Dance teachers, ever wonder what your dance students really want? Our guest Ella, a young dance student, writes to tell you.
Two Types of Corrections I Stopped Giving My Dance Students
Dance teachers commonly use two types of corrections in class that cause confusion for their dance students. Learn how to rephrase and reframe these corrections to be more clear and accurate.
Adult Ballet’s Dark Side
Every class has one… or two. That student that gets on your nerves or ruffles your feathers. Teachers of adult dancers are no exception and when certain students cause stress or strain in the classroom environment, a teacher just needs to vent a little. If you are a teacher, you will recognize some of the “personalities” our anonymous author presents. If you are a student, well, we hope you don’t resemble these students.
What a Candy Cane Can Teach About The Virtues of a Dancer
Young ballet dancers gain integral qualities that lead to success, not only in dance, but in life. Guest and School of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Director, Melanie Doskocil describes for readers two occasions when it was clear her students had discovered important life lessons – ones that will carry them far toward a successful future.
What You Mean, What You Say: Get Up On Your Leg
“Get up on your leg”… Teachers have a habit of saying this when students are “sinking” into their supporting leg while balanced on one leg. How can you correct a sinking hip and what are some ways to rephrase this common dance teacher-ism.
What You Can Do To Improve Tendu (and why it is crucial)
Tendu may take second after plié in your dance class warmups but don’t underestimate its importance to pretty much every bit of dance technique. Here are some tips on how to use your working and standing leg and your foot during battement tendu.