Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SOBuzz: Online Dance Directories

As a business owner, your online presence is essential.  In addition to your business showing up in Google searches, here are a few online directories that will make your studio even more accessible.  Most of these sites are free or have a free option. 

http://www.superpages.com/ - the online Yellow Pages
http://theusaexplorer.com/ - a huge directory listing businesses by town and city
http://local.yahoo.com/ - city guide
http://phones.whitepages.com/ - the online White Pages
http://citysearch.com/ - city guide

http://dancestudiosusa.com/ - dance directory
http://www.getyourkidsoffthecouch.com/ - collection of kids activities
http://www.dancedirectory.com/ - ballroom dance directory

You might also want to do some research and see if your city or town has its own online directory.  My city has an online kid's directory that lists dance studios, gymnastics facilities, karate, etc.  Also check your local newspaper, radio and TV station websites for business listings. If you offer birthday parties, there might be an online directory for kids parties - make sure your studio is on the list!

Also, many of these are specific to the United States - for other countries, you might need to do a bit of googling to find directories specific to your country.

Anything others you can think of?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Black Swan Dance Double

Just read a great thought-provoking article by Wendy Perron at Dance Magazine mentioning Natalie Portman's much under-publicized "dance double", Sarah Lane in the film Black Swan.  Apparently, Lane was discouraged from taking interviews and talking to the press until after the Oscars! Perron gives her opinion on what it means to be a dance double in the film industry.

Read the full article here

Bonus material:  YouTube video showing special effects including replacing Sarah Lane's face with Natalie Portman's.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Theme Playlist: "Sea"

A theme playlist for all things ocean and sea related! Whether your theme is "Beyond the Blue" or "Sea Cruise", we've got you covered!

Children's Music for Tap or Jazz
Under The Sea - Pop Version Under the Sea (Pop Version) - Disneymania, Vol. 3
Near TillamookAt The Bottom of the Sea - Ralph's World At the Bottom of the Sea - Ralph's World At the Bottom of the Sea
Tidepool Boogie - Banana Slug String Band Ocean Rap - Slugs At Sea
Codfish Ball - Shirley Temple At the Codfish Ball - At the Movies: Shirley Temple
Finding Nemo: Ocean Favorites Album Finding Nemo: Ocean Favorites - Various Artists
...and anything Beach Boys Sounds of Summer - The Very Best of The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys

Lyrical / Modern / Contemporary
Sail Away - David Gray Sail Away - David Gray: Greatest Hits
The Ocean - The Bravery The Ocean - The Sun and the Moon
Sea Shells - Sia Sea Shells (Bonus Track) - Colour the Small One (Bonus Track Version)
Sea Lion Woman - Feist Sea Lion Woman - The Reminder
Part Like Waves - Psapp Part Like Waves - The Camel's Back
Wade In The Water - Eva Cassidy Wade In The Water - Songbird

He's a Pirate - Pirates of the Carribbean He's a Pirate - Pirates of the Caribbean (Original Soundtrack)
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean - 150 Fun Songs for Kids (Digital Version)
Anchors Away - Anchors Away - Ceremonials

Caribbean Blue - Enya Caribbean Blue - The Very Best of Enya (Deluxe Video Edition)
The Water is Wide - James Taylor The Water Is Wide - New Moon Shine
Aquarium - Carnival of Animals Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium - Saint-Saƫns: Carnival of the Animals; Bizet: Jeux d'enfants; Ravel: Mother Goose
Ripples In The Pond - James Newton Howard

Saturday Night Fish Fry Saturday Night Fish Fry - Five Guys Named Moe (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Umbrella Beach - Owl City Umbrella Beach - Ocean Eyes
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea - The Ultimate Bobby Darin
All At Sea - Jamie Cullum All At Sea - Twenty Something
Shark In The Water - VV Brown Shark In the Water - Travelling Like the Light
Rock the Boat - Aaliyah Rock the Boat - Aaliyah
S.O.S. - RihannaSOS - A Girl Like Me

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