“WALK THE WALK, DANCE THE DANCE….”

As dance teachers who spend countless hours with our students in the studio week after week and year after year, it's sometimes easy for the lines of the relationship to blur in terms of dance teacher to student vs. friend to friend. In a sense you do become part of a second "studio-family" and role model whom they look up to. While building a relationship with students who feel comfortable enough to trust you, communicate and share with you is wonderful, remembering who the mentor is, who's in charge and setting good examples all around should be your main priority.

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QUICK TIPS ON CLEANING YOUR YEAR END CHOREOGRAPHY

This time of year cleaning your choreography becomes a very important aspect of your classes. Major time will be spent on the cleaning process. With recitals, showcases, demonstrations and national competitions just around the corner, cleaning will be a critical element to the success of the pieces you are presenting. Now the key question is how do you keep these rehearsals fresh, fun and productive?

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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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