Our Performance Good Luck Charms

Every dancer has their own routine around show time and with recital just around the corner, we thought that it would be fun to revisit our dancing days. Now, most studios have strict rules enforced around showtime. These rules usually include no jewelry, no nail polish, no wild hair, etc. However, if you’re as sneaky as we were then you just may get away with a good luck charm to get you through.

For the rebels: “I had a silver anklet that I wore under my tights and then wrapped my pointe shoe ribbons over. If my teacher had paid more attention then I would have gotten in more trouble, but he didn’t. I wore it for years.”

For the rule-benders: “We were allowed to wear rhinestones in performances, so I made sure that I had the most ornate rhinestones that I could find. They had one stone in the middle and then tons of rhinestones surrounding it. Just make sure you don’t wear anything real. I had rhinestones ripped out on stage, and I would hated to lose anything real.”

“My studio let us wear clear nail polish. I just wore clear-ish, natural colored nail polish. Everything else is glamorous when it comes to show time, so I felt more done up when my nails were painted too.”

For the rule abiders: “I don’t think that this really counts as a good luck charm, but I had the same leotard that I wore for every dress rehearsal. Literally, every single dress rehearsal that I had until I graduated. If I didn’t rehearse in it then everything felt off.”

“I carried a prayer card in my dance bag from my first boyfriend. It was kind of silly, but once I started praying it before my shows, I couldn’t stop.”

What are your good luck charms or routines before a performance?


Dancer’s Corner: Things to Eat Before a Show

With recital coming up, we thought that it would be a good idea to talk a little about what we used to eat around showtime to fuel up and to make sure that you are going to have your best possible run.

I will tell you right now, I am a planner and a creature of habit. I never ate anything before a show that I hadn’t tried eating already to ensure that I woudn’t be bloated or feel heavy before a show. Everyone’s body is different, so please do not copy this the day of your show because you don’t know how this will make you feel. Try dishes before class or rehearsals to make sure that you’re still at your best for the big show.

The Night Before:

A meal rich in protein is best for the night before. The protein burns slower than the carbohydrates will and result in longer lasting energy. I love to eat steamed salmon, and broccoli/asparagus. If I’m still hungry then a side of quinoa or brown rice gives that extra kick.

The Morning Of:

If you are a coffee drinker then now is the time to go for that. I didn’t drink coffee at all in high school, so I was a big fan of green tea in the mornings. Coffee always made me have to go to the bathroom during class, and I hated the way it made my breath smell.

Foodwise, know your body. Sometimes I was all about the smoothies. Other times I was all about the cereal. You should eat something with carbs to ensure that you have more than enough energy to get through class and rehearsal.

Right Before:

There were some dancers who would go  to Subway and eat an entire sandwich before the show. I was not one of these girls. Eating on the day of a show was pretty light which is why I think that your carbs are going to be extremely important. We used to make a trail mix that we would munch on between rehearsals and naps. Stay tuned to find the recipe next week!

I have a love affair with water, so that was my drink of choice every day. Many dancers will take the day of a show to drink their drinks heavy in electrolytes.

Good luck! We hope your shows go great!


Grand Opening Sale

Have you heard? We wanted to start the spring season with a Grand Opening Sale over at Danse Jewelry. Be sure to check it out! We’ll be seeing you at recital!



Fundraisers with Incentives Inc.

Who: Often times, studios find us when looking for fundraisers either by searching for dance fundraisers or through parent referrals. We allow for studios to buy charms at a wholesale price and then mark them up to whatever cost they choose. This allows the studio a chance to benefit from the profit and put money towards their needs. We see a lot of guild members selling the jewelry once your studio decides that our jewelry line will be their yearly fundraiser.

What: The charms are what you would be using to fundraise. You choose how much of which charms you want to purchase and we package and send them out to you.

When: Fundraising starts whenever a studio wants. At our dance studio, the fundraiser began at Nutcracker auditions in September and then the charms were available to purchase in the office throughout the season. Our biggest selling period was at the boutique during the performance.

Where: Fundraising occurs mostly at the studio. If your studio has a boutique then charms can be sold at the theatre as well.

