Confessions of a Busy Dance Mom

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I’m probably a great example of some of the moms at your studio I suppose, who can barely find the time to get the lunches packed and get to school on time. Let alone read the many papers and emails and notices that come home on a regular basis. Here’s just a few reasons why:

Families Move “Up, Down, & All Around”

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Versatility is the real strength of Up, Down, & All Around. Parents (or educators) with little experience can pop in the DVD and get every member of the family or classroom up and moving in no time, yet there are opportunities for new discoveries and learning with repeat viewings.

Parents, Which Type of Helicopter Are You?

Blogger, Vicki Nelson recently did a three-part series about “Helicopter Parents.” As I read the articles, the dreaded term “stage mom” came to mind. Parents of university-bound students are not the only ones who “hover.”

A FREE Download for Parents of Dancers

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If you are a family that has welcomed dance into your household and your hearts, you may have questions and concerns about the welfare, health, and happiness of your child as they pursue their training. Download this free e-book for parents from a trusted source for quality information.

Let’s Hear it for the Boys!

A while back I did a post entitled Encouraging Boys to Dance. It had a good response and I was even asked to submit an edited version for the PTA (National Parent Teacher Association) website.  It is my firm belief that boys should be encouraged to dance by dance teachers and parents in particular. After all, there are many who would discourage them – we should be making it an easier choice for young guys who may have an interest {Read More}

Dance of Independence

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As children prepare for preschool and begin to participate in more structured activities, dance class may be the first time he/she is separated from you. As a parent, you may be unfamiliar with the procedures of a dance class or operations within a particular studio, but whether you have had experience with dance in your youth, as an adult, or not at all, you have your own expectations for your child, the class, and the teacher. Jumping In For a {Read More}

DanceMom.com

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Parents have a very important role in dance education. They are the cheerleaders, chauffeurs, volunteers, devil’s advocates, and overall support system of dance studios and dancers everywhere. I hope there are parents out there who are finding this website useful. For all of you parents out there, I wanted to bring another website to your attention. This one is just for you and includes a wonderful message board, informative articles, t-shirts, resources and more. Enjoy!

Celebrate National Dance Week

National Dance Week is approaching ( April 25-May 4, 2008 ) and if you haven’t already, now is the time to decide how you’re going to celebrate!  Obviously if you’re visiting this blog, you probably have an interest in dance and may already feel like you are immersed in its practice.  However, there are lots of ways you can observe this special week that will enrich your own or your school’s dance experience. And who knows, they may even spill {Read More}

Fostering Artistry in Young or Beginning Dancers

I came across a new blog, Design Dance, that coincided with something I’ve recently been thinking about. The blog is for a dance school in Chicago that has a mission to offer classes that not only teach technique but also create an environment that encourages the young artist. Let me just quote a bit from their first post: After 7 years of being a dance educator and seeing what goes on in studios, I’ve begun to make some guesses as {Read More}

Finding Quality Dance Instruction – Middle Ground

I come from a small town and have taught in some small cities where dance studios struggle to maintain integrity and keep their business (or non-profit) afloat. Access to educated and experienced dance teachers is sometimes minimal. Below, I’ve listed some circumstances that occur in dance studios across the country. They are not absolute deal-breakers, but potential students should proceed with caution and armed with knowledge and awareness when such situations are present. Combo classes. Many say to avoid them {Read More}

Finding Quality Dance Instruction – Deal-Breakers

When researching dance schools or studios, there are certain things I consider, instruction deal-makers. Here I will investigate the possibly more controversial deal-breakers: An instructor is consistently condescending and sarcastic, frequently uses put-downs or yelling to get results, or is insensitive to safety and health/weight issues. Classes appear out of control – little ones have no order, rules or expectations and older ones chatter, lean on the barre, etc. Classes are too long for small children (more than 45 minutes {Read More}

Finding Quality Dance Instruction – Deal-Makers

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People don’t usually open a studio or attend a dance school if they don’t think it is a quality product being offered. However, in the dance world you’ll find some strong opinions about what is or is not quality dance instruction. I try very hard to see things from all angles. Therefore, I’d like to stick to what I consider the deal-makers and breakers of a dance education relationship. “Deal-makers” Qualities students should expect to find at an institution or {Read More}

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