The Nutcracker by Disney!

The Nutcracker by Disney!

December 10th, 2017 at the Plainfield South High School Auditorium, Plainfield Dance Academy will be performing their annual production of The Nutcracker!

Now that we’re a little less than a month away from the big day, we thought it’d be a fun idea to do a few special posts about this most beloved holiday ballet leading up to our performance! And since Saturday mornings are when we have our Pre-Ballet – Ballet 2 classes with the little ones, we thought that we’d talk about our favourite childhood memory of the music from the Nutcracker: Disney’s Fantasia!

In 1940, Walt Disney with his best team of animators, accompanied by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, created what would become one of Disney’s most beloved classics. Using classical music to narrate the stories, the animators created their own works of art not based on the original intent of the music but, the feeling and imagery it brought to mind for them. Through this concept, they changed the way people listened to the music from Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece.

What is The Nutcracker?

The story that appears in The Nutcracker ballet is based on a story written by E.T.A. Hoffmann in 1816 called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. The story follows Marie, 7, her eight year old brother Fritz, as they spend the Christmas holiday with their grandfather, Drosselmeier. Marie sees a nutcracker on the mantel, which Drosselmeier says she can be the special caretaker of. After an argument with her brother for breaking the nutcracker, Marie sleeps and dreams of many different adventures with the nutcracker, armies of mice and other fanciful dreams.

Using this story, Tchaikovsky wrote his last and most famous ballet of a similar name: The Nutcracker, in 1891. Changing Marie’s name to Clara, as well as a few other minor details, the music as well as the ballet itself has become one of the most recognizable works of art in the world. Oddly enough, it’s widely known that Tchaikovsky wasn’t pleased with the end result of the music, thinking of it as one of the worst pieces he’d ever written. How wrong a person can be!


When Disney gained the rights to use the music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker in their film, they created stories completely different than that most commonly associated with this music.

The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies

In this visual recreation of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, we follow the clever fairies of the forest who bring color and life to the dull, colorless world. They dance and fly about spreading joy, whimsy, color and fun to the flowers, trees and waters.

Some fairies use their magic to make flowers bloom and spread a glistening dew upon the various plants in the forest, representing the Spring and Summer.

This imagery makes the changing of the weather seem more magical than you could’ve possibly thought! Click the image to watch the video!

The Chinese Dance

In this sequence, we are introduced to a small family of mushrooms, dancing in a circle, with the star of the number being the runt of the group. During this performance, the tiniest mushroom tries desperately to keep up with the bigger mushrooms without being left out. He struggles to keep up with the number but, ultimately takes center-stage in the finale spotlight!

It’s as whimsical and light-hearted and the music itself and one of the Fantasia crowd-favorites.

Dance of the Reed Flutes

The animators used the idea of dancing flowers and turned them into ballerinas. Following the music as it speeds up, increases in volume and intensity, and decreases its intensity, the flowers spin on point just as dancers in a pair of pointe shoes.

The majority of the flowers, the company of dancers, are a variety of orange, pink and blue. In the center is the solo white flower’ the prima ballerina. At the end of the number, the entire company of flowers and the white flower spin off of a waterfall to bring us to the next number.

The Arabian Dance

This scene slows things down a bit with an almost trans-causing dance by a fish that the Disney animators interestingly enough named “the Lola fish”. Take that however you will. It’s a very short piece that Disney didn’t really make too much of a story out of.

But, the animation is top notch for it’s time with the way they animated under water movement and it’s effect on the water itself. Many people said the same thing and saw this as a turning point for the Disney animation team. Oh boy, if they only knew what the future had in store for them.

The Russian Dance

Not only is this one of the most popular numbers in the Nutcracker suite, this animation sequence is one of the most beloved number in Fantasia. The Disney animators knocked it out of the park with bright colors and lively imagery that they put to this music. The thistle flowers represent the male dancers and the orchids represent the female dancers, even looking somewhat similar to what traditional Russian dancers wear!

The joy and uptempo beat of the song makes it very easy to watch and enjoy. For a brief moment, you almost forget that these are dancing flowers because of the animators ability to humanize them through their appearance and mannerisms!

