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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE-LAST DAY ROUND UP!

Well.........here we are at the final day of DanceTeacherWeb Live Conference & Expo and we are overwhelmed at the response we have received the past few days! While every year brings new magic and inspiration, this year the energy was particularly contagious and seeing you all in your classes and chatting at the Expo was an amazing sight to see you all dive in, no holds barred; ready to learn and share your thoughts and vantage points as well. As we always say, we learn as much from you as you hopefully do from us! You are our inspiration to make each and every year's event better and better!

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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE IS IN THE SWING OF IT! DAILY RECAP!

Greetings everyone! We're back with another recap from Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo here at the beautiful Red Rock Resort and hope you all had another exciting, fulfilling, productive and fun day! What a better way to start off our morning with a beautiful poolside breakfast and Fashion Show sponsored by Costume Gallery while being serenaded to the incredible reggae sounds of "Dreads of Steel" to get things going?!

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DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE-DAY #1 OF DANCE CLASSES=SUCCESS!

So....how's everyone feeling? All we can say is WOW!!! What an incredible day of classes and events to kick off this years DTW Live Conference & Expo! Firstly, the adrenaline and energy that was buzzing through the hallways this morning after the Expo Breakfast sponsored by IDS was a tell-tale sign that all of our attendees were ready to rock n' roll!

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2014 DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO KICK-OFF!

Welcome Everyone! The time has finally arrived so let's get this party started here at the Red Rock Resort for the 2014 DTW Live Conference & Expo. We are very excited to welcome you all for another event which is sure to inspire, enlighten and ignite that creativity and spirit we all know you all have!

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THE BENEFITS OF LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANISTS IN DANCE CLASS.

The incorporation of a live accompanist, whether it be the classical pianist in ballet class or the sound of live drummers in modern or African class can change the dynamics of your studio curriculum. There is nothing more enlivening than to hear live music start a class and can change the interaction your dancers have with you and the musician while sharpening their focus on the movement you are giving as well as their sense of musicality. In addition, the embedded lesson of dancers learning how to work with a musician and see how dance teachers and musicians speak to each other is a wonderful way for dancers to learn about this very important and essential communicative skill with fellow artists. Obviously, an extra expense which not every studio can afford on a weekly basis for all classes, there are ways you can give your students the experience of a live accompanist without breaking the studio's budget.

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DANCE TEACHERS: THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS IS IN YOUR HANDS!

Teaching over the long haul can be a drain, especially if you are teaching a lot of classes and are pushed to create. One of the toughest things teachers face throughout the season is to stay motivated and energized. You are constantly giving and if you are not careful you can drain your battery and teaching can become a struggle. Don't wait until you get to that tipping point! .

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TRAINING YOUR STAFF 101

For many of us our season has just finished. We have had the excitement of the recitals and all end of year performances and although some studios continue running over the summer offering programs for their dancers, it is usually a quieter time as families take their vacations and children go to sleep away camps. Summer is a wonderful time to re-train your staff or to bring new staff members in to train from scratch

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EVERY DANCE STUDIO NEEDS SOME SUMMER LOVIN'!

As we bask in the summer months with a little downtime before summer intensives and the new fall season begins, now is a great time to think about decking the halls once more…..this time with a fresh facelift to welcome change and breathe some new air into the studio. While cost for any sort of repairs or cosmetic renovations is always a concern, there are some quick and easy ways to welcome students and parents back with a little pop of inspiration and some simple sprucing up around the studio! ** **

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DEMYSTIFYING MODERN DANCE IN THE STUDIO SETTING

As we all know, modern dance is a genre which breaks traditional ideas, and at times does not synchronize with the traditional ballet foundation we are primarily aiming to instill within our students. In fact, until recently, modern dance was not a common inclusion within studio training curriculums until the undergraduate years of college dance programs. Then, students coming from solely traditional training backgrounds would often be overwhelmed and intimidated by this "new" way of moving, exploring space, improvising and creating movement.

