Tag: conventions

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 […]

A Weekend in the Life of a Convention Assistant

Kati Simon has worked as a teaching assistant with ADRENALINE Dance for more than four years. Though the convention circuit has been put on pause by the COVID-19 pandemic, in the past, she’s had the chance to dance alongside industry notables like Sonya Tayeh, Nick Bass, Sarah Reich, and more. And according to Simon, there’s […]

How to Balance Studio Training With a Busy Dance Convention Schedule

Attending multiple conventions throughout the year has become increasingly popular among dancers. Conventions provide valuable exposure to world-class faculty, not to mention coveted scholarships and assisting opportunities. But most dancers at weekend conventions also have a full plate of classes at their home studios during the week—a difficult lifestyle to maintain. So, should you be […]

NYCDA Is Redefining the Convention Scene Through Life-Changing Opportunities

Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College’s dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world. “But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there,” she says. “His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, […]

7 Reasons Dance Conventions Are The BEST

Is there anything better than a dance convention? Frankly, we don’t think so. Although we love getting a guest teacher to come to our studio for a masterclass every so often, there’s just something so exciting about packing up our leotards and dance shoes and heading to a convention for the weekend. Here are 7 […]

The Circuit Breakers

Imagine getting the chance to be choreographed on by Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, and then performing in front of Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Zendaya. Or getting invited to take classes with artists like Nick DeMoura and Tucker Barkley in L.A. Sounds surreal, right? But these are real-life opportunities being offered by hip-hop–based organizations—Monsters of […]

The Dirt with Ian Eastwood

Eastwood teaching at The PULSE On Tour “My mom always told me, ‘Your goal should be to get paid for what you truly love to do,’” Ian Eastwood says. “Now I get to make her proud every day.” This dancer/choreographer is living the dream, all right. You probably recognize him from “America’s Best Dance Crew” […]

"What I Wish I Would Have Known"—My First Convention Edition

The studio I grew up with was big when it came to competing. It was our thing. Conventions? Not so much. The first time I attended a convention class was at Headliners Nationals in Atlantic City, NJ. I was 12 or 13 at the time and had no idea what to expect. I remember walking […]