HOW TO: JETE BATTU & TEMPS LEVE BATTU WITH MATTHEW POWELL

This week we dig into our Dance Teacher Web Video Vault with a, "How to," breakdown of Jete Battu & Temp Leve Battu with the incomparable ballet teacher, Matthew Powell. Check it out!

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MOTIVATING FACULTY & STUDENTS IN THE NEW SEASON

How we motivate our faculty and students has a direct correlation with positive energy, high spirit and a genuine belief that we can accomplish the goals we set forth for our studios and students. If we ourselves are inspired and self-motivated, we can then parlay that into something magical. This is when the entire studio family is on the same page, with the same vision; ready to succeed beyond the imaginable....

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FINDING THE RIGHT STUDENTS FOR YOUR STUDIO

As a business owner you should want more business, i.e.: more students. If you say you don’t then you are not focusing on what really matters to the health of your business… REVENUE!

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6 THINGS TO BE MINDFUL OF WHEN GIVING CRITIQUE

As dance teachers and artists, we are our own worst critics. We scrutinize every detail and go over things with a fine-tooth comb every day we’re in the studio. Why? Dancers aim for perfection. It is a lofty, unobtainable goal, but our art and training has us wired to strive for it. Everything from our physical bodies to our technique to performance, the natural tendency is to identify what’s wrong, what needs to be fixed and what could be better. This holds true when we work with our dance students as well. While it is our job to be there to teach, correct and edit these bodies in front of us, it’s important to also stop and look at what they are doing right....

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QUICK TIPS TO ENHANCE DANCER THINKING & ENGAGEMENT

Ever think of what you can do to enhance the learning curve in your dance class? While dancers are often taught “how” sometimes we forget the “why’s,” “when’s,” and “where’s” things came from and happened….

In a time of abundant amounts of homework and test-taking, it sometimes can be a challenge to give little mini-projects to your dance students when no grade is pending, but if you make it fun and quick, I guarantee your students will enjoy learning more about dance, and not just from a movement standpoint.

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BRINGING CONTENT KNOWLEDGE TO TECHNICAL TRAINING

From my experiences as both a student and a teacher, what I have come to recognize is that learning the why’s and how’s of technique, composition, history, anatomy, etc, is what ultimately separates the dancer who watches, repeats and may perform well with that who becomes an artist of their craft...

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CRITICAL COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

This is a follow up article to  “Sometimes You Don’t Have All the Answers, and That’s Ok!” I recommend that you read that article first before you read this one. As the theories and principles in this article will make more sense. They both work together and will help you when you are hit with a crisis.

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"HOW TO" SHUFFLE FLAP COMBINATION PART I

Exciting "How To" Shuffle Flap Combination By Aaron Turner. Aaron has many great videos in the members area. Check out this FREE sample!

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I DON’T WANT TO SEE THE CHOREOGRAPHY, I WANT TO SEE THE DANCE

When choreographers have a vision, it’s usually about the work in its entirety. The concept. The story. The feelings they hope the movement evokes. That’s what touches the audience and speaks to their soul; the essence and the spirit of the moving bodies......

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BALLET TEACHING TIPS FOR PIROUETTES

Here is a great ballet video teaching tip presented by Matthew Powell to help your students improve their pirouettes
 

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GIVING YOUR NOTICE & KEEPING IT AMICABLE

Teachers, we have all been in the position where we have taught for dance studios that started off as a wonderful experience; where we have invested a number of years only to discover that at a certain point, it’s time to move on. If you are lucky enough to find that dance studio where your teaching philosophy, creative ideas and overall mindset gel with the owner’s and grow together for years on end, then that is ideal. However, dance teachers are evolving artists and human beings where your professional and personal needs change as well. Sometimes you either feel like you’ve done everything you can do there or are in need of a new challenge, environment and goals in which to reinvent yourself and progress as a teacher...

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BIDDING FAREWELL TO SENIOR DANCERS

As we wind down from recital season, we have also reached that point when it’s time to say goodbye to graduating students. Our beloved senior dancers, who many of us have trained since they were little, now stand before us as mature dancers, performers, beautiful artists and young adults ready to tackle the next phase of their education and careers.....

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INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FOR EVERY DANCE WORD WALL

Every dancer benefits from inspirational words and sayings which lift their spirit, keep them motivated, reflect a studio's mission and speaks to their dancing soul. Below are some of my favorite, which I've collected over the years which always seem to resonate with young dancers in some way as well as faculty and teachers alike.

Think about showcasing one or two that speak to you, whether as decals or signs on your studio walls, written on a large chalk or whiteboard or passed out to your dancers! Sometimes we all need a little lift with affirming words and sometimes showcasiing our studio spirit sets the tone for the goals you are trying to achieve and inspires the students you are teaching!.....

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NAVIGATING CREATIVE BLOCK

We’ve all been there….the time when the ideas just aren’t flowing and we are facing a deadline of ten+ numbers to be choreographed in a matter of weeks...We sit and barrel through trying to find music which inspires us to conjure up any kind of inspiration in the worst way; forcing ideas we know are mediocre just so we have a jumping off point to get something down on paper for class or rehearsal that night....

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EXPANDING YOUR MUSICAL REPERTOIRE

Is faculty music selection a constant stress? Do you have to approve all music choices because teachers choose the same music or inappropriate content, music that does not match your recital theme, dated and overdone songs, etc.?  How do you diplomatically suggest to faculty that you’d prefer them to think of another idea? Being able to balance artistic directorship without stifling teachers creativity is a fine line. Sometimes though, for the sake of the business and developing memorable works that showcase professionalism, variety and artistry is necessary........

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