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Teaching Basic Tap Sounds to Beginners

Teaching basic tap sounds to your students will make tap dance easier to learn and your students will understand the names for each step and how to apply them. I like to get my beginners to understand that the ball …

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Ideas on Teaching Pre-School Students

Teaching dance classes to pre-school children can sometimes be more demanding than any of your other classes. I am often asked by teachers who offer pre-school classes to give advice on the structure of the class and also on how …

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What Makes A Dance Studio's Goals Different to Other Busine…

Some people set goals on a daily basis-some, on a weekly basis. Your weekly team meetings should stay true to the goals you set both strategically and tactically A lot of companies have weekly meetings, and often those meetings are …

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The Under It All-What To Wear Under Costumes!

They say all good things start with a strong foundation, well that is especially true with Dance Costumes. The correct foundation is essential for each and every dancer. One of my pet peeves at Dance competition or performance is dancers …

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Why Is Dance History So Important

Periodically while I am teaching a class I will refer to a famous dancer as an example of what I am trying to get across to my dancers and will be met by blank stares from them as if I …

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Staying Motivated & Energized

One of the toughest things teachers face throughout the season is to stay motivated and energized. You are constantly giving and if you are not careful you can drain your battery and teaching can become a struggle. One way to …

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Starting Pointe Work

Every little girl who comes to take ballet has the dream of dancing on pointe like the Sugar Plum fairy in the Nutcracker or Odette in Swan Lake. When they have studied ballet for a number of years most of …

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Ballet Choreography For Young Dancers

Over the years I have judged many competitions where young dancers have been entered in the Ballet category and many times I have felt bad that because of the content of the choreography the dancers were basically set up to …

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The Award Winning Formula

Throughout the years we have developed the reputation of creating unique and interesting choreography that has been recognized with various awards and overall high scores. After having talked to many teachers at seminars, workshops and training schools, many of them …

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There is always one!

Now that you are back in the swing of things and you are learning your student's names and finding out who is able to understand what you are trying to teach them and who will be having a struggle with …

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Costumes 101

Let's start at the very beginning, always a very good place to start. Everything begins with that spark of inspiration that leads a choreographer to take a piece of music, combine it with a group of performers and create a …

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Tools To Make The Learning Experience More Fun

As we all know a very important part of learning to dance is by having constant repetition in class. Many times students tend to zone out by losing their focus and just going through the motions and as a result …

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