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WORDS OF INSPIRATION FROM YOUR DTW 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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Imagine every month having the opportunity to work one on one with a business coach that understands what you are dealing with on a day to day basis. With the Dance Teacher Web VIP program, you have the chance to …

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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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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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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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THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR DANCERS MOVING FORWARD

As we emerge from COVID-19 and embark on our, “new normal,” we are all looking forward to being back together in the studio, however different it may look. While Zoom classes were a lifesaver, a “filler,” to keep our students …

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BRINGING DIVERSTIY TO YOUR DANCE CURRICULUM

Ballet. Tap. Jazz. That's the very basic core curriculum for many dance studios. While a well-rounded dance education is key for nurturing a well-rounded dancer, many times the idioms included in their training lack cultural diversity. Including multicultural dance in …

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HOW TO PROMOTE HEALTHY COMPETITION & CAMARADERIE EQUALLY

In a time when we are trying to promote unity and fair play, consideration and support, an end to bullying and equality among ALL of our children, the idea of our dance students “competing amongst one another” is a tricky …

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8 QUESTIONS TO BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE SUMMER INTENSIVE

Lining up your summer intensive schedule can be as daunting as your yearly schedule as there is a lot to include in a condensed amount of time. With the addition of Covid-19 to consider, there are even more things think …

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TECHNOLOGY IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEMORY

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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TWO SIMPLE EXERCISES TO ENHANCE PORT DE BRAS

We all come across dance students that lack the strength and flexibility to sustain a proper port de bras position. Whether it be the non-engagement of the shoulders and back, not pulling up, the drooping elbows or the sole initiation …

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THE DANCE TEACHER EVALUATION

So another season is just about in the books. We believe this is a good time of year to reflect back over the past twelve months to see what we were able to accomplish not only in our work lives …

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