Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 18th, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News, People

Video:  Giordano Dance Chicago New Season Sneak Peek

We were delighted to visit Giordano at the Katten-Landau studio for the open company class with Homer Bryant and an intimate sneak peek of their upcoming season. Check out the video below.  For more info about tickets and events, visit http://giordanodance.org

 

Behind The Scenes with Giordano Dance Chicago from Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth on Vimeo.

Homer Bryant teaches open company class for Giordano Dance Chicago

Homer Bryant teaches open company class for Giordano Dance Chicago

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 8th, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News

Stop by Chicago Dance Supply today for your chance to win a free photoshoot!

Every Friday this month at 5 pm we will draw a winner. Enter in store (no purchase necessary), one entry per person per day.

Prize includes:

30 minute photo session
Online viewing proof gallery
One hi-resolution digital image of your choice
Option to order more images or prints

Check out the links below to see past work and for photoshoot ideas! Get ready to #strikeapose with CDS!
Photoshoot opportunity expires 30 days after winner is notified.  See store for more details or call 773-728-5344.
Photography by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, chicagodancephotography.com
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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 8th, 2016 | Posted in How To, News

Four Essential Questions to Ask Before Buying a Ballroom Dance Shoe

So, you’ve decided it’s time to buy yourself some new ballroom dance shoes?  Congratulations!  Whether it’s your first or fifteenth pair, here are four basic questions that may help you on your dance quest.

IDS International Dance Shoes Larissa / Cindy Sequin. This unique, distinctive and glittering collection features the popular 'Larissa/Cindy' style in an eye-catching combination of Satin with Sequin trim. Suitable for both latin & salsa dancing.

International Dance Larissa at CDS

What kind of dancer are you?

A competitive dancer may want something different from their shoes versus a casual social dancer. Differences may include aesthetics and/or function.  For instance,  competitive dancers may want to get shoes that are very snug and break them in.  They also may want shoes to be a little shorter than usual so that the shoe shows off and molds to their foot when they pointe.  Casual dancers may want comfort over anything else especially if they aim to dance all night long.  Knowing your commitment to the dance will help you to decide whether or not you need workhorse dance gear or just a step up from your regular street shoes.

Supadance 1008. A very popular rounded toe elastic court with a shorter toe length. Elastic looks smooth when on the foot.

Supadance 1008. A very popular rounded toe elastic court with a shorter toe length. Elastic looks smooth when on the foot.

What kind of dance will you dance?

Some dance shoes do a better job of crossing over to several styles of dance than others, and of course,  personal tastes will always come into play.  However, there are certain shoe characteristics that are typical for particular dances.  Ask any seasoned dancer who prefers one dance over another:   West coast swing dancers may prefer flats or low chunky heels.  Salsa dancers may want a 2.5″ strappy sandal whereas a dancer competing in International (Standard) may want a 2″ closed toe pump.  Having a dance in mind before you shop will help you narrow down your options.

Where will you dance these shoes?

There are many places to dance.  The list might include dedicated ballroom studios, nightclubs and/or outdoor summer dance festivals.  The surface of your chosen dance floor may help to narrow down the kind of shoe you will look for.  Typically, ballroom shoes are made with a soft, suede sole which allows articulation of the foot.  However, if you know you want to use these shoes outdoors on concrete, you might consider looking for a leather sole and perhaps a chunkier heel versus a stiletto.  Envisioning where you will likely dance may help guide you when you shop.

Does your teacher have a preference?

If you are a student, it’s best to talk to your teacher about your dance shoe requirements, especially if you are learning more than one type of dance.  They may be able to recommend one shoe over another based on your level (eg. practice shoe versus performance shoe,  2″ versus 2.5″, open versus closed toe, stiletto versus flare heel, standard versus latin heel).  Better yet, invite them to come along to the fitting.  If you have invested in dance classes, trust that your teacher has your best interests in mind.

Shopping for a ballroom shoe may take a bit of time, but the payback in smoother, more efficient dance moves and longer nights on the dance floor is surely worth it!

 

At CDS, the standard dance shoe fitting rule of thumb is for the foot to fill the shoe in all directions.  New shoes will feel snug, like a glove.  New shoes will stretch.  The degree of the stretch will depend on the dancer and the shoe material.  Extra space in the shoe becomes an invitation for uncomfortable blisters.  The shoe should feel supportive and yet should not completely inhibit the toes from moving.  For closed toe shoes, the tips of your toes may touch the end of the shoe, however, your knuckles should lay as flat as possible, especially when you do any type of lunge or knee bend.  We are happy to assist you in your next dance shoe purchase.  Call or visit us today!

5301 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60640
contactus@chicagodancesupply.com
773-728-5344

View our ballroom dance shoe collection here.

