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27 Jul 2015

GETTING REAL WITH DANCE STUDENTS PLAYING THE BLAME GAME

GETTING REAL WITH DANCE STUDENTS PLAYING THE BLAME GAME
Have you ever wanted to just get “really real” with your students?  I mean “really real?” Not in a way that’s going to ruin their self-esteem or deter them from their accomplishments or anything, but tell them what’s up in an up- front way so that they do succeed and learn to take responsibility for things they can correct and improve upon. One of the greatest disservices we can do for our students is to not be straight with them; albeit with tact and sensitivity, but sometimes you have to have the nerve to just say it how it is and trust they know it’s said with love and coming from the best place possible......
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 3.9

20 Jul 2015

IS THE MIRROR TRULY A DANCER'S BEST FRIEND?

IS THE MIRROR TRULY A DANCER'S BEST FRIEND?
As a dance teacher, think about the aforementioned quote this week for a second. Think about all your years of training and the “norm” which makes up a technique class. Think about the format, the environment, the habits in which we learn dance and teach dance. Think about your dancers and the way they absorb information or learn new material, rely on or compare themselves to other dancers day in and day out. Think about how they watch you and what their vantage point is as a student. Think about where they habitually stand during warm-up......
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

13 Jul 2015

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND THE 2015 DTW ULTIMATE LEADERSHIP PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR?

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND THE 2015 DTW ULTIMATE LEADERSHIP PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINAR?


Whether you're a Studio Owner or a Dance Teacher, effective leadership skills are the all-important glue that holds your entire operation together. Many are leaders without knowing how to lead. Few know how to make the energy and skill of leading work so that people and situations follow them in a positive and successful way........We asked Robert Landau, Faculty Member, international Life Management Solutions Speaker, Consultant and Published Author to share his thoughts on this not-to-miss special event!............

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0

6 Jul 2015

FLOOR BARRE EXERCISES TO INCREASE TURNOUT

FLOOR BARRE EXERCISES TO INCREASE TURNOUT
As dance teachers, we are always trying to safely increase turnout while balancing strength & flexibility within our dancers. This is not something that develops overnight and is usually host to a whole list of variables including how much time and effort the dancer puts in, anatomical facility and good technical training. Now that we’re in the summer months, here is a great time for your dancers to practice these quick floor barre exercises that will keep them on track of their progress and allow for real increase of range of motion among their legs and hips.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 4.3

29 Jun 2015

MAINTAINING TECHNIQUE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

MAINTAINING TECHNIQUE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS

With the summer season upon us, it’s essential to stress the importance of maintaining technique, strength and flexibility during the summer vacation to our dancers. So many times dancers make such beautiful progress throughout the year only to come back the following September having to start from scratch because they didn’t remain consistent in their training rituals.

Now, while many won’t take dance classes over the summer because of family vacations, summer camp, lack of availability of classes, what have you, there are many ways you can remind your dancers how essential it is to keep their bodies active and moving over the coming months. Aside from the physical benefits, keeping active mentally and kinesthetically through their dancing as well will create for a sustained mind-body and spirit connection......

Author: Jess Rizzo
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Article rating: 5.0
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