SPECIAL DANCE TEACHER WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH AARON TURNER

**Dance Teacher Web Founder Steve Sirico presents a special interview with Aaron Turner. Discover how Aaron learned his love of dance and what motivates him. This video is a must watch for your male dancers!**

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DANCE TEACHERS: IT’S YOUR ATTITUDE THAT DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE!

Every time you enter your classroom you need to have energy and an uplifting aura about you. It amazes me when I see teachers walk into a room in an obvious bad mood and with their head down and then wonder why students that day were not receptive to being taught. If your class is not behaving well, I recommend that the first place you have to look is at yourself.

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BUILDING TEAM SPIRIT IN THE DANCE STUDIO!

Being a studio owner involves the constant juggling of many hats; often all at the same time. Certain seasons and groupings of dancers lend itself to everyone being connected, excited and full of team spirit. However, that sense of camaraderie and team focus doesn’t always surface and if it does, can dwindle; only to have to be rebuilt all over again once a new season begins. I began to think that perhaps the biggest hat studio directors have to wear is that of cheerleader. If we were to look at the role as the “team captain,” it really does start with keeping motivation and momentum going in order to achieve a common goal. Realistically, it all has to start with enthusiasm, passion, desire, commitment and focus in order to achieve individual and group success; and if the captain isn’t motivating their team from Day #1, the game is over before it’s begun!...........

 

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NATURALLY GIFTED VS. PASSIONATE DANCER

There is nothing more frustrating than having a dancer in class possessing the raw ability, natural facility and talent a dancer dreams of but somehow lacks the motivation and enthusiasm as some of our less talented students.
I'm sure you've all experienced it. The dancer in class with extension for days, effortless turning ability, ridiculous flexibility and feet that are unmatched. Their attitude however is 'ho-hum' at best. Everything looks like marking and the self-motivation to push themselves beyond anything out of their comfort zone is lacking. As a teacher, it can be infuriating to watch and the lack of enthusiasm often makes you stop and wonder whether they enjoy dance at all....



 

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5 QUICK TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL MUSIC SELECTION

The task of music selection year after year can be a daunting one, especially for those of us teaching multiple classes. We aim to be creative, fresh, innovative and contemporary, but the truth is, many struggle to deliver original and age appropriate content that is both family friendly and not overdone. So, how do we attempt to include all of the above and still find something that inspires us as artists as well? The trick is to do your research ahead of time. Heading to ITunes or Spotify at the last minute right before you need to set a piece rarely works well, but actually listening to music you enjoy regularly and giving yourself time will allow you the opportunity to create a library of songs you can keep in storage for the perfect group as an when the need arises! Having an arsenal of ideas will always put you ahead of the game and make for infinite options vs. settling on something your creative spirit is not really in tune with. Here are 3 quick tips below to help you zero in on successful music selection season after season!......

 

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DANCE TEACHER WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH DOLLY KELEPECZ DIRECTOR OF DANCE TEACHER UNIVERSITY

Steve Sirico co-founder of Dance Teacher Web.com interviews Dolly Kelepecz who is the director of the Dance Teacher University Teacher Certification Program. She has been a professional dancer for over thirty years. She danced with Los Angeles Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre and the Zurich Opera Ballet before joining the famed Lido Show at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas where she was the principle dancer/ singer.

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INSPIRING STUDENTS OUT OF MEDIOCRITY & COMPLACENCY

There is a current trend that I’m seeing in not all, but many students and I wonder if you are too. In a world where there is endless opportunity for our up & comers, it seems that the And, what is our role as teachers, studio owners and parents in all this? Are we motivating our students and inspiring them to actually want to succeed consistently? Are we consistently challenging their minds and bodies, teaching consequences for actions and quite frankly not accepting excuses for their own self-acceptance? How do we stay positive role models and ones they look up to? How do we keep that determination and drive going in ourselves and amongst students? How do we show them that the world is theirs for the taking if they have the discipline to acquire it? Ultimately, how do we get them to care about their own lives?

After speaking to Robert Landau, International Motivational Speaker, here are his words of wisdom on teaching our students the golden rule, “victory is rewarded to the most preserving"

 

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Exciting Interview With Aja DePaolo Professional Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher

Dance Teacher Web Founder interviews Aja DePaolo who is a former student of the D'Valda and Sirico Dance and Music Centre in Fairfield CT. Aja has toured with Selena Gomez, Cee lo Green. Has appeared in videos with the Jonas Bothers and Kelly Rowland. She will be performing in the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Rita Moreno on December 29 2015!

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DANCE TEACHER WEB SPECIAL VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH RICKY HINDS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF "NEWSIES"

**This week we are thrilled to have DTW Faculty Member and Associate Director of the Tony Award winning "Newsies," Ricky Hinds in our Dance Teacher Web video interview corner! Get the inside scoop straight from this extraordinary artist on his views on teaching, students and how to make the most impact towards nurturing successful dancers!**

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UTILIZING SET-BACK TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES.

As dedicated dance teachers, our job day-in and day-out is to move our students forward, teach them the next lesson, prepare them for the future, progress their technique, etc. etc. Often we apply this same mentality to our own lives and goals, constantly wanting to do better and utilizing tunnel-vision to check off the next goal on our list. At times we don’t take into account the effect that set-backs can have on our psyche, our health and our mental wellbeing. It is a topic that is extremely relevant because our students will also endure these kinds of disappointments as well. Our job is to first learn how we can deal with them on a personal level so that we can give our students the best advice and guidance in terms of how to move forward from life’s little surprises....

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