Read How to Break in Ballroom Shoes by Jennifer Becker

Read Dance Shoes:  How to Get the Perfect Fit

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Class Attire, News

Chicago Dance Supply welcomes back Wear Moi Dancewear

Our newest Wear Moi selections are going fast!  Shop CDS online now, or stop in M-F 10-7, Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 10-4.  5301 N Clark St at Berwyn, Chicago, IL 60640.

Wear Moi Adonis Warm Up

Wear Moi Adonis Eye catching design paired with extreme comfort. These fold over boot cut pants Adonis are sure to become a favorite.

Wear Moi Adonis Eye catching design paired with extreme comfort. These fold over boot cut pants Adonis are sure to become a favorite.

Wear Moi Bella

Bella is a beautiful Wear Moi cap sleeve leotard. It's truly lives up to its name with mesh and swirl flocked back detail. Features a front pinch and bust lining.

Bella is a beautiful Wear Moi cap sleeve leotard. It’s truly lives up to its name with mesh and swirl flocked back detail. Features a front pinch and bust lining.

Wear Moi Lys

Wear Moi Lys mock turtleneck leotard features a beautiful open back and chic panels of sheer stretch tulle with a Swiss Dot pattern and a button closure. Fully front lined for comfort.

Wear Moi Lys mock turtleneck leotard features a beautiful open back and chic panels of sheer stretch tulle with a Swiss Dot pattern and a button closure. Fully front lined for comfort.

 

Wear Moi Condor

Wear Moi Condor. Perfect for ballroom and ballet, this short sleeve mock turtleneck Wear Moi leotard Condor with functional low zip front features a built-in fully padded dance belt with a thong back.

Wear Moi Condor. Perfect for ballroom and ballet, this short sleeve mock turtleneck Wear Moi leotard Condor with functional low zip front features a built-in fully padded dance belt with a thong back.

Wear Moi Helena

Helena is a Wear Moi 1/2 sleeve leotard featuring ultra-soft and durable wave mesh sleeves. Square neck cut and a beautiful open mid back with mesh detail. Fully Front lined.

Helena is a Wear Moi 1/2 sleeve leotard featuring ultra-soft and durable wave mesh sleeves. Square neck cut and a beautiful open mid back with mesh detail. Fully Front lined.

Wear Moi Majeste

Wear Moi Majeste. The faux sweetheart line of this soft and comfortable leotard is complimented with a one button closure on the back of the neck, creating a key-hole look. Featuring 3-D flocked stretch tulle and soft microfiber. Fully front lined.

Wear Moi Majeste. The faux sweetheart line of this soft and comfortable leotard is complimented with a one button closure on the back of the neck, creating a key-hole look. Featuring 3-D flocked stretch tulle and soft microfiber. Fully front lined.

Wear Moi Men’s Dance Belt- Wide

Wear Moi Dance Belt-wide. Cotton elastane fully padded dance belt features a thong back and soft touch elastic for comfort. Runs true to size.

Wear Moi Dance Belt-wide. Cotton elastane fully padded dance belt features a thong back and soft touch elastic for comfort. Runs true to size.

 

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 6th, 2016 | Posted in Class Attire, News

Bloch Dance Shoes at Chicago Dance Supply

CDS is excited to now offer Bloch pointe, ballet, jazz and tap shoes. Shop CDS online 24/7 or visit us in Andersonville.  Open daily M-F 10-7, Saturday 10-5:30, Sunday 10-4.  Contactus@chicagodancesupply.com

Bloch European Balance Pointe Shoes at Chicago Dance Supply

Bloch European Balance ES0160L. The generous wide platform encourages balanced weight distribution which can reduce pressure on individual metatarsals. Combined features of the low profile, open throat line of the U vamp and the elastic drawstring creates a streamlined snug fit allowing the dancer to feel like they could stay ‘en pointe’ all day.

Children and adult sizes. 100% Polyester filling offer exceptional warmth and extreme comfort. Cushioned heel, 100% Nylon Shell, Bloch rubber logo badge on the strap.

Bloch Warm-Up Bootie IM009. Children and adult sizes. 100% Polyester filling offer exceptional warmth and extreme comfort. Cushioned heel, 100% Nylon Shell, Bloch rubber logo badge on the strap.

DN3710G Bloch Jazz Tap Shoes at Chicago Dance Supply

DN3710G Bloch Jazz Tap Shoes. Unisex. This Economy jazz tap shoe from the “Dance Now” collection features taps that offer maximum contact for maximum sound. The non-slip pro balance pad is located behind the tap plate. Designed specifically for the beginner, this shoe features a manmade upper and sole, padded insoles and soft lining. Taps are riveted onto the shoe. 3/4″ heel.

The full leather outsole is designed to add resistance to the working foot for strengthening, while the soft swan lining offers complete comfort. She'll also love the fun bunny character inside the shoe that offers a space for her to write her name. Bloch bunny hop ballet features a full leather upper, cotton lining with bunny print, cotton drawstring, suede full sole and attached elastic strap over the instep.

