Essential Dance Teacher Supplies and Resources

Hello WordPress! Sorry for my hiatus – there is a lot going on and I have not had time to make a post in a while!

Anyway, today I want to show you of the equipment I use that is SUPER helpful as a dance teacher. Since being a dance teacher is my primary source of income, it is important for me to stay organized and keep choreography and lesson plans documented.

Camera – Coolpix L840 (my personal camera!)

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A reliable camera not only lets you document choreography, combinations, and class exercises, but it is also essential to create a dance reel or a teaching reel to book teaching gigs. This camera has the look of a DSLR with the ease of a point-and-shoot. It operates off of 4 Double-A batteries, and shoots in 1080p with 16megapixel imaging and video stabilization. I received this as a Christmas present 2 Christmas’ ago and it is one of the most useful and best gifts I’ve ever received!

Journal

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A journal is essential as a dance teacher. For me, a journal helps me document ideas and lesson plans when I do not have my camera handy. It also helps me write down corrections when watching my students dance my choreography, and helps me organize formation changes, and even to-do lists for dance classes and performances. This cute journal I found on Amazon and you can personalize it with your name, and buy it in either college-ruled or checklist paper. If you want to order one you can click on the image! I love the personalized touch of adding your name, too.

Stickers

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If you don’t have stickers and you teach young students (primarily young girls), you NEED them. My students lose their minds over princess or fairy stickers (in a good way!). It is essential to have them to reward young students, to help young tap students know which foot to use by putting a stick on top of one of their tap shoes, or to mark certain places on the floor to remind young students where to stand in their dance.

SpotifyColor-Spotify-LogoDuring senior year of college, I contemplated buying Spotify for the classes I taught, but the first year after college I HAD to subscribe. It is so much cheaper than paying for individual tracks of music on iTunes or Google Play. I’m an avid Android user anyway, so for me Spotify was a great choice. For $10.65 a month, Spotify gives you non-stop streaming of all of your favorite music, and I’ve also found amazing covers of songs to use for choreography through Spotify’s recommendation lists. It’s perfect making playlists for all of the classes you teach.

Dance Teacher Account on DiscountDance.com

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If you don’t know what this is, then you should! DiscountDance.com is an online dance retailer carrying a lot of popular and trusted brand-name dancewear and supplies. (See Discount Dance Fall Order). If you are a dance educator, you can enroll in their dance teacher program for special teacher pricing, a special teacher discount code to give to your students to use when they order (so you get credit for their order), and access to certain performance wear and teacher-only items! It is a great resource to have access to, and for discounted items and supplies you may need for class (shoes, tights, knee pads, Therabands, etc.). Plus, it is free to sign up! ❤

These are some of my favorite items to have on me at all times as a dance teacher! Let me know your favorite supplies and resources you use that helps you be the best dance teacher you can be!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Xoxo

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Dance Teacher Makeup Routine

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Today I’m showing you the kind of makeup I wear to teach. On the rare occasion I actually have time to do makeup before work, this is my go-to everyday routine. See, I never like to look dishevelled because I like to maintain looking polished and as professional as I can for my students and their parents. Sometimes it is hard when I go to work right from rehearsal in the morning, but regardless this is my go-to everyday teaching makeup!

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So I start my makeup by prepping my face with the e.l.f. cosmetics Daily Hydration Moisturizer, and some serum for my skin. Then I apply a light amount of either the e.l.f. Acne Fighting Foundation in the shade Porcelain, or the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream in the shade Light.

Next, I shape and fill my brows in with the It Cosmetics Brow Power in the shade Taupe, fill and define them with the Chella Beauty eyebrow cream in the color Taupe, and set them with the Essence Cosmetics Soft Browny Brows eyebrow gel.

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I then massage the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Cream Blush all over my lids to give my eyes a youthful, awake, and peachy glow! I LOVE using the Beautifully Bare blush for this because I ALWAYS get compliments on my eye makeup – plus the color stays on ALL DAY!

Lately, I’ve been using the It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara in the color Super Black for my lashes, which is what I used in this look!

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I add Tarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay Blush in the shade Fiesty to my cheeks, and blend the blush down with my Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer in the shade Palm Island.

Finally, I add my lip color! Pictured here is one of the Sephora Lip Stories #22 in the shade A Little Magic! To finish, I set my face with the Morphe Setting Spray.

