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TOOLS FOR TEACHING CHOREOGRAPHY COMPOSITION-PART II

In our previous blog article we looked at some basic concepts towards building a choreography-composition curriculum that supplies students with a strong foundation regarding initial design components. Once they have mastered the concepts including:_ motivations & clarity, musical component, space travel & pathways, weight, energy force & effort qualities, etc.,_ it's time to develop them into form and structure through phrase development and full length works........

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LEARNING TO GIVE MINDFUL CRITIQUE

As dance teachers and artists, we are our own worst critics. We scrutinize every detail and go over things with a fine-tooth comb every day we're in the studio. Why? Dancers aim for perfection. It is a lofty, unobtainable goal, but our art and training has us wired to strive for it. Everything from our physical bodies to our technique to performance, the natural tendency is to identify what's wrong, what needs to be fixed and what could be better. This holds true when we work with our dance students as well. While it is our job to be there to teach, correct and edit these bodies in front of us, it's important to also stop and look at what they are doing right. We might get so caught up in the "assessment measures" that we fail to recognize we are also dealing with children and adolescents. Those same children and adolescents who just might need that bit of recognition and praise every now and then to stay motivated and realize they are on the right path to progress.........

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TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS COMPETITION COURTESY

When we head into competition season we are usually engulfed in setting pieces, rehearsing, ordering costumes and perfecting every last detail so that it is show ready. We spend countless months coming up with concepts for our dances, organizing schedules and ensuring that our dancers not only know their choreography but are performing with their hearts from the inside-out. We take great pleasure in watching them onstage; not so much for the fact of where they place, but to see their progress from where they started to where they are going........

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