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12 Popular Styles of Dancing
Learn about the many different styles of dance: ballet, modern, hip-hop, folk, jazz, ballroom, tap, and many more.
Are You Familiar With the Top 12 Ballroom Dances?
Learn about 12 of the most popular ballroom dances.
Learn the 5 Basic Positions of Ballet
The second position of ballet. Dance.
A Beginner's Guide to Ballet
Learn all about classical ballet. Learn basic beginner ballet steps and techniques of ballet.
How Is Folk Dance Defined?
Learn the definition of folk dance.
16 Famous Dancers You Need to Know
Profiles and highlights of some of the most famous dancers, both past and present. Learn about several people in the field of dance.
Everything You Need to Know About Modern Dance
Modern dance is a dancing style that rejects many of the strict rules of classical ballet, focusing instead on the expression of inner feelings.
10 Must-See Classical Ballets
Descriptions of the top 10 classical ballets.
Dance 101 Quiz
Test your knowledge of dance.
9 Illustrated Steps to Help You Learn to Do...
Learn how to do straddle splits, also known as side, center or box splits.
Characters of The Nutcracker Ballet
A list of the many characters who make up the holiday ballet favorite.
What Is Contemporary Dance?
What is contemporary dance?
Your Introduction to Jazz
Jazz dance is a fun type of dancing suitable for all ages. Learn all about the basics of jazz dance.
10 Steps to Making a Perfect Ballerina Bun
Using a hair brush, smoothe hair back neatly.
All About Hip Hop Dancing
Hip hop is a popular, energetic dance style, usually danced to hip hop music, that evolved from the hip hop culture.
How to Get Beautiful Dancer's Feet
Learn how to enhance your foot arches for beautiful ballet feet.
Cha Cha
Learn all about the popular Latin American dance, the Cha Cha.
What Is Folk Dance?
Folk dance refers to dances developed by groups or communities, as opposed to being made up by a choreographer.
The Basics that You Need to Know About the Tango
Learn all about dancing the tango.
The Nutcracker
For many people, the holidays wouldn't seem complete without attending a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. Here is a close look at The Nutcracker, a traditional holiday favorite.
Dancing With the Stars
How do I obtain Dancing With the Stars tickets?
9 Famous Dance Choreographers of the Past and...
Learn about famous dance choreographers.
Learn More About the Basics of a Waltz
Learn all about the Waltz in ballroom dancing.
What Does the Term 'Rumba' Refer To?
Learn all about the Rumba in ballroom dance.
The Characteristics and Steps of the Jive
Learn all about the Jive. Dance.
5 Ways That You Can Learn to Dance
Learn how to dance with this step-by-step, illustrated tutorial.
What You Need to Know About the Paso Doble
Learn all about the Paso Doble in ballroom dancing.
Zumba: A Perfect Combination of Dance and...
Zumba is a fitness program inspired by Latin dance.
Ballet Quiz - Basic Ballet Quiz
Basic Ballet Quiz Test Your Ballet Knowledge Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have javascript turned
The 5 Ballet Arm Positions
An illustrated tutorial of the arm positions in ballet.
The Top 4 Health Benefits of Dancing
Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits. Following are the top 4 health benefits of dance.
What Is the Samba?
Learn all about the Samba in ballroom dancing.
What's a Good Age for a Child to Begin Taking...
Until the age of 8, children benefit most from pre-ballet classes. Before then, the bones are too soft for the demands of technical exercises.
What Is Swing Dancing?
Swing dance is a lively dance style in which couples swing, spin and jump together.
Mambo
Mambo dancers appear quite passionate and seem to express that passion with the movements of their hips.
What Is Latin Dance?
Latin dance is a fast-paced, often sensual, partner dance characterized by sexy hip movements.
What Is the Slow Foxtrot?
Learn all about the high-energy Foxtrot.
A Step-by-Step Guide for How to Do the Cha-Cha...
Step-by-step illustrations of the Cha-Cha Slide, a popular party dance.
Is Your Diet Dancer Friendly?
Serious dancers need a proper diet to perform at their best. Learn about foods a dancer should, and shouldn't, eat.
Basic Ballroom Dance Positions
An image gallery of basic partner positions in ballroom dance.
How can I get higher leg extensions?
Learn how to get your leg extensions higher.
An Overview of Swan Lake: The Most Popular of...
Learn all about the famous ballet, Swan Lake.
What Is Flamenco Dancing?
Flamenco dance is an expressive dance form that mixes percussive footwork with intricate hand, arm and body movements.
Tap Dance Tips for Beginners
Tap is an exciting form of dancing in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.
All About Belly Dancing
Learn about the art of belly dancing.
Lindy Hop
Learn all about the Lindy Hop. Dance.
