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NSRDE 2016
19 Jan 2016

NSRDE 2016

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Audition Do’s & Don’ts
17 Jul 2014

Audition Do’s & Don’ts

Nutcracker Auditions and North Shore Ballet Theatre Auditions are happening and will be here before you know it! August is just around the corner. Here are some things to keep in mind when auditioning: 1. Be prepared. Think about what type of audition it’s going to be ahead of time. Stretch and be ready; maybe take a class or two to be ready for the audition. 2. Know what you are auditioning for. come dressed in appropriate attire, shoes, and...

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8 Jul 2014

My Mission Statement

As we come upon the last week of our first session of intensive programs, I find myself reflecting back at the past years of intensive programs here at NSSD. I am remembering the multiple locations of training, eating lunch across the street in Highwood, the knowledge and strength that each student has gained, and the hundreds of students that I have seen go through this program. That got me thinking of the specialty items, a staple in a students training...

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Summer is for Fun and for learning!

The summer is time for sun, fun, and friends; dancing is a great way to enjoy it all. I’ve been listening to the students and instructors from our 1st summer intensive program talk about the day to day activities and the progress that everyone is making during these weeks of training. Today during specialty, the dancers talked about the staging of dance and being at the theatre. They were pretending to be the cast of Lion King and were learning...

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Classroom Ettiquette
8 Mar 2013

Classroom Ettiquette

It’s been a long cold winter in the city. We’ve had snow, days off school and very cloudy day. It’s easy for each one of us to let the environment and the weather influence our behaviors and mood for the day. Lately, students have been coming to class with multiple warm-up clothes on and looking very tired from school and other activities. It’s is always a good reminder to do the following before arriving to class and during class: 1....

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There is a lot going on with dance on television these days. We see everything from full ballets to So You Think You Can Dance and Dance Moms. Each show is not for everyone, but it depends what you are looking for. There’s a lot of drama in the world and it’s apparent when we view reality shows. A lot of times I find myself viewing dance and looking at the dancers as if I were a teacher. Oh, their...

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Winter Break To Do’s
21 Dec 2012

Winter Break To Do’s

Right now, everyone is finishing up their last days at work and school before winter break. Kids and parents alike are excited on being able to take a break and spend time with friends and family; hopefully taking a vacation to other parts of the country or world. As a dancer, it’s important to always be mindfull of our bodies by keeping it in shape. Below is my top 5 things to do for this winter break. Here are my...

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27 Nov 2012

Being a Good Audience

This weekend is the 24th Annual Nutcracker Performance at Lake Forest High School. For those who haven’t purchased their tickets, it is selling out, so get them quickly. Going to the theatre is an enjoyable time for all; from putting on your favorite outfits, to seeing the performance and even taking home a souvenir. It’s important for everyone to be a good audience, as it shows respect to the performers and the other patrons as well. Here’s a few things...

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Modern vs. Contemporary Dance
20 Nov 2012

Modern vs. Contemporary Dance

I woke up this morning to an email from a friend that had a picture of Twyla Tharp with beautiful gray hair in a tilted position in 2nd. I hadn’t realized that she is in her late 60’s, to me certain things in life are timeless. Twyla has been a leader in choreography for many decades, having choreographed for the movie “Hair”, Barishnikov and her own company. I have often admired her spirit, and the way she broke through to...

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Out with the Old, in with the New

Welcome to the new North Shore School of Dance Website! We’ve updated our site in order to provide our students and parents with a better online experience. Now, you will be able to purchase items in our Store, along with deposits for classes and camps. On our calendar, you can keep track of all our classes, companies and productions. On our tickets page, you can view our upcoming performances and buy your tickets online too! Thanks for visiting our new...

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