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Category: Dance Teacher Tips
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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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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Curtain Call Choreography: Planning the Final Curtain Call

Curtain Call Choreography: Planning the Final Curtain Call

The curtain call is the final moment of the show where all of the students re-appear for a final time. This year, I challenged myself to heighten the organization and ...

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Maintaining Accountability as a Dance Professional

Maintaining Accountability as a Dance Professional

How do you maintain your accountability as a dance professional? Here are some thoughts for maintaining your relevance and staying refreshed: Research New Ideas Network ...

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Being A Dance Teacher: 8 Tips for Strong Student Relationships

Being A Dance Teacher: 8 Tips for Strong Student Relationships

Connecting with students is imperative to the lasting success and legacy of your business. You have an opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life and inspire their ...

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Dance Parents: 8 Tips for Managing Parents at Your Studio

Dance Parents: 8 Tips for Managing Parents at Your Studio

Every studio, at some point, has to manage difficult situations involving dance parents. The Dance Exec’s Studio has been in that position numerous times, and parent management is ...

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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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Gifts for Dance Students: Holiday Marketing

Gifts for Dance Students: Holiday Marketing

Last year, our studio purchased lunch boxes with the studio logo to distribute as gifts for dance students. This began a tradition of distributing a logo-oriented item prior to ...

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Dance Lyrics: Be Sure to Listen to Your Song Choices!

Dance Lyrics: Be Sure to Listen to Your Song Choices!

How many times have you wondered, "What did that song just say?" or  “What does this song really mean?" If you are unsure about the meaning of dance lyrics or the content of a ...

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Dancer Burnout: How to Get Students Through the Season

Dancer Burnout: How to Get Students Through the Season

It's the middle of the season. Are routines are looking fine but feeling tired? Are dancers going through the motions but also holding back? Have you heard more complaining than ...

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Teaching Tips: Know Your Classroom Audience

Teaching Tips: Know Your Classroom Audience

Need a few teaching tips? As dance educators, it is important to read your classroom audience. Before you dig into class, take a minute to assess how the students are behaving ...

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The Dance Progress Report: How to Share Progress

The Dance Progress Report: How to Share Progress

More often than not, students have a good sense of how they’re doing in a class, and direct feedback from teachers can help guide their way. But, it’s often their parents who come ...

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