The Key to Getting Your Students to Follow Your Lead is Respect.
As a dance teacher, the most important thing you need to receive from your students is respect. Without it they will not listen as well, take your corrections as well and follow your lead as well. Good leadership is the key to setting the tone. How you present yourself can make or break you when it comes to respect. Trying to be their best friend will not make this happen.Read More
The Importance of Isolations
When I was a young dancer studying in England and then New York, I was introduced to Isolation work by my first Jazz teacher, a gentleman by the name of Ivor Meggido. Ivor used isolation work in his warm ups and also extensively in his choreography. It was, in fact Ivor Meggido, who really got me interested in the whole concept of isolation work and why it was so important not only for my dance training but really for any dancer. He had studied with Matt Mattox and utilized the isolation work that Matt also used in his classes. Jack Cole, a famous dancer and choreographer was the Master of isolations and used that concept in much of his choreography by learning movements commonly used in East Indian and Oriental styles of dancing. Mastering isolation work definitely requires a good amount of focus but once you have gained control of the different parts of the body and you are able to isolate each area it adds dimension and more than anything else angles and interesting shapes to choreography.Read More
Motivation, The Heart Of Self Improvement
Pain may sometimes be the reason why people change. Getting fired or having issues with your studio owner or school can be a real wake up call for some. Being humiliated or rebuked for something we did or didn’t do often gives us the ‘push’ to speak up and fight for ourselves to save our face from the next embarrassment. It may take a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that will help us to get up and find just the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves.Read More