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Technical Notes On The Fundamental Movements Of Acrobatics And Tumbling

Front Limber: The old term for this movement was Front Over, but in reality is a Backbend in reverse, i.e. getting into a Backend from a Front Bending action. #1 Execute the preparation as for a Handstand, bringing the legs together overhead momentarily. #2 Arch the back, pressing the shoulder girdle back and lowering the legs almost parallel to the floor with the knees straight. #3 Separate the legs and bend the knees. #4 Alight onto the balls of the feet and shift the body weight forward onto the legs, pushing off fingertips to make the hips move forward. #5 As hands roll off the floor, bring torso upright (tighten abdominal muscles) with arms still alongside ears.

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Improv as a Teaching Tool

Using improvisation, whether as a class unto itself or as a tool in technique class, can provide a multitude of benefits for your students.

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Developing a Superior Speaking Voice

If the body is the instrument, the music is the voice Who would have thought that something as basic as your everyday speaking voice could be a powerful force to be reckoned with? Why is this so? Your speaking voice literally defines who you are. It is your individual calling card that you consciously and subconsciously use to place your energetic stamp on every minute of your lifes ups and downs. From the moment you entered into this existence, the individual and unique sound of your speaking voice has been one of the best ways to communicate what lies deep within.

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The Dance Teacher Guidelines

This just in: Teaching dance is hard work! You love to teach. You love your students (yes, I know there are a few who can be annoying and you maybe could live withoutbut by and large you love your students). You love your studio. Yet there are days when you just feel like youve been put through the ringer. Being a dance teacher is hard work, especially in a private dance school setting where the hours are long and classes can be six or even seven days a week. I bet there are times, have been times or will be times when your students go home unhappy, too, because of some perceived wrongdoing, and the person getting blamed will be you! Relax. It happens. Move on, dont beat yourself up and try not to take it personallyYeah, right!

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Technical Notes On The Fundamental Movements Of Acrobatics And Tumbling

With over 45 years of teaching dance and theatrical acrobatics in New York City I have found the following technical notes to be of value to teachers who teach or would like to start teaching Theatrical Acrobatics and Tumbling. As with all forms of knowledge its the fundamentals that are the most important and with body movement, especially, this is true. Following basic rules one can produce well trained acrobats and tumblers who execute movements technically and physically correct.

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Teaching Late Beginner Students Part IV

A Four-part Examination into a Special Subgroup of Students

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Changing Directions

So often, I find that dancers become totally confused if they are asked to change their front. They become disorientated without the mirror in front of them and consequently are not able to give their energies fully to the choreography. I recommend starting with very young children as early as four years old by training them to execute exercises facing away from the mirror. Of course, many exercises will be facing the mirror, but even working in circles and on diagonal will be extremely helpful in making the dancers understand that in order for dancing to be interesting to the viewer it has to be multi dimensional.

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Your Students Mindset

I am a firm believer that we, as dance teachers, need to develop life skills in our students that will not only last a lifetime but enhance the students day to day way of life. Dance can and will be a great tool to help these students gain a knowledge of how to listen and apply the directions that are given. If we can teach them how to listen and I mean really listen and then apply what they have been told then they will have learned a skill that will take them far in any endeavor in life that they choose to pursue.

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Gaining Your Students Respect and Appreciation

One of the big challenges today as a teacher is to get respect from your students. Unfortunately, part of it is just the way of todays society. You have a choice as a teacher as to what the relationship with your students will be. You can be demanding without being mean or viewed as a strict disciplinarian. You can set ground rules and enforce them in a way that will be gladly followed by your students.

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Oh Boy! Helpful tips on how to teach boys

I remember when I first started taking dance lessons. It was 5 boys, including myself and 10 girls. The teacher had a great time choreographing and teaching because the boys brought a unique energy to the class and to what she could do. Later on when I was taking with Mikki Williams she also had quite a few guys to work with. I know that having a lot of guys for most schools is not a reality. However when you do get them in I think it is very important to train them differently from the girls, not just in the technique but in your whole approach.

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Late-beginning Students: Part III

A Four-part Examination into a Special Subgroup of Student

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How To Prepare Your Students To Perform

The majority of dance students dance because they have a genuine love for it. Very often when they are younger they find it easier to perform as they dance. Simply because they are uncomplicated and approach their classes and choreography with such enthusiasm that it just spills over to their performances. When they become pre teens and then teens and are filled with angst and uncertainty about themselves and everything around them, they begin to internalize their feelings and very often temporarily lose their ability to relax and perform. Of course, as teachers we understand that at this age the students have a tendency to try to avoid drawing attention to them in any way. As a result, performances can sometimes end up being unemotional and dull.

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Strengthening Exercises To Improve Balance For Pirouettes

Every dance student wants to be able to spin like a top, doing multiple pirouettes when in reality many do not have the basic posture and body strength to be able to even balance on one leg successfully! I have found that by strengthening specific areas I have been able to get my students to turn with balance and confidence. Once the student starts to feel the effects of their new found strength you will never have a hard time getting them do the exercises consistently. There are a number of areas that need to be worked on to make the balance even.

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Keeping Yourself Fit to Teach

We have written many articles on keeping your self mentally fresh and energized. This article is about the importance of keeping yourself physically fit. I am not just talking about working out, but how to keep your body feeling physically good without the major aches and pains. If you have taught long enough you know the physical toll teaching and dancing each and every day can take on your body. It is tough when one minute you are dancing then you are cooling off only to teach again and put your body under undo stress. Over the years, talking to many teachers one thing we all experience is aching feet and legs. Standing sometimes in excess of five hours can be tough. Here are a few keys to keeping yourself healthy and fit!

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Late-beginning Students: Part II

Late-beginning Students: A Four-part Examination into a Special Subgroup

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