The Biggest Mistake Public Schools Can Make

So, rumor has it (and school budgets are proving) that public schools are slashing their Arts programs. No longer can they afford to pay a teacher to teach a child how to sing, read music, deliver a monologue, learn an instrument, learn the history and icons of the arts. This breaks our hearts.

Instead, however, of appealing to your emotional side, I'll just tell it how it would be without the Arts.

Down Syndrome Doesn't Define

I want to introduce you to my friend, Hannah.

Pre-Stage Serenity

"all nearness pauses, while a star can grow..." - e.e. cummings

The hours of rehearsal are over. Your body still bruised. But now, there's a stillness.

Social Media Makes Me Dance

Since the invention and mass production of smart phones, lives have changed, businesses have changed, and the way we think and approach communication has been forever altered. With over 45.5 million people in the United States using smart phones, concepts such as time, space and privacy have all experienced confusion. But one thing is for sure:

Technology has made the world dance more!

Teaching: Following their Journey

Here's the thing about being a teacher: You have to believe in molasses. It's a long, slow process that involves giving and taking away. It takes patience and hard work, but in the end you're left with something very sweet.

Becoming a teacher is one of the best choices we've ever made. Our students - regardless of age - have opened our eyes to new realizations, feelings and opportunities.

The first day you start teaching, you'll feel nervous but confident in your dancing. Then, you step into the classroom with 12 pairs of little eyes looking back at you with their hands on their hips, and then you'll realize teaching dance is far different than taking dance. Questions will flood into your mind: Where do I begin? Where do they come from? What do they know? How do they learn? How fast? How slow? How do I make them feel comfortable with each other and me and themselves and dance? What can I give to them that they will carry with them forever?

Young teachers want quick results. But as you grow (as an individual and as a teacher), you'll come to respect the process, and the time it takes.

Samely same

Plain was the same as it ever was the same.
Plainly plain...
Samely same...
But then...someone lit the flame.
Plain rode away on lion's mane.
Where plain met fruits with strangely names.
Such wonderful things they did contain.
A shot of life to a hungry vein.
The captive beast who broke the chain.
And there upon that fruited plane,
is where plain became what plain became.

Lessons on "Being Cool"

As dance teachers, we are around ages 12 to 18 on a daily basis. Not to mention we are with them in a room full of mirrors. We remember being that age, and we also remember the insecurities, anxieties and frustrations that came with those years. There was so much pressure to "be cool" and yet, we couldn't tell you what "being cool" meant exactly. So let's see.  Let's figure out what "being cool" means.

Love v. Money

Written by Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins.

There have been two times in my life where I can say I felt completely lost.

Relationships

There are all types of relationships. Mother-Daughter. Father-Son. Siblings. Friends. Lovers. Business. Pleasure. Cousins. Aunts. Uncles. Grandparents. In-laws. Teachers. Loving from afar. Girlfriends. Boyfriends. Marriages. Dating. All types of relationships directly shape and influence our daily lives. We've come to the conclusion that everything boils down to a relationship and the relationship rules that guide that interaction. The below realizations apply to all types of relationships:

Teaching Dance: Ages 2-11

Starting a child's dance education when they are young is vital to the child's development in dance later in life. Learning stretches and proper posture, as well as learning how to hear and feel music, are all taught beginning at young ages so that later it seems "natural" to the dancer.

As children grow physically, cognitively and emotionally during this period in their life, dance is the perfect way to guide their cognitive and emotional development while aiding their physical development as well.

This v. That: Ballet

In ballet, there are so many terms that either sound alike, look alike or seem eerily similar. They're the set of words that always get switched in your brain or make you think a little harder on which is which. Stress no more! We are here to help you see and feel the difference in seemingly similar ballet terms.


 

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