How Much Do Dance Classes Really Cost?
Your daughter wants to take dance classes. How musch will dance classes cost? Can you afford it?
The Basic Steps to Help You Learn to Point Your...
Bend your ankles to improve your point.
What Is Lyrical Dance?
Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance.
3 Tips for Improving Your Leaps
Following are 3 tips to help you improve your leaps.
A Straddle Stretch Routine for Learning to do a...
A step-by-step guide illustrating how to stretch to increase flexibility for doing the splits.
An Overview of Giselle: The Romantic Ballet...
Learn about the great romantice ballet, Giselle.
Land of Sweets
In the second act of The Nutcracker Ballet, Clara and the prince arrive at the Land of Sweets.
How You Can Become a Dancer
Do you want to become a dancer? Here is everything you need to know to become a dancer. Read beginner questions and answers, learn about dance equipment, and learn all about different dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz and more. A must-read guide for anyone who wants to become a dancer.
An Illustrated Tutorial of the Charlie Brown...
Learn how to do the Charlie Brown, a dance step in the Cha-Cha Slide.
Dance Gift Ideas
A guide to finding the perfect gift for every dancer.
4 Simple Tips to Help You Learn Dance...
The following tips will help you memorize dance routines quickly and easily.
Do a Pirouette
Bend both legs so you can puch off into your pirouette. Page 2.
Anna Pavlova
The world will forever remember the Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who brought a more traditional feel to classical ballet.
Who Is Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet?
Learn about Clara Stahlbaum, the main character in The Nutcracker ballet.
Modern
Learn the definition of modern dance.
Try This Complete Jazz Warm-Up Routine
An illustrated, step-by-step jazz dance warm-up.
How Is Ballet Dancing Defined?
Learn the definition of ballet dance.
5 Essential Elements of Hip Hop Dance
Learn the top five elements of hip hop dance.
4 of the Basic Barre Exercises in Ballet
Work at the barre is meant to warm up the muscles and improve turnout and balance. Each barre exercise should be performed on one side of the body and then again on the other.
Quickstep
Learn all about the Quickstep in ballroom dancing.
How to Get Your Child Started in Dance
Learn how to start your child in dance, including information about dance classes and how to find the perfect dance teacher.
Tips for Cleaning Pointe Shoes
Learn tips for properly cleaning pointe shoes.
Bob Fosse
Learn all about famous jazz dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse.
The Top 10 Dance Movies
Top 10 movies about dance.
Viennese Waltz
Learn all about the Viennese Waltz.
How to Install Your Own Ballet Barre
Learn how to make a ballet barre for practicing ballet at home.
What Is Country and Western Dance?
Country dancing includes several dances, usually danced to country-western music.
Improve Your Balance
Balance is the ability to maintain the center of gravity of the body while minimizing postural sway. Balance is an important component of all types of dance
Tips for Attending the Ballet
Get the most out of a ballet performance.
History of The Nutcracker Ballet
Over 100 years old, The Nutcracker Ballet was first presented at the Mayinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892.
How to Create Your Own Dance Routine
It's fun and simple to put together a dance routine. Find out how to choreograph a dance.
Splits Stretches
Try a few extra stretches for getting your splits. Page 4.
Where Did Breakdancing Come from?
Learn about the history of breakdancing.
A Guide to Ballet for Kids and Parents
A ballet guide for kids and parents. This guide will introduce both girls and boys to the world of ballet.
Tips for Pirouettes
Learn a few tips for improving your pirouettes.
Arabesque
Lift the back leg to perform an arabesque. Page 2.
Coppelia
Learn about Coppelia, a charming, fun ballet.
How to Know Which Dance Style Is Right for You
If you are considering learning how to dance, you have several dance styles from which to choose. Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn, you must first choose a dance style. How do you know which dance style is right for you?
Teach Your Toddler Ballet
Teach your toddler ballet steps at home.
Fun Facts About the Nutcracker Ballet
The New York City Ballet usually presents around 50 performances of The Nutcracker Ballet each year. Here are a few fun facts about the New York City Ballet's Nutcracker performance.
Improve Your Turnout
Raise your right leg, keeping it straight and turned out. Page 2.
9 Popular Brands and Styles of Pointe Shoes
Learn about nine different brands (Bloch, Capezio etc), enabling dancing en pointe, which is an integral part of a ballet dancer's training.
Correct Alignment for Ballet Dancing
Don't sickle your foot, allowing your big toe to point inward.
Disco Dance
Learn all about disco dance.
How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Toenails for...
Learn about treatment and prevention of ingrown toenails.
Irish Dancing
Learn all about Irish dancing. Dance.
5 Requirements to Begin Pointe Work
Starting pointe work marks a milestone in a dancer's life. How do you know when you're ready for pointe shoes?
