JSDA Blog Posts
Stage Makeup is much different from regular makeup because the harsh stage lights can drown out features, making it important to exaggerate and draw out lines from the face. See below for a step by step guide to Dancer’s Stage Makeup 1. Start with a clean,...
As the dance year continues on, so does development in class. Once the dancers have learned the proper technique it is time to apply this with choreography. Recital is a wonderful way to showcase what you have worked on all year, however learning choreography...
I hope you have spent some time clicking around our new website! We've been working really hard to make some much needed updates for the studio. A great new feature is the Studio Portal. Now you can login and see your payments and pay for tuition all in one place....
We said goodbye to our old studio space in 2017, and we’re gearing up to welcome our students and faculty into our new building in the month of February 2018! We are thrilled that the time is so close, and we have a few photo updates on the progress.
Pointe Shoes are a right of passage in the ballet world. As young dancers, we all strive for the moment when our instructor tells us our feet and ankles are strong enough to start our pointe work and training!
When we think of tap dancing, we envision Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, Hollywood’s golden age of dance. We think of Christmas shows, the Rockettes, and Broadway dance numbers. Tap dancing is woven through the history of art and entertainment.
In the world of dance, the phrase “competition dancer” is often met with a look of disapproval. It’s not uncommon for dance teachers and some students to look down on competition dancers, insisting on the argument that they lack real dance skill and are taught dance tricks rather than technique and quality choreography.
Parents and students of JSDA, it is with great pleasure and excitement that we inform you that we will soon be moving to a significantly more spacious and accommodating new studio! We have seen our JSDA family grow and have been aware of our need for an updated space; one with larger studios, higher ceilings and updated flooring. We are pleased to say that this fall we will be moving in to the entire third floor of 1365 Beverly Rd, McLean, VA 22101.
As dancers, we are almost always rehearsing for an upcoming performance, whether it’s a competition, a recital or even just Parent’s Week at the studio. Since entertaining an audience is such a huge part of a dancer’s life, it’s important to become the best artist you can be. Here are a few secrets that can boost your confidence and help you slay your performance the next time you hit the stage!
You stretch before your dance class, to prepare your body, but do you stretch when you wake up to prepare for your day? Mornings can be difficult, but getting moving with the right stretches is a great way to jump start your day and your body. Here’s what stretching does for you.