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TIPS FOR SELECTING DANCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

As studio director, the act of giving scholarships to well deserving dancers and their families can create endless opportunity for a child as well as financial relief for struggling parents. In today's economy with so many families feeling the constraints of these circumstances, how do you choose who receives them? What is your protocol for selecting scholarship worthy candidates during any given year? Here are some things to ask yourself so that you are able to maintain your business but provide the awards to those who will make the most of the given opportunity! How will you decide who receives a scholarship? Will it be solely based on talent and skill? Or will you also consider awarding scholarships to those based on attendance, progress, good class habits/attitude, desire, etc.?

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CONFERENCE CALL! DANCE TEACHER WEB CONFERENCE & EXPO 2015!

YES!! Can you believe it's almost that time of year again? We are thrilled to be getting closer to our annual Dance Teacher Web Conference & Expo, this year at the famed Foxwoods Resort & Casino! Join us on the east coast this August 3rd-6th for what is sure to be the most knowledge, dance and info packed conference of the season!! We are so excited for our new venue and can't wait to bring you what is sure to be our best year yet! From a vast array of movement classes, business classes and endless events, there is something for every teacher and studio owner from around the world! With our talented, multi-faceted and eclectic faculty, there is no end to the professional development and inspiration you will acquire and bring back to your own students and studios! Led by our very own Angela D'Valda Sirico and Steve Sirico, we are certain this year's conference and expo will be the one to beat! We chatted with co- director Steve Sirico about this year's goodies!

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A DANCE TEACHER’S GUIDE TO SUMMER READING!

Summer time is a great time to catch up on all that reading we were eager to get to but were too exhausted to after late nights in the studio! Below, I have compiled a list of some of my favorites to get you started; whether you are interested in a little beach reading, a general overview of certain topics, interested in starting a faculty book-club or wanting to build a reference library at the studio for your students! Hopefully from this list you will continue to add your own favorites and pass this along to other dance educators to keep the knowledge and discussion flowing within our beloved field! Remember, the more you know, the more your students know and the more information we are able to pass along to them, the more mindful, well-rounded and knowledgeable they are as dancers! Enjoy!......

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BUILDING YOUR ADOLESCENT CHOREOGRAPHY CURRICULUM

There has always been much emphasis placed on creative movement within K-12 dance education and studio training. However, the concept of integrating formal, more sophisticated improvisation and choreography-composition classes within the private studio sector, has often been overlooked. It is important to mention the growing trend of technically-trained adolescent dancers who are finding choreography as their true calling and are often not experiencing these courses until they reach higher education dance programs. What is even more interesting is that the works of some of these young dance-makers are the most refreshing, thought-provoking and promising works I have seen throughout my time as a choreography teacher..........

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MOVING ON: WAYS TO AMICABLY SEPARATE FROM YOUR DANCE STUDIO

Teachers, we have all been in the position where we have taught for dance studios that started off as a wonderful experience; where we have invested a number of years only to discover that at a certain point, it's time to move on. If you are lucky enough to find that dance studio where your teaching philosophy, creative ideas and overall mindset gel with the owner's and grow together for years on end, then that is ideal. However, dance teachers are evolving artists and human beings where your professional and personal needs change as well. Sometimes you either feel like you've done everything you can do there or are in need of a new challenge, environment and goals in which to reinvent yourself and progress as a teacher.........

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ULTIMATE LEADERSHIP FOR THE DANCE PROFESSIONAL

Ask yourself this......."**Are you an ultimate leader?"** Join us Monday, August 3rd, 2015 for a special, Pre-Conference workshop at this year's Dance Teacher Web Live Conference & Expo & gain the tools & skills to achieve this important goal. 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............

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THE DANCE TEACHER SELF EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE

At the end of the year or semester it is typical that we assess our student's progress , we look at how much they have learnt over the past year and we see if they are ready to move on to the next level. It is also a great time to assess our own progress and really take a good look at ourselves and what we have been able to accomplish with our students. Every year has a different set of challenges and it is always interesting to look back and see what really worked well and what needs some tweaking as far as our teaching skills go.

