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BEING A DEDICATED DANCE TEACHER FOR EVERY STUDENT

Let's be honest. We all have our favorite type of dancer we love to teach. The ones that really inspire us. For some of us it's the older, advanced levels, for some it's the little ones and for some it's …

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DISCOVERING WAYS TO BE REINSPIRED

As teachers and choreographers, our students look to us as the beacon of creativity. Our dancers eagerly await the delivery of new pieces, concepts, movement and music. It is a very exciting time of the year for them when they …

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ACHIEVABLE WELLNESS PRACTICES FOR DANCE TEACHERS

In this crazy, fast paced, “need it right now,” world, we teachers, often put ourselves and our needs last. We do it all. We try to make sure work is completed, students’ needs are being addressed, creativity is flowing, deadlines …

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CELEBRATING GRATITUDE MONTH AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

The holidays are quickly approaching and it’s the perfect time to take pause with young dancers and give thanks for all that we are afforded. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how truly lucky we are when life gets busy, so… …

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KNOWING VS. MASTERY

There’s a difference between, “knowing” something and “mastering” it. A lot of times young dance students are not aware of this distinction. Dance teachers aim to challenge their dancers to develop and the more practice and effort put in, the …

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Establishing Appropriate Student-Teacher Relationships

Dance teachers spend countless hours with students in the studio week after week and year after year. Sometimes, that familiarity has the potential to blur the lines of the relationship from dance teacher to student vs. friend to friend. In …

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WHEN NATURAL FACILITY LACKS DEDICATION

There is nothing more frustrating than having a dancer in class possessing the raw ability, natural facility and talent a dancer dreams of, but somehow lacks the motivation and enthusiasm vs. some of our less naturally inclined students.....

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HAMSTRING EXERCISES FOR ALL LEVELS

There are a multitude of conditioning exercises which can be done daily to maintain and even improve muscle-use in terms of strength and flexibility. The hamstrings are one of those important muscle groups.

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GETTING YOUR DANCERS TO CARE ABOUT THE DETAILS

So many things can sometime get generalized, glossed over, breezed by and given half-hearted attention to. Time in any given class is always a factor and often, there simply isn’t enough time to cover everything we’d like. There’s only so …

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RINGING IN THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT AT YOUR DANCE STUIDO

Happy Autumn Everyone! As this is my absolute favorite time of year, I thought we could all get into the spirit of sharing some fun and festive Halloween ideas to celebrate in your dance studio! Halloween is definitely a holiday …

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DANCE STUDIO KARMA: PAYING IT FORWARD IN YOUR COMMUNITY

As in our personal lives, the hustle and bustle of everyday studio life can involve the typical time-consuming tasks, deadlines, multi-tasking, projects, etc. that can take up more hours than there are in a day. We get side-tracked and often …

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MUSICAL THEATER LESSON PLAN TEMPLATE

Below is a basic template of a beginner-intermediate musical theater center warmup. I often use this as a foundation and add more nuanced details to it, based on the focus of the class or choreography. It’s always important to remember …

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IDEAS FOR BUILDING DANCE STUDIO SPIRIT

Being a studio owner involves the constant juggling of many hats; often all at the same time. Certain seasons and groupings of dancers lend itself to everyone being connected, excited and full of team spirit. However, that sense of camaraderie …

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BUILDING TEAM SPIRIT IN THE DANCE STUDIO!

Being a studio owner involves the constant juggling of many hats; often all at the same time. Certain seasons and groupings of dancers lend itself to everyone being connected, excited and full of team spirit. However, that sense of camaraderie …

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WHY APPLYING CORRECTIONS IS SO IMPORTANT

Working with young dancers, we are accustomed to giving feedback, critique and correction as young bodies and minds progress and develop. While technical and performance skills are on the forefront of one’s training agenda, part of one’s dance education should …

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MUSIC IDEAS FOR PRETEEN/TEEN MUSICAL THEATER NUMBERS

You can’t have a successful musical theatre curriculum without its most important element ….the MUSIC! Let’s get the new season started with some ideas to get your creativity and ideas flowing. Below are some of my favorite musical choices for …

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