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4 May 2015

VIDEO VAULT: TEACHING MULTIPLE PIROUETTES

VIDEO VAULT: TEACHING MULTIPLE PIROUETTES
Dance teachers! Learn a wonderful way to teach multiple pirouettes that will help your students turn like a top with one of our favorite DTW faculty members Jessica Smith-Epting! 
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

27 Apr 2015

STUDIO OWNERS & DANCE FACULTY: HOW TO REPRESENT THE UNITED FRONT

STUDIO OWNERS & DANCE FACULTY: HOW TO REPRESENT THE UNITED FRONT
We all recognize with good parenting that the most effective way to ensure consistency and clarity in setting expectations is to represent a united front. When children see follow-through coming from both parents, it lets them know their parents are like-minded with similar philosophies and there is no question. Well, the same really holds true for you as studio directors when it comes to supporting your teachers. We all have had those dicey situations either with parents or students where someone is disgruntled or disappointed about something; and the first inclination is to blame the teacher if they are not getting their way.  While it is a delicate balance of ensuring your clients are happy, throwing your teachers under the bus is not the way to go about it either. What this does is set up a precedent for resentment, undermining and feeling as though a teacher’s authoritative role is not being supported in the choices they are making in their classes. They feel discounted. This is not an ideal approach to ensuring a long-lasting and productive working relationship between you and your faculty..........
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

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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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
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