Month: July 2011


National Dance Day

NATIONAL DANCE DAY, is a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move! Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation come together through their creative expression in dance. Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebratory day



Step outside your dance genre and experience with other dancers that something that bounds us

all together – DANCE!  Learn more about National Dance Day on their website on Facebook  MORE

Also check out Dizzy Feet for more information and learn this years  Dance Day routines:  SHOW ME THE ROUTINES!

National Dance Day is something fun to experience with your students.  Use it for the theme around your next try-outs or awards ceremonies.  Teach your students the importance of belonging to something bigger than where they are at in the world.  Let them know they are part of a larger family of dancers from all over the country; and the world.

Have an  essay and/or  poster contests.  Have your team practice and submit their dance – maybe it will get posted live for everyone to see.   Submit your teams video!  Utah!!! You need  delegates!  Know someone?  Submit their video and name to National Dance Day.

Have fun dancers!  Keep your self in the know!  Dance, Live, Life, & Love!

Keeping up with “Busy”

All throughout high school I found myself always keeping up with “Busy”.  Ever felt that “Busy” was winning?  Many times I did.  Between school work, dance, student government, AP classes, and whatever else I was into at any point in time – “Busy” was always there.  Even going out with friends became “Busy”.

But somehow I didn’t notice.  After college, I kept  looking for “Busy”.  It found me!  Now days, with a 40 hour work week, a 2nd job, plus teaching dance – “Busy”  would be me.

I’m starting to learn that I can use lower case “busy”, and have added a new word called “relaxation”.

I’m not getting old – just “Wiser”.  “Wiser tells me, that “relaxation” will keep “busy” under control.  “Wiser” and I are real good friends now.  We actually practice “relaxation” together.

Once in a while “Busy” suggests I add a fourth or fifth job to add to my list.  But, “Wiser” has taught me that “relaxation” is a better friend.

I do hope that you get your “Busy” under control.  “Relaxation” is always there – you just need “Wiser” to introduce you.


Did you see what she was wearing?

Did you see what she was wearing?

I guess showing up with skin tight leopard skin pants and a slinky spaghetti strap top really aren’t appropriate if you are judging or hosting an event.  Not unless you are a dancer and that is your costume.

I have to admit, I’ve seen some really  crazy outfits at competitions.  And those were on the hired staff.  Sorry, and no offense to anyone, but did your baby sister dress you?

The term business casual should apply to anyone who is taking the stage and announcing to an audience that they are instructing your child and/or introducing their group.

Things to rethink:

  1. Disco style hot pants with high heals (the hooker look)
  2. Ruffled dresses with tennis shoes
  3. Jeans with holes where there really shouldn’t be a hole
  4. The mattress look. (belly rolls over top of pants)
  5. Leopard skin tight pants with slinky top from the fat and fine collect
  6. Plaids with strips and/or flowers
  7. Jewelry made of  dead animal teeth (at least I think they were animal)
  8. Make up that has to be peeled off at night (scare the dog!)
  9. Perfume that smells like a burlap sack left outside for the cat to maul
  10. Viewable tramp stamps and other tattoos that have words that are offensive
  11. Designer logo apparel made specifically to produce anger to a large volume of people
  12. Spiked clothing and dog leases
  13. Visible paraphernalia and/or weapons
  14. Body piercings with chains that attach to other locations on the body – for view
  15. Gothic is a culture – don’t go there in presentation settings
  16. Men too.  None of the above.

Those are probably some of the most troublesome pieces of attire or accessories.   If you want to have a professional business, then look the part, and make sure your staff looks the part.  A dress code within reason may be necessary if you are experiencing too much individual styling within the ranks.

Sure adults will dress up to entertain a crowd and get a laugh. But, if you are doing it because you want to make your place of business lose customers – please go right ahead.  When you consider the amount of money that dance families spend to put on a performance, it would be troublesome to have a staff member, director, or teacher disrupt the event by presenting a costume that  upstaged their own dancers.  Dress for success and you will get less tomatoes thrown at you.

It’s okay to make a fashion statement in your own living room or with friends.  But if you are actually working with students and dealing with parents, you might want to tame it down a little.  At least as a temporary measure, until you are back in your safe environment or game reserve.  While we are all entitled to free expression, social taboo’s still exist for a number of reasons.  I’ll get back to you on those reasons, until then you should learn about the 6 levels of casual dress.    The Six Categories

Happy dressing.


