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Pathways Creative Movement Lesson Plan

This month we have a wonderful creative movement lesson plan which will begin to get your young dancers going by using basic patterns and the many different ways we can move and travel through space!
 

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Mastering Effective Rehearsal Time & Cleaning Practices

When we set numbers we need to give further thought as to how clean they are. How the musicality is sitting with dancers. How crisp the unison and transitions are, etc. While coming up with clever concepts and original choreography is a given, sometimes once all the “genius” is out there, the upkeep and “polishing” goes a bit overlooked. Other times, as much as we feel we are cleaning numbers, it’s never looks exactly the way we hope it will once it hits the stage...

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The Importance of Consistent Technique Warm-Up

Dancers today are faced with a whole generation of fellow versatile, talented technicians. These peers will be their competition, their colleagues and future artists they’ll collaborate with and cross paths with as their dance career flourishes. As teachers who are in charge of their development at the most crucial time in their training, how you design your class is pivotal.

Occasionally, there seems to be a mindset of breezing over what is really the most crucial element of dance class…..warm-up. While dancers are always wanting to get to the choreography for a piece or center combo, as teacher, you are running the ship and the first stop should always be technique concentration. Now, while this seems obvious on the surface, to avoid injury, get the dancers ready to move, etc., believe it or not that’s not always the case.

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Acro vs Gymnastics – Is There a Difference?

This a question we encounter often and the answer is: YES there is a difference, a very BIG difference!

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Beginner Pointe Lesson Plan

Check out this great beginner lesson plan for your first year pointe students by Angela D'Valda Sirico

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Enhancing Your Jazz Curriculum

When lesson planning for any class, there are infinite avenues a teacher can take to teach the genre effectively. Jazz itself, in nature, is one of those idioms where teaching the technique correctly should also be compounded with other important ‘lessons within those lessons’ to create a well-rounded dancer and performer. With influences from many other dance areas, there are endless things to teach your students when building vernacular and jazz movement profile..

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“It’s all in the details: The lost art of being specific”

It seems nowadays especially, so many things get generalized, glossed over, breezed by and given half-hearted attention to. We glimpse, we glance, we mark, we coast and this effect trickles down to our dancers. What happened to attention to detail? What happened to specificity? Clarity? Intricacy? Painstaking accuracy? These values are slipping away faster than we realize and what was maybe just an oversight is now becoming trend. Unfortunately, this is the fast paced world we live in where people prefer ten things done at 60% vs. one thing done at 100%.

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Instilling Mind-Body Wellness Into Your Life

 In this crazy, fast paced, “need it right now,” world, we teachers, often put ourselves and our needs last. We do it all. We try to make sure work is completed, students’ needs are being addressed, creativity is flowing, deadlines are met, rehearsals are running smoothly, parents are happy, etc. There is also something to do every minute of the day if we allow it to consume us. Sometimes the hardest thing is to allow ourselves to actually STOP MOVING. It’s recognizing that awareness to do so. But, it’s in our nature to do the complete opposite...........

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Accepting Correction As A Gift

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Beginner Jazz Technique Lesson Plan

Having a lesson plan for every class you teach will give you a roadmap to make sure you are covering all the technique you want your students to learn. We have found that each class needs to have a natural progression. Each time the students learn one step it should go towards being part of a building block.

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Tips On Improving Communication With Your Students

Ever demonstrate a routine and then wonder why students have issues catching on? What's the first thing you think when so many eyes look back at you with blank stares? The most common thing to do is internalize it. "Darn it, it's me-it's gotta be me. Something's off with my teaching style. My fault, I just know it's my fault!"

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Acrobatic Lesson Plan

Dance Teacher Web is proud to partner with Acrobatique to present great content for your acro program. Here is a terrific acrobatic lesson plan for your beginner young students presented by Acrobatique. Each month new content will be presented!

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The Importance of Performing in Class

Let’s be honest. We all have students who, in class, execute movement with ability, are focused enough to demonstrate they are retaining information and seem to comprehend the lessons being taught. They move well, show promising physical agility, travel across the floor deftly, pick up choreography, take correction (and even sometimes apply it,) show progress from week to week and dance center combinations with ease.

So what’s the issue, right? Well, what happens when that exact student is about as interesting to watch in class as watching paint dry? Imagine all of the above occurring week in and week out with no expression, no emotion and no sense of connecting to anything other than regurgitating the steps presented in front of them. Imagine your rehearsals running the same way. Numbers are clean enough, everyone knows their blocking, entrances and exits, partnering and transitions, but the emotional connection is void. How is a teacher supposed to trust that the performance element is being given the same consideration?.....

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Rediscovering Inspiration Within Ourselves

As teachers and choreographers, our students look to us as the beacon of creativity. Particularly at the start of a new year, dancers await the delivery of new pieces, concepts, movement and music. It is a very exciting time of the year for them when they anticipate where they will stand in formation, whether they will have a featured part, how the choreography will look and feel on their body, whether they will be chosen to partner and how the overall vision will take shape.........

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