Chistmas At A Country Dance School

  Christmas At A Country Dance School Christmas is on the way. It is on the way everywhere! For us at L A Dance Academy it has been on its way since June. You see, many of the dancers and dedicated parents and all of the teachers, have been very busy, working hard, to produce a benefit Christmas show. A show to benefit the people of Edmeston and generally the surrounding area, to have just a little better Christmas....more

Assessing the Dancer - The Knee

Assessing Dancers…the Knee Normally at the beginning of the dance season the teacher makes a mental assessment of each the dancers in her class. This assessment helps the teacher to see what areas the dancers will need the most help in future classes. This pre assessment becomes the basis for the teacher’s mental image of the each dancer in the class....more

Plie, More Than Bendig

Plie - (plee-AY) Bent, bending. A bending of the knee or knees…..Oh but it is so much more. The plie makes the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible and elastic and develops a sense of balance. At the beginning of class, during the barre exercises, plies accomplish so much for the dancer. They begin to warm up the joints of the feet, ankles, knees and hips. They help in the development of flexibility of the muscles in the lower body and bring an awareness of the turn-out in the hip sockets....more

Foot Play

     As I was attempting my run this morning with legs of lead, I noticed a little bird flitting through the bushes as I made my way down the trail leading to several sets of stairs.  A few years ago this steep ravine was transformed into Eagle Landing Park.  This park is a lovely little get-away a mere half mile from my house and can transport me back to a time when the land was all trees, birds and critters making their way down to the Puget Sound.  Of course, there weren’t the 270 metal stairs that can cause pain when used as a workout tool.  So this li...more

lights, camera...believe!

When my high school announced a Grease musical, several of my close friends auditioned and I braced myself for months of build-up and excitment for a show I wasn't brave enough to try out for.Fear of rejection, fear of mockery, fear of failure.All of them stood in my way.  When my oldest daughter was invited to audition for a competitive dance team a few years ago, it caught me off guard. I wasn't sure if I should put her in front of the things I feared most, especially knowing how much she feared them too....more

Dance as a Story

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Puttin' on the Ritz--Moscow Flash Mob!!

I really love flash mobs.  ...more

A Passion...

This blog post is about a particular passion of mine...

It's Working

It's working, I think. The knee is definitely better but the ankles are a bit touchy yet. I'm still going to stay fairly low key until next Tuesday, and in fact having a massage and facial today. Unfortunately, we are supposed to go to a dance Saturday night and that is what tweeks my knee usually. I hope we don't dance too much.   Talking about dancing, I think I forgot about this little function and I don't know if I have anything to wear or even time to find something. I'm a bit of in an internal panic here this morning....more

Gotta Dance!

Gotta Dance! The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.  ~Carl Jung...more