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23 Mar 2015

TIDYING UP DANCE CLASS APPEARANCE

TIDYING UP DANCE CLASS APPEARANCE
OK…call me old-school but in recent years I have seen a trend developing that has me wondering what has happened to “professional appearance” being one of the important lessons we are taught in a dance class. Isn’t presentation still something to aspire to? It seems everywhere I go, the “dress code” for dance class has gotten more and more lax and it’s really disheartening. Now just because I came from the perfectly neat, slicked back bun, no pins showing or fly-away’s anywhere school of thought doesn’t mean I’m not up with the times. But, I am still a firm believer that how you look in dance class and present yourself is a direct reflection on how you are going to dance in that class. All I see lately are messy top-knots, belly’s exposed, sports bras, sweatpants ten-times too big, bare legs, booty shorts, oversized sweatshirts and paws worn in every class.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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16 Mar 2015

DEALING WITH EXCESSIVE ABSENCES IN DANCE CLASS

DEALING WITH EXCESSIVE ABSENCES IN DANCE CLASS

OK teachers, it’s that time of year when we’re in the post-holiday, dead of winter stretch where our students are beginning to drop like flies. While it’s an inevitable ritual we have all become accustomed to, what do we do when we’re on a deadline to finish choreography, clean for competitions and rehearse for spring performances? Let’s admit how frustrating it is to try and set numbers with absentees (and abundant lateness) every week where we can never get a clear visual of our work because the class is never at fully capacity?!

While it is the time for colds and sickness we are also dealing with bad weather and traffic (which is unavoidable,) kids having a million other activities they are involved with, family trips, school tests, school plays, etc. So, what is your protocol to making up those absences so that, #1 dancers don’t get too far behind and #2 you don’t have to keep going back every week to catch them up and fall behind on your own choreography setting?

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

9 Mar 2015

QUICK TIPS TO ENHANCING THE DANCE CLASS LEARNING CURVE

QUICK TIPS TO ENHANCING THE DANCE CLASS LEARNING CURVE
Ever think of what you can do to enhance the learning curve in your dance class? While dancers are often taught “how” sometimes we forget the “why’s,” “when’s,” and “where’s” things came from and happened….

In a time of abundant amounts of homework and test-taking, it sometimes can be a challenge to give little mini-projects to your dance students when no grade is pending, but if you make it fun and quick, I guarantee your students will enjoy learning more about dance, and not just from a movement standpoint.

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

5 Mar 2015

LETS DANCE! ENJOY THIS FUN DANCE COMMERCIAL FOR SLEEP INNOVATIONS

LETS DANCE! ENJOY THIS FUN DANCE COMMERCIAL FOR SLEEP INNOVATIONS
Check Out This Fun Commercial For The Mattress Company Sleep Innovations Choreographed By Dance Teacher Web Founders Steve Sirico and Angela D’Valda Sirico. A Big thank you to all of the terrific dancers Mark Stuart, Michelle Camaya, CJ Tyson, Mindy Wallace, Jon Drake and April Berry. This video features partner work, lifts and a funky fun swing style. This commercial was created by Impulse Concept Group who have produced commercials for companies all over the world!
Author: Steve Sirico
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2 Mar 2015

GIVING THOUGHT TO SET WARM-UPS

GIVING THOUGHT TO SET WARM-UPS
The addition of a set-warm-up to your curriculum for pre-professional dancers has its advantages and disadvantages. This week I wanted to give teachers something to think about in terms of what might work best for you and your students.

      A set warm-up can be a wonderful way to begin your classes for many reasons. Dancers are taught each exercise slowly and specifically over the scope of however many months; where the teacher should be taking time to make sure the deconstruction of the exercise is clear and the dancer feels confident with the movement, patterns, coordination, timing, etc. Building up to a full warm-up should be explored in the first half-of the year; where one or two exercises per week let’s say, is broken down and the dancers can then follow you for the remaining warm-up until the following week’s addition. While some of you may be saying, “Well, why can’t you just break everything down in one week?....”

Author: Jess Rizzo
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