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I love this look because I am polished without having a heavy face of makeup on! Both foundations I use don’t clog my pores or make me break out, so they are great for teaching/being sweaty!

How do you like this look? 🙂 It has been my favorite recently, even to wear everyday when I am not teaching! Let me know what you think of it in the comments! How much makeup do you wear to work? What is your work beauty routine?

Xoxo

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Dealing with Your Period as a Dancer – Auditions, Class, Rehearsal, & Performance

Hi everyone! Let’s talk about periods today – I’m not talking punctuation. I mean our monthly “gift” that reminds each of us every month that we are women and that we are not pregnant. From mood swings, to bloating, to nausea, fatigue and pain, periods can disrupt everyday life if the symptoms of PMS and your period are severe.

So how do we, as dancers, deal with our periods when we have important auditions, classes, rehearsals, or even shows coming up? How do you manage your flow when you’re required to wear only a leotard and tights, or are put in a skimpy costume and have to dance on stage? Here are some tips on how to deal with your monthly visitor and try to control her severity.

  1. Avoid caffeine the week leading up to your cyclegiphy

    This one is hard for us coffee-addicts, but caffeine actually makes your period cramps WORSE! My OBGYN recommended to me that I avoid (as much as I can) caffeine intake when I am expecting my cycle so I can avoid intense cramps. She also recommended to take TWO ibuprofen (or Advil) a day three days before your period is supposed to come to reduce inflammation and pain intensity!

  2. Take Midol or an anti-inflammatory before your class or audition to reduce bloating and other symptomsgiphy1Midol is great at reducing bloating, cramps, and the symptoms of PMS. If you don’t like Midol, try bringing Advil or an anti-inflammatory. I get bad migraines when I’m on my cycle, and anti-inflammatory medicines help reduce my nausea and headaches! If taking medicine is not up your alley at all, try eating foods that fight bloating the week you’re supposed to get your period. Cucumbers, watermelon, honey dew melon, bananas, egg whites, Greek yogurt, and grapes can all help fight your belly bloat.
  3. Wear an outfit that is appropriate for your class/rehearsal/audition, but also an outfit that makes you feel confidentgiphy4Okay when we are bloating and on our periods the last thing we want to do is be half-dressed in tight clothing with important people (teachers, casting directors, rehearsal directors, etc.) scrutinizing our bodies. Try to accomodate your outfit so you are the most confident you can be. Afraid your panty-liner may show in your penche? Try putting on a wrap skirt. Are your breasts swollen and you need more support or coverage? Add a wrap sweater or a sports bra to keep you suported and feeling confident.
  4. BRING ENOUGH TAMPONS, PADS, & LINERS TO LAST YOU THROUGH YOUR DAY. ALSO BRING EXTRA CLOTHING!giphy3I cannot stress this point enough – bring extra feminine products so you know you are prepared for a long day! During the heaviest flow days of your cycle, sometimes pads/tampons will need to be changed every 2 to 3 hours (depending on your body and your cycle that month). So come prepared with extra everything!! – Even bring an extra outfit in case there are accidental leaks or stains (sometimes you can’t help leaks when you’re doing petit allegro!)
  5. Do your best, and don’t let your period come in-between you and your training or performancesgiphy2Your period shouldn’t slow you down! Keep your head up, and don’t let the stress of your period disrupt your training or any of your dance endeavors.

xoxo

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Audition Season is Coming – Here’s How to Prepare

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OKAY EVERYONE DON’T PANIC. Audition season is almost here (if not here already!), and it is time to buckle down and focus on what we need to do to make it through (and hopefully land a job or two!!). Here are my best tips on preparing your body and mind for a grueling and competitive audition season.

