COMBATING THE PREMATURE FAST-TRACKING OF DANCERS
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 a strong, fundamental base to ensure their bodies are strong, their minds are present, their habits are good and their muscle-memory is intact. While it is common-sense to all of us that you can’t jump ten steps ahead until these necessary pre-requisites occur, sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and begin to fast-track our students prematurely....Read More
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This summer for 4 days you are immersed in a nurturing environment around your peers, master teachers and business experts all eager to help you learn, grow and recharge! Plus you will receive the VIP treatment as we pamper you with parties, special events and a world class expo hall filled with the top dance merchants. Sounds great doesn't it?Read More
WHAT YOUR DANCERS SHOULD BE DOING BEFORE CLASS
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 class should be no different. Sure, dance has a social element where dancers are close friends, there to catch up on their day (especially if they go to different schools) and talk about the latest things, but there’s a way to keep the pre-class protocol engaging as well as preparatory for class. So what should you be implementing? Well, each class and teacher are different but the following are general guidelines to avoid seeing the coffee klatch day after day and keeping the energy focused and productive. With time, reminders and repetition, it will become habit and studio culture which is positive and infectious to others.Read More
DOES YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY ALWAYS NEED A GIMMICK?
When we choreograph for our students, particular multiple numbers in the course of a season, it’s easy to rack your brain coming up with concepts for those pieces. While we are often inspired by music, life experiences, various other art forms, people, etc. can also spark inspiration. Because we are also inundated with what we see at competition and on T.V. we might often think that without grand scheme concepts, our pieces are simply not extravagant or creative enough....Read More
YOU ARE THE ONE TO CHECK YOURSELF...
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” — BuddhaRead More
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IDEAS FOR DANCE TEACHERS
With the summer season quickly approaching, a lot of dance teachers and studio owners will be able to engage in a bit of down-time as recital and competition season comes to a close and before summer sessions commence. Before you know it September will be upon us and it will be a brand new year to get working on new projects and curriculum building! While students receive a well-deserved break during the summer months, dance educators often forget that we too need to pause; in order to refuel our own creative juices and let ourselves become re-inspired.....Read More
HELPING DANCERS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE THREE EXIT POINTS OF ENERGY
When we teach young dancers and they are starting to execute movement, often times the comprehension of that somatic initiation and execution takes a while to sink in. We all have had dancers who can replicate a piece of choreography we give them but don’t quite grasp where that movement should be coming from and more importantly what it should feel like....
MAINTAINING DANCE STUDIO DIGNITY
When running a studio business, particularly if someone is just starting out or competing with multiple businesses of the same kind, the marketing of the studio becomes essential as to whether it will be a success or failure. Standing out and making a name for yourself when there are 5 other dance studios in a 3 mile radius can be a daunting reality. How will you bring in clientele year after year? How will you acquire new business? How will your “product” differ and reign supreme over other dance-studio businesses? What is it that you have to offer that nobody else does and will?.....Read More
DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE
You don’t need or have to have all of the answers all of the time. Read that through again and really let it sink in. Now I am not suggesting that you put it off because you are avoiding confrontation but when you give yourself time to gather all of the facts and think it through, the answers, in many cases will come to you clearer and most of the time with better results. Much better!Read More
SONG IDEAS FOR BEGINNER DANCERS
In the midst of choreographing for your spring recitals and performances? Have a lot of pieces to set with a limited amount of time? Every year we often scramble to find new, exciting and fun music for our younger dancers which are age appropriate, relatable and haven’t been done a million times. Below are some ideas that might help jump-start your creative process and costume selection!....Read More
SETTING THE BARRE HIGH FOR YOUR DANCERS
Do you have students that go “half-at” things; particularly dancers with talent and facility. I often sit back and think to myself, did I ever give off this kind of blasé attitude when I was training? No. I didn’t. 100%, without a doubt, no. I wouldn’t have even thought of it. It never even crossed my mind to lean on the barre, not be dressed properly for class, sit down, yawn without covering my mouth, talk or intimate a combination by marking the turns or any other movement for that matter. I also certainly never rolled my eyes or so much as lifted an eyebrow because something being demonstrated was challenging....Read More
HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THE NEW YEAR
Welcome back! Welcome back! Welcome back!! A new year is upon us everyone and studio owners, you must have been thinking over the last few weeks how to best motivate your students, faculty and yourself to stay excited and focused through the new year! As the owner, you are the ring-leader, the master of ceremonies, the chief, the director, the head coach…. and your team is going to look to you for the cue on where this year will take you all!...Read More
ADVANCED BALLET PETIT ALLEGRO BY MATT POWELL
Here is a special sneak preview at one of the wonderful ballet videos presented by Matt Powell from the members area. Every combination has a full breakdown of front and back veiws. Dance Teacher Web has over 700 videos, 100's of articles, lesson plans and business building tools for the busy dance studio owner. Not yet a member? Start your FREE 14-day full access trial today!Read More
BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT LESSON PLAN
Born out of postmodern dance, the addition of “everyday,”“regular,” “pedestrian” movement into a daily lesson plan or choreography every now and then can take the dynamics of class or rehearsal in a whole new direction for a fresh change of pace.Read More
FOUR ACROSS THE FLOOR EXERCISES FOR EVERY BEGINNER MUSICAL THEATRE CLASS
Beginner Musical Theatre Teachers will agree that there are a few essentials to build foundation, technique and stylization for every new dancer learning the style. While the art of across the floor progressions is becoming more and more extinct, it is a fundamental part of class that should always be included. This is where dancers will learn traveling technique, how to build upon phrases, increase memory and picking up material, learn stylization and implement their locomotor skill set and spatial awareness....