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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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Article rating: 5.0

3 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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Article rating: 5.0

2 Sep 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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Article rating: 5.0
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