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Figuring It Out For Themselves: Taking Note Of Teaching Habits

Very often as teachers, we get to a point in our educating that we are so subconsciously determined to ensure a dancer's comprehension that we ourselves forget it is up to them to do the learning. There have been times in my own teaching where I notice my habits creeping in that make me stop and wonder; "Is this approach to teaching really helping my students or am I inadvertently spoon-feeding and giving them all the answers?"

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Start Planning NOW!

For many of us this is the time of year when are season is winding down and we are either immersed in the end of year performances or trying to recover from the pressures of producing choreography that makes our students shine. Now is the time to take a deep breath and reflect on the season.

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Where Does Creativity Come From?

Sandra couldn't sleep all night. Not that this was any different from the rest of her week as she'd been up tossing and turning in her bed trying to figure out where a much needed wave of creativity was going to come from. Her motivation? Sandra was rapidly approaching a deadline. She needed to have three new numbers totally choreographed for an upcoming competition and rehearsals were going to start in just a week's time. "I'm so far behind the gun, I don't know what I'm going to do. It's like I have writer's block, nothing is coming to me concerning the three numbers...NOTHING! It's not like I haven't tried. This is the most frustrating thing ever!"

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Ballet Barre For 8-9 Year Old Students

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