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CONFERENCE CALL! DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2014!

YES!! It's that time of year again when we are getting closer to our annual Dance Teacher Web Conference & Expo at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada! Join us July 27th-30th for what is sure to be the most knowledge, dance and info packed conference of the season!! From a vast array of movement classes, business classes and endless events, there is something for every teacher and studio owner from around the world! With our talented, multi- faceted and eclectic faculty, there is no end to the professional development and inspiration you will acquire and bring back to your own students and studios! Led by our very own Angela D'Valda Sirico and Steve Sirico, we are certain this year's conference and expo will be the one to beat! We chatted with co- director Steve Sirico about this year's goodies!

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THE TASK OF HIRING NEW DANCE FACULTY

Studio directors, with another amazing dance season about to begin, who you choose to keep on or hire to be part of your studio family for next year says a lot about the tone you set for your business and the kind of training being offered. I've seen many directors go through massive teacher turn-over year after year and can't figure out why they can't seem to find a consistent staff who "gets" what the studio's mission is and comply to it. While you might not fully know someone's teaching style and whether they are a good fit for your studio until they're teaching week after week, consider some of these things during the hiring process so you have a mental checklist of what you are ultimately looking for.

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DANCE TEACHERS...THE TIME TO START PLANNING FOR NEXT SEASON IS NOW!

For many of us this is the time of year when are season is winding down and we are either immersed in the end of year performances or trying to recover from the pressures of producing choreography that makes our students shine. Now is the time to take a deep breath and reflect on the season. Looking back always helps us to move forward in a more positive way. How did you feel that your year went? Did you accomplish all the things that you set out to do at the beginning of the year and were you happy with the results?

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VALUING KNOWLEDGE BEYOND MOVEMENT

From my experiences as both a student and a teacher, what I have come to recognize is that learning the why's and how's of technique, composition, history, anatomy, etc, is what ultimately separates the dancer who watches, repeats and may perform well with that who becomes an artist of their craft. Getting students, at an early age to understand and value the importance of where things come from, how a technique evolved, who the pioneers of a certain genre were and what their contributions to dance were, how a particular muscle works to achieve a desired position, the back-history of a musical, how changing the effort quality of a movement changes intent in a work, etc, can catapult our students into what I call "whole dancers" as opposed to solely trained moving vehicles; those literally just going through the motions.

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WHEN YOUR DANCE STUDENTS WANT TO TEACH..............

As studio owners we all have those students we've trained from the time they could walk. We have molded them, nurtured their technique, taught them classroom etiquette, celebrated their accomplishments and wiped tears during defeat and injury. When they arrive at that pivotal age where they are about to "leave the nest," but are still at the very beginning stages of their dance career, the idea of having these "mini-me's" transition to teaching is something all of us has considered. On the surface it seems like a logical transition; especially if these students understand your expectations and the way in which you go about your training curriculum. Realistically, they have had the extensive training themselves. They have seen how your faculty teaches, the material covered, etc. But is that enough? On the flip side, doesn't the the skill set and requirements for being an effective teacher and choreographer take years and years in itself to develop and learn? So, is a 17 year old really capable at that stage of their dance career to be catapulted into a permanent faculty role? I'm not so sure.

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THE DANCE TEACHER'S SUMMER GUIDE TO REINVENTION!

With the summer season quickly approaching, a lot of dance teachers and studio owners will be able to engage in a bit of down-time as recital and competition season comes to a close and before summer sessions commence. Before you know it, September will be upon us and it will be a brand new year to get working on new projects and curriculum building! While students receive a well- deserved break during the summer months, dance educators often forget that we too need to pause; in order to refuel our own creative juices and let ourselves become re-inspired. As with any artist, a little respite is a great time to self-reflect on the teaching year; choreography we were proud of, things that did or didn't work in our curriculum, changes we'd like to make for the following season and what new information we can use to reinvigorate ourselves and consequently our students.

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