DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE HEADS TO FOXWOODS!

**Calling all Dance Teachers! Coming to the Connecticut woods August 3-6 2015...**

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THE TASK OF CHOOSING MUSIC FOR CHOREOGRAPHY!

The task of music selection year after year can be a daunting one, especially for those of us teaching multiple classes. We aim to be creative, fresh, innovative and contemporary, but the truth is, many struggle to deliver original and age appropriate content that is both family friendly and not overdone. So, how do we attempt to include all of the above and still find something that inspires us as artists as well? The trick is to do your research ahead of time. Heading to ITunes at the last minute right before you need to set a piece rarely works well, but actually listening to music you enjoy regularly and giving yourself time will allow you the opportunity to create a library of songs you can keep in storage for the perfect group as an when the need arises! Having an arsenal of ideas will always put you ahead of the game and make for infinite options vs. settling on something your creative spirit is not really in tune with.

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IS IT THE STUDENT OR THE PARENT? PROBLEM SOLVING FOR DANCE TEACHERS

I have written many articles for Dance Teachers about issues with unruly students and how to get them over the hump and in line with the class structure. Students who are problems from a behavioral point can disrupt your entire class, ruin your flow and destroy your class karma. The key is to find out what's causing the situation and then deal directly with the problem at hand... By Steve Sirico

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: GIVE INSPIRATION AND WATCH YOUR STUDIO SOAR!

Dance Studio Owners have a tough job because not only do we have to motivate ourselves but we also have to motivate our staff, faculty, students and even parents to help everyone stay on the same page and to ultimately make our lives run smoother! It does take extra effort but definitely will pay off if you can find ways to keep everyone happy. Check out this great post on how to make today and everyday GREAT! By Angela D'Valda Sirico

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DANCE ASSESSMENT READING REFERENCE LIST

The inclusion of dance education in the public school has stimulated lengthy debate over how to: evaluate the arts; define and justify dance's existence within an education system, and create meaningful experiences for students. With the 1997 inclusion of the arts as part of the _National Assessment of Educational Progress _(NAEP), or _The Nation's Educational Report Card_, major steps have been taken to formalize arts assessment and overcome traditional standardized testing protocol. Educators have had the difficult task of capturing, what is in essence, an intangible area of study; moving product, gone as quickly as it was created.

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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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WHAT DANCE STUDENTS WANT vs. WHAT DANCE STUDENTS NEED

The task of running a dance studio comes with all sorts of rewards year in and year out. However, anyone who got into this business thinking there wouldn't be some difficult decisions along the way probably woke up to an enlightening reality; especially when parents and students think they know best. As we gear up for a new season ahead, here is some food for thought which might shed some light in terms of balancing what our dancers want and how to give them what they really need most.

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“DANCE IMPROVISATION 101: AN INTRODUCTORY READING LIST

Dance teachers, does the thought of incorporating improvisation into your classes intimidate you? While some have called it "free dance," "free movement," etc., the actual development and structure of an improvisation lesson is a lot more than turning on the music and have the kids dance around the room. While that is wonderful and fun in its own right from time to time, this week we're giving you our own introduction and overview to an art form in itself with a rich dance history and niche of its own.

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LET'S CELEBRATE! DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE 2014 SLIDE SHOW!

**As we put a final wrap on this year's DTW LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO we'd like to share with you our event highlight reel; thanks to our very own DTW photographer and assistant extraordinaire Amanda Connor....**

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