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10 INTERDISCIPLINARY INSPIRATIONS FOR CHOREOGRPAHY

Finding a beautiful, moving piece of music is a wonderful feeling for any choreographer. To actually envisage movement coming to you in your head and pouring out, where the piece is essentially choreographing itself is what we all dream of. …

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CREATING A CHOREOGRAPHY INSPIRATION BOARD!

Occasionally, even the most creative, provocative and innovative artists need a dose of inspiration at one time or another. Where that surge of inspiration comes from, are frequently, unexpected places. As a dance-teacher and choreographer myself, when I embark on …

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NEW TO R.A.D.? ANSWERS TO YOUR FAQ'S WITH ANGELA D'VALDA SI…

This weeks’ DTW Blog answers some of the most FAQ’s regarding the R.A.D. Ballet training method with our very knowledgeable and amazing DTW Co-Direstor, Angela D’Valda Sirico.....

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Why The Teacher Must Always Remain A Student

As teachers, we expend much of our energy on the progress and journey of our students. Where they are going, who they will audition and ultimately dance for and where life will take them becomes as much as an invested …

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CHANGING IT UP WHEN YOU'RE IN A DANCE TEACHER RUT

Teachers are human. We are indeed the ones our dancers look to for training, motivation, discipline, artistic inspiration and guidance, but indeed at the end of the day we are human. We are not immune to creative blocks, bad days, …

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HOW DO YOU CHOOSE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS?

Providing scholarships to well-deserving dancers and their families can create endless and life-changing opportunities for a child as well as provide financial relief for struggling parents. Specifically, in today’s current climate where so many families are feeling the constraints of …

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TEACHING TENDENCIES: INTERVENING vs. SPOON FEEDING YOUR DAN…

Very often as teachers, we get to a point in our educating that we are so subconsciously determined to ensure a dancer’s comprehension that we ourselves forget it is up to them to do the learning. There have been times …

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DEALING WITH THE PRESSURE TO ADVANCE DANCE STUDENTS

It’s always a balancing act when, as studio director, you must decide on the advancement of a dancer. They are many factors to consider in this decision. Unfortunately at times, the pressure of a parent can become an internal struggle …

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Food for Thought: Should Your Dancers Compete Multiple Solo…

As a long time competition adjudicator and teacher who has set endless solos for dancers, the debate over competing multiple solos often comes up every year. With students and parents alike, sometimes the notion is to showcase their talents in …

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STRAIGHT FORWARD EXERCISES FOR PELVIC FLOOR, SPINE + CORE

Dance Teachers are always trying to get dancers to understand the importance of the core, spine and pelvic floor. Without proper fundamental association of anatomy, dancers at some point will become limited in terms of their progression and visceral body …

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FIVE TIPS FOR BEGINNER POINTE DANCERS

Beginning pointe is a super exciting milestone in a young dancer’s life. Receiving your first pair of pointe shoes is definitely a time students don’t forget and will always remember. It should certainly be celebrated and met with enthusiasm and …

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IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE REHEARSALS

Rehearsal time is precious for every choreographer. Nothing is worse than walking out of a weekend rehearsal only to feel like you’ve accomplished nothing and wasted everyone’s time. If your process is to choreograph in-studio and the day doesn’t go …

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VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE ACTIVITY

Valentine’s Day may look a little different for everyone this year, but that’s even more of a reason to spread the love. Celebrate the spirit with your younger dancers and build a lesson plan around the holiday. It’s easy, fun …

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The Importance of Dance Conditioning

Conditioning programs for dancers should be an essential part of any training program. Along with regular technique classes, “cross training” will help provide increased cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and endurance benefits. It will also increase core strength and muscle tone and …

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CHOREOGRAPHY TIPS TO MAKE EVERY DANCER LOOK GOOD

It’s always inspirational as choreographers to walk into rehearsal and feel confident you have dancers who are both technically and artistically mature enough to handle the material you are about to give them. What excites us more is having those …

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ASSESSING & REDEFINING YOUR STUDIO'S CORE VALUES

Every business, company and thriving organization has built their success on the fundamental core values which they believe supports the essence of who they are and what their service represents. For dance studios, this is no different. Or, at least …

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