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We’ve heard it a million times before.  Drink 8-8oz. glasses of water each day to stay hydrated.  Can you honestly say you drink 64 ounces of water daily?  If so, GOOD JOB!!  Keep it up!  If not, consider giving it a try…

Our bodies need water to survive.  If we are deprived of this necessity, our muscles, joints, organs, and even our brains wont work to their fullest potential.  As athletes, getting enough water is an essential part of our development—and along with the added physical exertion, we need even MORE that 64 ounces of water each day.

Have you ever been in dance class, performing a routine or working at the barre and you begin to feel tired or your muscles want to quit??  Usually, this is a tell-tale sign of the beginnings of dehydration.  A good rule of thumb:  Drink an additional 8 ounces of water (or one…

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ECSOD’s 12 Days of Christmas: Dancer’s Wish List!! 2013

It’s that time of year again! The Holiday Season is upon us and Christmas shopping is in full force. Finding the perfect gift for each person on your list can sometimes prove to be quite the challenge… especially for those dancers! To help you avoid the usual gift card cop out, we’ve compiled a list of 12 great gift ideas for the dancers on your list.

12 Days of Christmas 201

Click the ‘pic’ for a closer look!  🙂

Happy Shopping! We hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD

How to get the most out of your dance lessons!

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It is important to remember that no matter how wonderful your dance instructors may be, you will only reach your full potential if you, too, are fully engaged in every rehearsal, completely focused, and set personal goals to help keep your mind and body on the right track towards what you want to achieve.

Many times as dance students, we take class every week and expect improvement from attendance and participation alone.  Be aware that in order to improve, we must not only be present in our dance classes, but we must watch and listen to our instructors directions, constructive criticisms, and demonstrations, as well as work hard, stay focused, ask questions, and most importantly, PRACTICE!!

Check out this article on “Getting the Most from your Dance Lessons”.  Some really great tips!!

“Getting the Most from your Dance Lessons”

~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD

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It’s that time of year again, when hundreds of thousands of dancers, instructors, parents, and other spectators cram into auditoriums, gymnasiums, and theaters all over the country for one sole purpose: DANCE COMPETITIONS.  Dancers and instructors work hard all season improving their technique, choreographing, stretching, training, sweating, rehearsing, falling down, jumping back up, leaping, lunging, breathing (hard), and perfecting their routines.  All for the thrill of PERFORMANCE.

Dancers dance because of the feeling they feel when freedom meets expression.  When movement meets emotion.  When their heart pours out on stage and is picked up and held by the hands and hearts of their audience.  Although shows like “Dance Moms” make us out to be machine-like super humans who only care about winning, this is hardly true for the majority of the dancers in the world.  Winning has nothing to do with our passion for dance.  In fact, it is more like the…

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It’s FINALLY here!!  Spring Break will soon begin for many across the country.  This week-long break brings rest, relaxation, play, and/or travel for many.  However, with competition season just around the corner, it is important to stay focused (as much as possible…) to keep from falling back on your progress.

If you are one who is planning to travel during your Spring Break, here is a list of items you wont want to forget when packing for your vacation!!  And if you are one who isn’t traveling and are enjoying your time off at home, keep these items close at hand!!

  • Your Competition Music Playlist – Load your Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Pointe, Contemporary, and Solo/Duo/Trio songs onto your iPod to keep your dances fresh in your brain!  If possible, hit the gym or area yoga/dance studio (be sure to ask permission first!) to practice in…

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Is Dance for Me?

DSC01875There are so many different activities and sports and extracurriculars for children and teens to choose from.  How do you know what is right for you?  Why should you consider dance as your chosen activity and how will it benefit you?  Will dance be the right choice for you or your child?

Dance is becoming increasingly more popular by the multitude of TV shows that revolve around the art.  Dancing with the Stars, Dance Moms, So You Think You Can Dance, Turning Pointe… the list could go on forever!  Not only has the media brought universal cultural awareness to the wonderful art of dance, it has increased the interest level in girls AND boys alike.  Dance is an activity in which you are never too young or too old to participate.  Many studios begin dance lessons for children starting at 18 months!  And it’s never too late to start dance.  As long as you are willing to learn and willing to work at it, anyone can do it!

Dance is a wonderful way to express yourself; an outlet of sorts.  A great way to take the emotions that you have inside you and release them out into the world through movement.

Dance (and the dance instructor, of course) also help the dancer to develop  core values–respect for your instructors and fellow dance mates, teamwork, commitment to your studio and your practice, work ethic, passion for the art of dance, and discipline — just to name a few.