The Waltz of the Flowers

Do you remember the Spring and Summer fairies from the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies? Well, in this final Nutcracker piece, we are introduced to the fairies of the Autumn and Winter. The music helps tell the tale of the fairies who change the colors of the leaves and bring the frost and snowflakes to the world. These are the fairies who freeze water and skate upon it leaving behind trails of their magic.

The way the music captures the power and might of the winter at the end, moves seamlessly with the work of the animators. It’s images like these that helped so many little girls decide to become little ballerinas themselves and then find out that they get to dance to this exact same music!

The Disney animators responsible for the classic that is Fantasia are considered pioneers in the way animation is perceived and in the way we perceive music. The music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite is timeless and brings many different memories to each person that listens to it.

Tell us, what does this music do for you?

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Winter Weather Stretches

Winter Weather Stretches

Fun Fact!

When the body feels a chill, your neck, back and shoulders tense up and tighten. With enough exposure to colder weather, your body can start feeling tired and sore. This can cause some serious problems for your body in the long run. Seeing as this is a blog dedicated to the betterment of the dancer’s life and the love of all things ballet, we’re going to discuss some of the best stretches and exercises to help relieve tension from your muscles this autumn/winter. Shall we begin?

Foam Rollers & Tennis Balls

Foam rollers are best, in our opinion, for loosening up your back after coming in from the cold and warming up. Loosening up your muscles will help relieve any tension you feel after being out in the cold. It’s best, when using a foam roller, to relax your muscles. Not only would the foam roller have no positive effect on flexed muscles but, it can also cause minor bruising, much like receiving a vaccine with a tense arm.

Tennis balls are best used to target small, specific problem areas. It may be that your back, overall, feels fine except for one small knot in the upper left side of your back. Rolling that spot on the tennis ball on the floor is an amazing way to work out that kind of kink. The same goes for other areas like the neck, lower back, legs, even hands!

Aside from working out the kinks, let’s see what else can be done to fix yourself after that cold weather!

Yoga, Yoga & More Yoga!

First of all, to see the image in greater detail, click on it! It’ll take you to the pin on Pinterest, which I’m sure you’ll want to save!

Like I said before, the cold weather effects the way your muscles respond to the temperatures. Your neck will most likely stiffen, your shoulders tend to raise and all of this wears out your back. So, doing these stretches/poses will help you to loosen up your stiff and tense areas. But what’s so bad about stiffness? Well, down the line, it can cause problems like osteoporosis, severe knots, even (in some BAD cases) minor nerve damage.

In all honesty, these are stretches that should be done ALL year around, not just in the winter. But, the winter will definitely be the most effective time to do it. Just make sure that you’re not over doing it. The last thing you want to do is cause further damage by over extending yourself. Listen to what your body is telling you. If it’s in pain, figure out what you can do to fix it. If you need to work it out, work it out! If you need to take it easy, take it easy!

No matter the case, take care of yourself and enjoy the seasons.

What’s New at P.D.A.?

What’s New at P.D.A.?


Well, friends, Winter is upon us and there are so many things going on here at Plainfield Dance Academy. Like what? Well, I’ll tell you!

The Nutcracker!

First of all, we’re in the heat of rehearsals for the 2017 production of The Nutcracker, which will be at the Plainfield South High School Auditorium on December 10th. With more and more people getting involved, things have started getting busy, busy busy! And while we’re talking about The Nutcracker, let’s talk parent volunteers.


We’re still looking for parent volunteers to help out during the dress rehearsal and at the performance on December 10th. Parents will still be able to see the show from their seats in their reserved area in the theater. So, don’t worry! You won’t have to miss a thing! Let us know if you’re available to help out. You know the P.D.A. phone number, it’s (815)230-5893, remember?!

Fundraiser Time!

You know what else we’re excited about? Our partnership with Butter-Braid for a fundraiser! This fundraiser will help us raise money for new costumes for our dancers! That’s something we can ALL get excited about, right? And who can resist the amazing food from Butter-Braid? We get to sell 7 incredible breads like the Apple, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Raspberry, Caramel Rolls Strawberry & Cream Cheese, and the 4 Cheese and Herb! YUM YUM YUM!!!!! All orders are to be turned in by November 28th to the P.D.A. front desk.

Random News!

The P.D.A. Nutcracker So-Called “Class”.

