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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS, STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF

The most difficult part of being a studio director is how to take all the components, all the balls juggling in the air, all the “white noise” in the background, opinions, requests and desires of our clients and with a …

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FIVE BASIC, FUNDAMENTAL THINGS EVERY DANCE STUDENT SHOULD K…

With every year I teach, the more and more I realize how important it is for the fundamental building blocks of technique to be taught. It’s not the tricks or the flashy turns or the “advanced” lessons that are most …

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Tips for Making Musical Theatre Dances Age-Appropriate

There are many components to teaching musical theatre effectively; technically, stylistically, historically and conceptually. This is especially true when introducing it to the preteen demographic. This genre is a real love of mine and where my heart is at, so …

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PROFESSIONALISM AND KINDNESS MATTER IN THE DANCE STUDIO

Professionalism, respect, kindness, humility, courtesy, how we speak to one another and share ideas, disagree and discuss, collaborate and learn from one another are still important, relevant & necessary traits a professional should possess.

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Dance Teachers: Your Reputation Is Everything!

As a dance teacher the only thing that you have that can make or break you is your reputation. How you conduct yourself not only with your boss but with your students, parents and fellow faculty members says a lot …

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SAYING FAREWELL TO OUR GRADUATING SENIORS

As we wind down from recital season, we have also reached that point when it’s time to say goodbye to graduating students. Our beloved senior dancers, who many of us have trained since they were little, now stand before us …

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TIPS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN DESIGNING A SUMMER CLASS PROGRAM

We are almost at the end of what is hopefully turning out to be your best year yet and it’s time to turn attention to the summer season! If you haven’t already done so, lining up your summer intensive schedule …

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Dance Studio Owners Guide to Creating the Perfect Studio En…

You know what the perfect environment looks and feels like. As a studio owner we all want and strive for that. The big question is how do we gain and then retain that perfection?

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SET WARM UP OR NO?

The addition of a set-warm-up to your curriculum for dancers has its advantages and disadvantages. This month I wanted to give teachers something to think about in terms of what works best for you and your students.

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BRINGING BACK THE JOY AND POSITVITY IN YOUR DANCE CLASS

Remember when you were little and would twirl and spin just because it was fun? Remember those first pair of ballet slippers and the excitement of being in dance class following your teacher in the front of the room? Remember …

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Studio Owners: Five Things to Help You Stand Out in a Compe…

Dance Studios are a dime a dozen. Right? In some places you can see one every couple of miles. I’m sure you’ve thought to yourself in passing, what makes this one better than that one? What makes mine the standout …

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REMINDING YOUR DANCERS, IT'S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST STEPS

As teachers and choreographers of young dancers, we recognize half the battle is getting our dancers to all look synchronized, understand conceptually and physically what we are trying to convey and present clean technique which highlights their strengths.

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THOUGHTFUL RECITAL THEMING

Directors, what is your take on building an end of the year show which encompasses all your dancers’ and faculty’s hard work while demonstrating continuity and a pleasurable viewing experience? Any memorable performance that we attend usually has rhyme or …

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FLOOR EXERCISE SEQUENCE TO STRENGTHEN LEGS

Dancers are often known for their strong, flexible, powerful legs. They are one of our most vital instruments. And while flexibility is often given great attention to, we must help our dance students balance that with strengthening exercises as well. …

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