BUILDING EFFECTIVE EVALUATION FORMS FOR DANCER PROGRESS
Studio owners, how much thought have you given to measuring yearly progress amongst your dancers? Sure, the _"eyeball it"_ method works when your teachers are in the studio with them, day in and day out, but sitting down and actually deconstructing their progress in many different areas will give both your students and their parents an individualized and tangible look at the scope of where they were, where they are going and where they would like to be going forward. The effects of student evaluations are also the most diplomatic ways in which to go about them for your business' clientele. They get everyone on the same page and quickly clears up any raised questions as to why a dancer is or isn't moving on to another level, receiving feature parts, solos, etc.Read More
KEEPING THE PASSION & MAGIC ALIVE WITHIN YOURSELVES.
With Valentine's Day having just past, emotions regarding, love, passion and joy were at the forefront. As teachers, we give our hearts and soul on a daily basis to our "Little Valentines" and expend a lot of energy regarding the progress and journey of our students. Where they are going, who they will audition and ultimately dance for and where life will take them becomes as much as an invested interest in their accomplishments as our own. We get those butterflies of nerves and excitement for them as they wait in the wings to step out stage, anticipate the arrival of college acceptance letters and patiently await to hear news from professional callbacks. We do so because they are more than our students, but our "kids," who we worked with for so many years with to get them to this point. We also get those butterflies because we know what it is like; we've been there and experienced these life and professional events. Whether a teacher's own professional dance career was short or long lived, we still live vicariously through them, remembering the nerves, the adrenaline and the exhilaration of life as a dancer at that moment.Read More
THE BENEFITS OF QUALITY MUSIC EDITS
The difference between a professional, well rounded dance work being presented and a less professional one is usually a culmination of factors; from concept, choreography, costumes, appropriateness and often forgotten about.....music editing. The cuts and edits you make on a piece of music for your dancers is crucial in terms of looking and 'sounding' like a professional studio. Not always easy to achieve on your own and sometimes not in the budget to hire out, we spoke with Jason Marquette, owner and director of Marquette Productions on the tips and tricks to both handling the task on your own and/or considering the benefits on hiring someone to help you out!Read More
DANCE TEACHERS: THE KEY TO YOUR STUDENTS SUCCESS... POSITIVE THINKING!
As dance teachers we are faced each day with not only nurturing our students from a technical aspect but more importantly from a psychological one too. The majority of dance teachers do not hold degrees in psychology and yet we need to help our students, especially the teenage ones with this incredibly important side of their dance training.Read More
DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TAKE ACTION NOW AND WATCH YOUR BUSINESS SOAR!
**A Dream turn into Goals with a Non Stop Action Plan becomes REALITY! ** Now read that a few times and really let it sink in! Here are two ideas on how you could develop your action plan. We have used this formula and have found that it works for both our business and on a personal level. Since our business is an extension of us we need to align both of these or your ying and yang will be out of whack! I just love the saying " If you wait for all the lights to turn green you will never leave your driveway!" So here is your plan to get moving NOW!Read More
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DANCE EDUCATION & DANCE TRAINING
Often times, the terms "dance education" and "dance training" are used interchangeably. Though there are a multitude of similarities and crossovers, there are however distinct differences between both which you can learn to identify and incorporate into your studio's curriculum to cultivate a cohesive program. So what is the difference?.................Read More