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15 Dec 2014

CREATIVE MOVEMENT DANCE ACTIVITY

CREATIVE MOVEMENT DANCE ACTIVITY
The holiday season is a great time of year to break out fun, inventive and interactive lesson plans with your little ones! Always a crowd pleaser with my own students, "TOP HAT" is a dance activity I designed for 3-7 year olds that will engage the senses, incorporate visual focus and enhance locomotor movement ability.....plus it's super fun!
Author: Jess Rizzo
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9 Dec 2014

QUICK TIPS TO END THE YEAR RIGHT!

QUICK TIPS TO END THE YEAR RIGHT!

It is amazing, but here we are at the end of another year and as we come to the close of 2014 and look forward to 2015 it is a good moment to reflect back over the past twelve months to see what we were able to accomplish not only in our work lives but also personally. I like to look over all my class notes and see if I am on target as far as how much I have been able to teach my students.

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9 Dec 2014

THE KEY TO A GREAT ENVIRONMENT AT YOUR STUDIO

THE KEY TO A GREAT ENVIRONMENT AT YOUR STUDIO

The biggest key to a great environment at your studio is you, your staff and faculty. If you create and promote a certain energy, your customers will follow!

The trick is, how can you manage this all important element of your business?
Author: Steve Sirico
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8 Dec 2014

DANCE TEACHERS, WHAT IS YOUR IN-STUDIO MANAGEMENT STYLE?

DANCE TEACHERS, WHAT IS YOUR IN-STUDIO MANAGEMENT STYLE?

As dance teachers, we are often thinking about our choreography, our warm-ups and our across the floor and center combos before the day’s classes commence.  Over the course of a season we exhaust ourselves trying to be creative and think of the best possible lesson plans for individual classes and how we will implement those lessons. We become consumed with watching our students’ progress, how to get pieces set and how to organize rehearsals so that the end product is “ready” for audience viewing.

While all of these elements are essential to a successful class structure, often we miss the boat on what is the #1, most important lesson of all. The lesson that must be the prerequisite to everything else we teach in the studio; the lesson that supersedes all of the above so that the studio learning environment is viable and lends itself to learning, comprehension and application. That lesson….classroom management..........by Jessica Rizzo-Stafford

Author: Jess Rizzo
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1 Dec 2014

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: RETHINKING DANCE FACULTY JOB REQUIREMENTS

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: RETHINKING DANCE FACULTY JOB REQUIREMENTS
  We all want to hire a faculty who has the same mind-set as we do; who shares in the same philosophies and has a vested interest in the development and success of our students. When we take the time to interview potential teachers and choreographers, we look for those traits which we instinctually believe will “fit” into the model of the mission statement we seek to set forth. More importantly, we all desire “a family” of like-minded individuals who work together as a team to achieve a common goal and support one another as well as our dancers.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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