“BLOG TALK” SEMINAR AT DANCE TEACHER WEB CONFERENCE & EXPO
You have read countless blog entries here on the DTW Blog and now you have the chance to join me, LIVE, at the 2018 Dance Teacher Web Conference and Expo to discuss some of the most pressing, “hot topics” from the blog as well as topic suggestions from attendees. This important talk session will be providing an open forum peer discussion on the relevant issues we face today as dance teachers and studio owners.....Read More
HELPING DANCERS UNDERSTAND IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT’S EASIEST ALL THE TIME.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. “Can we get up from the floor this way instead of that way because it’s easier for me?” Or, “Oh good, I can come on from that side? It’s easier.” Or, “Can we just do it this way, because it’s easier?” I have heard a version of this lately more times than I can count and it’s quite honestly grating on my last dancer teacher nerve. So what gives?
Why are many young dancers looking to take the path of least resistance at every twist and turn?
Is it the generation? Is it the fact that they are used to everything being easy in terms of instant gratification? Are they lazy? Are we not expecting as strong a work ethic as we used to? Are some younger dancers not accustomed to hard work and sweat? Is it our teaching?.......
STUDENTS AREN'T FEELING YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY, NOW WHAT?
Dance teachers spend countless hours researching music, coming up with creative concepts, figuring out movement, formations and transitions and get excited to set new pieces with our dancers. So what happens when your enthusiasm for a new piece doesn’t inspire your dancers the way it does you? How do you handle dancers who just “aren’t feeling it?”
It is extremely important to remember that you are never going to please everyone all at the same time……..never. So, the more you try to come up with a piece which caters more to winning a popularity contest vs. artistic integrity the more you are going to be traveling a slippery slope of choreographing for the sake of giving dancers what THEY want.Read More
IS HEALTHY COMPETITION AMONGST PEERS REALLY SUCH A BAD THING?
In a time when we are trying to promote unity and fair play amongst our children, consideration and support, an end to bullying and equal recognition, the idea of our dance students “competing amongst one another” is a tricky concept. The world has come to a place where every child is rewarded just for doing their best and “everyone is a winner,” which is by all means a wonderful approach to building a child’s self-esteem. However, there is the other side of the coin where parents and teachers alike must prepare children for what the real world is really like, especially if that child has aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. Unfortunately, no one is going to give you a trophy or an, “A for effort” at a Broadway or ballet company audition just because you attended. Harsh reality??..... Yes. True reality……Also yes....