Again From the Top! – Tips for Rehearsing Young Dancers for Body Memory

Seasoned Dancers and Teachers Know: The Body Has to Remember the Steps without the Mind’s Constant Input Before the Real Performance Can Begin An excerpt of NYC Ballet Principal Jennifer Ringer’s recent memoir is making the internet rounds. In it, Ringer describes the repetition a professional ballet dancer must go through to anchor all the … Continue reading

20 Pirouette Tips from the Rockettes

The Rockettes: Stunning Kicklines and Sparkly Costumes Galore… And a Modern Website with Great Tips for Dancers!!   20 Pirouette Tips for Dancers from Rockettes.com Check out the Original Post from The Rockettes Here. (All links within the 20 tips go back to related articles from Rockettes.com) Want to improve this dance move? Here are … Continue reading

Video How-To Resource for Teachers

is the at-home colleague I sometimes need. I often turn to┬áDance 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

6 Class Management (Discipline) Tips With Young Ones

At my studio, regular year classes have been in session for a month now, and so naturally some of my young students’ “first days of school” attention to extra-good behavior is wearing off as they get more comfortable in their surroundings. Time for–6 Class Management (Discipline) Tips with Young Ones…in this case, meaning about ages … Continue reading

3 Ways to Freeze Dance – Without “Outs”

Children seem to LOVE Freeze Dance… . …and I seem to hate being a “judge” of who is moving or not after the music stops. I’m all for games, but I prefer to play games that reinforce what we’re learning in class and ones allow everyone to participate for the entire time, rather than having … Continue reading

Found: Teaching Running Fa-laps Video

In my browsing I found this great little video on teaching Running Flaps….the essential, and often tricky for newbies, tap step. I’m always ready to watch someone else explain it!! (Click picture at Left for link to the video) I’d also like to try out this 5 & 6 count shuffle combo. I use 4-8 … Continue reading

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

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