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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.

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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!

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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!

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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....

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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....

 

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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..............

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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!..........

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“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.....

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HELPING DANCERS UNDERSTAND IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT’S EASIEST ALL THE TIME.

Tell me if this sounds familiar. “Can we get up from the floor this way instead of that way because it’s easier for me?” Or, “Oh good, I can come on from that side? It’s easier.” Or, “Can we just do it this way, because it’s easier?” I have heard a version of this lately more times than I can count and it’s quite honestly grating on my last dancer teacher nerve. So what gives?
Why are many young dancers looking to take the path of least resistance at every twist and turn?
Is it the generation? Is it the fact that they are used to everything being easy in terms of instant gratification? Are they lazy? Are we not expecting as strong a work ethic as we used to? Are some younger dancers not accustomed to hard work and sweat? Is it our teaching?.......

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STUDENTS AREN'T FEELING YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY, NOW WHAT?

Dance teachers spend countless hours researching music, coming up with creative concepts, figuring out movement, formations and transitions and get excited to set new pieces with our dancers. So what happens when your enthusiasm for a new piece doesn’t inspire your dancers the way it does you? How do you handle dancers who just “aren’t feeling it?”

It is extremely important to remember that you are never going to please everyone all at the same time……..never. So, the more you try to come up with a piece which caters more to winning a popularity contest vs. artistic integrity the more you are going to be traveling a slippery slope of choreographing for the sake of giving dancers what THEY want.

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IS HEALTHY COMPETITION AMONGST PEERS REALLY SUCH A BAD THING?

In a time when we are trying to promote unity and fair play amongst our children, consideration and support, an end to bullying and equal recognition, the idea of our dance students “competing amongst one another” is a tricky concept. The world has come to a place where every child is rewarded just for doing their best and “everyone is a winner,” which is by all means a wonderful approach to building a child’s self-esteem. However, there is the other side of the coin where parents and teachers alike must prepare children for what the real world is really like, especially if that child has aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. Unfortunately, no one is going to give you a trophy or an, “A for effort” at a Broadway or ballet company audition just because you attended. Harsh reality??..... Yes. True reality……Also yes....

 

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THE SCOOP ON DANCE TEACHER UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

CUTTING EDGE PRACTIAL TEACHER TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION

Faculty from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Dance Teacher Web have partnered to create the best and most comprehensive teacher training program for dance teachers, K-12 teachers and dance studios with multiple disciplines. This program presents a syllabus that is safe, effective and fun! The curriculum provides a challenging yet easy to grasp dance training for beginner through intermediate levels. Level two certification is for those looking for intermediate and advanced curriculum. Give your Studio a competitive edge by certifying your faculty.......

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FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN TEACHING CREATIVE MOVEMENT TO TODDLERS

Those with the calling, talent & patience to teach dance to toddlers will tell you it requires a skill set all its own. A special, dedicated subgroup of dance teachers, the knowledge and training necessary to teach these littles while creating a fun experience takes some thought and careful planning. Remembering this is a crucial developmental time, the five tips below will help get you started and also be a reminder that you are extremely essential to this fundamental time in dance training and child development! .........

 

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CROSS TRAINING YOUR DANCERS

Technique classes are the staple of training young dancers so they are equipped with a solid technical foundation which they then can parlay into any dance idiom. While this aspect of dance education is essential, so is the notion of making sure your dancers have the cardiovascular stamina and strength to support that technique.

For a large number of students, the amount of gym time they get at school is nominal. Plus, there are an increasing number of kids who are extremely out of shape, who are less active as a whole due to the surge of mobile, devices, iPads, etc and don’t get outside much to run and “play.”.......

 

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SURE-FIRE EXERCISES FOR ACTIVATING & STRENGTHENING LOWER ABDOMINALS

We’re back at it for another round of building core strength! We all recognize that core strength is essential to any strong, technically sound dancer and the lower abdominals can be a particularly weak spot for any age and any level dancer to build up.

Below you’ll find three of my favorite exercises to help your students engage and connect the lower abs to the rest of their body. Each can be executed daily with multiple repetitions and modified based on level and physical capability. Remember, once a dancer understands the connection and importance of engagement to the rest of the body they will be unstoppable in terms of support and progressing with turns, balances, extensions, jumps and a whole catalogue of movement necessary to develop one’s technique safely and properly....

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