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PLAYING FAVORITES: LEARNING THE IMPORTANCE OF VERSATILITY &…

Every dancer has a favorite genre. Some may even niche themselves early on as, “a ballet dancer,” a, “hip hop dancer,” a, “contemporary dancer,” etc. While it’s natural to gravitate towards a specific area during one’s training, it should also …

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TEACHING MINDFULNESS TO YOUR DANCERS

Everything we do we should be done with intention. From taking a breath to mastering a step of choreography, it is so important to remain present in the space you are in at any given moment. In a time where …

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HAPPY NEW YEAR- CHEERS TO 2021!

We here at Dance Teacher Web would like to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy, Healthy New Year. It has been an unprecedented, challenging and eventful one for everyone and we’re sure you’re just as happy as us …

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TURNING TIPS- THE BASICS

Any student at any level can always use a refresher when it comes to turning technique. It is also especially essential when teaching younger students the basics as well. Every teacher has their own special way of teaching turns, but …

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PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUE IS TECHNIQUE!

Let’s be honest. We all have students who, in class, execute movement with ability, are focused enough to demonstrate they are retaining information and seem to comprehend the lessons being taught. They move well, show promising physical agility, travel across …

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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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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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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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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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UNDERSTANDING CORRECTIONS ARE GIFTS

We can all agree, giving corrections and assessment to your students can be a delicate thing. Long gone are the days when dance teachers used to just call you out by your name and tell you bluntly what you were …

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Teaching Creative Movement Reminders

Those with the calling, talent & patience to teach dance to toddlers will tell you it requires a skill set all its own. A special, dedicated subgroup of dance teachers, the knowledge and training necessary to teach these little ones …

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DANCE TEACHER'S QUIZ: BRUSH UP ON YOUR BASIC ANATOMY OF THE…

Even the best of teachers need a brush up on their anatomy from time to time. The spine and pelvis are perhaps two of the most important part of the dancer’s anatomy, which control alignment, initiation of movement, use of …

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