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WHEN STUDENTS AREN'T FEELING YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY!

As dance teachers we spend countless hours researching music, coming up with creative concepts, figuring out movement, formations and transitions and get excited to set new pieces with our dancers. So what happens when your enthusiasm for a new piece doesn't inspire your dancers the way it does you? How do you handle dancers who just "aren't feeling it?" ......................

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PERFORMING AT YOUR BEST! TIPS FOR GIVING A GREAT TEACHING INTERVIEW!

Teachers, that time of year is quickly approaching when studio schedules are being finalized and directors are rounding out their faculty for the new season. If you are lining up some interviews yourself for some new teaching gigs, I'd like to share some helpful hints and thoughts to better help you secure that position! I have been on both sides of the table, interviewing and auditing potential candidates myself and I can tell you even the littlest thing that may slip by you can be the biggest detail between looking professional and landing the job vs. being seen as green and unprepared.....

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FIVE PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES TO CONDITION YOUR DANCERS!

Conditioning programs for dancers should be an essential part of any training program. Along with regular technique classes, "cross training" efforts will help provide increased cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and endurance benefits. It will also increase core strength and muscle tone and encourage healthy exercise practice. Below are 5 of my favorite Plyometric (jump training) exercises you can implement at the beginning or end of any class or rehearsal which will get dancers started in the right direction and can be modified for any level of dancer..............

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DANCE COMPANY AUDITION CHECKLIST

Most dancers in the studio setting strive to achieve the illustrious company status at some point in their training, if they are serious enough. How you determine who is ready to advance and who needs some more time "marinating" is an important decision based on a variety of factors that should be determined and discussed by you and your faculty through the audition process. Those factors should range from a whole host of things and should be objectively deconstructed. Below are a few of those important priorities and can be translated into tangible checklists in which you and your faculty may score during auditions per each auditionee. Subsequent meetings with each individual dancer and their parents should then be scheduled that week to explain your decision-making. This is the time where you can discuss where you see the dancer going forward and how you will help them achieve their goals. Checklists can be made simply to range from a score 1-5 per category/technique idiom with a column for "notes" for each dancer...........

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THE GREAT DEBATE OVER ASSESSMENT IN DANCE EDUCATION

Having just returned from this year's 2015 Dance Teacher Web Live Conference and successful class session on "Lesson Planning for _Dance in the K-12_," I'd like to contribute some more information regarding many of the attendees' passionate questions on _assessment in dance education; _which can also be adapted for use in the studio setting..............

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IT'S A WRAP! DTW LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2015!

Well, it's a wrap everyone! As another DTW LIVE Conference comes to a close, we would just like to take a second to reflect on what an incredible event we've just had; and it's because of you, our attendees. Our first year on the east coast was a definite success, which is only measured by the feedback and responses we've gotten from you. The enthusiasm, zest for learning and passion for what you do was in full throttle...........

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DTW LIVE 2015-DAY 3 DAILY RECAP!

Hello again everyone! We are so excited as another day of classes comes to a close here at Foxwoods! Today's festivities had people moving and grooving all over the place and we couldn't be happier to see our attendees enthusiasm and zest for learning continue. We also witnessed a lot of networking and collaborating going on and that's what we aim for; for you to make connections in every capacity!.......

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DTW LIVE 2015-DAILY ROUND UP!

So??? How was everyone's first full day of classes?! From the looks of things and energy that was buzzing around the hallways, I think we're off to a great start! We love to see attendees full of excitement and ready to learn and we certainly hope we delivered! This is your time and it's our goal this week to inspire and give you some new ideas and tools to bring back to your own students! In case you missed a few things today, we're here to keep you in the conference loop!

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LET'S GET IT STARTED! 2016 DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO BEGINS!

The time is finally here everyone! We are so thrilled to kick off the 2015 Dance Teacher Web LIVE Conference & Expo here at Foxwoods Resort & Casino! This year, we're bringing it to you from the East Coast and the energy is already buzzing with excitement! From attendees to faculty to Expo presenters and staff, everyone is amped up for the next few days which are filled with over 90 classes to choose from! The All-Star Faculty Lineup includes the likes of Alex Wong, Liz Imperio, Simone DePaolo, Judy Ann Bassing, Jessica Smith-Epting, Aaron Turner, Wayne Sleep, our Directors Angela and Steve Sirico and many other greats in the business!

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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......

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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......

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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!............

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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.

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MAINTAINING TECHNIQUE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

With the summer season upon us, it's essential to stress the importance of maintaining technique, strength and flexibility during the summer vacation to our dancers. So many times dancers make such beautiful progress throughout the year only to come back the following September having to start from scratch because they didn't remain consistent in their training rituals. Now, while many won't take dance classes over the summer because of family vacations, summer camp, lack of availability of classes, what have you, there are many ways you can remind your dancers how essential it is to keep their bodies active and moving over the coming months. Aside from the physical benefits, keeping active mentally and kinesthetically through their dancing as well will create for a sustained mind-body and spirit connection......

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THREE SIMPLE EXCERCISES TO INCREASE DEMI PLIÉ

Teachers, if you have been trying to increase your dancers' range of motion in terms of building demi plie, here are 3 quick, easy exercises you can show them. Sometimes a muscular or skeletal issue, the culprit though also can be the result of tight plantar flexors; inhibiting a limited a range of motion they can execute. Over time, with consistency and repetition, you will see a dramatic improvement and it only takes minutes a day.....

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