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BIDDING FAREWELL TO SENIOR DANCERS

As we wind down from recital season, we have also reached that point when it’s time to say goodbye to graduating students. Our beloved senior dancers, who many of us have trained since they were little, now stand before us …

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PROMOTING JOY IN DANCE CLASS

Remember when you were little and would twirl and spin just because it was fun? Remember those first pair of ballet slippers and the excitement of being in dance class following your teacher in the front of the room? Remember …

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3 BEGINNER DANCE IMPROV EXERCISES

Teachers! If you’re excited at the thought of introducing improvisation to your dancers, here are three popular exercises to get you started with beginners at any age! Each can be adapted to age/level and will get dancers exploring the space …

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Why Dance?

Why do you dance? It’s a simple enough question with an infinite amount of answers; unique to the individual being asked the question. Think about how many times you’ve been asked that question throughout your life. Go on. Give it …

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LEARN FIRST, TECHNOLOGY SECOND

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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CHOREOGRAPHER'S CREATIVE PROCESS CHECK LIST

At different points in a choreographer’s career, one discovers how they create best; what works for them and what doesn’t; in terms of the creative process. When one is just starting out, the ways in which we use trial and …

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DEALING WITH DANCERS QUICK TO PEAK BEFORE THEY'RE READY

Dance Teachers, have you ever experienced this? Dancer eagerly asking, “Can we add on now?” “When are we adding on?” “Do we have to do technique today? Can we just get to the dance?” Or, “I think I’d like to …

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HELPING DANCERS KEEP A LEVEL HEAD AT COMPETITION

Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t like to win? Nobody goes into a competitive situation and says, "Come to think of it, I'd actually like to lose." As a teacher, I love to see my dancers excel. There's no greater feeling …

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Dealing With The Overly Confident Student

As teachers, we all love when our students excel and have a stellar performance year. A year where we see the student blossom and have that “A-HA” moment when everything starts to click for them in class. It’s wonderful to …

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SELF CARE FOR YOU, THE DANCE TEACHER

In a crazy, crazy world, we dance teachers often put ourselves and our needs last; trying to make sure work is completed, students’ needs are being addressed, creativity is flowing, deadlines are met, rehearsals are running smoothly, etc. There is …

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TIPS TO ENHANCE DANCE EDUCATION IN CLASS

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….

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SPRING CLEANING TIME! DANCE STUDIO EDITION!

As we approach spring, now is a great time to think about decking the halls once more…this time with a fresh facelift to welcome the change of season and breathe some new air into the studio. While cost for any …

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WHY ATTENDING COMPETITION MASTERCLASSES IS SO VALUABLE

Competition weekends are always filled with adrenaline, focus, organized chaos, last minute preparations and camaraderie which holds a studio together to represent themselves in their best light and dance their hearts out. I mean, this is it…Show-time baby!

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Dealing With Teacher-Student Socializing Outside The Studio

You work hard to take time to interview teachers and carefully select those who will make a beneficial addition to your team. The right-blend of faculty makes for well-rounded training for your students; creating an experience and exposing them to …

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Cross Training Your Dance Students

Technique classes are the staple of training young dancers so they are equipped with a solid technical foundation which they then can parlay into any dance idiom. While this aspect of dance education is essential, so is the notion of …

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WHAT YOU SHOULD BE EXPECTING FROM COMPETITION CRITIQUES

I get it. You lay out lots of money for competition fees in the hopes of taking your dancers to an event where they will not only get the chance to perform, but also receive valuable, helpful, thoughtful and objective …

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