IMPLEMENTING MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOPS INTO STUDIO CURRICULUM

It's always a great feeling to recognize and reflect when a new program or added class has been successful. For me, this was the inception of our Musical Theatre Workshop Program. A few years back I was asked by the artistic directors of the studio, to start this class; not really knowing what to expect or how I would structure the class. Many, many shows later and we have a real winner on our hands!.......

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EASY IDEAS TO BRING THE HALLOWEEN "SPIRIT" TO YOUR STUDIO!

BOO! Happy early Hallow's Eve Everyone! As this is my absolute favorite time of year, I thought we could all get into the spirit of sharing some fun and festive Halloween ideas to celebrate in your dance studio! Halloween is definitely a holiday with the flair for the dramatic, so this is the perfect occasion for dance studios to create an amazing environment to let imaginations run wild! Here are a few of my thoughts!.........

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DANCE TEACHERS: HOW OFTEN DO YOU TAKE CHANCES?

Do you ever dare to step out of the box and try something new and exciting with your students; perhaps veer off the beaten path? As teachers who teach multiple classes year in and year out, we too can carry on with the, _"It ain't broke, so don't fix it"_ mentality. It's human nature. We see progress, so why test the waters? Why head into unchartered territory when the same choreography and same music choices seem to work? Why use different dancers when the ones you always use get the job done? Why change up the warm-up and make it more challenging for your students so it's just beyond their reach? Why try improvisation or meditation or choreography-comp class with your dancers when giving them the steps is easier? Why change up your curriculum when the one you have is fine? Why change the audition process for your company classes when they know what to expect already? Why bring in that unconventional master class teacher instead of the mainstream favorite? Why take a chance on a hardworking kid who never has had a feature role when you know who the most talented dancers are? Well…..if you have the answer to these questions, then this is precisely the time to do some self-analysis and ponder the notion of taking chances to progress ourselves as artists and inspire our students...........

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IDENTIFYING YOUR DANCE STUDIO'S CORE VALUES

Every business, company and thriving organization has built their success on the fundamental core values which they believe supports the essence of who they are and what their service represents. For dance studios, this is no different. Or, at least it shouldn't be. In the midst of infinite dance studios around the world, a studio's core values are what separates each of them and makes them unique....

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