Education

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.


 

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.


 

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.


 

Teaching Dancers: Non-serious v. Serious

Written by Sheena Jeffers for Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins

I tend to believe that young children are capable of great things. And I tend to believe that a focused, intense education (beginning at very young ages) produces well-rounded dancers and strong individuals for the "real world."

Part of my believing this comes from my background.


 

It's going to be worth it

The world is going to want you to be a lot of things. At some point, you'll have to tell the world, "Shhh... this is what I will be."

She set her dance bag down and sighed. She had so many questions she wanted to ask. She wished someone could tell her how to feel, but for this there was no answers.

When you are stuck in a moment, anything outside of that moment is a distraction - even the solution.


 

Quiet Time

"Just hold on. We're going to make it through."

Growing up in the dance world, you learn to insist on excellence. The pressure that comes with this expectation can be difficult to carry along on your day-to-day life. Students of dance learn, at a very young age, the power of self-awareness and talking yourself through.

We learn our bodies, and what our bodies are of capable of. We inspect our emotions to determine where we are any given day. We test our strength, focus on our core, and we envision everything going on inside and outside of our bodies. We investigate our surroundings, our environment and the space we're working in and around.

Although all of the above is happening inside of us, dance is quiet time. The peace and stillness that comes from dancing is euphoric [intense feelings of happiness].


 

Murphy's Law in Education

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." - Murphy's Law


 

Here's Why: Ballet

We often get asked by students, "Why should I take ballet?"

Here is why:


 

Boys in Dance?!

So you have a son! And your son wants to take dance! You as his parent may or may not have that moment of, "Wait... why dance? Why not football or soccer or hockey?"


 

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