We’ve created a “class” in the Jackrabbit system for those participating in the Wheatland Dance Theater/Plainfield Dance Academy Nutcracker as a way of keeping track of those involved and communicating to the entire cast and crew more efficiently. So, don’t panic if you’ve seen a class added to your schedule! DON’T PANIC!!

New Tap Classes!

If you haven’t seen the new sign on the front door, Plainfield Dance Academy is now offering a Tap class for Ages 7+ on Wednesdays at 5:30PM until 6PM! We’re also going to introduce a brand new Adult Tap class: Beginning Adult Tap for ages 18+ on Wednesdays at 6pm until 6:30PM! If you’ve had enough of your kids having all the fun, it’s time to have some fun for yourself! See the front desk for more information!

The “Shupa Lounge”!

Who’s seen the brand new dressing room and third studio space here at Plainfield Dance?

Beautiful, isn’t it? One question we keep getting is “Why does the wall say Merde?”. Well, allow me to explain.

One of the most popular stories involving this word comes from the streets of Paris in the earliest days of ballet. Most people would perform in the streets as a way of earning extra money or because they were unable to afford time in one of the few theaters of the city. During these public performances, passersby and viewers would shout “Merde!” as a way to warn the performer not to step in the… merde of an animal. As this continued, this became a strange tradition and inside-joke with the dance community and a way of wishing someone good luck. There’s your fun fact for the day! Maybe we’ll expand on this in the next blog post!


We’ll be posting photos of the studio on Facebook and our other social media outlets once we’ve put on all of the finishing touches. But for now, we think you’ve gotten pretty caught up on the goings-on of the studio.

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Your Winter Dance Bag

Your Winter Dance Bag

It’s important to keep your dance bag packed and well-stocked all throughout the year. Your dance bag is going to be your holy grail item to have with you in rehearsals. This is where you keep your must-have items to help you stay in shape and adequately prepared for your class/workout. The usual list for a dance bag is as follows:

  • water bottle
  • snacks
  • leotard
  • tights
  • bobby pins
  • deodorant
  • sweat towel
  • hair ties
  • dance shoes
  • phone charger
  • wallet
  • lip balm/chapstick
  • Advil/Ibuprofen
  • personal hygiene products

Of course, every dance bag varies depending on the dancer. So, the list above is really a very basic idea of what should be in a dancer’s rehearsal bag.

As the weather change and becomes dryer and colder, your day-to-day necessities are going to change, too. And the things you keep in your bag are going to change a bit. Let’s take a look at what you should add to your checklist for your dance bag, shall we?

  • hand lotion/body lotion
    • Colder weather tends to dry out a person’s skin. So, keeping your skin well moisturized will help you to continue to move effortlessly.
  • leg-warmers
    • Remember our last post? Leg -warmers are a dancer’s best friend during fall and winter. So, stock up!
  • booties
    • Stop giggling, you goof. I’m talking about those little boots that you wear outside of rehearsal to keep your feet warm!
  • sweatshirt/hoodie
    • This one doesn’t really need explaining but, here it goes anyway. Regardless of how much you sweat during your class, you’re still going to have to keep your body warm. So, do it.
  • tissues
    • With fall and winter comes the sniffles. The cold and flu viruses run rampant around this time and it’s best to be well-stocked with the necessities.
  • cough drops
    • Do you happen to remember what we said in the last post about sore throats? Keeping your throat healthy is a MAJOR factor in keeping yourself healthy altogether.

Is there anything else we need to add to our list? What do YOU keep in your dance bag? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

Leg-Warmers, Hats & Scarves! Oh My!

Leg-Warmers, Hats & Scarves! Oh My!

It’s been mentioned on this blog before, the importance of taking care of your body as the weather changes. Well, with the temps dropping somewhat rapidly at P.D.A., we’d like to reiterate the significance of bundling up!

Did You Know…

That it’s much harder for your body to fight viruses if it isn’t at the appropriate temperature? Basically, if you’re colder, it’s a lot harder for your body to fight off the cold and other illnesses. Though it’s yet to be confirmed in the medical field, many studies on this very topic have, indeed, proven this to be true.

What Should You Do?

Layer up! Wearing multiple layers makes it harder for the cold air to get trapped within the fabric of your clothing. The more layers, the more your body has protecting it to store it’s natural heat. More clothing = a warmer body = a healthier you! Now take a look at today’s title. Leg-warmers, hats and scarves are the holy trinity of keeping warm and that’s what we’re going to focus on today.


