HOW TO DESIGN AN EFFECTIVE SUMMER INTENSIVE DANCE PROGRAM
Can you believe we're already nearing the end of March? We are quickly moving towards the end of what is hopefully turning out to be your best year yet and it's time to start turning attention to the summer season! Lining up your summer intensive schedule can be as daunting as your yearly schedule as there is a lot to include in a condensed amount of time. With so many things to think about, it's important that you sit down sooner vs. later to really consider what the most important elements are that you wish to include in your program. It's also wise to be ahead of the game so you can lock in those teachers you are really hoping to bring in. Here's a little help when considering the design of your summer program.............Read More
STUDIO LOYALTY: WHEN STUDENTS DANCE FOR MULTIPLE STUDIOS
As a studio owner, there are challenges in and of itself when dealing with other dance studios who are in close proximity to yours. There is constant competition in gaining business, losing business, staying relevant, keeping on the pulse of current trend and offering top-notch training. These are all issues one faces on a daily basis when opening a dance studio. A further stress comes into play when we are faced with dance students who suddenly feel the desire to dance at multiple studios. To make the situation even trickier, there are students who often dance AND compete at those other studios in a close mile radius..........Read More
IMPLEMENTING APPROACHABLE TEACHER EVALUATIONS
Assessment is always a hot-button issue regarding education. It's particularly a tender subject when dealing with paying customers, but what happens should you choose to administer teacher evaluations amongst your faculty as well? This can also create a bit of angst for everyone involved. However, should you choose to implement this, it is essential to keep in mind the most diplomatic ways of going about it. Remind teachers it's less about assessing their skills and more about ensuring you are all on the same page in terms of the training you are providing your students......Read More
LESSON IDEAS FOR PRETEEN MUSICAL THEATRE ACROSS THE FLOOR & CENTER WORK!
.Welcome back! In our last blog article on the topic, we began to look at the breakdown of a great center-warm up for your preteen musical theatre dancers which will start to prepare them for across the floor, center combinations and full-length performance pieces! With enough thoughtful repetition and explanation, dancers will also start to inhabit the stylistic nuances of the works you are choreographing and help them develop the understanding and body placement to achieve the details and initiation of movement! In this article we will be looking at the progression of across the floor exercises and how to take those movements to create in-studio combinations which are fun and full of the drama the musical theatre genre is best known for!...........Read More