This summer Heather led workshops on empathy-based pedagogy and emotionally intelligent teaching. Are you sending messages of kindness to your students? Heather gives tips on how.
The Children’s Hour of Power DVD series teaches ways to make technique count while keeping class fun for children ages 3 – 9. If you’ve wondered how to provide quality instruction within the time constraints of a recreational dance environment, and want students who are excited about ballet instead of bored or going through the motions, you won’t be sorry you invested in these DVDs.
Enter to win the Petite Feet DVD. The video incorporates activities, grounded in Laban Movement Analysis, that playfully connect movement education to everyday learning. It offers a gender neutral ballet experience that, like Liz Vacco’s classes, is enjoyed by girls and boys alike. A wonderful addition to the DVDs in your child’s collection. Giveaway ends Feb 16, 2012.
The studio I work at has three studios – one large and two small — as well as a small theatre space that seats about 100 people. The two smaller studios and the theatre space have an upright acoustic piano, and the larger studio has a baby grand piano. I actually prefer to play on the upright acoustic pianos as I find their tone more appealing – not to mention the fact that I can get more emotion out of these pianos!
The very first ballet class I played for was a big surprise, because I had no idea what to expect or what would be expected of me by either the teacher or the dancers. I walked into the studio and the first person I saw was the teacher (who seemed to me to be very old), holding a lit cigarette in one hand and a cane in the other!