SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE HAMSTRING STRETCHES FOR ALL LEVEL DANCERS

The hamstrings are muscles which cross more than one joint; making them susceptible to frequent muscles pulls, tears or strains. These injuries can be caused by a variety of reasons which include but are not limited to: improper technique, muscle imbalance, incorrect stretching techniques or a single gross motor movement; particularly when improperly warmed up.

It is essential that dancers take the necessary steps to ensure that these muscles are given some love and stretched properly with lengthening exercises which are held for a minimum of one minute. Making sure that both the muscles have the stretch and the flexibility to perform required movements will ensure a safe, effective approach to dancing and maintain the well-being of the hamstrings and the surrounding muscles they are connected to......

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EVERYONE IS REPLACABLE? THE VALUE OF GOOD FACULTY

     Everyone is replaceable. That's the truth. We gently remind our dancers of this during their training so they realize that without professionalism, dedication, a good attitude, hard work and consistent practice there is always someone with equal or greater talent waiting in the wings. The same goes for any industry really, even our dance faculty.

    When studio owners however, assemble their dream team of teachers, the union can make magic. The possibilities for student growth and studio success become endless. Creativity soars and everyone is on the same page regarding the artistic and educational mission. Establishing this kind of dynamic however, takes time and effort. As studio owner being diligent is key on the selection process to ensure a teacher is the "right fit," for your business and your students. Is their vision aligned with yours? Are they experienced and knowledgeable? Are they committed? Are they passionate and eager to learn themselves? Does their artistic integrity blend with other faculty? Does their unique teaching style provide variety for students? Does their disposition bring a good vibe into the studio?......


 

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KEY TIPS FOR JAZZING UP JAZZ CLASS!

When lesson planning for any class, there are vast avenues a teacher can take to teach the genre effectively. Jazz itself, in nature, is one of those idioms where teaching the technique correctly should also be compounded with other important ‘lessons within those lessons’ to create a well-rounded dancer and performer. With influences from many other dance areas, there are endless things to teach your students when building vernacular and jazz movement profile.

Like any other class we teach however, we can get into the habit of teaching the same thing, the same way, all-year through. Below are three simple tips you can incorporate when designing your jazz classes which will spice things up, keep your dancers alert and on their toes and demonstrate there is much to the genre to be discovered and explored! It will also help you keep things varied, interesting and stylistically motivated when creating!......

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PROMOTING HEALTHY COMPETITION AMONGST DANCERS

This is not always a negative thing if done in a healthy mindset with tons of positive support behind it. Now, the balance to this is to ALWAYs reaffirm and remind students that no dancer should obsessively compare themselves to another because it’s like apples and oranges. No two are alike and each always possesses something that the other doesn’t. That’s the beauty in learning and being inspired from one another. What should be their focus is taking control over their own technique, their own training and cultivating what those unique qualities are; which is going to make them succeed. This is what should drive them and push them to the next level.........

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