Heather works through the challenges of working with “advanced dancers” as she encourages high school company dancers, who feel pressure to perform and meet expectations, to move and think outside their comfort zones.
How and where do dancers or choreographers enter the creative process? This K-12 educator uses imagery and conversation to help her middle school dance students understand and explore this question.
Heather offers questions and considerations to ponder as you look back at your dance program and curriculum and as you look forward to improving it and making a difference in the lives of your students next year.
Heather’s middle school dance students research limitations in dance by mapping phrases, making observations, and finally working within set limitations.
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.
Heather thinks ahead to how she’ll refuel in the New Year and during the summer so that she can best serve her students. Don’t worry, early planning of stay-home summer strategies can ensure better productivity through-out the current semester. Try it!