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The sight of your precious 3-year-old toddler, dressed in pink, rosy cheeks and looking like a princess on the recital stage. Camera ready and all of the relatives are here to watch!  All year long, she has been learning a dance routine to display in front of hundreds of people…YES, hundreds of people. GULP  All year long, your toddler has been entering into a big space to learn the creative movement of dance, but is she really learning how to dance?  Because according to what you just witnessed on stage, your daughter didn’t learn a damn thing. She just stood...

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A couple of years ago I had to retire from owning a studio and completely stopped teaching, until a few months ago. After 3 years away from the studio, I went back this year. Now instruct 1 day a week.  When I closed my studio,  I was physically ill, I had just lost my mother to ovarian cancer and I was diagnosed with the same hereditary BRCA genetic mutation that causes breast and ovarian cancer.  If you have ever read about the actress, Angelina Jolie and her journey with her preventative surgeries of removing her breast and ovaries, to prevent...

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So You What did you think of SYTYCD Next Generation? Remember, dance is subjective and everyone is a critic, but did America get this right? All I can say is... Wow! Wow! Wow! Regardless, If you agree with the outcome, it's safe to say "What an incredible 1st season for So You Think You Can Dance Next Generation!"  The talent that came across the television airwaves this season, was absolutely amazing! It was a nice fresh change of pace to witness talent in youngsters who embodied seasoned professional level ability in which other dancers only dream to achieve! The sour note and...

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I'm truly saddened by the news of a wonderful dance pioneer, mentor, and teacher, Doug Caldwell.    As a 17-year-old girl, my memories of him burn brightly in my mind. He commanded the room, the dance floor was his playground and his body was the canvas which unleashed the passion in what sparked a massive trend of what became known as lyrical dance.   When you watched him, you could feel his energy and passion when he moved, he brought us to another dimension. Doug held the magic.     My good childhood friend, and creator of MOVE TV.tv and MoveTVNetwork, Melinda Songer Soderling,...

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As I look back at my career as a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher, I am filled with joy and gratitude in knowing that God blessed me with talents and gifts that touched so many lives. In my earlier years, I excelled in dance and I achieved countless goals from learning this after school activity that turned into more than just an enjoyable pass time. I received scholarships, won several titles, trophies, and I eventually earned a living as a dancer. Only a small percentage of trained dancers embark on making a life time career in this art form. I...

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