Raising Positive Dancers

We were recently reading an article by Rhonda Talbot who tackles some tough parenting questions. As educators, our main goal is to foster progress within a strong individual. The foundation of that goal is to help establish a strong individual.

How do we, as teachers, make that happen?

The Demonstrator

Dance Teacher Magazine recently asked an interesting question: How do you demonstrate ideals while still making all your students feel included?

Photo by: Richard Calmes (as featured by Dance Magazine)

We immediately drifted back to our early classroom days... the days where so-and-so could do the splits before us, or so-and-so hit that double pirouette with absolute perfection. So-and-so had a natural flexibility, and so-and-so, well... she was just perfect in every way.

As young dancers, these thoughts haunted me whether the teacher pointed out their perfection or not. We didn't really need it pointed out; we could see it with our own eyes that they were the poster-child example! {bitter tone intended}

In the classroom, this created two things within us:

1. A little fire that encouraged us to strive to be better.

2. Horrible thoughts on how we could alter our bodies to be more like that (whatever that may be). Confession: We truly believed at a young age that if we broke our ankles, that it would heal and then point the way a professional ballerina points.

It wasn't until high school that we accepted our turnout, our feet and our not-so-flexible back for what it is.

Grit Guts Gumption, Go!

Do you know what it is to love without abandon? To keep going?

Photo: Tim Evan-Cook

There are three words that we remind ourselves of often: Grit. Guts. Gumption.

We first found these words, in that combination, when researching what creates the unmeasurable trait of "grit" within students. The answer? Being unafraid to fail, because they were taught to learn by failing.

Photo by: KidCase

Things to Love About Teaching Dance

We'll share with you what we love about the life of being {dun dun dun} a dance teacher!

1. We love that we get to help students on their school projects! Whether it is being interviewed on a dance style or dance history, or calculating heart rates with a specific style of dance, or helping on a lesson about healthy eating for more dance energy... We're always willing to foster learning and pass on creativity mixed with curiosity in our world.

Losing the One You Love

Written by: Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

The story starts, as many love stories start: Boy sees girl. Girl sees boy. Some good conversation and laughs later, boy becomes "boyfriend" and girl becomes "girlfriend." Then, they fall in love.

We all know the next part is supposed to be "...and they live happily ever after." It is hard to admit (and even harder to live with) that all stories may not be destined to include that sentence.

When Life Gets Hectic

Written by: Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

I have 5 fully-functioning calenders in my daily life.

One hanging up in my bathroom by my sink to read over while brushing my teeth or putting on my make-up. One on my phone, which is the first method of any record. It's electronic and quick. One hanging on the wall in my office. One taped to my desk by the phone, which only has numbers that I put dots over once a day is done. One physical one that I carry around with me to write down what I did each day. It's one crazy, well-oiled, multi-tasking machine / balancing act!

Here are my tips for staying energized, staying focused, and staying right on track:

Setting Goals

As a young child, your brain would fill up with ideas.

You'd listen to ideas and hear yourself saying, "Or, we could do..."

Very early on, we need to understand how to set goals. Grab some highlighters, some sticky notes, and a journal. We can teach you how to take those grand ideas and make them... doable!

Luigi Jazz

An Ambassador of Jazz, A Body Doctor, Jazz Master... LUIGI.

He is an inspirational man with a story of struggle and achievement.

Dance & Relationships

In a recent chat with Kiner Enterprises, Inc. the topic was on dance and relationships. Some of the questions discussed were:

Shoulder dancers marry dancers?

What do you do if your partner doesn't support your career goals?

How has dance affected your relationships?

Dancing in a Winter Wonderland

"But baby it's cold outside..."

'Tis the first day of December. You know what that means: DANCERS BUNDLE UP!

During the chilly seasons, we must be even more aware of what our bodies are telling us. We need to take more time in warming up and preparing our bodies for intense movement.

So hear this:

1. Layer up! Keep those muscles nice and warm, comfy and cozy while you approach your warm ups. Cover those bare legs (or even legs with thin tights) until you feel warm enough to really move.

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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