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Below is an excerpt from the highly acclaimed book It's Your Turn! The Success Blueprint For The Dance Teacher Available at www.raisethebarreconsulting.com

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Dealing with Injury & Illness Overload

Teachers, injury and illness season is quickly approaching. Oh, you know it. We are all fully aware of it and experience it year after year when our dancers start dropping like flies. However, in recent years there seems to be an over-abundance of ailments, injuries, illnesses, etc. Have you noticed it too? Each time I walk into the studio I feel like I'm constantly taking the first five minutes of class to greet my receiving line of students waiting to tell me what is wrong with them and what they can't do that day! This processional starts from my youngest beginners through my oldest, advanced dancers, so there seems to be a trend. Coincidence, I don't think so.

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Enthusiasm Takes You Where Talent Alone Can’t

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we really need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about!" Charles Kingsley

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Change Is Here to Stay

Change is in the air: Dance teachers know that better than anyone!

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Your Year Long Lesson Class Planner

With a new dance season upon us it is important to keep track of what your students are learning. If you teach at many different studios your employer will appreciate the fact that you are updating what your students are learning

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Q & A With DTW Founders Steve Sirico & Angela D'Valda Sirico Part I

With over 30 years in the Dance Studio Business and teaching worldwide for over 40 years. Steve and Angela share their expertise and knowledge with DTW members. Enjoy Part I of this great Q&A!

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Walking Before You Can Fly: Teaching Dancers the Value of the Journey

As years pass, we see how each generation of dancers change. In particular, there has been a trend for a while now which I’m sure you have observed too, especially with your younger ones. In many of my own classes, dancers are eagerly asking, “Can we add on now?” While part of me wants to say, “Uh, no…I just gave you three counts of 8 which you can’t even remember and you want to go on?” I have to reign myself in sometimes to consider where this need for instant gratification comes from. First of all, we should take it as a compliment that the dancers are so excited and like their choreography so much they just want to go full steam ahead. We are the ones, however, who need to help them understand that while this “zest for learning” is admirable, there is a necessary pace one needs to travel at in order to ensure proper training and understanding in all capacities.........

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Giving Your Students the Tools to Overcome Stage Fright

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