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Dance Studio Bulletin Boards: Building Community

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Many educational institutions use bulletin boards to visually convey information. Dance studio bulletin boards can be used to convey relevant studio information, offer seasonal tips and fun, and increase the community vibe in the classroom.

In creating your boards, think about the following:

Ideas and Tips That May Be Fun and Exciting for Students

  1. Ballet Vocabulary (to reinforce your teaching in the classroom)
  2. Bios of Inspirational Figures in Dance (to give the students context for professional achievement)
  3. Announcement of the Week (something fun or important for students to remember)

Information That Is Relevant to Your Overall Student Body

  1. Stretching Tips (promoting health and wellness)
  2. Calendar Reminders (as an extra resource for parents to see at every class)
  3. Healthy Snack Options (promoting health and wellness)

Conversation Pieces that Bring People Together

  1. What is your favorite ballet? (Have the students ever been to a ballet? Could you all go as a studio?)
  2. What is your favorite dance movie? (What style of dance was the movie focused on, or what was your favorite choreography from the movie?)
  3. Pictures of the last recital (everyone, parents and kids, will want to see the studio in costume and at their best)

Visual Components that are Crafty, Creative, and Cute

  1. Seasonal Decorations (makes a bulletin board super easy to adapt)
  2. DIY Dance Tips for Costumes, Dance Bags, Makeup (always a big hit!)
  3. Creative images that encourage your dance community to follow you on social media (easy marketing!!)

Material that Engages Students and Parents

  1. What is your dance goal for the year? (help students visualize where they want to be, and give the parents something to encourage their child towards)
  2. Printed picture of the “class of the week” or featured “student of the week” (be very clear with WHY a class or student is featured, though, to avoid any mama drama!)

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Parent Bullying: Rude, Demanding Dance Parents That Bully Schools

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I discovered an article about parent bullying in The Dallas Morning News entitled The Rude, Demanding Parents Who Bully Schools by Robert Evans and Michael G. Thompson.

While I hope you haven’t encountered or experienced rude or bullying parents, there’s a chance they may cross your path at some point.

The linked article offers examples for identifying the 3 types/patterns of negative parental behavior and offers several scenarios for managing the behavior.

It is a must read, so please check it out. The next time an extreme parent problem arises, I guarantee you will feel more prepared.

Want some more ideas on how to deal with difficult parents or parent bullying? Check out the following articles with strategies to handle even the toughest parent situations:

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