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

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

6 Costumes for the New School Year

Dancers & dance teachers on a school year schedule are heading back into the studio to meet their new classes. I always use the week before classes start to round up some new music and peruse some of the latest costumes to get re-inspired. I won’t be picking out any “June Show” music & costumes … Continue reading

So You Want: Peppy, Smart Music for Kids? – Laurie Berkner

…check out The Laurie Berkner Band at laurieberkner.com. She regularly appears on Nick, Jr. with fun video versions of her “kindie rock” songs. You can find many of these on YouTube. I like her songs because they are often rhythmically and musically interesting with alternating paces and multiple instrument lines to keep little ears interested. … Continue reading

Sketch Book: Fairy Costumes

How I Introduce: First Position

First position is harder than it looks…let this little girl show you! . . I love the teacher comment at the end…”It’s ok if your shoes aren’t doing it.” …and also all the ways the little girl tries to “fix” the problem. You can see her little mind and body piecing it out. This also … Continue reading

How I Introduce: The Sleeping Beauty

Pre-ballet can encompass an amazing scope. Yes, I teach 1st position, pointed ankles, ballet skips, posture at the barre, standing in line, sharing props, how to not eat your ballet skirt during class, and also, dance history. Not all of my little ones will go on to dance through high school or beyond, but they … Continue reading

Found: The Ballerina Project – Gorgeous Photos

I fell in love with the Ballerina Project the first time I saw one of their pictures on a friend’s Facebook page a few years back. I have one small print in my home. I am posting a few here, but there are so many more for you to check you if these spark your … Continue reading

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