RECITAL REMINDERS FOR PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE!
Hi dance teachers & directors! As we are in the thick of recital season with just a few more weeks to go, I just wanted to share a couple of last minute reminders that can transcend your year-end shows from "nice, little dances" to "professional caliber performances!" It's easy to let things slip by whether it be with the younger dancers and baby classes or maybe even with the recreational students, but applying expectations to all will definitely produce a recital where everyone presents themselves as unified, neat and streamlined. Consequently, those lasting impressions will be a direct correlation to your studio name and how the community perceives the professionalism of your business! Remember it all comes down to the details which make the difference; whether you are a full-on training facility or recreational studio.......Read More
THE DANCE TEACHER EVALUATION
So another season is just about in the books. We believe this is a good time of year to reflect back over the past twelve months to see what we were able to accomplish not only in our work lives but also personally. I like to look over all my class notes and see if I am on target as far as how much I have been able to teach my students. At the beginning of the school year I make my class plans and set goals for myself with timelines so that I am able to give my students as much information as possible during the year.Read More
INCREASING THE EFFORT & ENERGY LEVEL IN DANCE CLASS
One of my biggest pet peeves as a dance teacher is when I see students go "half-at" things; particularly dancers with talent and facility. I often sit back and think to myself, did I ever give off this kind of blase attitude when I was training? No. I didn't. 100%, without a doubt, no. I wouldn't have even thought of it. It never even crossed my mind to lean on the barre, not be dressed properly for class, sit down, yawn without covering my mouth, talk or intimate a combination by marking the turns or any other movement for that matter. I also certainly never rolled my eyes or so much as lifted an eyebrow because something being demonstrated was challenging. But, now as a teacher I see it time and again and it makes me wonder, how do we change that energy and teach our dancers that the vibe they give off as a student is a direct correlation to the vibe they give off as a dancer?.......Read More
REDISCOVERING YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS
At different points in a choreographer's career, one discovers how they create best; what works for them and what doesn't; in terms of the creative process. When one is just starting out, the ways in which we use trial and error to bring us to the point of consistent choreographic stimulation may change mid- career and even further down the road. Different events in our lives may alter the way in which we work and the things that inspire us or were once catalysts, may no longer stimulate us in the same way they once did...........Read More
TEN "MUST-DO'S" TO GET YOU ORGANIZED & RECITAL READY!
Studio directors, that time of year is quickly approaching and recital season is in the air. Here is my handy checklist and timeline to help you stay organized in the weeks ahead. Stay ahead of the game and on target and you're sure to have a stress-free recital season! Merde to all!.........Read More