THANKFUL FOR THESE MOVIE MUSICAL MOMENTS!

_With Thanksgiving this week, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite movie musical moments. These great works always remind me of being a kid on holidays where Grandma and Pop would have the MGM movies playing in the background as we made dinner and then all gathered on the couch after for coffee and dessert. Such a great memory of my childhood to be inspired by the classics they loved. Now, I carry them with me as part of my creative arsenal and am thankful I can share them with you to pass on too! Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend from all of us at DTW! Enjoy!............._

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LIGHTEN THE LOAD: LETTING GO OF NEGATIVITY & EMBRACING POSITIVITY

It may seem like common knowledge and something that is a given; surrounding ourselves only with people who lift us up and want to be see us succeed and fly high. But, that is not always the case and we can at times wind up in a situation where the energy which surrounds us needs to be assessed and shaken up a bit. As studio owners, you deal with all different types of personalities and temperaments; people that want things from you, people that only need you for what do for them, people that question your every move and then the people that you trust and want to see your hard work and dedication pay off. There are all kinds that will enter and exit your life over an extended period of time. It's fluid. The problem starts to come into play when we don't acknowledge the negativity which sometimes can present itself and let it manifest until we second guess who we are and where we are going.............

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TO COMPETE OR NOT TO COMPETE?

To compete or not to compete, this is a posing question for any studio owner in terms of the _"type"_ of studio they are going to market themselves as. Are you a traditional training facility, solely focused on classical training methods; creating technicians and performers who will go onto company work? OR…does your studio's curriculum focus more on being fiercely competitive, where emphasis is also placed on training elements considered to be "current" while stressing endurance in order to prepare students to compete weekend after weekend? OR…. are you a balance of the two; with a strong focus on traditional training methods while providing your students with one or two regional competition opportunities a year in order to expose them to new performance venues and gain objective and constructive feedback from professionals as they would at an audition? All are valid and personal, yet take very different form. Each studio director is responsible for setting the tone as to whether they will be labeled a "competition studio" or not and it's up to you to decide where in the spectrum you care to take to take your students.............

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SIMPLE STRETCHES DANCERS CAN DO AT HOME!

Getting students, particularly young students to warm-up or want to warm-up is a difficult feat in the studio itself. Dancers come in and often ask the question, _"Do we have to warm-up?"_ in the hopes you will say, _"No we don't have to today,"_ and will jump straight to leaps across the floor or the cool combo that's awaiting them..............

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COMPETING MULTIPLE SOLOS: GOOD IDEA OR COMPLETE OVERKILL?

As a long time competition adjudicator and teacher who has set endless solos for dancers, the debate over competing multiple solos often comes up every year. With students and parents alike, sometimes the notion is to showcase their talents in every genre and take center stage as much as possible. While it's commendable for a dancer to possess the confidence and commitment to take on all that choreography, it can become overkill and work against the dancer competing.......

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