Hi, my name is Jaeda. Welcome to DaNCe Mode. As a student of competition dance, commercial dance, and classical ballet and a new teacher trained under PBT (Progressive Ballet Technique) levels 1-3 and progressing in my teacher training with IDTS (International Dance Teaching Standards), the frustrations in both positions are very real but easily avoidable. Focusing on proper technique, every student has the opportunity to improve or fail. I will give you the tools, now dancer and parent are accountable for the outcome. Check out my bookings page for privates.
As a former student of competition dance, ABT Gillespie Ballet school, and now a member of an incredible Commercial Dance Academy, PAVE, I know the challenges of today's dance training. I love to dance, love to learn, and want better training equipment for dancers of all levels.
I have been dancing since I was 6. Throughout my training, I have been told that I am not a strong turner, but never really told why or how to fix it. I am told, "Jaeda, close your ribs," or "push into the floor" which never made sense. I used to spend hours on the internet trying to find dance training equipment that could help me improve my dance technique at home. These tools had to be safe and do what it claimed. A lot of money was spent on equipment that ended up being unsafe and ineffective. Regardless, I kept looking!
One of my challenges as a dancer is that I have always been tall and lean. By age 12, I was 5'7" and now over 5'9", maintaining awareness of my core and balance was a constant battle. Sit-ups and crunches were a waste of time, Pilates helped everything but my core, plank was not engaging. Every inch I grew, I had to re-learn how to engage my core and use my feet. As a competitive dancer, not being a consistent turner was not an option.
I am not the only one who has these struggles. I began to work with an engineer on creating a new product that would reinforce my technique training and most importantly be safe and sturdy. What we designed far exceeded my expectations. I call it the Turn Trainer, light for easy travel, benefits any level of training, and can be used anywhere. My turns are better than they have ever been since developing the Turn Trainer. No sloppy technique, no reinforcement of bad habits, and no more being inconsistent. I am so excited to share this with other dancers all over the world! Share your progress with me! #TurnTrainer
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