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The Personal Touch In A Digital World


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Modern technology is amazing and exciting and improves our lives in countless ways but it can also become a negative when we allow it to suppress our human side.

What can we do to break down the barriers technology creates and how can we connect more effectively with our staff, faculty, parents and students? We can explore the ways together to find that personal touch that is so often missing in our business relationships and that can create goodwill and happiness around us both on a business and personal level.

Here are some examples:

1) Lack of focus when interacting with others

2) Texting not talking

3) Lack of social graces

4) Insecurity when in social situations

5) Cowardice behind the posts

1) How often do you talk to your students or your staff and feel that they are just not really listening to what you are saying? Do you feel that they are only half with you so to speak, do they look at you with semi focused eyes?

People are so used to an overload of information that they are often conditioned not to give you their full attention. They are always half thinking of what they are missing on their phones or I Pads and are almost unable to fully concentrate on any one thing. You can help with this problem by removing them from this type of distraction and by giving them something calm and relaxed to focus their attention on. Once they are in a relaxed state it will be much easier to get through to them.

2) Texting is a way of life and while very helpful in some situations it is certainly helping to develop a generation of young people who never converse with others. They find it so much easier to text that is why dance is so helpful to them because it encourages them to at least have some form of face to face communication. Encourage those around you to converse with one another and keep those lines of communication open. This will help you to avoid problems with parents, faculty, staff, students and business associates.

3) Social graces are developed by communicating with others. A simple "Hello" or "Thank You" help to start conversation and many students today forget those simple niceties. You can help by incorporating these small moments of social behavior into your daily classes.

4) Do you have any students who are really insecure when around their peers? I think most of us, if not all deal with this because our students are going through those awkward stages of development. Building a sense of belonging to a community and being an integral part of a team is a good way to build confidence in children and adults alike.

5) It is so easy to hide behind your computer or phone when communicating with others. Bullying is alive and flourishing as people find it convenient to say whatever crosses their mind without giving a thought to the negative reaction it might have on the other person. It is so much more difficult to be unpleasant when you have to look the person in the eye. Encourage face to face conversations and meetings to get everything out on the table and where a possibility of a resolution exists

Pet Peeves with the way the digital world can affect us on a day to day basis.

Write down 5 things that truly irritate you when dealing with people where technology is involved.

Make a list of 5 ways that you would like other people to treat you.

Find the qualities that we enjoy in others.


Angela D'Valda Sirico

Angela D'Valda Sirico

Originally from England, Angela spent her early years in Hong Kong where she studied with Carol Bateman. She continued her training at Arts Educational Trust in England. After moving to New York City she continued her studies with Martha Graham and Matt Mattox. She appeared with the Matt Mattox Company and toured with the first Disney On Parade working with Disney and N.B.C. Contracted to the Teatro National of Buenos Aires she performed for one year and spent an additional year as a featured soloist at the Teatro Maipo, Argentina. Travelling to Madrid, Spain she worked for Spanish television in a weekly variety show Tarde Para Todos and from there decided to form her own Dance Company. With the Company she choreographed and performed throughout Spain in theatres, and on television. Angela met her husband Steve while working together on a television special The Valerie Peters Show filmed in Tampa, Florida. In 1979 they formed the Adagio act DValda & Sirico appearing in theatres, clubs and on television shows such as David Letterman, Star Search and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In 1982 they were contracted to Europe and appeared in a variety of shows in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland and Italy before going to London, England where they appeared as Guest Artists for Wayne Sleep (formerly of the Royal Ballet) in his show Dash at the Dominium Theatre. Angela and Steve have owned and directed their dance studio in Fairfield, CT. for the past twenty two years and in 2005 added music and vocal classes to their curriculum. Angela served as chairperson for the tri state panel of the Royal Academy of Dancing and is Co-author of a Partner syllabus currently used for teacher training by Dance Educators of America. She continues to adjudicate and teach for major dance organizations and choreographs for theatre, television and conventions and was commissioned by Boston Ballet 11 to choreograph the highly acclaimed Brother Can You Spare A Dime? DValda & Sirico are currently in production choreographing the opening to the National Speakers Association convention on Broadway at the Marriott Marquis for August of 2008. Angela is co-owner of Dance Teacher Web designed as an online resource for teachers worldwide.

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