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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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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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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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DEALING WITH DANCERS WITH BAD ATTITUDES

What do you do when you have a student who’s extremely talented, naturally gifted and a brilliant performer but their attitude outshines the aforementioned? How do you handle the lack of respect, the inappropriate comments to peers, the insults to …

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Don't ONLY Exercise Your Body!

Welcome to my Motivational Blog that appears on DanceTeacherWeb.com each and every month. Need some motivation and inspiration to see things through? …You’ve come to the right place!

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CREATIVE WAYS TO KEEP YOUR DANCERS THINKING

Ever think of what you can do to enhance the learning curve in your dance class? While dancers are often taught “how” sometimes we forget the “why’s,” “when’s,” and “where’s” things came from and happened….

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TIPS FOR TEACHING WITH COMPASSIONATE AUTHORITY

Dance teachers spend countless hours with our students in the studio week after week and year after year. It’s sometimes easy for the lines of the relationship to blur in terms of dance teacher to student vs. friend to friend. …

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