Class over camera

Dear budding dancers,

Please for the love of God be SELECTIVE with your choices.I’ve recently seen a live feed of young dancers expressing how they don’t want to be filmed in classes anymore as they want their teachers to use the FULL time of class wisely and actually teach them which really screamed out to me.

The one thing they are actually in a class for is to learn, to grow and of course to train from a teacher they look up too no matter what their age. 

It seems like the fun isn’t in classes anymore and filming has become an added pressure. 

Please remember that a class isn’t an audition, isn’t a fashion show and certainly isn’t for ‘the gram’ either!

When in the class you are there for you, to experiment with your body and to dance how you please. 

If the vibe isn’t right then shop around until you feel like you are ready to add to your cart. Don’t get distracted on your surroundings. 

A classroom is your laboratory to experiment and invest in yourself so enjoy your journey and explore it.

Be you, be present, be ready to train. 

✌🏼

Mad Love 

T-Love xx

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Changing your technique

I’ve spent the past few weeks selfishly investing in myself a little more in an attempt to break my usual weekly routine, in the hope that it would refresh my mind and I can successfully say I already feel 100 times better for it. I’ve reached out to new motivational books; different TV shows (Love Island obviously) and with some huge help from a very driven fitness friend I’ve even added a variety into my newly improved exercise routine.

After speaking with various dancers over the past few weeks, it seems I am not the only one looking to move out of the same old, same old and wanting to make those changes, especially on a professional basis.

So don’t be afraid to change your technique, your routine, and your goals. It’s okay to take someone else’s class who you wouldn’t usually try before. It’s okay to miss out on that catch up Nando’s if there is a late night rehearsal/master class or performance opportunity which has just popped up last minute and it is certainly okay to go to that audition with a suitcase full of quick sassy changes so you feel comfortable with the style and mood on the day if it is going to enhance your change of a big fat YES. Your journey has to begin somewhere.

Switch up your photographers for new headshots if you feel it will improve your casting opportunities. Do, do your research into those who are getting ‘booked and blessed’ to see who they are using, as there are a number of amazing photographers out there ready to work with you. The ‘booked and blessed’ are not your peers and would be more than willing to offer you amazing advice – if you don’t ask, you don’ get!

If your goal is to be a tour dancer, ask yourself this:

Are you studying tour dancers?

Have you taken classes with them lately?

Are you noticing them applying something to their body/performance in which you aren’t doing yourself which you could work on in future?

Do they have a strong relationship with one particular agent or multiple ones?

Have you studied the artist and choreographic team behind the scenes to enhance your knowledge on what the director might be looking for?

If the answer to the above is swaying more towards a no, jump into the performance based classes, which are on WEEKLY. Pull out of your comfort zone, pop any crucial advice down on a note pad and smash those auditions.

Remember, a no isn’t a no, it might just be a not right now. As Mykell Wilson recently said to me – ‘Learn the land, then take it’.

T-Love

@katie_truslove

xx

10 REASONS WHY HDI SUMMER CAMP 2017 WILL BE THE BEST ONE YET!

Guess what guys – it’s only 6 months to go until the BEST UK DANCE CAMP commences!
If you’ve thought about booking on but haven’t quite hit the ‘add to cart’ button just yet, here are 10 reasons as to why you should join us for some quality, fun and inspirational dance training!

1. Invest in YOURself

SOAR UK’s HDI Dance Camp team want to see YOUR progress in YOUR dance training. This is YOUR camp to help YOU and we are so excited to be a part of YOUR own personal dance journey, one small ‘two’ step at a time. 

2. The HDI Summer Dance Camp line up

Well what can we say, you may have heard that the one and only Frankie J is back alongside a number of INTERNATIONAL dance teachers including Kenzo Alvares, Ysabelle Capitulé and Tovaris Wilson. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages – @soaruk and @hdidancecamp for more faculty announcements to be released VERY SOON!

3. Dance, dance and more dance

HDI is the UK’s leading Dance Camp with the highest standard of teaching and education. One of the many positives is that you won’t just find yourself dancing in our 21 classes; we pride ourselves in having HDI battles, after parties and there are also plenty of opportunities to take extra master classes to enhance your training too.

4. Your fellow HDI campers

HDI Dance camps have seen years of friendships formed by students from all over the world. Their support for one another is like no other camps, whether this is on the dance floor or off. If you are thinking about joining us by yourself do not panic, as you will come out of this experience with friends for an absolute lifetime. Networking is key!