Did You Know…

That nearly 53% of people in the U.S. complain about having cold feet? And we’re not just talking about wedding jitters!

The lower parts of your body actually harbors more heat than you might give it credit for. Obviously, when the weather changes, it’s a good idea to throw on some cozy boots but, going the extra mile won’t do you any harm! Sometimes, wearing warm shoes just isn’t enough and that heat from your feet still finds a way to escape, leaving you feeling cold anyway! By throwing on some leg-warmers, you’re giving your legs a chance to trap that feet heat and give you one less thing to worry about.


Did You Know…

That a large portion, nearly 40%, of your body heat is lost through your head?

That’s why it is so imperative that hats need to be worn once the weather starts changing. Not only will you be preventing body-heat loss but, hats (when worn properly) are a great way to protect your ears from the harsh, cold winds. When your ears are exposed to winds below 40 degrees, the chances of ear-aches and migraines rise significantly. So, do yourself a favor. Go to the mall, pick out a few nice but function-able hats and do your thing!


Did you Know…

Everyone carries the cold and flu viruses but, those who keep their noses and throats warm are less likely to show symptoms? It’s true!

Do scarves have the ability to be insanely fashionable? Of course! But, they can be so much more! Right now, the weather isn’t so severe that you need to cover your nose. So, we’ll focus on the throat for a moment. Keeping your throat warm will help you prevent injury to your vocal chords. And while this isn’t a singing blog, it is important to keep your throat healthy regardless. Sore throats and voice- loss are caused by stretching cold muscles. Keeping your throat warm will prevent this type of injury and prevent some of those cold viruses from taking hold!

When the weather turns even colder, covering your nose will not only keep you warmer, longer but it will also keep you from inhaling more of those nasty seasonal viruses. It also makes for a helpful shield should someone nearby cough or sneeze!

What does all of this medical jargon have to do with being a dancer? Well, your body is your instrument. And you want to keep yourself in the best shape possible, don’t you? So, keep yourself nice and bundled up!

Student Spotlight: Miro Pljevaljcic

Student Spotlight: Miro Pljevaljcic

Ladies and Gentlemen, if you’d like to get to know the dancers who embody the attitude of Plainfield Dance Academy, let’s begin with Miro Pljevaljcic!

Miro’s been a student with Plainfield Dance Academy since December of 2015 and he’s quite the Renaissance man when it comes to the types of dance he practices! Not only does he study ballet but he’s also enrolled in Contemporary, Ballroom and Character, too! He’s also in the student choir at his school! Does this guy love to perform or what?! He’s always early to arrive for class and he walks out of each class having clearly given it all of his energy.

Every time he comes to the studio, he’s ready to greet you with a smile, a hello, and a small story about his day so far. It’s rare to find him in any mood other than cheery. If there’s anything he’s unsure about, whether it’s the schedule, a technique or where an absent student might be, Miro always has a question to ask. He’s extremely outgoing, friendly and is constantly on the hunt to learn as much as he can about… well, everything!

But, other than the obvious positivity he brings to the studio, why are we focusing today’s Student Spotlight on him?

On Sunday, October 22nd, Plainfield Dance Academy held an Open House event in which Parents, friends and the general public were invited to check out our facilities, see the debut of our BRAND NEW 3RD STUDIO and see a special performance by our Plainfield Dance Academy Company dancers! After the performance and still during the event, one our moms saw a wonderful candid moment and shared the sweet moment with us.



   In the brand new studio, Miro was teaching another student’s little brother, Liam, some techniques that’s he’s learned. Miro was very patient with Liam and helped him learn how to stand, foot placement and other techniques. The two laughed as Liam tried to follow Miro’s easy instruction. In that moment, Miro displayed the three pillars of our mission at P.D.A. Passion– Miro shows others his love of dance not only by performing but, by sharing that passion through teaching others. Dedication– He dedicates all of his attention in class by asking questions when he needs help and using his time before class to prepare for his lesson that day. Artistry– Through his various creative outlets, Miro uses dance as a form of expression, a way of entertaining others and a way of connecting with others like Liam.

Thanks for showing others what P.D.A. is all about, Miro! Way to go!

Dance Because You Love It!

Dance Because You Love It!

