THE PARENT TRAP: AVOIDING THE PITFALLS IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!

Studio owners.….it's that time again!! Another new season is in full swing and it's time to give some thought about the precedence you'd like to establish as you start fresh and move forward. As we all know, year after year, return clientele is the way to keep your business thriving and a recognizable staple in your community. However, there is a fine line between keeping your customers satisfied with the quality training you are providing their child and succumbing to parents who might think they have carte blanche when it comes to questioning protocol you have put into place.

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ORGANIZING YOUR DANCE LESSON PLANS IN THE NEW SEASON!

Preparation and organization are perhaps THE most important factors to determining a successful year of teaching. Even before we get to classes and setting choreography, the way in which we enter into a new year will directly correspond to the success of the content one is trying to teach. Dance teachers have a difficult job because we are not only relaying information to our students which we hope they mentally absorb, but there is also an expectation regarding the physical execution as well. Always trying to develop, _"thinking dancers,"_ the synthesis of both the intellectual and verbal content alongside the kinesthetic is a feat in itself.

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5.6.7.8. GONE PROGRAM LAUNCHES!

Dance Teacher Web, The D'Valda & Sirico Foundation & The Breast Cancer Research Foundation are thrilled to have teamed up to create a unique program to help educate children and to raise funds for breast cancer research. This program will encourage education, awareness and build a community of supporters through different options for participants. It is a great way to get involved in a wonderful cause and for your students to have fun, while at the same time helping to raise much needed funds for cancer research. The program is open to dance schools all over the world.

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PRETEEN MUSICAL THEATRE TECHNIQUE & CENTRE WARMUP

As we start the new dance season, it's a great time for musical theatre teachers to start adding to their curriculum and look at the many components that are embedded in the musical theatre genre. First off, while it is always a good idea to find music and content which is age appropriate and will get the students engaged, establishing a solid technical foundation is also vital as with any other genre. Jazz and ballet technique will always be a necessary extension of performance technique, so below is a breakdown of my own center warm-up which progresses into across the floor and center combinations!

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STARTING THE DANCE SEASON OFF RIGHT WITH GOOD TRAINING ETIQUETTE.

As dance teachers we are clear on our role to teach our students proper technique and performance skills. However, as generations are continually changing, so is the world in which they are growing up in. Perhaps a traditionalist to some extent, it is my belief that certain etiquette, good habits and respect for the dance studio is becoming a lost value within some training programs. Furthermore, while the dance studio is many times a student's "home-away-from-home," we also become example-setters; instilling rules, discipline and boundaries of our own for the welfare of our students. While it is a fine line to be cognizant of what some parents could misconstrue as overstepping their parental rights, it is always important to reassure them and be clear that the studio and teachers' mission is undoubtedly in the best interest of their children and studio community.

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STAYING TRUE & BELIEVING IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!

**As a studio director, the most difficult part of the job is how to take all the components, all the balls juggling in the air, all the ****_"white noise"_ in the background, opinions, requests and desires of our clients and with a snap of your fingers make it all happen; as seamlessly and quickly as humanly possible. Oh....and did I mention on a daily basis? As with any business owner, our clients are what keep us afloat; simple as that. As much as we do what we do for the passion of our art and love for our students, there is a clear, basic presence of the_ supply and demand _****principle which supersedes all of that. It has to; otherwise you wouldn't be in business.**

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ACKNOWLEDGING THE X-FACTOR IN YOUR DANCE STUDENTS.

As dance teachers, we come across every configuration of student; the dancer who may not be the greatest technician but has such passion and enthusiasm for learning it inspires us and makes us excited to teach. Then there's the dancer that takes class because it is nothing more than a social activity and are humoring their parent's dreams and actually has no desire to dance whatsoever. There's the dancer that just wants to have fun; the dancer that is such an amazing technician every turn, extension and elevation comes so easy to them you almost wonder if they are marking; BUT… simultaneously is the most boring performer you've ever seen. Conversely there's also the amazing performer but not the greatest technician. And then **_THEY_ **appear….the one or two students that have it all. They are the technician, the performer, the artist, and the thinker; while possessing the instinct, passion, discipline, desire and drive without it being motivated by you, the teacher. Oh we've all seen it. The student that comes in and is good at every genre, willing to try whatever you ask them to and inspires and challenges you in a way it keeps you on your toes and makes you want to choreograph a masterpiece for them because not only do they comprehend the complexity of your steps, but envelop stylistic nuance and understand movement quality well beyond their years.

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