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When you think of dancing, what comes to mind? Do you envision repetitive movements at the barre? A Broadway show? The Tango? A brilliant mind…”The dancer is the body, the dance is the mind, dancing is a chiasm (a crossing or intersection)”(Merleau-Ponty). Regardless of what style of dance comes to mind, dance at Prima Dance [...]


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make room for art

Imagine leaving all your current belongings in your home for over 70 years-untouched-a time capsule. This articlehttp://themetapicture.com/abandoned-this-apartment-from-1942/ about French socialite and actress Madame de Florian was so stirring as it revealed a lot of tangible pieces of art and reflections of life in Paris. What would be the value of the items we choose to keep in our home [...]


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straight to the pointe

At what point do we, as parents, realize that our child may need to do movement in order to grow and learn about the world around them? So many times we see the activities we enrol our children in as a necessity for exposure, experience and education. But at what stage do we connect with the [...]


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The Gift of Potential

    Recently we watched the documentary Searching for Sugarman (watch the trailer link here, even better is the whole movie on Netflix). It left us in awe of the potential that every person has to create something great, whether one is noted for their accomplishments or not. Contrary to common belief, creativity is one of those abilities that [...]


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on being adaptable

                  its safe to say from day to day we live our life in three worlds:  yesterday, today and tomorrow. All three equally important, but only one of them we can change. Where we stand right now. Being adaptable:  able to change or be changed in order [...]


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seize the silence

The times when one is not dancing, seems to be the time a dancer thinks the most about dancing. As you sit in the studio with our students they always want to talk about dance, watch a ballet video or practise their choreography in the lobby. Like a photographer who always sees the photo opt, an actor rehearsing their lines [...]


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Don’t Feed the Fears

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown Fear is a very real part of life. It has the ability to debilitate all aspects our lives. Dance is no different. Concentration, control, character and choreography all in one breath. Being a dancer means letting the inside [...]


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Am I Ready for Pointe?

Nothing compares to that magical moment when your teacher says you’re ready for your first pair of pointe shoes. You need a strong technical foundation before beginning pointe world. Ever wonder why getting promoted to pointe shoes take so long? Pointe work can be dangerous and detrimental to your feet if you start to early, [...]


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Pointe Shoe FAQ: A Guide to Pointe Shoes Part 2

5. How do I break in my new pointe shoes? It is important to listen to your teacher’s advice when breaking in new pointe shoes, but here are a few recommendations that you can follow. Do not wear your pointe shoes at home before your teacher approves them. If your teacher has any concerns the [...]


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Pointe Shoe FAQ: A Guide to Pointe Shoes Part 1

1. Why do I need a professional pointe shoe fitting? To ensure pointe shoes fit correctly takes time and care. Ill-fitting shoes can be very uncomfortable and may cause injury. A fitting can take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes and is preformed by experienced Pointe Shoe Fitters and Footwear Specialists. You should only be [...]