Why do we dance? Is it because we’re expected to? Is it because we’re told we have to?

We dance because we love it. Dance is a form of self-expression for which only a select few posses a talent. When your craft is fueled by passion, the combination is virtually unstoppable. Sometimes, it’s easy to loose sight of the initial passion you have for the art when you’re constantly on the go with rehearsals, competitions, classes and so on. So, let’s take a moment today to think about why we dance.

Why did we start?

When we were little, most likely, we saw ballerinas as perfect and beautiful. We wanted to be just like them. They were beautiful and graceful and everyone loved them. Once we started our first ballet class, we wanted to show what we could do to everyone we knew. Our parents, aunts, uncles and other adults praised us for behaving so well in class, working hard and for doing such a lovely job. We loved that attention and all of the positive reinforcement.

Going to class was a treat. Not only did we get to dance, but we got to dress in the most lovely “ballerina outfits”, see our ballet friends and our favorite teachers ever! Class was always a blast because we were learning to do a special dance for our first ever dance recital.

When it came time for the first dance recital, that spotlight was the greatest thing we’d ever seen and we wanted MORE. Being on stage in front of an audience was the greatest thrill we’d ever known. If this was what being a ballerina was like, then that was the life for us!

Do you remember being that little girl? Which feelings come back to you when you think about those days? Sometimes, going back to the beginning can help you remember why you started. How long has it been since you were that little girl? What about you has changed? How much have you learned in all that time?

How the Time Flies…

If you could go back and let your little self see all that you’ve learned in your ballet career, do you think she’d be proud of you? She would be. She would because you’re what she envisions for her future. She wants to grow up and as much as she can about ballet along the way. Have you been doing that? Yes? Good. She wants to stay focused and perform in front of many more audiences at many more recitals. Have you done this, too? You have? Wonderful. She wants to become a ballerina that the little ones like her aspire to be. Are you doing that for the little girls around you? You are? Beautiful.

The hardest part about following your dreams is that we don’t have the chance to see into the future and know how things will turn out. I’m sure we’d all love a chance to revisit our younger selves. But, having a passion doesn’t means 100% assurance that you’re doing things perfectly. It’s about loving the art that you’ve chosen and doing your best to present it in the most thrilling, thought provoking and stunning ways possible.

When you feel like you haven’t done enough or you’re questioning why you’re still dancing, remember that little girl. Remember how much the art of ballet meant to her. And then show her that you haven’t let her down. Keep working, keep learning and keep your sights set on your dreams. Dreams are only dreams until you make them come true.

Dancers Are the Best People EVER and Here’s Why.

Dancers Are the Best People EVER and Here’s Why.

Are dancers insanely talented people? Yes. Do they show endless amounts of passion and dedication to their craft? You bet. But, those aren’t the only reasons why dancers are the best people in the world. Here are some great reasons why you should consider having one or two dancers in your friend group!

1. They’re Always Willing to Save You a Seat!

When you and your friends go out on the town, there’s a small chance that you may end up somewhere with a waiting list and little to no sitting room. Now, imagine that a few seats miraculously open up but, you suddenly need to run to the ladies room.

“Hey, do you mind saving a few seats until i get back?” you ask.

“No problem!” your friend replies.

BAM! She breaks out into the splits which shocks and amazes everyone there. Your group is now the talk of the night and all because you’re friends with a dancer who can make simple favors extraordinary!

2. They’re Committed No Matter What!

And this doesn’t just apply to going to dance class or recitals. When a dancer says they’ll do something, they do it. You’ll quickly learn that being friends with someone who dances means being friends with someone who will have your back day in and day out.

Need help with homework? If they say they can help, they will.

Don’t want to go to an appointment alone? If they agree to go with, they’ll go with.

No matter what, once they’ve made a commitment to your friendship, they’ll see it through. It might be tough at times with rehearsals, classes, recitals and competitions getting between you from time to time. But, rest assured that you’re friends with one of the most sensitive, kind and compassionate kinds of people in the world. Dancers are artists; which means that they feel emotions very strongly. And that includes the love that they have for your friendship.

3. They’re Always Full of Surprises!

When you two first become friends, you may have some preconceived notions or assumptions about the life and mannerisms of a dancer. But, after some time and getting to know them better, you’ll soon see that dancers are just the same as everyone else. Do dancers always stick to a perfectly healthy diet? Do we always get adequate sleep? Is a daily workout outside of class even a thing?

