HOW TO ESTABLISH APPROPRIATE PEER FEEDBACK
Part of being a well-rounded dancer is to have the ability to articulate observations and speak about dance just as much as executing steps properly. A rich, thorough dance curriculum includes one in which “dance literacy” is acknowledged; where dancers are given the opportunity to view dance, edit dance and learn to give thoughtful opinions and constructive feedback to others while keeping it in a positive and supportive light.
In a time and a world where it’s unfortunately so prevalent for others to pick people apart, call out one’s flaws and put people down to make oneself look and feel better about themselves, learning the lesson that giving solicited feedback is a healthy form of communication amongst dancers is an art in itself. It is a very fine line to walk.
We want our dancers to be able to identify and speak about dance in a language which makes them knowledgeable in all realms of the genre. So how do we do this and keep it positive?.......
STOP SITTING IN YOUR HIP! EXERCISES TO STRETCH & STRENGTHEN CORE & HIP FLEXORS
Having dancers who are “sinking,” or “sitting,” in their hips on their supporting leg is a common problem dance teachers see frequently. Often, improving the position of the pelvis by stretching and strengthening the core muscles and hip abductors will help to improve the issue. As we all know, “the body is a closed system.” The core, ribs and lower vertebrae all play a part as well in helping a dancer achieve correct alignment and maintain proper placement of the pelvis. This, in turn helps a dancer lift out of that “sinking,” motion and hold the position correctly.
Below are exercises which you can give your dancers to help them stretch and strengthen the muscles of the core and hip flexors and help increase self-awareness to recognize when they are in correct placement and when they lapse back into sitting in their hips...
INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED IMPROVISATION LESSON
Using sensory awareness, current knowledge and descriptive writing about partners to communicate perception of them through movement phrasing. By performing this phrase for their partner, dancers will guess what is trying to be conveyed about them and whether or not their partner was correct in their perception. Dancers will learn to not only create phrases from their own creative writing and “biographies,” but also learn to communicate their thoughts through that movement while developing partnering skills. They will learn sensory awareness of others and whether perception is true (and often false) of people in their day to day life. Dancers will also inadvertently develop the idea of nuance in their portrayal of their partner’s personality and/or physical demeanor and get to know more about their partner/classmates.Read More