WHAT YOU SHOULD BE EXPECTING FROM COMPETITION CRITIQUES

We get it. You lay out lots of money for competition fees in the hopes of taking your dancers to an event where they will not only get the chance to perform, but also receive valuable, helpful and thoughtful feedback to enhance their progress. When you come off a weekend and find that your critiques are not what you had hoped for (especially when they don’t support the scores given,) you feel a range of emotions from disappointed, annoyed, angry and cheated.

Having been on both sides, as a teacher and a judge, I understand what teachers and studio owners are seeking and should be expecting. Any seasoned judge who also teaches will be keenly aware of this as well. Anything less and you should contact competition representatives to bring it to their attention. The information below should give you a sense on what a solid adjudication should encompass......

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INSTILLING A STRONG TECHNICAL FOUNDATION IN YOUNG DANCERS

As teachers, our goal is to move our students forward. To help them progress so that they can continually build upon the knowledge we give them. We do that specifically in their technique classes where we aim to start with a strong, fundamental base to ensure their bodies are strong, their minds are present, their habits are good and their muscle-memory is intact. While it is common-sense to all of us that you can’t jump ten steps ahead until these necessary pre-requisites occur, sometimes we get ahead of ourselves and begin to fast-track our students prematurely.....

 

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CREATIVE MOVEMENT LESSON PLAN

Today we've got a really fun creative movement lesson plan for your students which will help young dancers work on visual focus, musicality, locomotor and non locomotor movement, social interaction, picking up choreography, spatial awareness and more. As per usual, use this lesson plan as a guideline and feel free to put your own spin on it to suit your dancers. This is a template to get you started and I've had great success in getting little ones engaged and focused with this one! Have fun and good luck with, "Top Hat!"
 

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FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD BE TEACHING YOUR DANCERS OUTSIDE OF TECHNIQUE

Teaching dance is a gift afforded to us. It is a special talent and we are the lucky ones to get to do what we do each day. It does however come with its share of responsibilities and teaching young dancers technique and performance just simply isn't enough. The following five items are also important lessons that should be taught to and expected from your dancers starting from the youngest, tiny beginners to your oldest, most advanced pre-professionals. This also holds true for recreational students. These values set a precedent, teach etiquette, decorum, respect for the studio and art form and implement professionalism, courtesy and respect for oneself.....

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