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On1 Dancewear Introduces Dance Ambassador Georgia Bunnell

 

 

So this month we were able to catch Georgia Bunnell between dance classes, competitions, and recitals to answer a few questions about her experience, her dreams, and her secret to performing at a high level.

 

Georgia Bunnell

When did you start dancing?

I first started dancing around 10 years ago, at age 4.

 

What motivated you to start dancing/singing/performing?

I started dancing because my mum wanted to put me in a hobby just for fun, but then she realised I was starting to get good. Since then, I had had many opportunities with [dancing] and it has lead on to other performance opportunities, such as singing and acting – which I am also very passionate about.

 

Who is your dance idol/inspiration?

My dance inspiration is the American child dancers, Sophia Lucia, Maddie Ziegler, and Kalani Hilliker.

 

What are your goals for the future?

My goals for the future are to be a world famous dance teacher. I also want to have my own albums, and to dance and choreograph in my music videos.

 

How do shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ impact you? You can choose a different dance show or film.

Dance shows impact me a lot because they show a lot of moves and styles I would have probably never seen otherwise. They motivate me to try new things, and inspire me to be like or better than the dancers on the shows.

 

What is the most important thing you have learned from choreographers you have worked with?

The most important thing I have learned from choreographers I’ve worked with is to not be afraid to just go for it. Whatever dance or move I haven’t tried before – to just go for it and not be afraid of the result or people’s opinions. Another one is to just perform full out even if I’m not used to the style, and put my heart on the line with every dance I perform.

 

What is your favorite genre of dance?

My favourite dance style is lyrical modern because I love the way you can tell a story and paint a picture to the audience. I love how moving it can be and how much emotion I can put into the dance.

 

What motivated you to become an ambassador?

I was motivated to become an ambassador because I wanted to show my love for dance to the world and be able to give my all to try and represent a company the best I can. Also, it is an amazing opportunity I would never miss out on!

 

What is your favorite dance item? Leotards? Shoes? and Why?

My favourite item of dancewear has to be the leotards! I have tons and tons of different leotards in all different colours because I just love clothing. I love all the pretty, different styles and colours. I love nothing more than receiving a new leotard and getting to show it off online and at places; even my in own dance studio during classes!

 

What technique tools help you the most (examples…, foot stretchers, exercise bands, turning boards)?

The technique tools that help me the most are my turning board because I love to nail my turns properly and see how many I can do! Also, I love to use my foot stretcher to make my arches bigger because it improves my point work and makes my legs and feet look cleaner and nicer.

 

If you could meet any professional dancer who would it be?

If I could meet one professional dancer it would have to be Darcey Bussle. She has been there and seen/ done it all. I would ask her endless questions and use her answers to improve myself and get more motivated. If I could meet her, it would be a dream come true. She is my idol.

 

What would be your dream dance job?

My dream dance job is to be a world-renowned dance teacher just like Abby Lee! I want to have my own dance company in lots of different places in the world. I would also love to be a sought-after, freelance choreographer and choreograph big award-winning numbers.

Dance Recital Necessities: a Checklist

As any parent of a dancer knows, backstage at a dance recital can be chaotic. In all the swirling action, many parents find themselves in a panic over forgotten items, wondering if they have time to rush to the store before the performance starts. You can ease last-minute preparations and maintain your sanity by remembering to bring the following items to a recital. Keep the majority of these items in a designated bag so you don’t have to hunt them down every performance, and check that the bag is stocked well in advance of a recital.

A Travel Package of Baby Wipes – these are great for quick make-up fixes and clean-ups

Extra Tights – Tights only ever seem to get runs in them right before a dancer needs to be onstage. Bring an extra pair of tights in every color your dancer will wear for the recital.

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Safety Pins – A box of safety pins in multiple sizes are indispensable in the event you need to do some last-minute alterations or repairs to a costume. You may also save the day for someone else who didn’t pack any.

Clear Nail Polish – this product can keep a small run in tights from getting out of hand, if you apply it as soon as a snag starts. (If it’s too far gone, see those extra tights we mentioned!)

