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20 Apr 2015

ENGAGING SPINE, PELVIS & CORE AWARENESS IN YOUR DANCERS!

ENGAGING SPINE, PELVIS & CORE AWARENESS IN YOUR DANCERS!

As dance teachers, we are always trying to get dancers to understand the importance of the core, spine and pelvis. Without proper fundamental association of anatomy, dancers at some point will become limited in terms of their progression and visceral body connection and awareness. The earlier we can engage dancers in recognizing the importance of anatomy in relation to how their bodies move, the better equipped they will be in terms of being kinesthetically and internally aware.

Below are some wonderful introductory exercises you can incorporate within your warm-ups to get your dancers on the path to discovering core strength and spine-pelvis alignment............

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

13 Apr 2015

IT’S SHOWTIME! FIVE TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY CLEANING DANCE NUMBERS

IT’S SHOWTIME! FIVE TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY CLEANING DANCE NUMBERS

OK everyone, we are at that time of year when we are setting numbers and need to give thought about the ones that are just about finished. 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.

So, how do we get our pieces performance and competition ready? Here are five tips to think about which will help you and your students take your numbers from a “nice” piece to “extraordinary” and will take that amazing choreography you set for them to a whole new level.

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.3

6 Apr 2015

DEALING WITH STUDENT-TEACHER SOCIALIZING OUTSIDE THE DANCE STUDIO

DEALING WITH STUDENT-TEACHER SOCIALIZING OUTSIDE THE DANCE STUDIO
Studio Owners, you work hard to take time to interview teachers and carefully select those who will make a beneficial addition to your team. The right-blend of faculty makes for well-rounded training for your students; creating an experience and exposing them to different vantage points and personalities. Seeking a balanced personality of nurturing and warm yet challenging and authoritative is a difficult feat. Consequently, often times you may find yourself dealing with one extreme or the other. As studio directors you want your teachers to invest and love the kids as much as you do, but what happens when that relationship starts to develop outside the studio as well? And, how comfortable are you with that?
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.4

1 Apr 2015

DANCE TEACHERS: IT’S YOUR ATTITUDE THAT DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE!

DANCE TEACHERS: IT’S YOUR ATTITUDE THAT DETERMINES YOUR ALTITUDE!
Every time you enter your classroom you need to have energy and an uplifting aura about you. It amazes me when I see teachers walk into a room in an obvious bad mood and with their head down and then wonder why students that day were not receptive to being taught.  If your class is not behaving well, I recommend that the first place you have to look is at yourself.
Author: Steve Sirico
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Article rating: 4.6

1 Apr 2015

DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIPS TO HELP YOUR FACULTY CLEAN THEIR CHOREOGRAPHY

DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIPS TO HELP YOUR FACULTY CLEAN THEIR CHOREOGRAPHY
Once your students know their choreography now comes the tough part. Keeping it fresh and clean. Plus we need to communicate with the dancers so that they understand that it is human nature to start to modify movement to make it easier or more comfortable.  It can be a chore cleaning all the technique up so that the dancers can shine and sparkle when going before an audience. Each teacher will have their own individual way of cleaning their choreography but it will also be very helpful to them, especially if they are inexperienced, to have some tips to follow.
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