Meet Mexican Dance Ensemble!

Meet Mexican Dance Ensemble!

We are very excited to introduce yet another incredible dance group who will perform in the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum! Meet the Mexican Dance Ensemble!

In November 2001, the Mexican Dance Ensemble was founded in Chicago, IL. M.D.E.’s mission is to expose the bright and beautiful traditions of the Mexican culture through the art of dance. Intent on preserving the beauty of Mexican heritage, M.D.E. strives to enrich it with their particular point of view so that they may spread the essence of this magnificent and varied heritage. With a growing audience and fan-base, M.D.E. has performed nationally as well as internationally in such countries as France, Spain, Portugal, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of China, Greece and Turkey!

“Our main objective is to serve as a liaison of Mexican Culture and to offer a Mexican performing platform for emerging artists while expanding the importance and values of the arts and the artist community.”

To learn more about the Mexican Dance Ensemble, check out their website linked above or follow them on Twitter!

Meet Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

Meet Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

Who’s ready to meet another group performing at the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum?

Meet the Movement Revolution Dance Crew!

M.R.D.C. was founded by Monternez Rezell in 2010 as a way to integrate street culture into concert dance. Inspired by elements of jazz, lyrical, contemporary and African dance, M.R.D.C. pulls everything together to push the limits of dance, pay tribute to the founders and originators of hip hop, and reach beyond the endless possibilities that dance provides.

Our motto is “Dance is our ART, Movement is our paint brush and the World is our Canvas!”

To learn more about this amazing dance crew, you can visit their website (linked above), or follow them on twitter: @moverevolution2

Meet the Mulhern School of Irish Dance

Meet the Mulhern School of Irish Dance

With an impressive three existing locations in Westmont, Hinsdale and Chicago, the Mulhern School of Irish Dance has expanded by now offering classes in St. Louis Park, Minnesota! They focus on keep the art of dance a passion rather than an exercise which results in a massive student body dedicated to their school. Mulhern is known both nationally and internationally for it’s competitive performances and winning spirit.

“The Mulhern School holds numerous National & Regional Championship titles and have medalled at the prestigious World Championships,  All Ireland Championships, All Scotland Championships, the British National Championships and the Great Britain Championships.”

Such accomplishments guarantee an amazing performance at the Chicago International Dance Forum. We can’t wait!

To learn more about Mulhern School of Irish Dance, visit their website linked above!

Meet Ballet 5:8!

Meet Ballet 5:8!

Are you ready to meet another group who will be performing at the Chicago International Dance Forum?

Meet Ballet 5:8!

“The mission of Ballet 5:8 is to engage communities in Chicago, the Midwest and across the nation in conversation of life and faith through innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance.”

Located in Frankfort, Illinois, Ballet 5:8 performs in downtown Chicago, the city suburbs AND the U.S.! The mission is to reach and relate to audiences from all communities to set all social, cultural and economic differences aside. To bring all people together using dance as their words. In only 5 years and with over 250 students, Ballet 5:8 expands further and further each year. Their performance at the Chicago International Dance Forum will undoubtedly blow this audience away.

To learn even more about Ballet 5:8, you can go to their website (linked above) or follow them on Twitter!

Meet Forum Dance Theatre!

Meet Forum Dance Theatre!

October 8th marks the 7th Annual Chicago International Dance Forum!

The Chicago International Dance Forum is an ethnic and cultural event which features some of the finest ethnic dance ensembles in the Chicago area, celebrating Chicago’s position as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. A unifying experience for an audience of all ages. And as the event approaches, we’re going to use each blog post to introduce to you the groups that will be performing!

Forum Dance Theatre

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” ~ Plato

Forum Dance Theatre is a 501(c)3 youth dance ensemble within Talent Forum of Libertyville, Illinois

Forum Dance Theatre began with only 5 members in an in-studio performance at Talent Forum. The Company has grown one of the Midwest’s best pre-professional training programs, and today has nearly 50 members, three divisions, an artistic staff of four, an administrative staff of five, and over 50 volunteers.

Artistic Director Kimberly Fletcher-Stibal’s mission for Forum is to serve as a catalyst for young, aspiring artists to envision, expand and collaborate on dance works which challenge the artistic depth and creativity that are involved in Contemporary dance. With national and international performances to their credit, Forum is known for their discipline and excellence among their students.

Please visit the Forum Dance Theatre website for more information about this phenomenal company!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Guess what! Guess what! Guess what! will soon have a full photo and video gallery of all of the amazing goings-on here in the studio! You’ll soon be allowed an inside look at the fun, the passion and the beauty of the amazing talent we’ve got taking our classes. We’ve got A LOT of photographs from classes and performances past. So, get ready to relive some wonderful memories with us. We are very excited to be able to remember where we came from and continue to add to those memories as we continue on this journey of dance and performance education together.

Stay tuned for the gallery grand opening!

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Have A Laugh!

Have A Laugh!

Ballet is a serious business. It can take a lifetime to perfect a technique, to strengthen your abilities to emote or to connect your story with your audience. As serious as a dancer is about their craft, there’s also a funny side to the art of ballet. With all of the time spent focusing, rehearsing and exercising, it’s not too hard to imagine that dancers need a good laugh now and then. It’s never been said (or said with any truth, that is), that ballerinas don’t have an awesome sense of humor. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. And when comedy meets ballet, all rules go out the window.

Today being Friday, we’ve decided that it’s probably time to share a good laugh with our readers. First off, here’s a terrible joke told to us by one of the studio’s instructors:

“How many dance teachers does it take to change a light bulb?

Five!… Six!… Seven!… Eight!”

