The Motivation Place with Robert Landau
Each week join Robert Landau as he presents a motivational tip to get your week off to a great start!Read More
THANKFUL FOR THESE MOVIE MUSICAL MOMENTS!
_With Thanksgiving this week, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite movie musical moments. These great works always remind me of being a kid on holidays where Grandma and Pop would have the MGM movies playing in the background as we made dinner and then all gathered on the couch after for coffee and dessert. Such a great memory of my childhood to be inspired by the classics they loved. Now, I carry them with me as part of my creative arsenal and am thankful I can share them with you to pass on too! Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend from all of us at DTW! Enjoy!............._Read More
FALL FOR DANCE!
Most New York based dancers, teachers and choreographers know, "Fall for Dance" is an annual ten-day long dance festival presented by New York's City Center; celebrating the joy of dance with the hopes of exposing new audiences to our beloved art form. Inspired by the Delacorte Festival in Central Park during the 1960's & 1970's, "FFD" was established in 2004 and has grown in popularity every consecutive year since then. The most diverse, prestigious dance companies from around the world perform multiple programs over the course of the festival; offering a broad taste of assorted dance styles to satisfy a wide variety of aesthetic palettes. Built into the event are also free dance classes and public panel discussions. These "talks" create for intimate encounters in which to participate in a wide range of dance related topics; with highly regarded artists within the field.Read More
CONFERENCE CALL! DANCE TEACHER WEB CONFERENCE & EXPO 2015!
YES!! Can you believe it's almost that time of year again? We are thrilled to be getting closer to our annual Dance Teacher Web Conference & Expo, this year at the famed Foxwoods Resort & Casino! Join us on the east coast this August 3rd-6th for what is sure to be the most knowledge, dance and info packed conference of the season!! We are so excited for our new venue and can't wait to bring you what is sure to be our best year yet! From a vast array of movement classes, business classes and endless events, there is something for every teacher and studio owner from around the world! With our talented, multi-faceted and eclectic faculty, there is no end to the professional development and inspiration you will acquire and bring back to your own students and studios! Led by our very own Angela D'Valda Sirico and Steve Sirico, we are certain this year's conference and expo will be the one to beat! We chatted with co- director Steve Sirico about this year's goodies!Read More
A DANCE TEACHER’S GUIDE TO SUMMER READING!
Summer time is a great time to catch up on all that reading we were eager to get to but were too exhausted to after late nights in the studio! Below, I have compiled a list of some of my favorites to get you started; whether you are interested in a little beach reading, a general overview of certain topics, interested in starting a faculty book-club or wanting to build a reference library at the studio for your students! Hopefully from this list you will continue to add your own favorites and pass this along to other dance educators to keep the knowledge and discussion flowing within our beloved field! Remember, the more you know, the more your students know and the more information we are able to pass along to them, the more mindful, well-rounded and knowledgeable they are as dancers! Enjoy!......Read More
VIDEO VAULT: TEACHING MULTIPLE PIROUETTES
**Dance teachers! Learn a wonderful way to teach multiple pirouettes that will help your students turn like a top with one of our favorite DTW faculty members Jessica Smith-Epting!**Read More
INTRO TO PATHWAYS DANCE ACTIVITY
Teachers! Progressing your young dancers from stationary to transitory movement can be a process which takes some time. Getting dancers to understand spatial awareness and how to navigate different pathways and formation changes will be integral as they progress and get older! Here is a wonderful introductory dance activity you can use in class with your own little dancers! I have found that this movement lesson I have created is educational, fun and gets dancers to understand their own personal space and the space around them! So, get them moving and build upon the fundamentals as and when you see fit! Good luck! * *Read More
CREATIVE MOVEMENT DANCE ACTIVITY
The holiday season is a great time of year to break out fun, inventive and interactive lesson plans with your little ones! Always a crowd pleaser with my own students, **_"TOP HAT"_** is a dance activity I designed for 3-7 year olds that will engage the senses, incorporate visual focus and enhance locomotor movement ability.....plus it's super fun!Read More
THANKFUL FOR THE ART OF DANCE ACTIVITY
As we head into another Thanksgiving and holiday season, I always like to take time to pause with my students and reflect on how lucky we are to do what we do. I try to engage in this conversation in different ways year after year by immersing classes in what we do best.......dance. With all the hustle and bustle of the year passing by and time moving so quickly, it's easy to let these extra little teaching moments slip by, but I think it's important to have your dancers reflect on what dance means to them, why they are thankful for it in their lives and how they can express those emotions through art and movement.Read More
