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KEEPING IT CLASSIC: TEACHING YOUR DANCERS ABOUT STAGE MAKEUP

Teachers, we all know the most exciting part of dance for our students is the opportunity to perform. Dancers prepare all year for that stage time when all of their hard work and commitment has paid off and brought them (and you!) to this point. The music is chosen, the choreography is rehearsed, the costumes are fitted….but what about the hair and makeup? The design of hair and makeup can make or break the entire look of your recital and either make it look professional and appropriate or amateur, without focus or thought. So how do we keep to the basics but give our dancers the guidelines to a clean, fresh and theatrical presentation that will be cohesive across the board?

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THE DANCE TEACHER GUIDE TO GET THE MOST OUT THEIR STUDENTS

In today's world it is acceptable to think negative. I have had students tell me that some of the most popular kids are the ones who dislike everything and are negative about their peers who have success. What message is this sending to the youth of today? The good news is, we know better! And dance training will teach these children that a 'can do' attitude will take them so much further than any negative thought ever will

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS! TIPS TO COSTUME DANCERS ON A BUDGET!

Everyone knows that costuming goes hand in hand with great choreography; and the look of a piece can make or break the artistic vision set forth by the choreographer. But, while none of us have a limitless budget, this week I'm bringing you the tips and tricks from costume mistress, Poochie Malloy, from the D'valda & Sirico Dance & Music Centre, on how to costume on a budget and still set your dancers apart while performing.

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DANCE TEACHERS! MEET STEVE SIRICO IN THE SPACE!

Well......It's about time we "officially" introduced you to one half of our amazing founders here at Dance Teacher Web! We are thrilled to touch base with Steve Sirico and pick his brain on his teaching views, philosophies and what has made him such a leading force in the dance studio community for all these years. His knowledge and passion for his craft and passing it onto others is one of the reasons Dance Teacher Web is such a success! Enjoy!

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BALLET TEACHERS: ARE BALLET TIGHTS JUST PASSÉ?

So….I'm old-school. I think devoted DTW blog readers have gotten that by now. I'm old-school in my expectations of in-studio class etiquette, my expectations for dress code, my whole teaching philosophy really. Bottom line-I believe when you are in a dance class, whether it be professional or recreational, you dress like a dancer. If you were a firefighter or a police officer you'd wear the uniform, if you were are a nurse, you'd wear scrubs, if you were a business person you'd wear a suit….helk, if you were a scuba diver you'd wear a wet suit!….So why is this any different for dancers? Well….I'm going to tell you why, specifically on the issue of wearing tights to class, particularly ballet class…….2 reasons…...

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THE REAL 411: DO’S & DON’TS OF COMPETITION PERFORMING!

As a dancer, performer, choreographer, 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 thinking and hope to see; while giving your students an optimal chance for success and self-confidence! More importantly…an opportunity to have fun, learn from their peers and take away the experience of performing in a new venue!

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WHAT EXACTLY IS K-12 DANCE EDUCATION ANYWAY?

As studio owners and dance teachers within the private sector, some may be unaware as to what exactly dance education entails within the K-12 setting. Over recent years, public schools have seen a mandated implementation of arts programs within curriculums; particularly dance programs. The state Departments of Education have received specific instructional requirements as to what these dance curriculums should include.

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IMPROVISATION LESSON: “EMOTION SHADOW”

Teachers, if you have young, beginner, shy or special needs dancers, this is a wonderful introductory improvisation lesson plan I developed to introduce your students to that is non-threatening, engages the senses and build trust among the dancers in your classroom!

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MAXIMIZING & MAKING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR REHEARSAL TIME!

As choreographers and dance teachers, we all have had those scheduled time frames where we need to set a piece in the course of one or two rehearsals on a Sunday when the studio is closed or over a vacation break. I have found that having a clear game-plan going into these types of choreography-settings can make the experience way less stressful and a wonderfully creative, productive and fun experience for you as well as your dancers! Here are some of my tips for the ONE DAY REHEARSAL MARATHON!

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I HEART DANCE VALENTINE ACTIVITY!

With Valentine's Day coming up this week, why not get into the spirit with your younger dancers and build a lesson plan around the holiday?! Brainstorm with students about why they love dance and bring this movement sentence to life! For an extra sweet treat, invite parents for an informal Valentine's Day showing to see how their words, emotions and choreography join together to send a message of love, inspiration and dance! Happy Valentine's Everyone!

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DANCE TEACHER WEB FACULTY VIDEO INTERVIEW-JESS LEPROTTO

Dance Teacher Web is proud to introduce our new video interview segment which gives you a chance to tap into the minds and knowledge of some leading dance teachers and choreographers in the field. This week Steve Sirico interviews Jess LeProtto from the acclaimed Broadway show Newsies. Jess, a frequent presenter on Dance teacher Web shares a bit about himself, his own dance journey, his philosophy on effective teaching and why he finds Dance Teacher Web so valuable to professional teacher and studio owner development! ENJOY!

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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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