DANCE TEACHERS: ARE YOU TAKING TIME FOR YOU?
In a crazy, crazy world, especially at this time of year, as teachers, we often put ourselves and our needs last; trying to make sure work is completed, students' needs are being addressed, creativity is flowing, deadlines are met, rehearsals are running smoothly, etc. There is also something to do every minute of the day if we allow it to consume us. Sometimes the hardest thing is to allow ourselves to STOP MOVING. It's in our nature to do the complete opposite. But burn-out is prevalent when we don't acknowledge that we are not invincible or we can keep going and keep going with no end in sight. Disaster is bound to happen and we really are serving no benefit to our students or ourselves this way.Read More
TALKING DANCE: THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF PEER FEEDBACK!
Part of being a well-rounded dancer is to have the ability to articulate observations and speak about dance just as much as executing steps properly. A rich, thorough dance curriculum includes one in which "dance literacy" is acknowledged; where dancers are given the opportunity to view dance, edit dance and learn to give thoughtful opinions and constructive feedback to others while keeping it in a positive and supportive light.Read More
BALLET TEACHERS: START CLASS WITH A FUN BALLET “DO-NOW!”
**Teachers, with young or beginner ballet students, the use of proper vocabulary is a must right from the start. Why not reinforce the lessons with a fun "Do-Now" or "Take-Home" task?!**Read More
FOR DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIME TO RE-ENERGIZE YOUR CUSTOMERS
For many of us studio owners this is the time of year when we need to be planning ahead to our next year by finding ways to not only retain and re- energize the customers that we currently have but also to re-activate the ones that have left us. Each year there are some students that decide to move on, usually it is for a variety of reasons. They may be going through that period where they feel they are missing out on something because of their time at your studio.Read More
DANCE TEACHERS: THE TIME IS NOW TO TAKE ACTION!
**_"Why stop dreaming when you wake up?"_ Walt Disney** What a terrific question by the man that turned his dreams constantly into reality. I am sure he had many moment of doubt. But he never let that stop him for a minute. He knew if he had a dream and then worked out a plan and then had the courage to take action, he could do it! I recently watched a television show on the life of Walt Disney and I was just so inspired with his life work. I remember growing up and watching the Wonderful World of Disney on Sunday nights. I can remember the excitement when my parents took my sister, my brother and me to Disneyland in California and then to Disney World in Florida. All the movies, television shows and theme parks were the dreams of this one man. A man who developed a plan and then put it into **ACTION!**Read More
DANCE TEACHER INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW DONNELL
Catch our new video exclusive with DTW faulty member and ballet teacher extraordinaire Matthew Donnell on his teaching philosophy and important advice for you and your students!Read More