18.104.22.168. GONE PROGRAM LAUNCHES!
Dance Teacher Web, The D'Valda & Sirico Foundation & The Breast Cancer Research Foundation are thrilled to have teamed up to create a unique program to help educate children and to raise funds for breast cancer research. This program will encourage education, awareness and build a community of supporters through different options for participants. It is a great way to get involved in a wonderful cause and for your students to have fun, while at the same time helping to raise much needed funds for cancer research. The program is open to dance schools all over the world.Read More
LET'S CELEBRATE! DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE 2014 SLIDE SHOW!
**As we put a final wrap on this year's DTW LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO we'd like to share with you our event highlight reel; thanks to our very own DTW photographer and assistant extraordinaire Amanda Connor....**Read More
MINI-BALLET BARRE ACTIVITIES ON THE GO!
Ballet Teachers, sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day right? We become so consumed with teaching classes, meetings, rehearsals, returning phone calls, choreographing and family life that we forget our own daily exercise regime or how good it feels to just dance for ourselves. While we can't always get into the studio for a little slice of movement heaven, here are some quick exercises you can do in between meetings, feeding the kids and teaching class, that require nothing more than a little bit of space, a chair and a Theraband! Simple, easy, effective and can be done in your home or office!Read More
BALLET TEACHERS: START CLASS WITH A FUN BALLET “DO-NOW!”
**Teachers, with young or beginner ballet students, the use of proper vocabulary is a must right from the start. Why not reinforce the lessons with a fun "Do-Now" or "Take-Home" task?!**Read More
I HEART DANCE VALENTINE ACTIVITY!
With Valentine's Day coming up this week, why not get into the spirit with your younger dancers and build a lesson plan around the holiday?! Brainstorm with students about why they love dance and bring this movement sentence to life! For an extra sweet treat, invite parents for an informal Valentine's Day showing to see how their words, emotions and choreography join together to send a message of love, inspiration and dance! Happy Valentine's Everyone!Read More
Inspiration Lesson plan: Chagall Word Wall
Teachers, we all know that **Word-Walls** are a great way to inspire young dancers to learn movement and also identify and read movement vocabulary. This is an important part to nurturing dancers who are able to articulate and verbalize within the craft. Here is an example of a word wall based on a painting by **Marc Chagall, _"The Blue Circus."_**Read More
DTW TOP TEN LIST OF BELOVED CHILDRENS’ DANCE BOOKS
Getting young dancers to read is just as important as getting them moving at a young age to prompt an active lifestyle and energized mind. So why not combine these two great activities with some literature in dance?! Below are some of my favorite children's books on dance that will inspire your dancers and take them on a journey through the pages in these books as they leap into their next class! Teachers and studio owners, these are also wonderful additions to your studio or class library as well!Read More
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE RELEASES TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2013
Teachers, choreographers....as we all know, finding the right music for our pieces can take weeks and weeks to find the song that inspires us to create movement, is original and age appropriate. We also know that sometimes that research can lead us in circles with hours on end navigating ITunes only being led to another song with no end in sight! Well rest assure because **Rolling Stone Magazine** has just released the Top 50 Albums of 2013! Hopefully it will inspire you to try something new and eclectic and give you a little boost in your music research selection! Click the link below to be musically inspired! Happy choreographing!Read More
Visualizing Your Way To Success
Teachers, Directors…..we all live in a fast paced studio world of needing and wanting to get things done. Because we are so busy, we often forget to stop and reflect on what we have accomplished, where we're going, what we want out of our life, what our goals are and how we are going to attain them. Sometimes, something as simple as breathing and sitting still can unleash a plethora of ideas, hopes, wishes and dreams we have for ourselves and our business.Read More