Category Archives: How To
Joan Oberndorf | May 8th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News, Wellness

Pain in the sole of your foot is no fun. Why it happens and ways to deal. Foot pain is…a pain (duh) but can be especially worrying when you’re a dancer.  Pain in the plantar (or bottom) surface of your foot can range from mild soreness to highly uncomfortable, and can potentially put you on […]

Jennifer Becker | April 13th, 2013 | Posted in How To, Wellness

Every once in a while a dancer is faced with with many weeks or months without a day off. Whether that is rehearsing, performing, teaching or all three it can be pretty draining on the mind and body. There are a few ways that you can make sure to take care of all of you. […]

Paola Bordon | April 5th, 2013 | Posted in Argentine Tango, How To, News

Why is it important to warm up or practice tango technique before you dance tango or go to a milonga?  Because the body needs to prepare the appropriate muscles for movement. Considering the toes as the support for the dancer’s axis, we need to think about the connection of the whole muscular system of the […]

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | April 4th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News

CDS Crew models our ballet slippers from Sansha, Grishko, Fuzi and Capezio. Dancers: Annemarie Lantz, Jeremy Hays, and Cori Woods Video: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth and Fil Cortez Related Links: Adult Ballet Canvas and Leather Ballet Slippers at Chicago Dance Supply

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | April 4th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News

Photo: Sansha Pro Canvas in Grey. Dancer: Jeremy Hays. Photos: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth   Related Links: Adult Ballet Canvas and Leather Ballet Slippers at Chicago Dance Supply

Jennifer Becker | March 12th, 2013 | Posted in How To, Wellness

Every dancer has that time when the skin on the bottom of their feet splits.  Usually it’s pretty uncomfortable and often can be downright painful.  There aren’t too many things you can do to prevent such a split, but there are some things you can do to help the healing process . . . Keep […]

Joan Oberndorf | March 11th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News, Wellness

Be kind to your feet and they will treat you well. Work Those Feet A strong foot is a happy foot-and less prone to injury.  Ergo, happy feet make happy (and less injured) dancers.  Unfortunately, I often find that dancers don’t really know how to accomplish this-habits develop, feet sickle, and…no need to finish this […]

Jennifer Becker | February 23rd, 2013 | Posted in Events, How To, News

Everyone wants to know how dancers get any job from an audition. Well for the most part you will never know for sure why on dancer gets picked over another. There is a wide range of qualities that a director is looking for form height, body type, eye color, to overall movement quality.  There will […]

Annemarie | February 19th, 2013 | Posted in How To, News

Model:  Annemarie Lantz.  Photos:  Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Related Links and References: Annemarie’s Get the Pointe: How to Sew Ribbon and Elastic to Pointe Shoes. A photo blog Am I Ready for Pointe Shoes? by April C. Lewis How to Sew Ribbons and Elastic to Pointe Shoes by April C. Lewis Pointe shoes and accessories at Chicago […]

Joan Oberndorf | February 12th, 2013 | Posted in Argentine Tango, How To, Wellness

Looking for something substantial and sustaining or refreshing and light?  A quick snack or on the go meal?  Smoothies fit the bill. The typical dancer schedule doesn’t lend it self to long sit down meals (though I firmly believe it should be made a priority to have as many of these as possible).  Most dancers […]