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Letting go of the, "If it Ain't Broke, Don't FIx it" Mental…

Do you ever dare to step out of the box and try something new and exciting with your students; perhaps veer off the beaten path? As teachers who teach multiple classes year in and year out, we too can carry …

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THE DANCE STUDENT THAT SPARKLES

As dance teachers, we come across every configuration of student; the dancer who may not be the greatest technician but has such passion and enthusiasm for learning it inspires us and makes us excited to teach. Then there’s the dancer …

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WORDS OF INSPIRATION FROM YOUR DANCE TEACHER WEB FACULTY

We know, as dance teachers we are all a little anxious as we set forth into the unknown of this year. And while the landscape may look a little different from studio to studio, what remains is the dedication, perseverance …

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FIVE TIPS FOR REIMAGINING CHOREOGRAPHY THIS YEAR

The dance season ahead may look a little different for everyone this year. Setting numbers may take some creativity, yes, but it doesn’t mean it has to be boring or can’t be done. Time to turn it into a positive! …

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THE TIME TO GET SPECIFIC & DETAILED IS NOW

So many things often get generalized, glossed over, breezed by and given half-hearted attention to sometimes when we teach. There’s only so much we can get to and we try to deliver as much information as possible to our students. …

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Is Pushing Through Worth it?

I am the first person to barrel through pain, injury, illness, etc. It’s not only in my nature, it’s how I was trained as a young dancer. It is what I have always done throughout my career and was also …

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TEACHING DANCE IN THE COVID ERA

Dance Teachers are currently experiencing extraordinary times. While some studio owners have heartbreakingly had to shut their doors after a lifetime in business, those that remain open now face the new methodical measures necessary to run and keep our dancers …

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Lesson Plan for Strengthening the Core

Teachers, we all recognize that core strength is essential to any strong, technically sound dancer. While we aim to teach our students to always move from the inside out vs. from the extremities (i.e. arms, legs, etc.,) getting started to …

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QUICK WAYS TO DEVELOP KNOWLEDGEABLE, THINKING DANCERS

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…. In a time of abundant …

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SIX THINGS TO BE MINDFUL OF WHEN CRITIQUING & CORRECTING

As dance teachers and artists, we are our own worst critics. We scrutinize every detail and go over things with a fine-tooth comb every day we’re in the studio. Why? Dancers aim for perfection. It is a lofty, unobtainable goal, …

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BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE MUSICAL THEATER WARM-UP IDEAS

Below is one, “base,” version of my intermediate musical theatre 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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Enhancing Your Jazz Curriculum

When lesson planning for any class, there are infinite avenues a teacher can take to teach the genre effectively. Jazz itself, in nature, is one of those idioms where teaching the technique correctly should also be compounded with other important …

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ASSEMBLING YOUR DREAM TEAM DANCE FACULTY

Everyone is replaceable. That's the truth. We gently remind our dancers of this during their training so they realize that without professionalism, dedication, a good attitude, hard work and consistent practice there is always someone with equal or greater talent …

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Intermediate Musical Theater Lesson Plan

Center Warmup THis month I'm sharing a version of my intermediate musical theatre warmup. It’s always important to remember to include a solid technical warmup which progresses form your beginning level fundamentals. It is also important to include stylistic, cardiovascular …

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Helping Dancers Build Upon Prior Knowledge

As teachers, our goal is to move our students forward. To help them progress so that they can continually build upon the knowledge we give them. We do that specifically in their technique classes where we aim to start with …

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