HDA Showcase Information

It’s that time of year again, it’s time for the HDA competition team showcase!!
Mark it on your calendar and get your tickets, because this is an event you will not want to miss!

Sunday, May 6th
Rocketown: 601 4th Avenue South(Enter through front porch door off of parking lot on Lea)

Doors open 3:30 pm
Dinner 4:00 pm
Show 5:00 pm
$15.00 Dinner and Show
$10.00 Show only
(These pre-sale tickets are available at Hermitage Dance Academy or contact your favorite team dancer)
$12.00 at the door

Advice on Becoming a Professional Dancer

Have you ever thought of becoming a professional dancer?

Andrea Woodward shared this video with me from KARtv (Kids Artistic Revue).
If you have ever considered becoming a professional dancer, watch this video. It includes some hints and advice from very successful professionals in the dance world every day.
(This section starts at about 2 minutes and 20 seconds into the video)

Want more videos like this one?
Visit KARtv’s YouTube Channel below.
KARtv videos

HDA’s Thoughts on Rivalry

Every team has their rival.
HDA’s competition team often competes with other studios around Nashville. . . so naturally they are rivals.
Personally, I have witnessed some serious interactions between teams that just seem unhealthy.  What I have seen leads me to believe that dance competition rivalries are having a negative effect on dancers.  I decided to ask some students, a teacher, and a parent how they felt about dance competition rivalry and its pros and cons.

Take a listen to this podcast featuring Chelsea, Dominic, Cayla, Tiffany, and Lori.
(Chelsea, Dominic, and Cayla are competitive dancers, Tiffany is a teacher, and Lori is a dance parent)
Do you agree? Leave a comment!

HDA’s Studio Owner Judges for Rainbow Connection

This weekend, Andrea Woodward is in Greenbay, WI judging for Rainbow Connection Dance Competition!
This competition is in partnership with Kids Artistic Revue (one of HDA’s favorite dance competitions). It is her first time judging there and we are excited she gets to continue sharing her wisdom! You’re awesome “Ms. A” !

For more information on Rainbow, click the link below!

HDA Tip of the Week: Stage Fright

Do you ever get on stage and forget your dance or get lost in those bright lights? Maybe you have a case of stage fright?  Don’t worry, being nervous is extremely common!

Obviously these girls above use their emotions IN their performance.  They don’t let fear or nervousness conquer them. That’s how you want to handle it!
It takes a lot of guts to get out and stage and perform in front of hundreds of people.  It can be scary, but don’t get caught up in that.  Just have fun!
If you have this problem, check out the tips below on how to cope with stage fright.

1. Give yourself a stop-time for your anxiety.

2. Don’t have lots of to-do’s on performance day. Go slow.

3. OR Have lots of to-do’s on the day of a show. Go fast.

4. Create a ritual.

5. Get in the audience.

6. Exercise.

7. Get to the venue early in the day.

8. Feign confidence.

9. Perform from the fear.

Want more information or details on these tips? Visit the website below.

HDA wins Video of the Week!

HDA won Video of the Week for Masquerade in Birmingham!
This was a Facebook contest where each studio voted for a dance that they wanted to see posted on Masquerade’s page.
The competition was extremely intense… there were 689 comments!
I know what you’re thinking.. what’s the big deal? Well, it is important to the dancers and to the studio owners because they want other people to see their work.  Masquerade is a national dance competition, and their Facebook page has over 5,000 viewers. Obviously, they will have other people seeing this video.  The more you put yourself out there, the more feedback you will get.  Good or bad, at least people will be talking about HDA.
This was a unique honor and it means so much that enough people voted and supported us to win!
Enough with the small talk. Here’s the video!

“Will Love Reign?” – Production

Want to know more about what’s going on at Masquerade?
Click here to view their Facebook page!