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RETURNING TO TEACHING....POST PREGNANCY

Dancers innately can barrel through things and have a perseverance and determination to just do what needs to be done, to make it work. We keep going. We are good about listening to our bodies, but we are warriors and …

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More Turning Tips For Beginners

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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TEAM BUILDING EXERCISES TO UNIFY YOUR DANCERS

Anytime you are dealing with children and adolescents who spend an enormous amount of time together, you are bound to hit rough patches, clicks, disagreements and gossip. It’s inevitable. What our dancers must remember is that they are team. They …

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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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THE FIVE W's (& H) OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS

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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Making Your Faculty Meetings Productive & Effective

Studio owners, how often do you and your staff/faculty partake in studio staff meetings? Do you have a regimented protocol to keep abreast of the things currently going on and projections as such? If not, there are a million reasons …

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RESETTING & REVAMPING OLD WORKS

Have you been toying around with the idea of taking one of your choreographic masterpieces out of the vault? All of us have at one time or another created a piece that we actually really love and stands the test …

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5 ESSENTIAL LESSONS EVERY TEACHER SHOULD INSTILL

Teaching dance is a gift afforded to us. It is a special talent and we are the lucky ones to get to do what we do each day. It does however come with its share of responsibilities and teaching young …

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THREE CORE EXERCISES THAT CREATE HEAT....FAST!

We can never give our dancers enough core building exercises as the core is the source for strength, flexibility and balance. It’s surprising how many young dancers face a disconnect when it comes to utilizing their core in their technique …

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EASY, SURE - FIRE TIPS TO MAKE YOUR NUMBERS LOOK THEIR BEST

It’ time for setting numbers for competition and we also need to give thought about the ones that are just about finished. While coming up with clever concepts and original choreography is a given, sometimes once all the “genius” is …

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The "Do's" of Competition Participation

As a teacher, competition judge and spectator I decided it’s time to reach the masses with my compiled list of do’s and don’ts before heading into another competition season. Use this as an inside glimpse into what adjudicators are really …

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INSTILLING GOOD "PRE-CLASS" HABITS

We’ve all walked into our classes and seen a myriad of things going on with our dancers. Sometimes good, sometimes not optimal. Just as we set a standard of excellence and expectation during class, what we should be requiring before …

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FIVE TIPS FOR TEACHING CREATIVE MOVEMENT

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's while …

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THE BASICS AREN'T SO BASIC ANYMORE

The basics aren’t so basic anymore. Somewhere along the line, many young dancers have been showcasing a lack of knowledge for the fundamentals to which many other building blocks are added upon. The importance of this is a dwindling concept …

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10 CHOREOGRAPHIC INSPIRATIONS OTHER THAN MUSIC

We all know that a good rhythm and thought-provoking lyric can prompt a heartfelt and intuitive response to compose movement. As dancers, music goes synonymously with dance. What happens though when we break the mold a bit and think outside …

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