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29 Sep 2014

THE PARENT TRAP: AVOIDING THE PITFALLS IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!

THE PARENT TRAP: AVOIDING THE PITFALLS IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!
Studio owners.….it’s that time again!! Another new season is in full swing and it’s time to give some thought about the precedence you’d like to establish as you start fresh and move forward. As we all know, year after year, return clientele is the way to keep your business thriving and a recognizable staple in your community. However, there is a fine line between keeping your customers satisfied with the quality training you are providing their child and succumbing to parents who might think they have carte blanche when it comes to questioning protocol you have put into place.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.7

22 Sep 2014

ORGANIZING YOUR DANCE LESSON PLANS IN THE NEW SEASON!

ORGANIZING YOUR DANCE LESSON PLANS IN THE NEW SEASON!
           Preparation and organization are perhaps THE most important factors to determining a successful year of teaching. Even before we get to classes and setting choreography, the way in which we enter into a new year will directly correspond to the success of the content one is trying to teach. 

           Dance teachers have a difficult job because we are not only relaying information to our students which we hope they mentally absorb, but there is also an expectation regarding the physical execution as well. Always trying to develop, “thinking dancers,” the synthesis of both the intellectual and verbal content alongside the kinesthetic is a feat in itself.

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.7

18 Sep 2014

5.6.7.8. GONE PROGRAM LAUNCHES!

5.6.7.8. GONE PROGRAM LAUNCHES!
Dance Teacher Web, The D'Valda & Sirico Foundation & The Breast Cancer Research Foundation are thrilled to have teamed up to create a unique program to help educate children and to raise funds for breast cancer research. This program will encourage education, awareness and build a community of supporters through different options for participants. It is a great way to get involved in a wonderful cause and for your students to have fun, while at the same time helping to raise much needed funds for cancer research. The program is open to dance schools all over the world.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.5

15 Sep 2014

PRETEEN MUSICAL THEATRE TECHNIQUE & CENTRE WARMUP

PRETEEN MUSICAL THEATRE TECHNIQUE & CENTRE WARMUP
As we start the new dance season, it’s a great time for musical theatre teachers to start adding to their curriculum and look at the many components that are embedded in the musical theatre genre. First off, while it is always a good idea to find music and content which is age appropriate and will get the students engaged, establishing a solid technical foundation is also vital as with any other genre. Jazz and ballet technique will always be a necessary extension of performance technique, so below is a breakdown of my own center warm-up which progresses into across the floor and center combinations!
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

8 Sep 2014

STARTING THE DANCE SEASON OFF RIGHT WITH GOOD TRAINING ETIQUETTE.

STARTING THE DANCE SEASON OFF RIGHT WITH GOOD TRAINING ETIQUETTE.
     As dance teachers we are clear on our role to teach our students proper technique and performance skills. However, as generations are continually changing, so is the world in which they are growing up in. Perhaps a traditionalist to some extent, it is my belief that certain etiquette, good habits and respect for the dance studio is becoming a lost value within some training programs. Furthermore, while the dance studio is many times a student’s “home-away-from-home,” we also become example-setters; instilling rules, discipline and boundaries of our own for the welfare of our students. While it is a fine line to be cognizant of what some parents could misconstrue as overstepping their parental rights, it is always important to reassure them and be clear that the studio and teachers’ mission is undoubtedly in the best interest of their children and studio community.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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