Your Words and Shaping Healthy Dancers

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Our job is to teach, not to belittle, but dance carries a long tradition of judgements based upon body type and more. Heather discusses how to speak more effectively with students about health and commitment without the snark.

Happy Slips: Using Competition to Internalize Good Habits?

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Heather had mixed feelings about the “Happy Slips” reward system she established in her elementary school dance program, however, a small change that has kids “competing” for slips seems to encourage more personal responsibility in her classes. Learn more about what’s working for Heather.

Circle Up: Setting Goals

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Time to circle up! 12 bloggers have gathered in our circle to share their posts on setting goals. Learn new strategies, try the tips, and check in with your own goal-setting methods and resolve. A perfect time to re-focus your energy on meeting objectives, both big and small.

How Much Dance Should My Child Be Taking? – The Equation

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If your child is asking, investigate the reasons she wants to take a new or additional dance class. Costume style, choreography, musical accompaniment, or maintaining friendships may be no less valid or less important to her than the desire to enhance her skills. Dance should be fun, too! Do not devalue or brush away these motivations, they are part of the equation.

Mustering their Motivation: Strategies for Engaging and Inspiring Students

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It can be hard to want to pour more of yourself into inspiring lackluster learners. But, as a teacher, you feel compelled to instill a passion for dance. So, how can you motivate students in a way that won’t deplete your energy reserves?

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