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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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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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30 Mar 2015

INTRO TO PATHWAYS DANCE ACTIVITY

INTRO TO PATHWAYS DANCE ACTIVITY
Teachers! Progressing your young dancers from stationary to transitory movement can be a process which takes some time. Getting dancers to understand spatial awareness and how to navigate different pathways and formation changes will be integral as they progress and get older! Here is a wonderful introductory dance activity you can use in class with your own little dancers! I have found that this movement lesson I have created is educational, fun and gets dancers to understand their own personal space and the space around them! So, get them moving and build upon the fundamentals as and when you see fit! Good luck!

 

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    • Author: Jess Rizzo
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      23 Mar 2015

      TIDYING UP DANCE CLASS APPEARANCE

      TIDYING UP DANCE CLASS APPEARANCE
      OK…call me old-school but in recent years I have seen a trend developing that has me wondering what has happened to “professional appearance” being one of the important lessons we are taught in a dance class. Isn’t presentation still something to aspire to? It seems everywhere I go, the “dress code” for dance class has gotten more and more lax and it’s really disheartening. Now just because I came from the perfectly neat, slicked back bun, no pins showing or fly-away’s anywhere school of thought doesn’t mean I’m not up with the times. But, I am still a firm believer that how you look in dance class and present yourself is a direct reflection on how you are going to dance in that class. All I see lately are messy top-knots, belly’s exposed, sports bras, sweatpants ten-times too big, bare legs, booty shorts, oversized sweatshirts and paws worn in every class.
      Author: Jess Rizzo
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      16 Mar 2015

      DEALING WITH EXCESSIVE ABSENCES IN DANCE CLASS

      DEALING WITH EXCESSIVE ABSENCES IN DANCE CLASS

      OK teachers, it’s that time of year when we’re in the post-holiday, dead of winter stretch where our students are beginning to drop like flies. While it’s an inevitable ritual we have all become accustomed to, what do we do when we’re on a deadline to finish choreography, clean for competitions and rehearse for spring performances? Let’s admit how frustrating it is to try and set numbers with absentees (and abundant lateness) every week where we can never get a clear visual of our work because the class is never at fully capacity?!

      While it is the time for colds and sickness we are also dealing with bad weather and traffic (which is unavoidable,) kids having a million other activities they are involved with, family trips, school tests, school plays, etc. So, what is your protocol to making up those absences so that, #1 dancers don’t get too far behind and #2 you don’t have to keep going back every week to catch them up and fall behind on your own choreography setting?

      Author: Jess Rizzo
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