Basic Jazz Square
Cross your right foot over your left. Page 2.
How to Do a Battement Tendu in Ballet
Slide one foot forward, maintaining turnout.
Spotting
A step-by-step, illustrated tutorial of spotting for turns.
One Hand Hold Position
In the one hand hold, only one hand is held.
Cinderella
Learn about Cinderella, a timeless tale of rags-to-riches.
How To Break In New Pointe Shoes
Learn how to break in a new pair of pointe shoes.
Learn the Electric Slide
Learn how to dance the Electric Slide so you can join in the fun at your next event.
Tips for Buying Ballet Slippers
Follow these tips to find the perfect ballet slippers.
Adult Ballet
It's never too late to learn ballet. Adult ballet is a great way to get into shape and learn something new.
La Bayadere
La Bayadere, choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1877, tells a story of eternal love, mystery, fate, vengeance, and justice.
Jazz Stretch Routine
An illustrated stretch routine for jazz dancing that you can do at home.
Learn the Cha-Cha Slide: A Fun 9-Step Photo Guide
A step-by-step, illustrated guide to the Cha-Cha Slide dance.
La Sylphide
La Sylphide is credited with being one of the first Romantic ballets.
Act One of The Nutcracker Ballet
The first act of The Nutcracker Ballet consists of three sections: the Party Scene, the Battle and the Land of Snow.
Tap Dance Floors
Learn which type of floor is best for tap dance.
Stage Makeup for Young Dancers
Line both the upper and lower lash lines with black eyeliner.
Passe
Learn the definition of passe in ballet.
Tap Quiz - Basic Tap Quiz
Basic Tap Quiz Test Your Tap Dancing Knowledge Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have javascript
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty was the first successful ballet composed by Tchaikovsky.
Learn How to Line Dance
Learn all about line dancing. Dance.
Perfect Gifts for Dance Teachers
If you are in need of a gift for your dance teacher, here are a few ideas.
History of Belly Dance
Learn about the history of belly dancing.
Praise Dance
Learn about praise dancing. Dance.
Dance Competition Tips
Learn tips and tricks for winning dance competitions.
Jazz Isolation Routine
An step-by-step, illustrated jazz isolation routine.
How to Do a Grand Plié in Ballet
Bend your knees into demi plié.
Twyla Tharp
Learn all about famous choreographer Twyla Tharp.
Learn How to Do a Demi Plié in Ballet
Bend your knees to demi plié.
Straddle Jump
Prepare for a straddle jump by squatting down to the floor. Page 2.
Leg Stretches for Dancers
An exercise to stretch the hamstrings.
Start Learning Ballet Today
Learn the basics of ballet shoes.
Don Quixote
Learn about the epic masterpiece, Don Quixote.
How to Tie Pointe Ballet Shoes
Wrap one ribbon around your ankle.
Pointe Shoe Rehardening
Learn all about ways to harden and repair pointe shoes.
Martha Graham
Learn all about American dancer Martha Graham.
The Ballet Lesson
A step-by-step illustration of a typical ballet lesson.
Jazz Turns
Learn how to perform a jazz pirouette.
What happens in a typical ballet class?
Learn all about a basic ballet class.
Two Hand Hold
In the two hand hold position, both hands are held. Page 2.
Contra Dance
Learn all about contra dancing. Dance.
Dance Expressions
Ballet dancers tell stories with their facial expressions. They use expressions instead of using words.
Survive a Dance Audition
These five tips will help you do well at your next dance audition.
What Is The Nutcracker Suite?
The Nutcracker Suite is the name given to eight of the most popular pieces from the ballet, chosen by Tchaikovsky.
Tips for Female Dancers
Learn about a few embarrassing problems you may face as a female dancer, and how to fix them.
How to Prepare Your Body With a Dance Warm Up
A dance warm up should be performed before each dance practice session.
Customize Your Pointe Shoes
Learn how to customize your pointe shoes with cushions and toe pads. Page 4.
Shane Sparks
Learn all about hip hop choreographer Shane Sparks.
How to Jump Higher With Plyometrics
Many dancers complain about the height of their jumps. Do you want to increase the height of your jumps? Try these things to help.
Find the Beat of Music
Finding the beat of music is often one of the most difficult tasks facing new dancers.
Romeo and Juliet
Learn about Romeo and Juliet, a ballet by Sergei Prokofiev.
Qualities of a Good Dance Teacher
Once you have decided to take dance lessons, it is important that you find the right dance teacher.
Prevent and Heal Blisters
Learn how to prevent and heal a blister.
Ballet Technique Checklist
A handy checklist to improve your technique in every ballet class.
Vaganova Ballet
Learn about the Russian Vaganova training technique of ballet.
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