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8 Feb 2016

ACKNOWLEDGING DANCE TEACHER BURNOUT & REIGNITING MOTIVATION

ACKNOWLEDGING DANCE TEACHER BURNOUT & REIGNITING MOTIVATION

Teachers are human. We are indeed the ones our dancers look to for training, motivation, discipline, artistic inspiration and guidance, but indeed at the end of the day we are human. We are not immune to creative blocks, bad days, lack of patience and finding our own selves on autopilot from time to time. While we all strive to be this beacon of light that waltzes into the studio with an infinite stream of ideas readily on tap, the fact is, the day after day and year after year grind can burn out the best and most brilliant teacher...............

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.4

1 Feb 2016

INTRODUCING IMPROVISATION TO JUNIORS & TWEENS

INTRODUCING IMPROVISATION TO JUNIORS & TWEENS

Improvisation is still one of those areas of dance which mystifies some studio dance teachers and terrifies dance students (mainly older students.) Most of the time you’ll get an, “I love improv” or an “I hate improv” from the crowd as there is generally no ambivalent feelings on the subject.  

 

Usually, the younger we are the more uninhibited we are and the earlier we introduce improvisation as more than just “freeze dance,” the tendency will be more of a joy to freely move vs. being self-conscious as to what to do next. It will also inadvertently start to build a sophisticated movement profile and palette for little ones as they develop into more mature dancers down the road. For youngsters, it’s easier to just move and not think but the older we get the more our brains get in the way. Sometimes as a dance teacher I have to tell my older students, “stop thinking, just do it and move” and that goes with executing choreography too, so you can imagine the terror that comes with not having the steps laid out for them...........

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

27 Jan 2016

Exclusive Interview With Dolly Kelepecz, Professional Dancer, Master Dance Teacher and Professor at UNLV

Exclusive Interview With Dolly Kelepecz, Professional Dancer, Master Dance Teacher and Professor at UNLV
Steve Sirico co-founder of Dance Teacher Web.com interviews Dolly Kelepecz who is the director of the Dance Teacher University Teacher Certification Program. She has been a professional dancer for over thirty years. She danced with Los Angeles Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nevada Dance Theatre and the Zurich Opera Ballet before joining the famed Lido Show at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas where she was the principle dancer/ singer.
Author: Steve Sirico
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25 Jan 2016

TIPS FOR CHOREOGRAPHING FOR STUDENTS WITH LIMITED TECHNIQUE

TIPS FOR CHOREOGRAPHING FOR STUDENTS WITH LIMITED TECHNIQUE

 It’s always inspirational as choreographers to walk into rehearsal and feel confident you have dancers who are both technically and artistically mature enough to handle the material you are about to give them. What excites us more is having those able bodies execute our vision as we see it and are limitless to the complexity of the movement we can give them.

 

On the flip side, as teachers and choreographers, we are also presented with dancers at times who are not as technically advanced, who are beginners or are at the studio for recreational purposes only. Yet, each dancer still deserves the same experience of having a dance set on them they feel good about performing and look forward to..........

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.2

18 Jan 2016

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GIVING & TEACHING CLASS

UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GIVING & TEACHING CLASS

In recent years, the term “master teacher” has taken on an identity of itself. This self-dubbed label by many dance teachers has surfaced in a way where it seems everyone is a master of their craft; some without the goods to back it up. I have taken and observed countless classes in all kinds of settings; pre-professional & professional studios, university, conventions, conferences, company classes, etc. and what I have seen makes me pause as to whether we truly get the meaning of “giving class” vs. “teaching class.” There is a noticeable difference. The scope of a dance teacher’s range in the way they impart knowledge is key in determining how much of themselves they will give to their students, the experience they create for them and what that dancer retains and takes away........

Author: Jess Rizzo
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