SEVEN THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN AUDITIONING DANCERS FOR COMPANY
Most dancers in the studio setting strive to achieve the illustrious company status at some point in their training if they are serious enough. How you determine who is ready to advance and who needs some more time "marinating" is an important decision based on a variety of factors that should be determined and discussed by you and your faculty through the audition process.....Read More
DTW LIVE CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2018 WRAP-UP
Well.... It’s a wrap! We can’t believe DTW Live Conference & Expo 2018 has come and gone already but what an incredible few days it’s been. So much to reflect upon, on our ten year anniversary. We must start with saying how this, being our biggest year yet was due to not only an amazing number of attendees but the energy they brought with them. From Day #1, everyone was ready to share and learn. Everyone was so invested and wanting to absorb everything they could out of the event. This is always our hope and wish for everyone who attends and boy was it infectious! Attendees to faculty to exhibitors to our wonderful staff were buzzing with enthusiasm, positivity and readiness! It's really been so exciting for us to come in and share with everyone.... and it keeps getting better year after year! You all are our inspiration........Read More
CRASH COURSE ON ROMANTIC BALLET ERA
Being a ballet teacher means sharing the history of this rich and foundationally essential dance genre. Whether you have beginner students or advanced, sharing the relevance of something like the Romantic Ballet era is essential to understanding ballet history and how it affected and shaped ballet from there on. Below is a brief overview, some basic information and class content to get you started and share with your ballet dancers. Hopefully it can also help inspire some lesson planning and curriculum development for the dance season ahead......Read More
5 PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES TO CONDITION DANCERS
Conditioning programs for dancers should be an essential part of any training program. Along with regular technique classes, “cross training” will help provide increased cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and endurance benefits. It will also increase core strength and muscle tone and will help dancers in all areas of their body awareness....Read More
MAKING DANCERS WITH LIMITED TECHNIQUE LOOK GOOD
It’s always inspirational as choreographers to walk into rehearsal and feel confident you have dancers who are both technically and artistically mature enough to handle the material you are about to give them. What excites us more is having those able bodies execute our vision as we see it and are limitless to the complexity of the movement we can give them.
On the flip side, as teachers and choreographers, we are also presented with dancers at times who are not as technically advanced, who are beginners or are at the studio for recreational purposes only. Yet, each dancer still deserves the same experience of having a dance set on them they feel good about performing and look forward to....Read More
IS SOLID TECHNIQUE ENOUGH ANYMORE?
Dance’s representation on T.V. has helped make great strides for the world of dance in terms of recognition and respect, without a doubt. It has allowed young dancers to see dreams realized as well as the hard work, dedication and rejection which goes along with the territory. While it has opened up dance for the greater community, there is a troubling, double edged sword which leaves little to be desired.
It seems this little part of the dance world has people believing that if you are not well versed in tricks, acro and gymnastics, there is little to no room for you in the professional dance world anymore..........
HOW TO-INTERMEDIATE TO ADVANCED SPLIT EXERCISE
Here's an amazing and effective "How To" video on intermediate-advanced split exercises with Angela D'Valda Sirico.Read More
RIVETING INTERVIEW OF BROADWAY CHOREOGRAPHER JOANN HUNTER BY ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE CBE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE LUKE RITTNER
Dance Teacher Web is thrilled to present Luke Rittner CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Dance doing a fascinating interview with the choreographer of the Broadway show "School of Rock" JoAnn Hunter... Enjoy!Read More
DANCE TEACHERS... HERE'S HOW TO KEEP YOUR CREATIVE FLAME BURNING BRIGHT ALL-YEAR LONG
We know how hard you work! How much time, energy and effort you put into all that you do for your students, parents and staff. Well know it is your turn! Let us give you the VIP treatment by joining us at the ultimate Dance Teacher Summer Event!Read More
3 TIPS FOR CHOREOGRAPHING A MUSICAL THEATRE PIECE (FROM A MUSICAL THEATRE PURIST)
As someone who spent the majority of their professional performing career in the musical theatre genre and is passionate about the content and context for which it is taught in, I’ve been seeing this trend which has me a little disheartened. Call me old school, call me antiquated, but those of us setting musical theatre/theatre jazz pieces have a responsibility to our young dancers to do it justice and truly understand the genre for the piece we are setting. The three tips below hopefully will offer a new perspective and help continue keeping the magic of classic musical theatre alive....Read More
NOT EVERY DANCER BELONGS ON POINTE- AND THAT’S OK
One might think that the natural progression for every ballet student is to progress from a pre-pointe class to a pointe class. That is true for many, but there is a demographic of dancers who are either not ready, not anatomically built for and don’t have adequate enough technique and body awareness to enter such an advanced and challenging area of dance. Furthermore, there are dance students out there without the persistent dedication and commitment to enter the world of pointe.....and that’s OK. The dance world is big enough for everyone and not everyone has to be a prima ballerina...and in reality they won’t be....
WHEN DANCE STUDENTS WANT TO QUIT
It's inevitable. At some point in owning your dance studio a student is going to want to part ways and stop dancing. If you're lucky, it may happen only a handful of times over the course of your career, but the reality is it's going to happen. To add insult to injury, unfortunately it's sometimes the dancers that we can't fathom losing because their presence and talent in class and rehearsals inspire us and make us better at what we do. But, many times it is..............Read More
TIPS FOR GETTING RECITAL READY!
Studio Directors, that time of year is quickly approaching and recital season is in the air. Below are some quick tips and reminders to get you organized in the weeks ahead and keep you on target for an amazing and stress free recital season!..........Read More
“BLOG TALK” SEMINAR AT DANCE TEACHER WEB CONFERENCE & EXPO
You have read countless blog entries here on the DTW Blog and now you have the chance to join me, LIVE, at the 2018 Dance Teacher Web Conference and Expo to discuss some of the most pressing, “hot topics” from the blog as well as topic suggestions from attendees. This important talk session will be providing an open forum peer discussion on the relevant issues we face today as dance teachers and studio owners.....Read More