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PUTTING THE JOY BACK IN DANCE CLASS

Remember when you were little and would twirl and spin just because it was fun? Remember those first pair of ballet slippers and the excitement of being in dance class following your teacher in the front of the room? Remember how you couldn't wait to get to the studio and hear the music playing while you learned new choreography for recital? All these experiences were the very foundation to create a love an appreciation of dance.

As we get older, and see our students get older, that innocent joy somehow gets lost sometimes. Whether it be the demands of simply getting older, more challenging training, school, friends, emotions, distractions, physical changes, complicated relationships, etc., dance class sometimes seems to become more of an obligation and less of a joy..........

 

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EASY PEASY TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE COMPETITON CLEANING!

We’re at that time of year when we are setting numbers for competition and need to give thought about the ones that are just about finished. While coming up with clever concepts and original choreography is a given, sometimes once all the “genius” is out there, the upkeep and “polishing” goes a bit overlooked. Other times, as much as we feel we are cleaning numbers, it’s never looks exactly the way we hope it will once it hits the stage.

So, how do we get our pieces performance and competition ready? Here are five tips to think about which will help you and your students take your numbers from a “nice” piece to “extraordinary” and will take that amazing choreography you set for them to a whole new level....

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TIPS FOR DEALING WITH ABSENCE & INJURY OVERLOAD

Teachers, you may have noticed an over-abundance of ailments, injuries, illnesses, etc. from your students lately. Sometimes I walk into the studio and feel like I’m taking the first five minutes of class to greet my receiving line of students waiting to tell me what is wrong with them that day.

Now, let me preface this discussion with in no way should we as teachers, especially of dance be dismissive of injury or illness for that matter. However, there is a fine line of which injuries are ones dancers are able to work through and which are not. But, the more I see “selective injuries” come my way, I’m determined to address it and manage it before it really gets out of hand......

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DANCE PHOTOS TO INSPIRE AND IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY

Here are some Great Picture By Jaqi Medlock one of the Hottest New Dance Photographers in the USA. These Photos Are Sure To Inspire!

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THE VERSATILITY OF BEING VERSATILE

When we enter a new year, we often reflect on our own past, accomplishments, set-backs, careers, where we were and where we are headed. As we look forward, we can certainly see where dance is headed and has been headed for quite some time. Long are the days when one labels themselves (or should label themselves) as solely a “jazz dancer,” or solely a “ballet dancer.”  This pigeon-hole’ing is now a detriment to one’s career span and the scope of what they are capable of and how useful they are to choreographers....

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