Performing with Integrity to Inspire

Performing with Integrity to Inspire


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Project Dance envisions the day when every dancer is nurtured to their fullest human potential for their own well being and their contribution to our world. Our mission is to bring hope and healing to culture through the universal language of dance.Since the Foundation’s inception in 1996 and its incorporation in 2003, it has thrived as a 100% volunteer organization that serves more than 1500 dancers worldwide.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Orlando 2015

Project Dance Orlando was a time full of energy, fun and dance, of course!

On Saturday, dancers held a free open air concert at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Florida. 

One of the best things about Project Dance is that it brings people together. At the top of the hour, every Project Dance participant joins in the group dance. The group dance comes together in less than 24 hours because dancers learn it for the first time on Friday night directly after check-in. The picture above captures the joy of the dancers as they came together to dance as one group. 

Photo Credit: Rachel V
The open air concert also featured pieces performed by master class instructors and dancers from around the region. 

You can catch a glimpse of the show in the pictures to the right, but they still don't do it justice. If you missed Project Dance Orlando, there are still nine more cities on the 2015 tour. 

Up next, Project Dance New York City!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Gift of Dance

It's a season of thankfulness. A time to reflect on your year, take note of blessings, and be thankful.

Be thankful for the gift of dance.

A gift to be able to have the health to push your body to new limits and only grow stronger.

A gift to be able to express yourself through movement.

A gift to dance day after day.

Don't take this gift for granted because everyone does not have it. Instead, make the most of your gift. Continue to train and develop your talent. Connect with a community of dancers who can support you, and celebrate the gift of dance this season.

If you are looking for ways to develop as a dancer, consider joining the Project Dance community by coming to a 2015 Project Dance. We've added two new cities for next year -- San Francisco and Singapore.

Project Dance encourages, equips, and inspires more than 2,000 dancers worldwide, and we want you to experience it!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dance: More than just movement

Everyone has different motivations and reasons for dancing. Some people are put in dance classes as little kids and fall in love with it, while others find dance at an older age.

Dance teaches you so much more about life than just movement. It inspires, teaches perseverance, and challenges you daily.

Listen to McRae Whitley talk about why she has been dancing for 18 years and what she loves about it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Project Dance Hong Kong

Team Vibe Performing on Saturday at the Outdoor Concert
Project Dance Hong Kong just wrapped up, and the event was a huge success. Dancers gathered from around the world to celebrate the gift of dance.

On Saturday, dancers put on a free live concert in the city of Hong Kong. To the right is a picture of some participants performing the group dance. The group dance is a piece learned by all Project Dance participants on Friday night, and it is performed at the top of the hour during the live show on Saturday. One really cool thing about the group dance is that it is performed around the world. The same dance that was performed Saturday in Hong Kong was performed in Atlanta, Georgia in October and Puerto Rico in November. Project Dance is committed to bringing dancers together around the world, and the group dance is a big part of this.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Pack your bags...with healthy snacks!

Dancers are constantly on-the-go. Whether you are in middle school, high school, college, or dancing professionally you know what it means to balance a lot of different things at the same time. 

As a college student, I balance tests, papers, and presentations with dance classes, rehearsals, and performances. Let’s just say days can get pretty hectic. But even in this crazy life, it is so important that dancers take time to eat healthy.
Photo credit to Corwin Johnson

Dancers need high-energy snacks to refuel between classes and shows. These snacks can’t be found in a vending machine, which is why it is so important to plan ahead. 

Pack your dance bad with snacks containing complex carbs, healthy proteins, and healthy fats. Try to keep snacks below 300 calories so that you are satisfied and refueled but never too full to dance. 

My two favorite snacks to keep in my dance bag are an apple with peanut butter and a healthy variety of nuts and dried fruit with a little bit of dark chocolate thrown in the mix. If these snacks don’t sound good to you, don’t worry! There are lots of other easy options to pack in advance and eat on-the-go. 

The Rockettes have a long list of healthy snacking options for dancers on their website.Check it out for even more ideas about how to eat healthy as a dancer!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Project Dance International: London

Lara Pilcher

Project Dance is a global movement of dancers that began in New York City. Lara Pilcher was the first person to take Project Dance overseas to Sydney, Australia. In 2015, Project Dance will have events in four international cities and seven American cities.  Today, Lara is the event producer for both the Sydney, Australia and London projects.

Lara has been involved in many different aspects of the dance world. She worked with Steps Youth Dance Company, New Trails Dance Theatre, and Tab 1 for The Feast Jerusalem. She has also founded dance troupes, been involved with international dance exchanges in China, and started a dance studio in Australia.  Lara is not only a dancer but also a teacher and a choreographer.

Photo credit to Doug Titus
When asked to explain the dance world in London, Lara said, “This city is an ARTS HUB to the max, and artists relocate from all over the world to try to ‘make’ it here.” London has some of the world’s most incredible dance companies including The Royal Ballet, Rambert, and Sadler’s Wells. 

There are also great dance studios to visit if you find yourself in the area. The Place for Contemporary and Pineapple Dance Studios are Lara’s recommendations to get the real industry feel. She also said to go to Dance Works if you want to great ballet class.

Being a dancer is not easy. Lara said that every dancer needs three key components to achieve success.

1.       Perseverance
2.       Strong training
3.       Good community

Project Dance wants to help you achieve all three. The 5th annual Project Dance London will take place July 17-19, and you don’t want to miss it!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Take Class

Photo Credit to Doug Titus
One strength that is priceless to dancers is versatility.

Whether you are a lover of ballet, jazz, modern, ballroom, tap, or contemporary, we all have our favorite style of dance. 

Regardless of your favorite, it’s important that dancers train in multiple disciplines. This flexibility prepares you for any audition or situation you might find yourself in. You do not have to be an expert in every style but don’t be afraid to try something outside of your normal discipline. 

Take class.  

Photo Credit to Jamie Childress
Many colleges and universities will allow you to audit their dance classes even if you are not officially enrolled. Find out if schools near you have these opportunities. Universities often offer master classes that are free to the public so find out how you can know when these are happening.  Find out what opportunities exist in your area and start taking advantage of them! 

When you travel, take classes at a new studio. Learning from a different instructor can give you a fresh perspective. Check out the previous blog Atlanta Takes the Stage  to see recommendations for studios to take class at in Atlanta, Georgia. 

One great thing about Project Dance is the opportunity to take master classes in different disciplines. Each participant gets to hand-pick their own schedule. See what interests you. Take your favorite style from a new teacher and get a new perspective on it or try a class that is completely new such as Musical Theater.
Versatility turns a good dancer into a great dancer so get out there and take class!

This is what a Project Dance Master Class Schedule often looks like.