It’s terrible but, you laughed and you know it.

So, about that good laugh that we just promised you… We’ve, once again, scoured the internet to find one website and videos from YouTube that are guaranteed to make you laugh. First, the websites.

That last joke we told you was also found on the page that we’re about to recommend now! These jokes come from none other than The Rockettes themselves! Who doesn’t want to be a member of that prestigious kick line?! And, of course, they would come up with hilarious/groan-worthy cracks like these! Now, for the videos that you were promised. We won’t spoil them for you if you haven’t seen them already but, we are going to provide you with a tiny little description and review of them. So, here we go!

1.) This first one is called Funniest Ballet Performance EverAnd boy is it ever! What makes this piece even better is that these dancers are clearly trained ballerinas! Not only do we get to see this hilarious parody of the awkward dancer character, but we’re also subtly exposed to some actual ballet. With the combination of the two worlds in one performance, this performance is laugh out loud amazing!

2.) Making the switch from somewhat genuine ballet to not at all, this video entitled Funny Ballerina: A Funny Ballet Dancingis clearly made purely for a bit of comic relief. With a few props and a few clever maneuvers, this routine is sure to bring a smile to your face.

3.) THIS. LITTLE. GIRL. IS. EVERYTHING. The video is Johanna Channeling Aretha Franklinis beyond hilarious as we watch little Johanna take the stage in a way that no one saw coming. No more description is necessary. We’ll just leave you to witness the magic for yourself.


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Why Do We Dance?

Why Do We Dance?

It can be difficult to explain why we have the passions that we have. It’s true that we can pick up hobbies out of choice but, sometimes, we can’t help what we love. We can’t help having a true passion for something. Dancers are among the most passionate and artistic people in the world. Verbally, this post is going to be quite short. We’re going to let the passion of this young artist do the speaking for us. But as you watch, think about how much love she’s sharing in each movement. Imagine being so passionate about something that you are completely unable to fight expressing it. Dance isn’t just a fun little thing to do when a good song comes on. Dance is a story of many different emotions. The dancer is the author. If this video doesn’t motivate you to keep dancing, we don’t know what will.

Ballerina From Palestine Could Not Resist The Melody of a Street Musician in Italy.

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Icons: Margot Fonteyn

Icons: Margot Fonteyn

Ballet super star and crowd princess, Margot Fonteyn, was actually born with the name Margaret Evelyn Hookham on May 18th, 1919. At the age of 14, she was enrolled in the Royal Ballet School in the UK where she changed her name to Margot Fonteyn and was groomed to be the next prima ballerina. After displaying natural grace and talents, Fonteyn joined the Royal Ballet’s 1949 American tour where she portrayed Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty in NYC. Crowds were stunned by her performance and she was soon considered the most successful ballerina in the world.

After some time, Fonteyn met unfavorable Panama political figure Roberto “Tito” Arias and the two were married in Paris in 1955. While “Tito” was planning an invasion of Panama City, Fonteyn was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 1956. After a failed invasion and a few more years of decreased work, Fonteyn considered retirement from the art of ballet at the age of 43. Fate had other plans. Fonteyn met her ultimate ballet counterpart Rudolf Nureyev. The two would go on to perform numerous classic ballets together that would become iconic pieces loved by generations. Her final performance was in 1986, at the age of 66, as the queen in Sleeping Beauty; the same ballet that began her road to stardom. Fonteyn passed away of cancer on February 21st, 1991. She is still remembered today as the little princess who stole the hearts of many in New York and would become one half of one of the greatest ballet duos of all time.

5 Phone Apps for Ballet Dancers!

5 Phone Apps for Ballet Dancers!

Is There Anything Our Phones Can’t Do?

Thanks to this age of modern technology, students have the opportunity to study to their heart’s desires even outside of the classroom. For dance students, however, it can be a bit difficult to find the abundance of resources that other may have available.

Take a look at your phone. Most likely, you’re looking at a smart phone with the abilities to not only make calls and send text messages, but it can also access the internet, play videos, music and download several apps. Which brings us to the point of today’s blog!

We’ve decided to share with you our favourite 5 phone apps for ballet dancers! These apps were carefully chosen based on their reliability and accuracy. Click on the app names below which includes the link you can follow to download them where you’ll also see a brief description of the app itself! So, without further ado, here they are!

1. 8Counts

If you need someplace to store your 8 count sheets along with notes for your routines, the 8Counts app is exactly what you’re looking for. One great perk to using this app is that you have the ability to e-mail any sheets you store with your other dancers, teachers or students!

2. Playbook.Dance

This app is a fantastic way to keep track of your team’s formations throughout your routines. It’s a great way to keep track of starting positions without flipping through endless pads on your clipboard by keeping it all in your phone!

3. Coach’s Eye

Trying to figure out what’s keeping you from nailing that move you’ve been working on for the last month? Well, Coach’s Eye can help you with that by recording your rehearsal and allowing you to slow down the video to slow-mo or frame by frame. This is a great way to examine your technique and improve your work.

4. Spotify

Bet you thought Spotify was just for car rides and house parties. Well, many people use it to help with their work in the creative arts! Writers use it for background music as they work on their great American Novel. Singers use the countless vocal exercise tracks to warm up. Dancers use it for it’s vast library of music to dance to. You name it, Spotify’s got it.

5. SeeDance

And lastly, this one is more for the dancer on-the-go who forgot to bring their tights on a road trip. This app allows you to locate dancewear locations, dance schools, and dance competitions near you! It’s very handy if you’re moving to a new city or on the road for competition.

What matters most is that you’re taking advantage of all of the resources available to you. Do your best, work hard and love what you do.

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