Bloch Bunnyhop Ballet S0225G. The full leather outsole is designed to add resistance to the working foot for strengthening, while the soft swan lining offers complete comfort. She’ll also love the fun bunny character inside the shoe that offers a space for her to write her name. Bloch bunny hop ballet features a full leather upper, cotton lining with bunny print, cotton drawstring, suede full sole and attached elastic strap over the instep.

Bloch Heritage Pointe Shoes S0180L. Flattering V shaped vamp, light and streamlined shoe. Shank is gently curved to hug the arch when pointing and allows flexibility and control.

Bloch Heritage Pointe Shoes S0180L. Flattering V shaped vamp, light and streamlined shoe. Shank is gently curved to hug the arch when pointing and allows flexibility and control.

Bloch Chord T-Strap S0385L at Chicago Dance Supply

Bloch Chord T-Strap S0385L . A leather chorus shoe T-Bar strap and a 3” heel. Cushioned insole for comfort and shock absorption. Elastic strap to release tension on the instep.

 

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | September 1st, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News


Studio CDS 5301 N Clark St Chicago IL 60640

Studio CDS will offer photo services including headshots by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Stay tuned! For more information on headshots by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, please contact leni@chicagodancephotography.com or call directly 773-216-2067

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | August 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Argentine Tango, Community, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News

Thanks to all who made the UChicago Tango Fest a great success this year. Keep scrolling to enjoy some photos and videos from this weekend.

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Tangueras at the milonga: Staci, Jacqueline, Rosalia, and Jennifer. Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

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Shoe shopping with CDS at UChicago Tango Fest. Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Joaquin Amenabar, instructor, UChicago Tango Fest

Joaquin Amenabar, instructor, UChicago Tango Fest. Photo: Michael Manaa-Hoppenworth

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Milonga at Logan Center for the Arts. Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

screening for Glorias del Tango at UChicago Tango Fest

Rod Relucio, Jenny Teters, Rosalia Llorens, Fabrizio LeNoir, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth with Glorias del Tango movie director, Oliver Kolker at movie screening

Brenna Glaeser | July 13th, 2016 | Posted in News

Thodos Dance Chicago New Dances 2016

Thodos Dance Chicago, a vibrant modern dance company, will be showcasing new work this weekend at the Athenaeum Theatre in their latest show,  New Dances 2016. Thodos, sponsored in part by Chicago Dance Supply, is unique because of their mission to inspire expression through dance education, dance creation, and dance performance. Currently in their 24th season, Thodos Dance Chicago has made a name for itself as an innovative presence in the modern dance landscape of Chicago.

New Dances 2016 is an extensive in-house choreography project which provides TDC ensemble members the unique opportunity to step backstage and call the shots as choreographers and directors.

New Dances 2016 will feature World Premieres by TDC Company members John Cartwright collaborating with Danielle Gennaoui, Tenley Dorrill, Abby Ellison, Alex Gordon, Hattie Haggard, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Brennen Renteria, Briana Robinson, and a guest choreographer, Shannon Alvis.

Showtimes are Saturday July 16th at 7:30 pm and Sunday July 17th at 3 pm. Tickets range in price from $14-$40 and are available here. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see one of Chicago’s premiere modern dance companies showcase their new pieces.

Check out this video on choreographer Shannon Alvis.

Brenna Glaeser | July 13th, 2016 | Posted in News

Chicago Dance Supply has just received three new styles of Very Fine ballroom shoes! Come in and check out these great new shoes and the largest selection of ballroom dance shoes in Chicago at Chicago Dance Supply today.

Very Fine SERA1135

Very Fine SERA 1135 in Dark Tan Satin, 2.5″ heel, $98

S92304 Tan Satin

Very Fine S92304 in Tan Satin, 2.5″ heel, $98

Very Fine CD2803-3

Very Fine CD 2803 in Tan Satin with Crystals, 2.5″ heel, $105

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Brenna Glaeser | July 12th, 2016 | Posted in News

Cheyenne, a ballet student at Lake Havasu Ballet in Arizona, made a special trip to Chicago Dance Supply to be fit for her very first pair of pointe shoes! This is a truly special day that all young ballerinas dream about and work hard to make happen. Cheyenne was fit in the Russian Pointe Rubin, a best seller at CDS! Congratulations on your achievement, Cheyenne, and thank you so much for visiting us at Chicago Dance Supply. To schedule your own pointe shoe fitting at Chicago Dance Supply call the store at 773-728-5344 for appointment availability! For more information on pointe shoe fittings at Chicago Dance Supply, check out our blog.

Cheyenne at Chicago Dance Supply

Cheyenne in her first pointe shoes Photograph: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Cheyenne and her father at Chicago Dance Supply

Cheyenne is all smiles as she tries out her new Russian Pointe Rubin’s with her father Photograph: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth 

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