FORGING AHEAD IN THE NEW YEAR

The beginning of a new year, is a great time to get those lists out on your intended, “resolutions” for the upcoming season and make them habits. Think about what you hope to accomplish for your business and where you hope to take your students. While it may seem daunting at first to try and accomplish everything, go slow, and prioritize! Soon enough you’ll be checking each resolution off one by one and meeting your 2018 goals! Here are some things to jump-start your list and get you going towards a year of fruitful success for the studio and amazing progress for your students!.........

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FIDNING AWARENESS IN YOUR TEACHING HABITS

Very often as teachers, we get to a point in our educating that we are so subconsciously determined to ensure a dancer’s comprehension that we ourselves forget it is up to them to do the learning. There have been times in my own teaching where I notice my habits creeping in that make me stop and wonder; “Is this approach to teaching really helping my students or am I inadvertently spoon-feeding and giving them all the answers?”..........

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BUILDING DANCE VOCABULARY WORD WALLS

Dance Teachers, we all know that Word-Walls are a great way to inspire young dancers to learn movement and also identify and read movement vocabulary. This is an important part to nurturing dancers who are able to execute as well as articulate within the genre. It combines both the physical as well as verbal ability. Using interdisciplinary avenues to reinforce these vocaulary lessons help solidify maintaining and remembering vernacular while introducing dancers to another form of visual art......

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BUILDING SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE STUDENT EVALUATION FORMS

Hello again studio owners! Last week on the DTW Blog, we looked at the effects of student evaluations and the most diplomatic ways in which to go about them for your business’ clientele. This month I’d like to help you build an evaluation form which is thorough, informative and will help to cover all the bases in terms of coming up with fair, introspective and appropriate recommendations for student advancement!

Remember, you know your students and clientele best, so use these categories merely as a guide to add to or omit based on the needs of your business! Remember however, when formatting the evaluation form to keep it clear, concise, easy to read and neat. The student’s name should be listed; as well as the genre, the teacher, the level and time and day of the class.....

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