5. Quality Priced Accommodation!

We appreciate as dancers you can get tired after a long day of killing those lit classes and sometimes you might just want to take a moment to yourself and catch up with some Z’s. We offer single rooms over 7 nights with shower facilities, which of course include your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Make sure you check out our HDI early bird prices before it’s too late!

6. HDI’s Showcase

With a super supportive audience this is your moment to take the floor. At the end of an amazing week we welcome you to sign up and share YOUR progress and passion for the last night of our fantastic week together. Whether you want to choreograph a piece, freestyle or partner up with a friend you met on Monday we want you take to the stage and leave us wanting more!

7. HDI’s outstanding faculty

HDI’s faculty are carefully selected each year to ensure you have a versatile timetable. We’ve seen incredible teachers in the past who have worked with the likes of Justin Bieber, Beyoncé and Missy Elliott. We will continue to bring in some of the worlds best international choreographers for UK and European dancers to learn and grow.

8. Questions and Answers

Ever wanted to converse with your favourite choreographer, ask for feedback or discuss industry experiences? Here at HDI we ensure you are given the opportunity to hear from the faculty during a Q&A session to enhance your learning so you can take on board vital information out of classes, which may help assist your dance journey and could lead you into new directions and paths.

9. HDI Opportunities

The rewards following HDI can sometimes be bigger than the journey you thought you were already on. Our HDI students have left camps joining leading UK dance agencies, booking commercials, TV shows and even worldwide tours! Here at HDI we also offer scholarships to our kids, commercial and summer camps.

10. Wondering where to train after HDI’s summer camp?

We’ve got plenty more in store for you during 2017 so head over to our social media pages for further news on our latest workshops, competitions, intensives and international dance camps including Australia and Singapore.


EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT, ENJOYMENT – HDI SUMMER DANCE CAMP 2017 WE CANNOT WAIT!

T-Love x

@katie_truslove

@soaruk

Q&A live streams are perfect for sharing dance industry insights! 

Oh my it has been a little while since I have written a dance blog!

So seeing as it ’tis the season to be jolly, eat and rest, I have had some much needed time to reflect on what’s been important this past year and what to look out for in the dance industry for 2017. I’ve got a few topics and areas I want to discuss more on but for now I thought I’d talk about live feeds. 

I’m sure like many others I/ we have witnessed or watched some great dance interviews or Q&A’s this year from Deja Vu’s soundcheck, Dancetribe’s YouTube interviews and SOAR UK’s HDI Q&A sessions with their faculty during their Easter and Summer camps. 

Now that social media has progressed even further these Q&A sessions are becoming way more accessible and filling dancers with more and more knowledge from the topics being discussed and shared. 

Maybe due to time differences it seems as though 7-8am GMT is a prime time to catch well known worldwide choreographers/teachers testing out a live stream on their personal Instagram or Facebook accounts. These are also great as it means you can watch these whilst getting ready for work/rehearsals or during your morning commute as you can just listen or if you do have that spare time you can get involved in the conversation too. 

Just this week we’ve seen sensei Tony Tzar return to social media and treat us all with a late night (early morning for us) freestyle followed by live Q&A’s with Hollywood, Kyle Hanagami and Gil Duldulao which have been so beneficial in many different ways.

The timing of these have literally all been perfect as there has been at least one live stream a day and many have been over an hour if you catch them at the right times. From these we have then seen dance students grab their notepads, to take vital notes on the advice and guidance given or we seen them involve themselves with the debates or topics to ask their own questions to gain that vital information they truly require. This must make these live streams really satisfying for both the teacher/choreographer and for the student too as it is guides the viewer to reach their goals within the dance industry and pushes them to take those life changing chances. For many these will be very inspirational. It’s also great as these are happening outside of dance classes and camps for more to view. 

Mykell Wilson stated on one of his instagram stories this week that ‘To say you have nothing is to say you have space for everything’. I think his words fitted in really nicely with all the choreographers overall answers as they reminded many of us that they too had to start from somewhere and worked extremely hard to get to where they are today.  

Success isn’t an over night thing so, by taking risks, moving areas or by working those three jobs initially these will eventually all pay off when provided with an opportunity that cannot be refused.   

I’m a strong believer that if you don’t ask you don’t get and those that can, do. Use these live feed Q&A opportunities to your advantage, ask questions that will benefit you/others and if your question does not get answered this time around ensure you take away the knowledge shared instead…it may relate to something along your path one day. 

Whilst we are on the subject of interviews, myself and Joel Tolhurst had a fantastic opportunity to carpool interview the very talented Creative Director- Brain Friedman which you can watch here: 

https://youtu.be/X2UjlSSBYHQ

Thanks for reading! 
T-Love 

xx