TEACHING MUSICAL THEATRE & THEATRE JAZZ EFFECTIVELY
Teaching Musical Theatre and Theatre Jazz is an animal in itself and there are many components to teaching it effectively; technically, stylistically, historically and conceptually. This genre is a real love of mine and where my heart is at, so I take great passion in providing my students with complete knowledge in the truest sense. The difference between a good musical theatre curriculum and a great one, is providing your dancers not only with the understanding of extracted musical numbers from shows or movies, but having them understand the whole show; music, book and lyrics from beginning to end!Read More
MINI-BALLET BARRE ACTIVITIES ON THE GO!
Ballet Teachers, sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day right? We become so consumed with teaching classes, meetings, rehearsals, returning phone calls, choreographing and family life that we forget our own daily exercise regime or how good it feels to just dance for ourselves. While we can't always get into the studio for a little slice of movement heaven, here are some quick exercises you can do in between meetings, feeding the kids and teaching class, that require nothing more than a little bit of space, a chair and a Theraband! Simple, easy, effective and can be done in your home or office!Read More
HANDLING THE DELICATE SITUATION OF ADOLESCENT DANCER HYGIENE!
OK, I'm just going to talk about it. We all know it's a topic we need to address and are sometimes to afraid to because it could be infringing on what is politically correct or appropriate to discuss with our students. Nobody wants to overstep or upset parents, BUT the studio is an environment where it should be safe to have candid and frank discussions about body hygiene, etiquette and respecting the fellow dancers we share the space with. Boys, girls, it really makes no difference. We are all faced with dancers at that tender age where body chemistry and hormones start to change and getting into good hygiene practices are necessary with this sudden shift in maturity. Not to mention for us the teachers who have to be exposed to it as well! So how do we go about it? I interviewed Simone Depaolo, Artistic Director and teacher at the D'Valda & Sirico Dance & Music Centre on the topic and she provided some really enlightening and non- threatening ways to go about….the talk….;)Read More
TEACHING DANCE: AN HONORABLE PROFESSION!
How easy it is for dance teachers to undervalue themselves and we probably all do it at one time or another. When the daily grind of teaching starts to wear us down and the students just don't seem to be co-operating or improving it can be disheartening and downright depressing. It seems that we are always trying to prepare our students for something, a performance, a competition, an examination or just trying to teach them how to stand up straight and look like a dancer!Read More
FINDING INSPIRATION FOR DANCE STUDIO OWNERS
It is amazing to see the positive results when we are able to inspire the people who surround us on a daily basis. Being able to bring out the best in our staff, faculty, students and their parents is certainly worth the effort. People say that it is an art and in a way it is but like any artistic venture it can improve and flourish given the right amount of study and experience.Read More
DANCE TEACHERS: WHAT ARE YOUR IN-STUDIO RULES & PROCEDURES?
Teachers, have you ever sat down and thought about the importance of rules & procedure in the studio? It seems like a given, common sense, but often times, when we are not transparent about the expectations of our dancers in terms of etiquette and studio behavior, we open the door to distraction, lack of focus, chaos and minimal progress. Remembering that classroom or studio management should always be Lesson #1, will allow your dance classes to run efficiently, creatively and cohesively. Without the boundaries, you will wind up spending more time fielding questions about things that should be common knowledge and dealing with behavior which may detract you from your actual lessons!Read More