KINDNESS & COURTESY COUNT... AT COMPETITION

When we head into competition season we are usually engulfed in setting pieces, rehearsing, ordering costumes and perfecting every last detail so that it is show ready. We spend countless months coming up with concepts for our dances, organizing schedules and ensuring that our dancers not only know their choreography but are performing with their hearts from the inside-out. We take great pleasure in watching them onstage; not so much for the fact of where they place, but to see their progress from where they started to where they currently are....

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CELEBRATING GRATITUDE

As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach us, it is a great time to sit and reflect on all the things in life that matter most. In a world of uncertainty, getting up everyday to breathe the air we breathe and do what we love day in and day out, surrounded by our loved ones, is certainly cause to celebrate. It's also a great time to pause and give thanks for all the abundance that we are granted.....
 

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FOUR ESSENTIALS TO EVERY JAZZ CLASS CURRICULUM

When lesson planning for any class, there are infinite avenues a teacher can take to teach the genre effectively. Jazz itself, in nature, is one of those idioms where teaching the technique correctly should also be compounded with other important ‘lessons within those lessons’ to create a well-rounded dancer and performer. With influences from many other dance areas, there are endless things to teach your students when building vernacular and jazz movement profile..........

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LESSON PLANNING FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS DANCERS

 Dance Teachers, at some point in your teaching career you will come across dancers with special needs; whether it is associated with Autism, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, social-behavioral or emotional issues, physical limitations, etc. These children are coming to dance class for the same reason any other child comes to dance…to have fun, to learn and to be around other students participating in an activity that facilitates both physicality and thinking.  It is surprising how many dance teachers are uninformed and unsure of what activities might be appropriate.

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