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Dancing With Energy From the Inside Out

When we teach young dancers and they are starting to execute movement, often times the comprehension of that somatic initiation and execution takes a while to sink in. We all have had dancers who can replicate a piece of choreography …

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3 EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN BACK, SHOULDERS, ARMS & CORE

We all know a beautiful port de bras starts with a strong back. The arms, shoulders and core all play an equally important role, but we often find students initiating from the arms, not the back and also not utilizing …

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CELEBRATING GRATITUDE & GIVING THANKS AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

This year has been…well…a lot. With the holidays upon us and the end of this tumultuous year coming to a close, it’s a great time to take pause with young dancers and give thanks for all that we are afforded. …

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GET OUT OF THE MIRROR & CHANGE YOUR FACINGS

“ALL I EVER NEEDED WAS THE MUSIC AND THE MIRROR.” -CASSIE, A CHORUS LINE As a teacher, think about the aforementioned famous quote for a second. Think about all your years of training and the “norm” which makes up a …

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The Dance Teacher Creative Zone!

The Dance Teacher Dilemma: Have you ever notice how the day's events can get in the way of your creativity? There you are, ready to start creating a routine to a piece of music that you have been eager to …

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Here’s How to Retain, Gain and Upsell Your Customers

Did you know that many major corporations have decided to take more than 60% of their marketing dollars and spend it on retaining or regaining lost customers? Customer Retention: Now more than ever retention is where you should put your …

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FIVE TIPS FOR NEW DANCE TEACHERS JUST STARTING OUT

Walking into a dance studio for the first time to teach your first class can bring up a whole host of emotions. Being excited, creatively charged and also nervous and apprehensive are all par for the course. You’re walking into …

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FIVE FUNDAMENTAL THINGS EVERY DANCE STUDENT SHOULD BE TAUGHT

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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When Technology Replaces Retention

I have a new rule in class- you are not allowed to bring in your phones to video a rehearsal while learning choreography. This hasn’t always been the case, in fact videoing is in fact quite helpful (for myself included) …

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DANCERS, PLEASE STOP MARKING

If you were like me, you danced everything full-out - all the time, every time. There was never a glimmer of a thought about marking something unless the teacher instructed it was OK to do so. Even then, you rarely …

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