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Category: Dance Teacher Tips
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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Dance Teacher Body Language in the Classroom

Dance Teacher Body Language in the Classroom

In The Little Mermaid, Ursula tells Ariel "don't underestimate the importance of body language." The line is true in real life, and it's important to pay attention to dance ...

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Expressing Yourself Through Choreography

Expressing Yourself Through Choreography

Dance is a medium for expressing yourself, and as a teacher you have the freedom to push your creativity to the limit through choreography. There’s two sides to choreographing ...

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Do Your Teachers Need Dance Certification?

Do Your Teachers Need Dance Certification?

As the dance industry continues to grow, having certified teachers holds a multitude of benefits to give your studio a leg up on the competition.

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Helping Students Apply Dance Critique

Helping Students Apply Dance Critique

Dance instructors must provide constructive feedback to help their students excel. 

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Dance Workshop Ideas: How to Host A Successful Workshop

Dance Workshop Ideas: How to Host A Successful Workshop

Hosting workshops is a great way to keep your students in touch with their dance skills (plus it means some income even in the down time of the summer months). The theme or focus ...

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Dance Choreography: The Power of Plagiarism and Student Impact

Dance Choreography: The Power of Plagiarism and Student Impact

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about plagiarism in creating dances and dance material. Since then, I have received an outpouring of information regarding situations involving ...

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Tap Dance Music: Great Music Selections for Tap Dance Class

Tap Dance Music: Great Music Selections for Tap Dance Class

Tap routines can match a number of musical genres. 

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Dance Teacher Education: Strengthen Your Own Identity as a Dancer

Dance Teacher Education: Strengthen Your Own Identity as a Dancer

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 ...

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The Debate: Set Barre Work vs. Combinations

The Debate: Set Barre Work vs. Combinations

Nearly all dance teachers will agree that the barre work is an integral part of ballet practice. However, what many teachers don't agree on is whether it's better to do the same ...

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Dance Choreography Ideas: Choreography with a Strong Story

Dance Choreography Ideas: Choreography with a Strong Story

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 ...

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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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Dance Choreography for Kids: Teaching Tips

Dance Choreography for Kids: Teaching Tips

While kindergartners won't be performing "Giselle" anytime soon, you can teach them the basic building blocks of learning choreography. 

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