Our Movie of the Week

Our movie of the week is an absolute classic. “Center Stage” tells the story of 12 young dancers competing for a spot in the American Ballet Company, and who are willing to do anything to get it. This classic shows us how the dance world works, behind the scenes. And it has everything you need in a movie, the love triangle, drama and high-stakes. Oh and how could we forget, amazing choreography! Check it out and let us know what you think about it!

 

Killing It At the Club!

As you may know, we love dancing. But most of all we love teaching others how to dance and develop their techniques. We have a lot of fun when we’re surfing the web and finding new dance clips, movies and etc. But our personal favorite is when we get to see children dancing and absolutely killing it (much like our own students). So you can only imagine how happy we were when we found this Buzzfeed article spotlighting 16 incredibly talented kids! Some of them are a little more funny than the others, but you know what? They each have their unique dance style and make us at A Step in Time proud! Parents, we’re looking at you to bring your children in, so that they can one day too, kill the club! (Buzzfeed)

A Step in Time Kills at Star Systems Competition

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The Star Systems National Talent Competition is a dance competition, that we have competed in for years. The regional competition we participated in happened from February 28 to March 3 and we had amazing results! Our Seniors won Elite High Gold and High Gold honors, and our Teens and Juniors both won High Gold and Gold honors.

That being said, congratulations to our honored dancers: Makena Cavarozzi, Taylor Magon, Mia Mormino, Erin Lamothe, Amanda Cohen, Hannah Caplan, Kortney Jennings, Ava Izadi, Amanda Evans, Mia Brookenthal, Keira Kleinfinger, Asia Umali, Camryn Chambers and Rachel Luner.

ABC Reveals Dancing With The Stars Lineup

Our not-so-guilty pleasure “Dancing With The Stars” has finally revealed its new lineup of competitors, and we can’t even hide our enthusiasm! The lineup is pretty good and we’re especially excited because our two favorite Olympians, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, will be competing for DWTS’s 18th season’s gold. Although the two are accustomed to working together, the duo will be separated for this friendly competition. Davis will be dancing with returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy and White with professional dancer Sharna Burgess.

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Our Olympians will be facing former child stars Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar, as well as housewife NeNe Leaks. They will also be squaring off against athletes Diana Nyad, Amy Purdy, and former pro hockey player Sean Avery. Stars Cody Simpson, James Maslow, Billy Dee Williams and comedian Drew Cary are the four other Hollywood celebrities Davis and White will compete with.

We’re pretty excited to see how Davis and White will transition from the ice rink to the dancefloor, but we’re guessing they’ll be just fine! What do you guys think? (CNN)

Jungle Just Released a Music Video for “Platoon” and It Will Blow Your Mind

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Jungle has graced us with the opportunity to meet six-year-old B-Girl Terra, and she is amazing. She single-handedly stars in the music video and captures your attention from the very first second. Watch her perform for the camera and land some moves that even older B-Boys and B-Girls can’t. She is on our recruit list along with little Ellen star, Heaven!

While surfing the internet and visiting some of our favorite dance websites, we found a video of Heaven, a three-year-old girl dancing with her mother on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show. Only a minute into the video we were already in love with this adorable little girl and her amazing choreography to Beyoncé’s “End of Time.” When asked by Ellen if she wanted to be a dancer when she grew up, Heaven simply answered “I already am one!” Heaven’s passion for dancing really just sums up how we feel about it too! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Heaven, but we do assure her she has a place at A Step in Time if she wants it!

Photographer Captures Dancers in Everyday Life Situations

Have you guys ever heard of photographer Jordan Matter? This guy is absolutely amazing and has gotten some very cool attention after he released one of his recent pieces that showcases dancers in everyday situations. He has since published a photography book called “Dancers Among Us” and we may just have to buy a copy.

Here is the link to his gallery,  where you can see a bunch of the photographs he took of dancers! http://www.dancersamongus.com/photos/Towson-MD-Rachel-Bell If you are interested in photography you can also check out his blog here, where he posts some of his work and thoughts. It is really worth a look.

Who woulda thunk?!

Things we do every single day…

Everyone has their own little habits, quirks, pet peeves, etc… But sometimes you just do things because you are taught once by someone and that’s the only thing you know. Welllllll…. for every time you’ve eaten at a restaurant and had some ketchup in a paper cup, you were wrong. Take 30 seconds to watch this video that is not only going to change your view on condiments, it’s going to blow your mind!

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So next time you go to a hamburger and french fries joint, make sure to utilize the ketchup cup the correct way! Don’t make the mistake that so many do. Be ahead of the game and show your friends just how cool you are! Something that they like to calls “ketchup ignorance.” Who knew there was such a thing… We sure didn’t!

Starbucks.. Pay it forward.

We all know Starbucks is the biggest and baddest coffee shop in the world, but why is that they are so successful? Not just because they can make a mean pumpkin spice soy extra hot latte, but because they are run by people with some common sense and honorable intentions! And of course, there is no coincidence that it comes during the time of the government shut down….

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In case you haven’t heard about it yet, they are currently running a special this week based around “paying it forward.” CEO and president of Starbucks Howard Schultz decided to encourage lawmakers to come together during uncertain by offering free coffee to customers.
In “this seemingly unending cycle of dysfunction and doubt,” Schultz announced that Starbucks’ customers could buy “someone else their favorite beverage” and get a free tall brewed coffee in return from Wednesday through Friday of this week.
This sense of paying it forward allows people to find a little bit of comfort in these uncertain times. A nice little boost of confidence in humanity and common decency.
Paying it forward for is a little something that an individual can do to make someones day, but in the end, it makes your day too. How about taking this Starbucks paying it forward mentally and implement it into your day. May just change how you feel about the little things…

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Why We Love to Dance.. Acrobatics

ImageAt “A Step in Time” Dance, one of the most popular classes is Acrobatics! Students are introduced to the basics of acrobatics, including, but not limited to: cartwheels, back bends, limbers, hand stands, and head stands. Stretching and basic drills build technique, strength, and flexibility. It’s a great way for the your ladies to incorporate gymnastics into dance. Many of the girls consider this as one of their favorite classes. Acrobatics is rare to find in dance studios, making A Step in Time “A Step Ahead” of other local dance studios!