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TOOLS FOR TEACHING CHOREOGRAPHY COMPOSITION

Choosing to incorporate improvisation and/or choreography composition into your program is undoubtedly a great addition to enhance the dimension of a dancer's educational training. Whether you tack it on at the end of modern class or devote a whole class to the genre itself within your curriculum, getting started on how to introduce the concepts can be overwhelming; since the material is so vast. Keeping in mind that the following ideas can be used as tools and lesson planning prompts for beginner-advanced levels, the more you delve into the lessons, the more you will discover infinite variations in where you can go with them and take your students. Soon enough you will see the amazing creative potential your students possess and a skill-set they have yet to tap into.......

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DTW

We here at Dance Teacher Web would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful year. It has been an eventful one for us and we're sure it has been for you too. While we acknowledge the current climate and devastating events occurring here in the U.S. and around the world, it's not hard to believe another full year has gone by so quickly. You have all grown with these changes, adapted and persevered. This is the time of year however, when we should remember we are here on this earth for what is a brief moment..........

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DEALING WITH THE OVERLY CONFIDENT DANCE STUDENT

As dance teachers, we all love when our students excel and have a stellar performance year. A year where we see the student blossom and have that "A-HA" moment when everything starts to click for them in class. It's wonderful to see their hard work pay off as well as our own and is the moment every teacher waits for. However, what happens when those students come back to class the following season and are getting, shall we say, a little "overly confident" and a little too big for their britches?..................

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"QUIET ON THE SET"- A CREATIVE MOVEMENT LESSON PLAN!

If you're looking for a fun, creative way to get your little ones understanding the incorporation of action words and emotions within movement, this exercise is for you! I devised this a few years back and have had great success getting younger students to work in pairs and explore the use of action vocabulary words to portray scenes they envisage through dance. Based on your dancers' level and age, the exercise can also be simplified or made more challenging to meet the needs of your dancers. As the teacher, it's also wonderful to sit back and watch the imagination of your students unleashed! Just watch the out of this world, creative things they create!...............

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