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MEET DTW FACULTY MEMBER SIMONE DEPAOLO IN THE SPACE

This month we are featuring our incredible Dance Teacher Web faculty member **_Simone DePaolo._** For those of you that have attended our conferences you know how inspiring Simone is in her classes; always providing a wealth of knowledge, motivation and energy to her attendees! For those of you that are just getting to know our faculty, get a glimpse inside of what inspires us to inspire you week after week and season after season!

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POINTE SHOE CARE: PROTECTION TIPS & GUIDELINES

In our last interview with Angela D'Valda Sirico we discussed the proper protocol for putting dancers on pointe. We examined the readiness in terms of physicality and commitment and also spoke with Angela about the importance of making this decision for your dancers so that they are set up for a healthy and positive dance experience. So what happens now, when a dancer is ready for their first pointe class? What should you as their teacher be doing to maximize their success to ensure they have a complete understanding of protecting and taking care of those precious feet!

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Inspiration Lesson plan: Chagall Word Wall

Teachers, we all know that **Word-Walls** are a great way to inspire young dancers to learn movement and also identify and read movement vocabulary. This is an important part to nurturing dancers who are able to articulate and verbalize within the craft. Here is an example of a word wall based on a painting by **Marc Chagall, _"The Blue Circus."_**

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Dance Teacher Web for Ballet Teachers

For dance teachers who teach Ballet we offer a wide variety of videos and articles from pre-school level to advanced all designed to keep you current with the latest techniques using different styles suitable for all age groups and levels. Looking for some new ideas for your pre-school dancers?

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RING! RING! RINGIN’ IN THE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS!

**Happy 2014 Everyone!** Can you believe another year is already upon us? Where did 2013 go?! Well, now that the eggnog and decorations are put away, time to get down to business and take this opportunity to think about those things on our list we'd like to accomplish for the season ahead. While we all can admit, many times New Year's Resolutions are short lived, it is still a great time of reflection to** **consider what you hope to accomplish for your business and where you aim to take your students.

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Dance Teacher Web for Tap Dance Teachers

For dance teachers who teach Tap Dance we offer a wide variety of videos and articles designed to keep you on the cutting edge. Videos are of all levels and feature Classic, Hoofing and Musical Theater styles of Tap Dance.

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Dance Teacher Web for Jazz Dance Teachers

For dance teachers who teach Jazz Dance, Dance Teacher Web offers a wide variety of videos and articles designed to keep you on the cutting edge. Videos are of all levels and feature funk, classic and lyrical styles of jazz dance.

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DTW TOP TEN LIST OF BELOVED CHILDRENS’ DANCE BOOKS

Getting young dancers to read is just as important as getting them moving at a young age to prompt an active lifestyle and energized mind. So why not combine these two great activities with some literature in dance?! Below are some of my favorite children's books on dance that will inspire your dancers and take them on a journey through the pages in these books as they leap into their next class! Teachers and studio owners, these are also wonderful additions to your studio or class library as well!

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HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAYS & HEALTHIEST OF NEW YEARS FROM DTW

Everyone here at the Dance Teacher Web Family would like to pause for a second and take the opportunity to thank you all for another wonderful and innovative year. It has been an eventful one for us and we're sure it has been for you too! It's not hard to believe another full year has gone by so quickly. Every year though, time seems to go by faster and faster. With that, we have all grown with the changes that have come our way, adapted to new circumstances and persevered through obstacles. It is the time of year however, when we should all be able to take a breath for a moment, slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labor and remember why we do what we do.

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Modern Dance Teachers: How Dance Teacher Web Can Help You

As we all know, modern dance is a genre which breaks with traditional ideas, can fuse idioms and at times does not synchronize with the classic ballet foundation we aim to instill within our students. In fact, until recently, modern dance was not a common inclusion within studio training curriculums until the undergraduate years of college dance. Then, students coming from solely traditional training backgrounds would often be overwhelmed and intimidated by this "new" way of moving, exploring space, improvising and creating movement.

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RINGING IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT YOUR STUDIO

With the holidays upon us, this is a great time for studio owners to tap into the joyous spirit that is radiating inside your doors and bond with students and faculty; building on the feeling of camaraderie, team work and the unified studio family you all are lucky to have. During the year, everyone gets so wrapped up on deadlines and choreography that we sometimes forget to stop and be grateful for each other, the gift of dance we receive every day and our "second home."

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ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE RELEASES TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2013

Teachers, choreographers....as we all know, finding the right music for our pieces can take weeks and weeks to find the song that inspires us to create movement, is original and age appropriate. We also know that sometimes that research can lead us in circles with hours on end navigating ITunes only being led to another song with no end in sight! Well rest assure because **Rolling Stone Magazine** has just released the Top 50 Albums of 2013! Hopefully it will inspire you to try something new and eclectic and give you a little boost in your music research selection! Click the link below to be musically inspired! Happy choreographing!

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Reigning in the Unruly Dance 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 see their hard work pay off as well as our own and is the moment every teacher waits for. However, what happens when those students come back to class the following season and are getting, shall we say, a little "overly confident" and a little too big for their britches?

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Re-Auditioning your Company Members Yearly...Do, or Don't?

Directors, what is your view on re-auditioning your company members every year? It is definitely food for thought and in my experience an important essential to studio business. The most obvious reason is it gives new dancers an opportunity to move up from either apprentice, junior company, performance groups, etc. It also gives new dancers to the studio an opportunity to audition and get a sense of what the commitment entails; i.e. how "company" works.

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Inspiring the Uninspired

As choreographers, our students look to us as the beacon of creativity. Particularly at the start of a new year, dancers await the delivery of new pieces, concepts, movement and music. It is a very exciting time of the year for them when they anticipate where they will stand in formation, whether they will have a featured part, how the choreography will look and feel on their body, whether they will be chosen to partner and how the overall vision will take shape. What happens though when this role model of inspiration is uninspired? What do we do when the ideas are not flowing, the choreography is stuck and there is no end in sight?

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