Dance is also a great activity to help raise one’s confidence and self-esteem, which is something that every teen needs.  Not to mention, dance is an excellent form of exercise!  And as we all know, physical activity releases endorphins and stimulates the “feel-good” hormones in your body.

And lastly, but certainly not least, dance class is a amazing place to meet new friends!  Dancers from different schools, different cities, different ages, and different backgrounds come together to share their passion and love for the art of dance.

If you are still wondering if dance will be right for you, contact your local studio to schedule a visit.  Some studios even allow new students to observe or even take a class for free to see if they like it!  🙂

~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD

Escape the Frigid Air… With our Top 10 Best Dance Movies!

With temps dropping lower than normal and even below zero in some areas of the country, many of us are stuck indoors, under the covers, away from the frigid air.  What better way to pass the time than to snuggle up on the couch with a good movie?!

For all of you dancers out there, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite dance flicks.  So here they are… our Top 10 Best Dance Movies you must see!! (in no particular order)  🙂

Top 10 Dance Movies

1.  Stomp the Yard

2.  Fame (1980 and 2009)

3.  Centerstage (Series)

4.  Happy Feet (Series)

5.  Step Up (Series)

6.  Dirty Dancing (1987 and 2004)

7.  Black Swan

8.  Billy Elliott

9.  You Got Served

10.  Footloose (1984 and 2011)


Stay Warm, Dancers!!!

~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD



Resolutions for Dancers in the Year 2013!

DSC02492Happy New Year, Dancers and Dance Families!!

We hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and are as excited as we are to start the best year yet!  2013 is going to be amazing!

With the start of each New Year, people all over the world re-evaluate their lives and seek out areas in which they feel could use improvement.  Consequently, New Year’s Resolutions are born along with a feeling of “re-birth” or “starting fresh”… turning over a new leaf, if you will.  As a dance instructor, dance enthusiast, and dancer myself, I’ve come up with a list of New Year’s Resolutions that each and every dancer should have this year.  Check them out…  feel free to use them for yourself!  Or even use them as inspiration to create your own resolutions for the year 2013.

In the year 2013, I will…

1.  begin each dance class with a positive attitude.  Clearing your mind of all negative thoughts and feelings from the day will make for a more productive and pleasant class for all involved.

2.  keep an open mind about learning new styles/skills/techniques.  Never use the words, “I can’t” in dance class.  Believe in yourself and anything is possible!  The more you tell yourself “no”, the more difficult it will be for you to achieve the task at hand.

3.  remember to bring a big water bottle to every dance class.  Staying hydrated is super important in order to keep your mind and body working properly.  Even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body will thank you!!  And you’ll probably notice a difference in your performance, too!

4.  bring healthy snacks to dance class.  Nuts, fruits, veggies, cheeses, yogurt, whole grain bagels, etc. are all great choices to pack in your snack bag.  Carbs and proteins will help keep your muscles working at their peak performance level and will also keep your energy level high.

5.  try my best to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night.  In order for your brain to function at it’s best every day, all day long, you need to give it a sufficient amount of rest!  Especially for us dancers!  School all day long and then dance class all evening?  Get your shut-eye, dancers!!

6.  remember to thank my instructors after each dance class and be courteous and respectful to everyone in and out of the studio.  Treat others how you would want to be treated!  A smile and a compliment goes a long way…  🙂

Happy New Year!!

~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD

ECSOD’s “12 Days of Christmas: Dancer’s Wish List” 2012

Christmas is literally less than 2 weeks away!!  Where did the time go?  It seems as though Thanksgiving was just yesterday and now all of a sudden we are running out of time to find that perfect gift for each person on our Christmas list.

With how popular the art of dance is, chances are pretty high that you have a dancer on your list… and sometimes, it’s difficult to know what to buy.  But DON’T WORRY!!  We are here to help!  We’ve compiled a list of 12 different gift ideas for your favorite dancer, all under $25.  And if you order soon, they will arrive with plenty of time to spare before Christmas Day.  🙂

12 Days of Christmas 2012

Good Luck and Happy Shopping!!

~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD

A Dancer’s List: Things to be Thankful for This Holiday Season

It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks, Thanksgiving will be here…  The Holiday Season is upon us!

Each year, when we enter the month of November, we begin to think of all the things that we are thankful for.  Many times, these are things that we tend to take for granted and that are very important to us and our everyday survival.

In spirit of Thanksgiving, I have compiled a Dancer’s List of Things to be Thankful for This Holiday Season.   Take a moment to think about the importance of each of the following items in YOUR life.  Think of what your life would be like, WITHOUT these things…

CLICK HERE to see our Dancer’s List!