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We hope you’ll join us this July 19-24, 2021 in Los Angeles!
Stressed about the 2021 dance industry and economic unknowns? Join us for Hollywood Dance Experience Sunday RESET Roundtable. It’s a live discussion hosted by Nancy O’Meara and Annie Libera. Our guests include Keynote Speaker Rhee Gold of Dance Life, Jackie Sleight founder of LA Dance Magic, Noah Lands CEO of Kids Artistic Revue & Rainbow Dance, Michelle Soutier of Miller Street Dance Academy, and more. The discussions are easy-going, and we talk about the state of the dance industry, what each person has been doing during this down-time, and some current events and how they relate to our industry.
I don’t need to be a parent to know that it’s the hardest job in the world. Literally. I know this because my mom had to deal with me, and my adolescence was no cakewalk for my dear mother. I’m aware that parents have a million and one things to do on the daily basis. And if you are a full blown dance mom (or dad), then you probably spend too much of your time at the studio when you could be at home with your family or having “you” time. That said, with the precious little time you have on your hands, there are a few basic things you can do to help your child take the next step in the dance industry. Just as students sit down to do homework every night, I am giving you two assignments to continuously work on to help your child succeed in this Instagram world.
1. Learn How To Use Technology
Every few months, my mom calls me and asks me to explain, yet again, how to upload pictures from her computer to Facebook. At her request, I wrote down the directions for uploading pictures. Yet, I inevitably get the same call asking for the same instructions. This drives me crazy! For all the help my mother has given me, I am happy to return the favor. My primary concern, however, is that we live in an ever-changing world dominated by technology. We all must learn to use that technology, or we will be left behind.
You may be thinking, “So what? What does this have to do with helping my dancer?” Well, do you know the best way to record a video on your smartphone that gives your dancer great quality for a reel or Instagram? After that, could you edit the video into your child’s reel? And could you then upload the video to your child’s social media accounts? Do you know how to tag relevant people (e.g., choreographers and teachers) in the description and on the actual photo or video on Instagram? Wait. Let’s backtrack. Do you know how to use Instagram?
Some of you probably have dancers who are old enough to manage their own social media accounts. For the rest of you, however, you can and should help your child develop a social media presence. The fact of the matter is, if your child aspires to dance professionally, he/she will need to be on social media. So you should learn the ropes. Wherever you are at with technology, it’s okay. Taking 10 minutes each day to learn and advance your skills will only benefit all of you in the long run. Additionally, try to keep up with social media trends (i.e., which platforms are growing, which existing ones are changing or rebranding, which new ones are launching, and which ones are most applicable to your child’s career). You don’t have to be an expert by tomorrow.
2. Do Your Research
I know that “doing research” is a very general piece of advice. So what do I mean by that? First, maybe find different dance intensives or programs in your area in which your child could participate. Maybe it’s a summer program. Second, search for nearby, upcoming conventions that your dancer could attend. Third, map out your dancers general plans for the next year. This could mean (1) finding out what kind of headshots your dancer needs for his/her age, (2) learning how to write a dance resume, (3) researching the types of clips that belong in a reel, (4) investigating college dance programs, (5) where to find auditions and so on and so forth. There are plenty of other research topics to dig into, but these few are a good place to start. Understand that these research questions will be different for everyone depending on what they want to do with their dance career. Once you get comfortable with this sort of research, pass the skill on to your dancer. They will need to be able to do this research on their own in the near future. They will need to make decisions about where to go to school—that is, if they want to attend college—and about what sort of dance career they want to pursue. Once they’ve made those choices, they will have to continue researching classes, events, and auditions to advance their careers. Preparation is key. The best thing your dancers can do for themselves is stay informed. And that is something you can teach them to do. Get them started and set an example.
While I gave my mom a hard time at the beginning of this blog she did great when it came to doing research for me. Except, she didn’t use the internet to do research. Not at first at least. She used Dance Spirit magazine! She didn’t know how to surf the web, to be honest, she still doesn’t! Every month my magazine would come in the mail and she would use sticky notes to flag conventions, competitions, or summer programs that we would need to look into. We would then type in the web address and go from there. Yes, type in the web address. She didn’t know how to use Google. When I was older, I did this for myself. But at that younger age she did it for me. Trust me when I say, if my mom can do it you can do it too!
You’re here, reading this article right now. That means you are already on the right path! I know you all want the best for your kids, no matter what they choose in life. Saving time is everything. I’m not saying to cut corners. In this industry if you don’t have that solid foundation your house will fall down. I know you want them to be happy and successful. The best way to help them is to get a head start. Make those materials (i.e., headshot, resume, reel, and social media accounts). If your dancer is prepared and ahead of the curve, the rest will come a bit more easily. If you are completely overwhelmed, I’m sorry to make you feel that way. But please know I already wrote a handful of blogs that cover some topics to get you started. I’m here for you. Hollywood Dance Experience is here for you! I know parents don’t get told this enough, but you are doing great! Keep going and you got this!
