Tag: conventions

How Headliners Creates a True Competition Experience Fueled by Passion and Focused on Education

In 1989, CEO Shari Tomasiello and her mother created Headliners with a simple mission: that it would be an educationally based and goal-oriented competition, providing a fun and encouraging environment that’s inclusive of dancers of all sizes, levels, and abilities. As Headliners continues to expand—the 2025 tour boasts 33 regional competitions, two national competitions, and five conventions this […]

Valley Dance Theatre student Shelby Sulesky. Photo by Corey Rives Visual Art/REVEL Dance Convention, Courtesy Field.

How to Avoid Common Convention-Week Injuries

Chilly ballrooms, hard floors, dozens of dancers going full-out all at once: The average convention room may be buzzing with excitement and creativity, but it can be a challenging dance environment. Dr. Alexis Sams, PT, NKT, and founder of AZ Dance Medicine Specialists in Phoenix, Arizona, says she often sees convention dancers with “back pain […]

NYCDA’s 30th Season Is a Celebration for the Whole Dance Community

If you’ve ever watched a Broadway musical, dance company performance, or dance TV show, chances are you’ve seen at least one New York City Dance Alliance alum at work. NYCDA excels at helping dancers naturally transfer their competition and convention experiences into the professional industry. Their not-so-secret key to success? Years of relationship-building and community outreach by […]

A group of young girl dancers in colorful dresses energetically throw their hands in the air.

Encore DCS Is Ready to Dazzle Dancers for Its 25th Season

Most seasoned dancers would agree that the best part of competing isn’t just the trophies—it’s the people you meet and the opportunities you discover. A fellow dance mom who’s run two successful studios herself, Encore DCS co-director Rhonda Marchant knows comp life like the back of her hand, which is why she treats every dancer, […]

How to Reap the Benefits of Your Convention Experience—Long After the Weekend Passes

Between travel restrictions and the economic burdens of COVID-19, you may not find yourself able to convention-hop every weekend as per usual (or you might find yourself attending virtual, rather than IRL, convention events). But that doesn’t mean your dance training has to suffer—especially if you’re conscientious about applying your convention lessons and corrections to […]