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PREPARING YOUR DANCERS FOR THE REAL WORLD

I have had lengthy conversations with and read ample comments on social media of many talented friends in the business; many that have had long, long careers doing what they love to do and making a good living at it. Today, in particular however, I met up with a friend who is between shows. This is someone who has pretty much worked consistently in the Broadway community for the past 25 years. This conversation resonated with me so much it made me stop and think whether we truly prepare our students enough for what is ahead of them. He went on to mention how hard it still is to reconcile how last week he was touring with a big named celebrity, staying in a 5 star hotel and living the life and this week he was back to his job waiting tables and back to the audition grind......

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IS BEING A COMPETITION STUDIO NECESSARY?

To compete or not to compete, this is a posing question for any studio owner in terms of the “type” of studio they are going to market themselves as. Are you a traditional training facility, solely focused on classical training methods; creating technicians and performers who will go onto company work? OR…does your studio’s curriculum take the route of more of a fiercely competitive school, teaching technique but also emphasizing training elements which is considered today to be “current” and necessary to motivate endurance and prepare students to perform in the competition circuit weekend after weekend? OR are you a balance of the two; with a strong focus on the traditional training methods while providing your students with one or two regionals a year in order to expose them to new performance venues and offer an opportunity to listen to objective professionals give constructive feedback as they would at an audition? All are valid and take very different form. Each studio director and faculty are responsible for setting the tone as to whether they will be labeled a “competition studio” or not.........

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HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR REHEARSALS

As choreographers and dance teachers we all have had those scheduled time frames where we need to set a piece in the course of one or two rehearsals on a Sunday when the studio is closed or over a vacation break. I have found that having a clear game-plan going into these types of choreography-settings can make the experience way less stressful and a wonderfully creative, productive and fun experience for you as well as your dancers! Here are some of my tips for the ONE DAY REHEARSAL MARATHON!

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Exclusive Interview with Costume Gallery CEO Ellen Ferreira by Dance Teacher Web Co-Founder Steve Sirico

In this exclusive interview you will get a behind the scenes look at one of the premiere Costume Companies in the world, learn some valuble tips and hear what is new and exciting with this long establish Company

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BEGINNER MODERN CENTER WARMUP & ACROSS THE FLOOR LESSON PLAN

You’ve asked and we’re here to help! This week I’m sharing a sampling of my beginner modern lesson plan for those of you that are interested in adding modern technique to your curriculum. Remember, this is a template to get your started where you can add progressions, make edits and infuse the lesson plan with your own ideas and creative inspirations.....

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IMPROVING LACKLUSTER DANCER ATTITUDES IN 2018

Let’s be honest. There is a frustrating trend in recent years surfacing amongst many students inside the dance studio. Not everywhere and not within every student, but there will always be ‘that’ season that produces a group of dances where the motivation, drive and dedication is shall we say, less than inspiring. In a world where, with persistence, there is endless opportunity and options for up & comers if they just work hard enough, it seems that the only thing standing in their way sometimes is one’s own self-motivation, wherewithal & prudence.....

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