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31 Aug 2015

FIVE PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES TO CONDITION YOUR DANCERS!

FIVE PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES TO CONDITION YOUR DANCERS!

Conditioning programs for dancers should be an essential part of any training program. Along with regular technique classes, “cross training” efforts will help provide increased cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and endurance benefits. It will also increase core strength and muscle tone and encourage healthy exercise practice.

Below are 5 of my favorite Plyometric (jump training) exercises you can implement at the beginning or end of any class or rehearsal which will get dancers started in the right direction and can be modified for any level of dancer..............

Author: Jess Rizzo
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24 Aug 2015

DANCE COMPANY AUDITION CHECKLIST

DANCE COMPANY AUDITION CHECKLIST

Most dancers in the studio setting strive to achieve the illustrious company status at some point in their training, if they are serious enough. How you determine who is ready to advance and who needs some more time "marinating" is an important decision based on a variety of factors that should be determined and discussed by you and your faculty through the audition process. Those factors should range from a whole host of things and should be objectively deconstructed. Below are a few of those important priorities and can be translated into tangible checklists in which you and your faculty may score during auditions per each auditionee. Subsequent meetings with each individual dancer and their parents should then be scheduled that week to explain your decision-making. This is the time where you can discuss where you see the dancer going forward and how you will help them achieve their goals. Checklists can be made simply to range from a score 1-5 per category/technique idiom with a column for "notes" for each dancer...........

Author: Jess Rizzo
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17 Aug 2015

THE GREAT DEBATE OVER ASSESSMENT IN DANCE EDUCATION

THE GREAT DEBATE OVER ASSESSMENT IN DANCE EDUCATION
Having just returned from this year's 2015 Dance Teacher Web Live Conference and successful class session on "Lesson Planning for Dance in the K-12," I’d like to contribute some more information regarding many of the attendees’ passionate questions on assessment in dance education;  which can also be adapted for use in the studio setting..............
Author: Jess Rizzo
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10 Aug 2015

IT'S A WRAP! DTW LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2015!

IT'S A WRAP! DTW LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO 2015!
Well, it's a wrap everyone! As another DTW LIVE Conference comes to a close, we would just like to take a second to reflect on what an incredible event we've just had; and it's because of you, our attendees. Our first year on the east coast was a definite success, which is only measured by the feedback and responses we've gotten from you. The enthusiasm, zest for learning and passion for what you do was in full throttle...........
Author: Jess Rizzo
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5 Aug 2015

DTW LIVE 2015-DAY 3 DAILY RECAP!

DTW LIVE 2015-DAY 3 DAILY RECAP!

Hello again everyone! We are so excited as another day of classes comes to a close here at Foxwoods! Today's festivities had people moving and grooving all over the place and we couldn't be happier to see our attendees enthusiasm and zest for learning continue. We also witnessed a lot of networking and collaborating going on and that's what we aim for; for you to make connections in every capacity!.......

Author: Jess Rizzo
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