Hair Accessories – There are enough important hair accessories that we are making a list within this section, because your dance recital readiness kit is incomplete without them.

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A hairnet/bun cover in your child’s hair color to smooth down her ‘do
A bun builder, which saves the day if you’re not a pro at styling
Super heavyweight hair pins and bobby pins in the color of your child’s hair

Shop Whirl-A-Style Bunmaker

Elastics, glitter hairspray, and a brush are all lifesavers for flyaways, cowlicks, lumpy ponytails, or any other hair snafu you can think of
Velcro hair jewels to embellish your dancer’s style and coordinate with her costumes.

Snacks & Water – Hungry dancers will appreciate a nutritious snack before the performance, and things like crackers, string cheese, granola bars, and grapes won’t make a mess of a costume. Bottled water is a must for keeping hydrated.

Cosmetic Bag and Makeup – You should touch up your dancer’s makeup immediately before going on stage. Make sure you’re using lipstick and blush in the colors suggested by the dance teacher, and pack foundation/powder and mascara too. A sturdy cosmetic bag will keep all these beauty supplies together and organized.

Band-Aids & Pain Reliever – a small supply of bandages in various sizes – clear ones work best because they don’t show through tights – and some Tylenol or Advil can keep minor aches or blisters from ruining a special night.

Costumes and accessories, and don’t forget the SHOES! You might think this one is obvious but many a recital has turned into a last-minute crisis when a rushed parent realizes the dancing shoes or costume are at home.

Pointe shoe Ribbon and Glue – so you remembered the shoes, but then you forgot pointe shoe ribbon, or it breaks – packages of satin ribbon and elastic will save the day, and a tube of pointe shoe glue will fix and harden weak areas of pointe shoes on their last gasp.

 

 

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A Stitch Kit – some heavy-duty waxed nylon thread and some needles are indispensable when a costume rip or tear shows up just before showtime – and if someone else’s costume tears and you have a stitch kit to lend, you’re a hero.

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Every dance mom has great suggestions for their must-have recital items, so it’s smart to ask what’s on their lists too!

Pointe Shoes for Every Foot Type

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Finding the right pointe shoe can be challenging—and with tons of shoes on the market, there’s a lot to consider. Dance Spirit asked Josephine Lee, expert pointe shoe fitter and owner of Dancer’s Choice Dance Supply in Irvine, CA, to walk us through the best shoes for each foot shape.

Dance Studio owners: Are you making this mistake?

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The BIGGEST mistake Dance Studios are making in their marketing right now…

Here’s a BIG question for you this week, lovely Dance Informa readers!

When it comes to your studio, are you marketing what you DO or are you marketing what you GIVE? You see, one of the biggest challenges is how to promote your studio in a highly saturated, competitive market when EVERYONE is trying to promote the same thing!

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Every studio offers ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop etc. We need to discover your unique positioning and differentiation in the market.

The wonderful thing is that every studio is different. Some studios are more technique focused. Others give amazing performance opportunities. Whilst some studios pride themselves on individual nurturing and personalized attention.

Really step into the hearts and mind of that parent who is choosing a studio for their child. What are they looking for? What is important to them? How do they want their child to feel? What would turn them off choosing your studio? The more we can understand what your dream student is seeking in a studio, the more we can tailor your marketing message to speak directly to their hearts.

In a nutshell, shifting your marketing message to share what the students will EXPERIENCE at your studio as opposed to what you do in your studio is a wonderful way to connect more with your marketing and start attracting more students.

It’s not about the class itself, it’s about painting a beautifully vibrant picture of how they’re going to feel when they’re in the class.

The studio with the most connection in their marketing will win – and the best thing is that all it takes is a few little tweaks.

In the comments below, share how you describe the experience at your studio…

And, if you’re looking for more guidance on how to craft your studio’s marketing message, the best place to start is in the Free “30 Enrollments in 30 Days” mini course. This course has been designed for studio owners and will walk you through how to rapidly ramp up your registrations. Click here and watch the first video now. 

Here’s to more passion, more profits and more purpose in your studio!
All my best,
Chantelle

By Chantelle Bruinsma Duffield of studioexpansion.com

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