GETTING REAL WITH DANCE STUDENTS PLAYING THE BLAME GAME
Have you ever wanted to just get _"really real"_ with your students? I mean **_"really real?"_** Not in a way that's going to ruin their self-esteem or deter them from their accomplishments or anything, but tell them what's up in an up- front way so that they do succeed and learn to take responsibility for things they can correct and improve upon. One of the greatest disservices we can do for our students is to not be straight with them; albeit with tact and sensitivity, but sometimes you have to have the nerve to just say it how it is and trust they know it's said with love and coming from the best place possible......Read More
IS THE MIRROR TRULY A DANCER'S BEST FRIEND?
As a dance teacher, think about the aforementioned quote this week for a second. Think about all your years of training and the "norm" which makes up a technique class. Think about the format, the environment, the habits in which we learn dance and teach dance. Think about your dancers and the way they absorb information or learn new material, rely on or compare themselves to other dancers day in and day out. Think about how they watch you and what their vantage point is as a student. Think about where they habitually stand during warm-up......Read More
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND THE 2015 DTW ULTIMATE LEADERSHIP PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR?
Whether you're a Studio Owner or a Dance Teacher, effective leadership skills are the all-important glue that holds your entire operation together. Many are leaders without knowing how to lead. Few know how to make the energy and skill of leading work so that people and situations follow them in a positive and successful way........We asked Robert Landau, Faculty Member, international Life Management Solutions Speaker, Consultant and Published Author to share his thoughts on this not-to-miss special event!............Read More
FLOOR BARRE EXERCISES TO INCREASE TURNOUT
As dance teachers, we are always trying to safely increase turnout while balancing strength & flexibility within our dancers. This is not something that develops overnight and is usually host to a whole list of variables including how much time and effort the dancer puts in, anatomical facility and good technical training. Now that we're in the summer months, here is a great time for your dancers to practice these quick floor barre exercises that will keep them on track of their progress and allow for real increase of range of motion among their legs and hips.Read More