A pitfall is a hidden or unexpected challenge! And here’s the thing…we all run into them from time to time. But when you find yourself falling into stretch pitfalls, you need to identify and address them. Otherwise, they will negatively affect your stretch programs and efforts. This will directly affect your dancer’s flexibility, mobility, technique, […]
Growing up, I trained in all styles of dance and played a musical instrument, the piano. I could easily and proficiently count music, read music, and identify an upbeat or downbeat. Now, as a teacher, I notice that many students, across varying ages and skill levels, struggle with the musical components of dance instruction. Phrasing, […]
Chasse is a basic, fundamental skill for dancers. Here are some tips for teaching the chasse step progression. Chasse Step Progression 1) Younger dancers begin learning the chasse as a gallop. We pretend to ride our horses, placing one foot in front of the other and chasing it around the room. Even with my youngest […]
Tap routines can match a number of musical genres.
Teaching dance is a fulfilling career that allows you to share your passion with others. A dance teacher education can be a combination of performance, formal training, and other experiences with dance. After dancing their entire lives, some dancers decide to devote their time to teaching. However, dance teachers lead busy, hectic lives ruled by […]
If you need to get a lively conversation going at a party full of dancers and dance teachers, ask them which ballet method they think is the best.
Sometimes, creative inspiration quickly strikes and you know exactly what story you’ll be telling through your choreography. Other times, it’s a little more difficult. Here are some tips that will help you tell a stronger story.
Follow these tips for creating effective group choreography that wows the crowd.
While kindergartners won’t be performing “Giselle” anytime soon, you can teach them the basic building blocks of learning choreography.
Creative movement is offered as a class at many dance studios and is designed to introduce children to the idea of expressing themselves through movement.
The thought of improvising dance may make you nervous, but uninhibited improv could be the secret to better choreography.
Switching from student to teacher is one of the biggest leaps you’ll ever make in your dance journey, but it’s also one of the most rewarding.
Read on to learn how to find – and land – the best dance teacher jobs.
Don’t be intimated by the thought of setting up a sound system for your studio. Instead, read through our simple guide to finding the right system for you.
For dance teachers who have only taught at studios, teaching at a school provides many rewarding opportunities to positively impact students and the rest of the community.