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COMBATING THE PREMATURE FAST-TRACKING OF 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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WHAT YOUR DANCERS SHOULD BE DOING BEFORE CLASS

We’ve all walked into our classes and seen a myriad of things going on with our dancers. Sometimes good, sometimes not optimal. Just as we set a standard of excellence and expectation during class, what we should be requiring before class should be no different. Sure, dance has a social element where dancers are close friends, there to catch up on their day (especially if they go to different schools) and talk about the latest things, but there’s a way to keep the pre-class protocol engaging as well as preparatory for class. So what should you be implementing? Well, each class and teacher are different but the following are general guidelines to avoid seeing the coffee klatch day after day and keeping the energy focused and productive. With time, reminders and repetition, it will become habit and studio culture which is positive and infectious to others.

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DOES YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY ALWAYS NEED A GIMMICK?

When we choreograph for our students, particular multiple numbers in the course of a season, it’s easy to rack your brain coming up with concepts for those pieces. While we are often inspired by music, life experiences, various other art forms, people, etc. can also spark inspiration. Because we are also inundated with what we see at competition and on T.V. we might often think that without grand scheme concepts, our pieces are simply not extravagant or creative enough....

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YOU ARE THE ONE TO CHECK YOURSELF...

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” — Buddha

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IDEAS FOR DANCE TEACHERS

With the summer season quickly approaching, a lot of dance teachers and studio owners will be able to engage in a bit of down-time as recital and competition season comes to a close and before summer sessions commence. Before you know it September will be upon us and it will be a brand new year to get working on new projects and curriculum building! While students receive a well-deserved break during the summer months, dance educators often forget that we too need to pause; in order to refuel our own creative juices and let ourselves become re-inspired.....

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