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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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