or recital coming up? This checklist will help you make sure that you have everything you need before you leave for the theatre!
Creating and maintaining a beautiful arabesque line requires strength, flexibility, counter balance, rotation, and clear port de bras. Here are some tips and exercises to help you execute your arabesque flawlessly.
At BOPPA, one of our studio values is PROFESSIONALISM. Not only does that mean that our teachers will be a model of professionalism in the classroom -- it also means that we aim to educate our students on how they can be their most professional selves, as well.
So, for this week's blog, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of the behaviors that will help our students take class like professional dancers! Share these with your student to help them reflect on how they can step up their professionalism this week:
Many young dancers long to pick out their first leotard, slip into pink tights for the first time, and try on that perfect pair of soft, pink ballet slippers. But, the benefits of enrolling your young dancer into a ballet class goes beyond just how cute they'll look in a tutu.
Here are the Top 10 benefits that your child will receive from participating in a ballet class:
Here at BoPPA our Performance Students have just come off two busy weeks of competing. While watching at these competitions I began thinking about the Pressures of Performing and how each dancer deals with nerves/stress differently.