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HELPING DANCERS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE THREE EXIT POINTS OF ENERGY

When we teach young dancers and they are starting to execute movement, often times the comprehension of that somatic initiation and execution takes a while to sink in. We all have had dancers who can replicate a piece of choreography we give them but don’t quite grasp where that movement should be coming from and more importantly what it should feel like....
 

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MAINTAINING DANCE STUDIO DIGNITY

When running a studio business, particularly if someone is just starting out or competing with multiple businesses of the same kind, the marketing of the studio becomes essential as to whether it will be a success or failure. Standing out and making a name for yourself when there are 5 other dance studios in a 3 mile radius can be a daunting reality. How will you bring in clientele year after year? How will you acquire new business? How will your “product” differ and reign supreme over other dance-studio businesses? What is it that you have to offer that nobody else does and will?.....

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE

You don’t need or have to have all of the answers all of the time. Read that through again and really let it sink in. Now I am not suggesting that you put it off because you are avoiding confrontation but when you give yourself time to gather all of the facts and think it through, the answers, in many cases will come to you clearer and most of the time with better results. Much better!

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SONG IDEAS FOR BEGINNER DANCERS

In the midst of choreographing for your spring recitals and performances? Have a lot of pieces to set with a limited amount of time? Every year we often scramble to find new, exciting and fun music for our younger dancers which are age appropriate, relatable and haven’t been done a million times. Below are some ideas that might help jump-start your creative process and costume selection!....

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SETTING THE BARRE HIGH FOR YOUR DANCERS

Do you have students that go “half-at” things; particularly dancers with talent and facility. I often sit back and think to myself, did I ever give off this kind of blasé attitude when I was training? No. I didn’t. 100%, without a doubt, no. I wouldn’t have even thought of it. It never even crossed my mind to lean on the barre, not be dressed properly for class, sit down, yawn without covering my mouth, talk or intimate a combination by marking the turns or any other movement for that matter. I also certainly never rolled my eyes or so much as lifted an eyebrow because something being demonstrated was challenging....

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