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How to Avoid Negative Self-Talk in Your Dance Students

Dancers spend a huge amount of time in front of mirrors looking at themselves critically. It’s rare for them to admire themselves or engage in positive self talk while they take class or rehearse. It’s more common for them to find fault or to compare themselves to others and see themselves lacking as they look at their reflection. This negative self talk, while partly meant as a means to improve their dance technique, often results in decreased self-esteem and a general sense of discouragement about their own level of performance and ability.

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Pilates Joint Stabilizer

Before you attempt to lift, or push, or pull heavy loads, the major joints of the body must be stabilized.

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The Dance Teachers Summer-Vacation Guide to Reinvention!

            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. As with any artist, a little respite is a great time to self-reflect on the teaching year; choreography we were proud of, things that did or didn’t work in our curriculum, changes we’d like to make for the following season and what new information we can use to reinvigorate ourselves and consequently our students.

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Training Your Students To Become Teachers

Over the years we have trained a few of our students to become teachers and then have gone on to hire them when they are of a suitable age and have sufficient knowledge. It can be a great situation when you are able to do this, as these are teachers that you have trained to dance over a period of years and consequently they know firsthand how you like things done. We have found that it is a big plus because right from the start they know what is expected and initially they are mirror images of you as a teacher until they develop their own ways. By training your teachers you know that they will continue to do the work that you have done and found to be successful.

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