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Category: Dance Teacher Tips
Dance Teachers: Three Quick, Last Minute Convention Supplies

Dance Teachers: Three Quick, Last Minute Convention Supplies

We go to great lengths to be as prepared and organized as possible at every single event, but there are a few items we ALWAYS forget for conventions. As you're packing up, make ...

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Should I Step Back From Teaching to Focus on Studio Business?

Should I Step Back From Teaching to Focus on Studio Business?

Should I step back from teaching to focus on studio business? There are only 2 questions you need to answer to make this decision. I meet a lot of studio owners in my travels, ...

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Kindness at Competition Starts with Your Dance Team

Kindness at Competition Starts with Your Dance Team

Bullying seems so senseless and unnecessary. And yet, it still occurs in seemingly all environments. It happens at school, extracurricular activities, via social media, and, yes, ...

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Partner Stretches and Exercises for Dance Classes

Partner Stretches and Exercises for Dance Classes

Check out these wonderful classroom partner stretches and stretching exercises from Magical Kingdom of Dance! Our goal for February is to teach our students to build bridges ...

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Pre-Performance Dance Warm Up Exercises

Pre-Performance Dance Warm Up Exercises

Prior to competing or performing, dancers should understand the importance of fully warming up their bodies. We spend a lot of time discussing this with our dancers, and we ...

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Fun Ideas to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Younger Dancers

Fun Ideas to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Younger Dancers

The holiday season is underway! With Halloween behind us, check these great activities, songs, dances, and fun costume ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving at your studio! ...

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Alternating Sides in Your Across the Floor Exercises

Alternating Sides in Your Across the Floor Exercises

When going across the floor, it is important to practice the right and left iterations of skills. A few weeks ago in a jazz class, my students were reversing an across the ...

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Ballet Vocabulary: 3 Easy Lesson Plan Ideas

Ballet Vocabulary: 3 Easy Lesson Plan Ideas

We've gotten great feedback about our article on Ballet Vocabulary Terms for Beginners, and have put together some ideas for easy class activities that teachers can include in ...

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5 Things to Consider When Preparing Solo Dance Choreography

5 Things to Consider When Preparing Solo Dance Choreography

In competitive dance, performing a solo is a significant investment- it requires a lot of time and financial support for choreography, costuming, and private lessons. As teachers ...

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How to Promote Productive Dance Practice

How to Promote Productive Dance Practice

For studio dancers, input typically comes in the form of dance practice (rehearsals, solo lessons, cleaning sessions, technique, conditioning, etc.). Input = Output is an ...

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The Power of Performance for Young Dancers

The Power of Performance for Young Dancers

I often hear the debate of what age is acceptable for a child to begin performing. I firmly believe that the earlier young dancers can start performing, the more comfortable, ...

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Dance is for Everyone

Dance is for Everyone

I truly believe dance is for everyone, and can move everyone in some capacity- as an observer, as a mover, or as a dancer. As dance educators, we have the opportunity to build ...

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Teaching Rhythm in Dance: Ideas and Exercises

Teaching Rhythm in Dance: Ideas and Exercises

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 ...

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Tips for Teaching the Chasse Step to Younger Dancers

Tips for Teaching the Chasse Step to Younger Dancers

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 ...

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Why You Should Develop Good Habits in Dance (and in Life)!

Why You Should Develop Good Habits in Dance (and in Life)!

Highly successful people choose to develop good habits and routines. They work consistently, with discipline, and do not allow excuses to overshadow their goals. It is rumored ...

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