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Category: Dance Curriculum Development
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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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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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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Dance Instruction: Eliminating Sloppy, Floppy Fingers Through Specificity

Dance Instruction: Eliminating Sloppy, Floppy Fingers Through Specificity

To complete the arm lines on the body, the fingers must be placed and engaged. One of the most prominent and noticeable choreographic errors may be found in “sloppy, floppy ...

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Holiday Music! Song Lists and Playlists for the Season

Holiday Music! Song Lists and Playlists for the Season

With the Thanksgiving holidays coming to a close, the holiday countdown is ON! Here are some fun, culturally diverse holiday music tunes to incorporate into your classes for the ...

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Dancer Flexibility: Improve Your Students’ Développé Extension

Dancer Flexibility: Improve Your Students’ Développé Extension

When performed correctly, the développé is absolutely mesmerizing, but for many dancers the move is a source of constant frustration. 

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Ballet Terms for Beginners

Ballet Terms for Beginners

It's normal to feel a little overwhelmed going into your first ballet class. To get you started with confidence, here's an overview of some common terms first-time ballerinas will ...

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Making Creative Movement Lesson Plans

Making Creative Movement Lesson Plans

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.

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How to Create Believable On-Stage Dance Chemistry

How to Create Believable On-Stage Dance Chemistry

Here's what dance teachers should know about improving on-stage chemistry between their students.

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