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A History Of Tap (as Told by a Mad Lib)

Posted on: 11 May 2016
Print and share with your friends! Tap dance as we know it today was (1)__________(past tense verb) out of other European percussive (2)__________(noun) styles like clogging and Irish stepdance. Tap dance began to evolve as a (3)__________(adjective) style all its own in the early 1900s as part of vaudeville acts. People like John “(4)__________(nickname)” Sublett and Bill “(5)__________(fast food restaurant)” Robinson popularized the rising new tap style. Robinson ...

A History Of Hip Hop (as Told by a Mad Lib)

Posted on: 16 Mar 2016
Print and share with your friends! Unlike other styles that have their (1)__________(plural noun) in dance studios and performance settings, hip hop came from (2)__________(adjective) dancers who hadn’t been formally trained. Beginning in the late 1960s and early 1970s, people (3)__________(preposition) both the east coast and the west coast began to experiment with (4)__________(adjective) styles of dance. Hip hop is really many different styles, including break dancing, ...

A History Of Jazz (as Told by a Mad Lib)

Posted on: 13 Jan 2016
Print and share with your friends! Have you ever watched a (1)__________(proper noun) musical? There’s a good chance the (2)__________(plural noun) were doing some kind of jazz dance during the (3)__________(adjective) numbers. But jazz has been around much longer than Broadway. Like the music that (4)___________(verb ending in “s”) its name, jazz dance has its roots in African American slave culture. Traditional steps blended with technique brought to America by ...

Host Your School Fundraiser Dance Party at SDM!

Posted on: 21 Oct 2015
Are you looking for a cool Fundraiser idea for your school? Did you just get assigned as a Class Parent?  Host your school fundraiser at the School of Dance & Music!  This special opportunity is one that we only offer for a limited amount of dates a year to our local community schools for a fun, expressive way to bring out the best in everyone.  Our Dance Party Fundraiser brings people together, while benefitting your school! Have your refreshments and mingle with other ...

Time for Invention

Posted on: 07 Oct 2015
We work really hard on technique in our dance classes. There’s an old saying: You can’t break the rules until you know them. The idea is that in the arts (as well as many other aspects of life) there are baseline skills that any person needs to know in order to do their art well. Even if you’re figuring it out on your own, if you’re a painter you’re going to need to learn about color theory and brush technique. If you’re a writer, you need to learn vocabulary ...

And the Boys Danced On

Posted on: 16 Sep 2015
Dads, many of you will remember the sweet terror of asking a girl to dance at your first school social. It probably seemed like the world was going to end if you screwed up. And even though you figured out later that rejection or even embarrassment didn’t have the apocalyptic consequences you feared, you might be surprised to discover that, in a way, you were on the right track. A study published in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences looked at how women ...

Learn About Tap

Posted on: 02 Sep 2015
Want to learn more about tap dance? Hear about the history and future of the dance form straight from a tapper! (And get treated to some sweet rhythms along the way.) As he says in the video, there was a while there where tap took a back seat. And although it’s coming back strong (and never stopped being awesome!) there are still a lot of studios who don’t teach tap. Their loss. Tap dance is part of our curriculum down to the very youngest students. “By ...
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