Dancers are not superhuman beings unable to make a mistake or slack-off a little like the average joe. In fact, dancers are among those who will jump at the chance to sit around all day. That’s probably because they’re literally on their feet all day, everyday.

So, when she plops down next to you at the lunch table with an overly-filled food tray and says that there’s no class tonight, applaud them and allow them to indulge. Because chances are, they don’t get to gorge themselves very often.

Bon Appetit!

4. They Can Entertain You With The Song of Their People…

Just ignore the fact that this photo is for gymnasts because this 199% applies to dancers as well. Dancers have the strange, intriguing and shocking ability to snap, crackle and pop all of their joints at a moment’s notice. Watch passersby gasp with amazement and disgust at the sounds that their bodies can make!

One perk of having a dancer for a friend is the countless pranks that you two can play on people with those noises! Maybe pretend to not hear it or act like it really did hurt; use your imaginations! Needless to say, this is only one many talents your dancer buddy will show you.

5. Every Task is a Show!

No explanation necessary.










6. They Can and WILL Tell Off the Dumb Jocks!

And to wrap up what only touches the surface of why dancers are the best, we leave you with this:

Open House! NEW Studio Debut!

Open House! NEW Studio Debut!

The fall term is almost over!!

As Term 1 comes to an end, we have one day before the beginning of Term 2. So, what better way to welcome the next term than with an awesome Open House event! The weather’s still nice enough that everyone can come out, relax and celebrate the completion of another fantastic term with P.D.A. and welcome in the next! Bring your family, bring your friends and get ready for an amazing night! What makes this event so exciting? Well, listen up!

The Open House will take place on Sunday, Oct. 22nd from 3PM-5PM with a SPECIAL PERFORMANCE at 4PM by our very own P.D.A. Company Dancers! We’re also beyond excited to debut our BRAND NEW 3rd rehearsal space!!!

With all of this exciting news, why would you ever want to miss it! Just go to to RSVP to the event!

Passion ~ Dedication ~ Artistry

Dance Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day!

Dance Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day!

Fall or Autumn, however you choose to refer to it, is the #2 favourite season according to numerous online polls. Why? Could it be the leaves changing color? Maybe it’s the fashion such as boots, jackets and scarves! It might even be the popular craze of making EVERYTHING pumpkin spice flavored. For most people, it’s simply the change in weather. And with good reason, too! This change in weather usually includes gloomier, cloudier days or rainy days. Sometimes, when it’s raining outside, all you want to do is grab a warm blanket and watch a movie. When we see this kind of weather coming, we’ve got a particular selection of movies that are reserved for days like this. These are what are commonly referred to Rainy Day Movies. But, wait, this is a blog all about ballet and dance! So, what do you think the theme of today’s movie list is going to be? Dance, of course! This list will be in order of most recently released to the old classics.

So, grab your favorite fuzzy blanket, pour yourself your favorite warm tea, dim the lights and enjoy these amazing movies for a perfect rainy day!

A Ballerina’s Tale

What dancer doesn’t love Misty Copeland?

This documentary, made in 2015, introduced the world to the ballerina who would soon take the world by storm. With her fame already rising by the time the film came out, Misty Copeland is now a household name for those privy to the world of ballet. For those unaware of her story, this documentary takes you along on her journey through triumphs and obstacles such as race and injury.

If you’re stuck inside while the rain comes down and you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, watching anything that has to do with Misty Copeland will put an extra pep in your step. This film, in particular though, will give you hope for your wildest dreams and motivation to see them through.

Watch the trailer here! –> A Ballerina’s Tale

Back Swan

This suspenseful film from 2010 was the one to take Academy Award season by storm. This film is rated R, so viewer discretion is advised.

The film follows Nina who wishes to portray the roles of Odette and Odile in Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, Swan Lake. Unable to portray the darker of the two, Odile, Nina struggles to find her footing in the company. With another dancer beginning to seem like strong competition, Nina spirals out of control and begins to lose grip with reality.

That’s as much as can be said without giving away the ending. But, if you’re age-appropriate, this is definitely an intriguing and fascinating story to watch unfold.

