January Birthday: Mikhail Baryshnikov

January Birthday: Mikhail Baryshnikov

One new blog feature we’re adding on for 2018 is Famous Birthdays! Each month (maybe more than once a month!), we’re going to spotlight some of the world’s most talented dancers during their birthday month! You’ll get to know a little bit more about some of your favorites and, maybe, you’ll discover some NEW favorites! And […]

Making 2018 Your Year to Shine!

Making 2018 Your Year to Shine!

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” ~John Wooden For many people, a new year means a clean slate. It provides countless opportunities to try new things and improve one’s skills and daily habits. More often than not, people vow to eat healthier, exercise more and live a generally healthier […]

The Jazziest Nutcracker!

The Jazziest Nutcracker!

At this point in the holiday season, we’ve heard all of the music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite over a billion times (no exaggeration). And if you’re a dancer, parent of a dancer, sibling of a dancer, friend of a dancer, or associated with the dance world in any way whatsoever, take that one billion and multiply it […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Dance of the Dead!

The Dance of the Dead!

It’s October! And you know what that means! HALLOWEEN!!!!!! And with all of the excitement surrounding this holiday, it’s a wonderful time to showcase your talents as a dancer by creating routines to some truly haunting music! Here’s our list of our favourite spooky tunes! We’re going to cover everything from classical compositions to horror […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]