Why: Incentives Inc. was founded by a studio owner as a fundraiser; and so, we have carried on the tradition with both our Nutcracker and Danse Jewelry lines. We want to give studios a way to raise money while also giving students a gift that will last a lifetime. We’ve helped studios raise money for backdrops, live orchestration, new costumes, etc.

How: Our studios apply for wholesale membership on our website. Once the application is filled out then you fax us your 501-C3 forms to show that you are nonprofit, and we can get started.

We look forward to hearing from you! We plan on doing fundraisers with our new Danse Jewelry line as well. If you like what you see then be sure to contact us!

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Rounding it Off with Some Attitude

Our last two charms in our Danse Jewelry collection are two dancers performing an attitude.

The first, our Contemporary Attitude charm, is a dancer en demi pointe looking back at her foot. This charm can be worn on a necklace, as pictured.


The second, our Modern Attitude charm, is also performing an attitude. Here, she is arched back, one hand resting on her chest while the other arm extends back behind her. This pendant may also be worn on a necklace.


Both charms are available in smaller sizes to be worn in earring form.


Check them out at dansejewelry.com.



On to the Dancers

Next up in our Danse Jewelry line are a few different dancers.

We are starting off with our Tap Dancer. This charm has been around for awhile, and we absolutely adore it. Our tap dancer stands en passé relevé and incorporates a bit of Fosse-like attitude with a top hat and the hand on the hip. It is the perfect piece of jewelry for the tap dancer in your family.


Tap Dancer

 Our next featured piece is our Ballerina charm. Our ballerina stands en pointe in an attitude. She wears a tulle tutu and is beautiful on a necklace or in a pair of earrings.



One of our newest additions to the Danse Jewelry family is our Contemporary Dancer. Caught in the middle of a dance our contemporary dancer is featured in a developé en pointe. Her arms counterbalance her leg as she swings them to the opposite side of her body. This charm is great as a necklace or as a part of a charm bracelet as well.


Contemporary Dancer

As recital approaches, be sure to check out our charms over on dansejewelry.com to find some perfect trinkets for the dancer in your life!



Starting with the Classics

The Pointe Shoe and Ballet Slipper charms have actually been a part of our line for a while, but they represent the branching out into new areas. Our Ballet Slippers charm show a pair of ballet shoes hanging, while our Pointe Shoe charm depicts a pair of pointe shoes in sous sous. These charms have been widely popular and are available for purchase in both earring form and as a pendant. You can style them on a charm bracelet or necklace. If you have a dancer then be sure to check out what we have to offer over at dansejewelry.com. We look forward to seeing you there!


Ballet Slippers


Pointe Shoe



Announcing Danse Jewelry by Incentives Inc.

You may have noticed that we have been a little MIA recently; however, there is good reason! The site has been down for a bit, but we are always doing what we can to bring quality products to you guys, and I cannot tell you how excited we are to announce the launch of our new jewelry line. Drumroll, please…


Stick around so that we can introduce you to a whole new cast of characters! And be sure to check us out at dansejewelry.com


The New Years Series: Forming Healthy Habits

Happy New Years!! Hopefully everyone had a very fun, event filled New Years. We stayed in with the family and watched movies but this year, but it was great nonetheless. So let’s have a chat. As we prepare for 2015 you always see people making resolutions. They are going to work out more, eat better. In the studio, we set goals for the year. “I want to get my triple pirouette”, or “I want to move up to Advanced Partnering”, “I’m going to work out outside of the studio”, etc. Often times we do great for a month or two and then begin to slack off with our resolutions. Our goals become things of the past.

I have found that for me, this is in large part to making such lofty goals for myself all at once. I’m much more successful when I work on one or two things at a time and buildup throughout the year. Rather than creating resolutions, form new healthy habits, and I think that you will be much more successful. I have. Eventually your triple pirouette will be as easy as the double used to be. Eventually, working out in the mornings will come as second nature and then you can work towards new goals. Your goals will be attainable if your attitude and your lifestyle facilitates them. You just have to get there



Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!


Happy holidays from our family here at Nutcracker Jewelry to you!

We have spent a good bit of our holidays traveling and are currently preparing for a pretty eventful new year! How did you spend your holiday? Hopefully you are all well-rested and received everything that you asked for! Be sure to check in next week for our theme for January: A New Year and A New You.