Teaching dance isn’t all fun and games – I knew that going in. But, throughout 20 years as a dance instructor I have discovered some surprising difficulties and rewards in this career – things I never thought to think about at the start.
Have you ever danced about the water cycle? Did you learn anything about dance? If not, then your science education was enhanced by dance not integrated with it. Heather gives examples of how dance might be integrated with other subjects and some tips on collaborating with another teacher.
Teaching dance is not a spectator sport! Do you dance with your students? Get up and down from the floor? Follow the rules you have set? Maria offers tips on why you should dance with your preschoolers and how to save energy doing it!
Tone of voice and the way you use your voice when you teach is so important! If you had no props or music could you still teach a class? Here are four ways Maria uses her voice with her preschool-aged students and when to incorporate each one.
Yellow or Pink? Maria teaches life lessons and manages behavior by giving her young students a balance of direct choices and free choices during dance class. Apply these tips for growing independent dancers in your own classes.
Once I found ONE central place to write everything (I mean everything) down, life got more organized. When I’m on the run, which is often, I will use the voice memo feature on my cell phone.