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2 Sep 2014

STAYING TRUE & BELIEVING IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!

STAYING TRUE & BELIEVING IN THE NEW DANCE SEASON!
    As a studio director, the most difficult part of the job is how to take all the components, all the balls juggling in the air, all the “white noise” in the background, opinions, requests and desires of our clients and with a snap of your fingers make it all happen; as seamlessly and quickly as humanly possible. Oh....and did I mention on a daily basis? As with any business owner, our clients are what keep us afloat; simple as that. As much as we do what we do for the passion of our art and love for our students, there is a clear, basic presence of the supply and demand principle which supersedes all of that. It has to; otherwise you wouldn’t be in business.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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25 Aug 2014

WHAT DANCE STUDENTS WANT vs. WHAT DANCE STUDENTS NEED

WHAT DANCE STUDENTS WANT vs. WHAT DANCE STUDENTS NEED

The task of running a dance studio comes with all sorts of rewards year in and year out. However, anyone who got into this business thinking there wouldn’t be some difficult decisions along the way probably woke up to an enlightening reality; especially when parents and students think they know best. As we gear up for a new season ahead, here is some food for thought which might shed some light in terms of balancing what our dancers want and how to give them what they really need most.

Author: Jess Rizzo
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18 Aug 2014

“DANCE IMPROVISATION 101: AN INTRODUCTORY READING LIST

“DANCE IMPROVISATION 101: AN INTRODUCTORY READING LIST
Dance teachers, does the thought of incorporating improvisation into your classes intimidate you? While some have called it “free dance,” “free movement,” etc., the actual development and structure of an improvisation lesson is a lot more than turning on the music and have the kids dance around the room. While that is wonderful and fun in its own right from time to time, this week we’re giving you our own introduction and overview to an art form in itself with a rich dance history and niche of its own.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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11 Aug 2014

ACKNOWLEDGING THE X-FACTOR IN YOUR DANCE STUDENTS.

ACKNOWLEDGING THE X-FACTOR IN YOUR DANCE STUDENTS.
As dance teachers, we come across every configuration of student; the dancer who may not be the greatest technician but has such passion and enthusiasm for learning it inspires us and makes us excited to teach. Then there’s the dancer that takes class because it is nothing more than a social activity and are humoring their parent’s dreams and actually has no desire to dance whatsoever. There’s the dancer that just wants to have fun; the dancer that is such an amazing technician every turn, extension and elevation comes so easy to them you almost wonder if they are marking; BUT… simultaneously is the most boring performer you’ve ever seen. Conversely there’s also the amazing performer but not the greatest technician. And then THEY appear….the one or two students that have it all. They are the technician, the performer, the artist, and the thinker; while possessing the instinct, passion, discipline, desire and drive without it being motivated by you, the teacher. Oh we’ve all seen it. The student that comes in and is good at every genre, willing to try whatever you ask them to and inspires and challenges you in a way it keeps you on your toes and makes you want to choreograph a masterpiece for them because not only do they comprehend the complexity of your steps, but envelop stylistic nuance and understand movement quality well beyond their years.
Author: Jess Rizzo
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4 Aug 2014

LET'S CELEBRATE! DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE 2014 SLIDE SHOW!

LET'S CELEBRATE! DANCE TEACHER WEB LIVE 2014 SLIDE SHOW!
As we put a final wrap on this year's DTW LIVE CONFERENCE & EXPO we'd like to share with you our event highlight reel; thanks to our very own DTW photographer and assistant extraordinaire Amanda Connor....
Author: Jess Rizzo
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