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: NOW IS THE TIME TO RECONNECT WITH ALL OF YOUR CUSTOMERS

For many of us studio owners this is the time of year when we need to be planning ahead to our next year by finding ways to not only retain and re- energize the customers that we currently have but also to re-activate the ones that have left us. Each year there are some students that decide to move on, usually it is for a variety of reasons. They may be going through that period where they feel they are missing out on something because of their time at your studio. Perhaps they have decided that they want to try a sport or cheerleading, it doesn't really matter what the reason is it is just a natural occurrence when you are dealing with children. However, just because they leave you one year doesn't necessarily mean that they will not come back.

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WHAT EXACLTY IS THE R.A.D. BALLET TECHNIQUE?

The Royal Academy of Dance Ballet method is a world-wide codified syllabus and training program that has been around for many years. While it's popularity first started in the United Kingdom, many studios in the US and beyond also use the syllabus to teach their ballet students. While some may be unfamiliar with the method, this week Angela D'Valda Sirco sheds some light on this highly-regarded and successful program and the benefits to introducing it into the private studio sector.............

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VIDEO VAULT: TEACHING MULTIPLE PIROUETTES

**Dance teachers! Learn a wonderful way to teach multiple pirouettes that will help your students turn like a top with one of our favorite DTW faculty members Jessica Smith-Epting!**

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STUDIO OWNERS & DANCE FACULTY: HOW TO REPRESENT THE UNITED FRONT

We all recognize with good parenting that the most effective way to ensure consistency and clarity in setting expectations is to represent a united front. When children see follow-through coming from both parents, it lets them know their parents are like-minded with similar philosophies and there is no question. Well, the same really holds true for you as studio directors when it comes to supporting your teachers. We all have had those dicey situations either with parents or students where someone is disgruntled or disappointed about something; and the first inclination is to blame the teacher if they are not getting their way. While it is a delicate balance of ensuring your clients are happy, throwing your teachers under the bus is not the way to go about it either. What this does is set up a precedent for resentment, undermining and feeling as though a teacher's authoritative role is not being supported in the choices they are making in their classes. They feel discounted. This is not an ideal approach to ensuring a long-lasting and productive working relationship between you and your faculty..........

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ENGAGING SPINE, PELVIS & CORE AWARENESS IN YOUR DANCERS!

As dance teachers, we are always trying to get dancers to understand the importance of the core, spine and pelvis. Without proper fundamental association of anatomy, dancers at some point will become limited in terms of their progression and visceral body connection and awareness. The earlier we can engage dancers in recognizing the importance of anatomy in relation to how their bodies move, the better equipped they will be in terms of being kinesthetically and internally aware. Below are some wonderful introductory exercises you can incorporate within your warm-ups to get your dancers on the path to discovering core strength and spine-pelvis alignment............

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IT’S SHOWTIME! FIVE TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY CLEANING DANCE NUMBERS

OK everyone, we are at that time of year when we are setting numbers and need to give thought about the ones that are just about finished. While coming up with clever concepts and original choreography is a given, sometimes once all the "genius" is out there, the upkeep and "polishing" goes a bit overlooked. Other times, as much as we feel we are cleaning numbers, it's never looks exactly the way we hope it will once it hits the stage. So, how do we get our pieces performance and competition ready? Here are five tips to think about which will help you and your students take your numbers from a "nice" piece to "extraordinary" and will take that amazing choreography you set for them to a whole new level.

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DEALING WITH STUDENT-TEACHER SOCIALIZING OUTSIDE THE DANCE STUDIO

Studio Owners, you work hard to take time to interview teachers and carefully select those who will make a beneficial addition to your team. The right-blend of faculty makes for well-rounded training for your students; creating an experience and exposing them to different vantage points and personalities. Seeking a balanced personality of nurturing and warm yet challenging and authoritative is a difficult feat. Consequently, often times you may find yourself dealing with one extreme or the other. As studio directors you want your teachers to invest and love the kids as much as you do, but what happens when that relationship starts to develop outside the studio as well? And, how comfortable are you with that?

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIPS TO HELP YOUR FACULTY CLEAN THEIR CHOREOGRAPHY

Once your students know their choreography now comes the tough part. Keeping it fresh and clean. Plus we need to communicate with the dancers so that they understand that it is human nature to start to modify movement to make it easier or more comfortable. It can be a chore cleaning all the technique up so that the dancers can shine and sparkle when going before an audience. Each teacher will have their own individual way of cleaning their choreography but it will also be very helpful to them, especially if they are inexperienced, to have some tips to follow.

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