Watch the trailer here! –> Black Swan



2007’s summer hit, Hairspray, took the box office by storm and made the idea of the movie musical cool again! The story follow Tracy Turnblad who lives in Baltimore and rushes home everyday after school with her best friend, Penny Pingleton, to watch the Corny Collins Show, a popular local dance show. The teens on the show are the most popular kids in town and have the after school job that everyone dreams of having, dancing on television!

Tracy dreams of dancing on the show someday but is body shamed by the mean girls at the audition. Determined to make everyone feel beautiful and to bring to segregation in Baltimore to an end, she rallies with her friends to fight for justice. Doesn’t sound like much of a dance flick, huh? Well, you’d be surprised! Known as one of the most dance-heavy shows on Broadway, this film adaptation is no different!

Watch a movie clip here! –> Hairspray Movie Clip

Billy Elliot

After years on the Broadway stage, the inspirational story of Billy Elliot was brought to the big screen in 2007. Raised by a tough-as-nails father who’s facing a strike as a miner in 1984’s England, Billy is enrolled in boxing lessons (which he has no interest in) just like his brothers and his father before him. One day, Billy accidentally wanders his way into a neighboring studio where a ballet class is in session. Unexpectedly, he finds a love for the art and hopes to make it his life’s work. Surrounded by naysayers, especially his own father, Billy must rise above all those who would oppose his dreams.

Gritty and heart-wrenching at times, this is one film that will have you rooting for the underdog and inspire you to dream big.

Watch the trailer here! –> Billy Elliot



Dirty Dancing

“Nobody puts baby in a corner.”

Who hasn’t seen this movie or said that line before?

Dirty Dancing came out in 1987 to critical acclaim as a smash hit. Today, it’s still revered as a classic dance flick. The story follows Baby, the daughter in a wealthy family who makes their summer trip to a prestigious country club. Appearing as a pretty sheltered young lady, Baby meets Johnny who works at the club and teaches dancing lessons to the women there. After some time, Baby finds her way into the staff hangout where, you guessed it, they’re “dirty” dancing, a.k.a. basically any dance that would shock the old fogies.

Johnny begins to give private lessons to Baby and the sparks start to fly between them.

Watch the trailer here! –> Dirty Dancing trailer

West Side Story

An absolute classic for any dancer, 1961’s West Side Story, which stars Natalie Wood at the height of her career, is the story of Maria and Tony, two star-crossed lovers from the two rivaling sides of town. The Jets hate the Sharks and the Sharks hate the Jets. Tony and Maria accidentally meet and fall in love despite their communities. Considered the 60’s remake of Romeo & Juliet, West Side Story is filled with amazing dances and timeless songs such as  Tonight, Tonight and I Feel Pretty. With themes like social and racial prejudices, and street violence, this film has remained a favorite passed on through generations.

So which team are you on? Are you a Jet or a Shark?

Watch the trailer here! –> West Side Story trailer




Singin’ In The Rain

You see the irony in this choice, right?

If you’ve never seen the classic 1952 movie musical Singin’ in the Rain, then congratulations on finally coming out from under that rock you’ve been living in.

This movie stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor who sing and dance their way into your hearts. Set during the introduction of “talking pictures”, a.k.a. movies with sound, a movie studio struggles and begins teaching their top stars how to act for this new development in cinematic technology. This movie is jam-packed with songs that everybody knows such as Good Mornin’, Make ‘Em Laugh, and of course Singin’ in the Rain!

Considered one of the greatest, possibly the greatest, movie musicals of all time, this movie is still one of the best selling films even on the digital market! For dancers in particular who are looking to be amazed, watch out for the song and dance called Moses Supposes. This, too, is considered one of the greatest tap numbers ever performed. And, amazingly, it was all shot in one take!

Watch the trailer here! –> Singin’ in the Rain trailer

Here Are Some Honorable Mentions (All Old Classics)

Baby Take a Bow from 1934’s Stand Up and Cheer starring Shirley Temple –> WATCH HERE!

I Like Myself from 1955’s It’s Always Fair Weather starring Gene Kelly –> WATCH HERE!

At the Codfish Ball from Captain January starring Shirley Temple –> WATCH HERE!

You’re All The World To Me from Royal Wedding starring Fred Astaire –> WATCH HERE!

You’re Gonna Dance With ME from Living It Up starring Jerry Lewis –> WATCH HERE!