We’re beyond excited to announce that we have officially signed our contract with the Hilton Anaheim as our new home for the 2019 Hollywood Dance Experience.
Hilton Anaheim has a fantastic location, just one mile from Disneyland® Resort, makes it the perfect choice when we’re touring LA visiting the sights and taking dance classes. During our stay at the fabulous Hilton hotel, visit the Disney® Desk, where cast members can offer expert advice, provide tickets and organize a shuttle service to the world-class attractions. The comfortable rooms, fantastic dining and first-class facilities for recreation ensure you have an unforgettable stay in Anaheim, California as part of the Hollywood Dance Experience.
At Hilton Anaheim, dining options are designed with you in mind. Located within this Disneyland hotel are five on-site dining venues with nine options to choose from. Start the day with a hearty breakfast or nutritious light bite at Mix Lounge; savor innovative dishes prepared with only the freshest ingredients at Mix Restaurant, or simply relax with a cup of coffee at our in-house Starbucks™.
Prefer dining al fresco? In the warmer months, our Pool Bar & Grill, adorned with multiple large screen LCD televisions, offers specialty tropical cocktails, smoothies and other beverages and serves light snacks and grilled items such as fish, hamburgers and chicken.
We’re looking forward to seeing you here at the Anaheim Hilton on July 23!
There’s magic to be found throughout The Happiest Place on Earth! Featuring two amazing Theme Parks—Disneyland® Park and Disney California Adventure® Park—plus three Disneyland® Resort Hotels and the Downtown Disney® District, the world-famous Disneyland® Resort is where Guests of all ages can discover wonder, joy and excitement around every turn.
Disneyland® Park is where it all began. With its mix of new and classic attractions and entertainment, Walt’s original Theme Park is home to timeless fun. Here, you can meet some of your favorite Disney Characters. Set sail with the Pirates of the Caribbean. Plummet down a 5-story waterfall on Splash Mountain. Then end your day with a fireworks spectacular*. And if you’re a Star Wars™ fan, you won’t want to miss experiences like Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours—The Adventures Continue. And coming Summer 2019, experience an all-new land from a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Explore the Planet of Batuu and live your Star Wars™ story. The Force is strong in this Park!
For more fun inspired by Disney and Pixar tales, head over to Disney California Adventure® Park. This is where you can join Rocket on a thrilling mission to rescue the Guardians of the Galaxy from high up in The Collector’s fortress on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. Go Soarin’ Around the World on a breathtaking journey over natural wonders and world-famous landmarks. Cruise into the town of Radiator Springs for some high-octane fun in Cars Land. And if you’re looking for incredible entertainment, Frozen—Live at the Hyperion theatrical spectacular and the awesome after-dark spectacle World of Color can deliver it on a grand scale. Or, experience the newly reimagined Pixar Pier —where you can enjoy favorite Characters and stories in Pixar-themed neighborhoods! Experience equipoise stapelbaar attractions like the awesome Incredicoaster, the towering Pal-A-Round Ferris wheel and the ever-popular Toy Story Mania!®. All things Pixar await you at Pixar Pier. Come join us. Adventure is out there!
In all, there are more than 100* can’t-miss attractions, shows and experiences waiting for you to enjoy at the Theme Parks of the Disneyland® Resort. But the memories you’ll make here…well, those are nearly limitless. So gather your family and friends and come to the place where dreams come true!
*All attractions and entertainment may be seasonal and are subject to change without notice. Please check show guide for availability and times.
Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world, and for film fans, the ultimate experience is a behind-the-scenes studio tour. At Universal Studios Hollywood, the Studio Tour is perhaps its most legendary attraction – and its original one, having debuted in 1915, not long after the theme park opened. Narrated by Jimmy Fallon, the Studio Tour offers guests the chance to explore the working backlot of a real Hollywood movie studio. The tour includes Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s heart-pounding King Kong 360 3D, and the world’s largest 3D experience, which make it one of the best things to do in LA.
When one thinks of Santa Monica, the attraction of the Pier inevitably comes to mind. Its red and yellow Ferris wheel is a city icon. The Pier offers Pacific Park, a full service amusement park, combined with plenty of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops, as well as an entertaining arcade with more than 200 games. Pacific Park’s solar-powered Ferris wheel makes it the only one of its kind in the region. By day, marvel at the historic Looff Hippodrome Carousel, check out the street performers, or snag a stick of puffy cotton candy. The views of Malibu and the South Bay are pretty outstanding and make for the perfect evening when watched with a beer in hand. Stick around past sunset and you might just catch live local music to the sound of the nearby waves. The Pier is a must-visit Santa Monica attraction that really sets Santa Monica apart as an ideal destination for families and visitors of any age.