Found: Footloose ’11 Star Talks Believing in Yourself

Sometimes I need a reminder that the next generation, every generation, needs to hear the simple messages. That’s why I was happy to stumble upon this video of dancer Kenny Wormald, star of the 2011 movie version of Footloose,  sending a message that kids can be afraid of “different”…but that difference may be exactly what leads … Continue reading

My Current Top 7 Songs for Contemporary Class

Selections from My Current Contemporary Playlist: Percussion for the Dance Technique of  Lester Horton V.1 ~ Victor Y. See Yuen/William Catanzaro, especially tracks #1, 9, 10 “Deliciae Mae” ~ Nicholas Lens   from Flamma Flamma, The Fire Requiem “Raven” ~ Gabrielle Roth and the Mirrors   from Bones   “Drop” ~ Cornelius   from Point “Holding Out for … Continue reading

My Current Top 10 Songs for Jazz Class

7 of My Go-To Songs for Jazz Warm-Ups and Across the Floor (in no particular order): “Twist” ~ Pritam  from Love Aaj Kal “Pumpin’ Blood” ~ NONONO “Canned Heat” ~ Jamiroquai   from Synkronised “Love is the Answer (Club Mix) [featuring Mya] ~ Cedric Gervais “Beat It” ~ Michael Jackson   from Thriller “Three Little Birds” … Continue reading

Treasure Chest of Ailey Videos

Tonight I am attending a concert of my absolutely favorite dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Seeing a performance of Alvin Ailey is like coming home for me. You can bring Ailey inspiration wherever you have internet connection by watching excerpts of the company and their school on the richly populated Alvin Ailey Vimeo … Continue reading

National Water Dance – April 12, 2014

This April people around the country will be using their artistic bodies to bring awareness to W~A~T~E~R—-water safety, water magic, water conservation, water celebration. I am inspired by this face of dance…dance out of the studio and among citizens….dance that can help to “teach people to love the earth before we ask people to save … Continue reading

Nutcracker Apps – For Apple & Android

Here are two apps–the first for Apple and Android, the second for Apple only–worthy of a child’s imagination. Nutcracker App #1 The Nutcracker Musical Storybook    from Mouse King Media  Find this App for: iPhone/iPad, Kindle, &  Nook. The Nutcracker Musical Storybook is a gorgeous digital book with Edward Gorey-ish drawings, pleasingly simple animation on each page, and … Continue reading

Video How-To Resource for Teachers

is the at-home colleague I sometimes need. I often turn to Dance Teacher Magazine’s on-line collection of teaching videos. The variety is impressive: tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, modern, anatomy, creative movement, yoga for dancers! Click a picture for the link to Dance-Teacher.com. (The listing for the entire collection can be found here).       … Continue reading

So You Want: Musical Dance Stories for Kids? — Wee Sing

Teaching classes with young children? You’ll need a few go-to tracks; tracks that allow you to just push play and then dance through a story along with your little dancers.  Start Here!   Story Tracks with Clips of Classical Orchestra Music: 10 – The Toy Shop at Midnight 21 – A Walk Through the Forest … Continue reading

How I Introduce The Nutcracker – Jeffers’ Book

Late summer might seem an odd time to be posting about The Nutcracker, unless of course you are a dancer or dance teacher and you have already been making early preparations for the holiday show for months now.  The Nutcracker is the most famous and accessible of the full-length ballets. The studio where I teach presents … Continue reading

Found: Teaching Reflection in a Meme

As a dancer teacher, I try not to say it…because chances are…it’s a lie! Happy Teaching!       ~Linda

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