  1. Start training for the jobs you will be auditioning for – If you haven’t taken ballet or modern in over three months, or you haven’t even attempted to get your booty into a jazz class, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT. Figure out what dance jobs you are interested in, and find a way to take classes in those genres. You want to feel as prepared and as technical as you can for your auditions, so make sure you keep up with classes, or if you’re not taking class you get yourself into some RIGHT AWAY.
  2. Cross-train at the gym (yes you have to work out in addition to taking class) – YES we as dancers need to do other exercise that is not just dance class and rehearsal. During a workout you can target other muscle groups, and focus on strengthening the muscles that will help you improve your technique and your stamina.
  3. Eat healthy! – This is a given. If you feed your body healthy foods, you will feel healthier, and actually be healthier. No, eating healthy on the week nights and going out binge drinking and partying on the weekends DOES NOT count. You must properly fuel your body every day because guess what? There are 300 other dancers who could be auditioning for the same job who are are not regretting Friday night’s drunken stay out.
  4. Catch enough Zzz’s – Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night the week of your audition. You will thank yourself when you feel alert and refreshed. Catching enough sleep will help you focus on the material being thrown at you during the audition.
  5. If you want to exercise the day before your audition, try something restorative – The day before an audition is not the time to sign up for Crossfit or workout for three hours straight. Give your body a restorative break and try a restorative yoga class, or some other gentle exercise to keep your muscles loose.
  6. Prepare your headshot and update your resume – Update your resume and headshots if you need to. You can read more about this in my article Staying Organized and Marketing Yourself as a Dance Professional. Your headshot and resume are how the casting directors know who you are, what you’re about, what you’ve done, and what you look like. You don’t want to be that person who comes to the audition without those materials prepared. You probably won’t be called back if they don’t have your cellphone number 😉
  7. Find time to unwind and recharge – Audition season is long and taxing on the mind and body (especially because most often dancer’s hear the words “no” instead of “yes”). So, find time to journal, create, engage in your favorite hobby, or just relax. Our lives are busy, and squeezing in auditions takes a lot of commuting, time, and money. Even the day of the audition if it is just on the train/bus/car ride to the audition, listen to some music that calms you down or do something leisurely to fight off nerves and recharge your mind.
  8. HAVE FUN – Auditions are just as exciting as they are nerve-wracking. Try to have fun and make the best of all of your auditions because you are there for YOU and to show the directors the best YOU possible. So be happy, optimistic, and respectful and you will most likely have a good time!
  9. Do your best, and don’t let the “No’s” make you feel less than – Listen, we are going to be rejected by more people than who is willing to give us a chance. That doesn’t mean we aren’t qualified to be there, it means we are just not what they are looking for at this time. You are talented, worthy, and a great dancer. This profession takes commitment, time, and patience, so keep your goals in mind and don’t let anything make you blue.

I hope these tips were helpful, and I hope you all have a successful and FUN audition season. ❤ Let me know what you’re auditioning for – WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER!

xoxo

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Favorite Christmas Gifts from 2017

Hello everybody!

I was overwhelmed this past holiday season with the generosity from family, friends, and some of my students! I received so many amazing and useful gifts, and I want to share with you all some of my very favorites! Here is my list of top gifts, in no particular order!

  1. Bloch Warmup Booties
  2. IT Cosmetics Best Seller Makeup Set
  3. Jaclyn HillxMorphe Eyeshadow Palette
  4. Beats Wireless Headphones
  5. Kate Spade Purse and Wallet
  6. “Meet Me at the Barre” custom wine glass
  7. Dunkin Donuts gift cards

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The Bloch Warmup Booties and Beats headphones were gifts from my fiancé, and they are amazing! the booties keep my feet muscles so warm, and the headphones are an amazing replacement to my old Samsung Gear Circle (which broke).

Additionally, I’ve been DYING to try the IT Cosmetics product line, and my mom and dad bought me this set to try all of the IT Cosmetics’s best sellers. Their CC Cream, Brow Power Taupe brow pencil, Rose Tinted Lip Treatment, Bye Bye Pores Setting Powder, and their SuperHero mascara are all new favorites of mine! The CC cream is one of the best foundation creams I’ve ever tried! The beautiful brush is translucent and reflects rainbow colors – I LOVE IT.

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My fiancé’s parents bought me the Kate Spade, which I’ve always wanted a Kate Spade purse let alone a whole matching set! I love her stuff, and I am so excited everytime I put my purse on!The “Meet Me at the Barre” cup was from one of my ballet students, and it is literally so perfect! It was handmade by a small private business and I love how thoughtful and clever it is.

My Jaclyn Hill palette was a gift from my fiancé’s brothers, and I AM OBSSESSED. I never really wanted the Jaclyn HillxMorphe collaboration, but since receiving it, it is the palette I never knew I needed! The colors are diverse and versatile, and it is fun to play with to give my makeup some pops of color!

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Finally, the Dunkin gift card(s) I got from my fiancé’s other brother, and I have a lot of them from my dance students. They must know me very well because I always teach with a cold brew on hand for my long nights! ❤

These were some of the many amazing gifts I received. What were your favorites this past holiday season? Have you tried any of the beauty products I received? How do you like them?

Until next time, xoxo

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