Dancer Highlight ” Malina Bohannon”

The actual meaning of dance lives in the hearts and minds of dancers both current and former.   Dancers are not cheerleaders!  Dancers study technique, form, and control, which is separate from the formulas of cheerleading.  They are separate sports, and yes I really do believe they are both sports; dance and cheer.

Malina  Bohannon began dancing at age 3.   A former Red Rock Star,  and national dance champion,  Malina  understands the hard work and dedication needed to perform well at competition.  She’s a team player, part of my dance family, and a friend.

Malina  did attempt to go the  cheerleading route for a while, and like most dancers I’ve seen, learned that her dancers heart was calling her back to the dance floor.

 Malina  like myself  did the the cheerleading route for a time.   Both  took a year or two  off of studio dance and went independent in dance, and/or  cheer.  She doesn’t regret the decision to have left dance for a while,  but dance does have a special calling in her heart.  She is expected to return to the drill team and dance floor this next season.  Molina is excited about the opportunity to once again compete in dance, and aspires to enter the solo competition arena  as well.

 Malina  stated “I miss being with the team on the dance floor.  We grew up together.  Good or bad we were always there for each other.  I liked the cheer squad, but  what I really want to do is just dance.  The cheerleaders do deserve a lot of praise however, they don’t really receive any – for the amount of work they do.”

In the larger metropolitan areas the dance and cheer teams are expected to work together and both teams MUST attend every game.   They all cheer. Most have coaches who work with both teams, and they form what is called a spirit squad.  Dance takes a certain breed, as does cheer, but we are one team – one spirit squad.

To understand the differences between cheerleaders and dancers like  Malina , we  sought out to learn from  a successful cheerleader and alumni of GCHS.

In an interview with a former cheerleader, Samantha Jacobson (Samantha cheered all four years at GCHS). Samantha stated,

“Your alumni is key to the success of your team”.

Samantha also noted that most coaches are only paid maybe $1000 – $1500 total for a whole year.  That’s pretty much volunteer status.  It is hard for a person who only has a few hours a day, and limited funds, to meet all the expectations that are required to produce a high level team.

Samantha, cheered under a number of excellent instructors, but did mention that one coach in particular, Amy Cox; who really put the word volunteer on the map for her team.

“Amy didn’t take anything negative from the team, she taught us respect.  That is the way it should be.  Cheer coaches are not paid to deal with the real issues, those issue generally are passed up to the principle level.

The team isn’t allowed to compete, because they don’t consider cheer a sport.  However when you have issues on say, the football team, those coaches are generally well  compensated – and the issues are wiped away.  That is why our cheer team needs our alumni, to help back up our cheer coaches and train our young cheerleaders “.

 Malina  is a national dance champion.  She began at the very tender age of 3, dancing with the Stars’ in the micro minis, and went on to dance  for 12 more years.  I watched her grow into one of the most talented dancers on the floor.  While it saddened me to watch her leave, I am very glad to see her return.  I think her background knowledge of the cheerleading world will only help to make her a more heart felt dancer, with her team first in her mind.   She is lucky to have had the opportunity to learn and grow in the cheerleading environment.  Cheerleading teaches you to lead and not expect a lot in return.

As a sophmore,  Malina  already understands how the roll of leadership can be a tough one.  She also knows what effective leadership can do within a community.   Dancers also do fundraisers to help with special events and projects;  she is interested in seeing more fundraising done at the high school level.

The Grand County High School Devilettes Drill Team are state sanctioned, and drill is classified as a sport.  They should be actively involved in fundraising.

With her dynamic personality,  Malina  is sure to be successful in all her endeavors.  She plans to begin taking current enrollment classes in the fall of her junior year through USU Moab, and has high ambitions of one day becoming a successful business women.  I have no doubt she will.

 Malina  noted “you can’t let those moments in life that seemed bad get you down.  You have to take those moments and use them to help yourself grow into a more successful individual.  I’ve learned, I’ve grown, I know what my weaknesses are, and I know that I’m not alone.   I also know what my strengths are, and what I need to do to be successful.  I really want to be able to help others to see that in themselves as well”.

Dance on!


PS:  I would like to personally give a big shout out to  Malina ‘s dad,  Woodee.  At nationals he often would step in and help in the daddy daughter dances.  He did backtucks with me one year in front of an audience of 3000 people.  As a little kid “I had a blast!”  THANKS DADDY O!