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A True Dance Force: Sidney Leeder

A True Dance Force: Sidney Leeder

A True Force. Sidney personifies elegance, strength & beauty and was one of the original muse in the creation phase of our first SPIRA collection. A Dance Icon. Dancing from the age of 2, Sidney has lived in 3 major cities: Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York City, while pursuing vibrant careers in dance, acting, and modeling.  It's Sidney's goal to sprinkle positivity to each and every dancer she meets.SPIRA Founders sat down with Sidney and asked her for advice: Question: Tell us a bit about you and your history with dance. Why do you dance?   Answer: I started dancing at...

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Brit MacRae
8 Choreography Tips to Make the Best Piece Possible

8 Choreography Tips to Make the Best Piece Possible

Choreography is an incredible creative process that will not only help you explore your own personal style but will help you pick up and appreciate the choreography you’re learning in class.  Here are 8 choreography tips that’ll help you make the best piece possible: 1. Set a deadline Creativity and anxiety do not go hand-in-hand, but creating limitations has been proven to help creativity thrive. Setting a choreography schedule will help you get inspired and finish the piece. 2. Start with one section Start with the part of the song that gets you most excited. For example, hone in on the chorus,...

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Brit MacRae
What to Do When You're Feeling Blue: Dance Edition

What to Do When You're Feeling Blue: Dance Edition

What To Do When You’re Feeling Blue: Dance EditionWe’ve all experienced a bad day (or week) at rehearsal. We’ve all felt discouraged by the pace of improvement. Perhaps you’re having difficulty picking up choreography or perhaps you’re feeling hopeless about getting that triple pirouette that everyone else has already mastered.We’ve all felt negativity at one point or another. However, what’s really tough is when you are feeling down and you can’t pinpoint why. Sometimes, these days feel even darker.Let’s break down some tips to pull you out of the fog. We are here. We love you.1. Take 5 deep, full breathsStart...

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Brit MacRae
5 Tips for Better Flexibility

5 Tips for Better Flexibility

Optimal flexibility is essential for dancers and other advanced athletes, both to increase your range of motion in movement and to reduce the risk of injury. As a dancer, it’s important to stretch safely and consistently. Here are 5 ways to improve your flexibility: 1. Warm up first. While a lot of dancers have been taught to stretch first thing before class, it’s important to stretch warm. Think of your muscles like taffy: cold taffy is brittle and breaks, but warm taffy stretches and stretches! A brisk 5-10 min walk, or jog on the spot is enough to be ready to...

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