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Blog Profile / Dance Advantage

Filed Under:Arts / Dance
Posts on Regator:661
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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Do You Survey Your Students at the Start?

Socrates believes that asking the right questions is essential to learning and teaching. Do you ask your dance students about their expectations, goals, and interests?

6 Tips for Teaching and Reaching the Men in Your Class

When men are new or even resistant to dance, their teachers must find ways to reach and relate to them. It isn't always easy but these 6 tips by one of Chicago's top teachers, Szewai Lee, are sure to be helpful.

When in Paris, Take Class! Where, How, Do You Really Need a Why?

Co-ed dressing rooms, cash payment, and barre au sol. Guest, Terez Mertes, walks you through her drop-in experience at Paris' Centre de Dance du Marais. We hope it inspires you to take class on your travels!

Is It Too Late To Dance? The Answer is Simple

Sometimes the answers are simple. Sometimes there are simply better questions and your answers may lead to a career in dance, or not.

Class Dress Code: Function Over Fashion

There's value in seeing a student's form during class but, especially in public schools, there are benefits to allowing for comfort and individuality. Here's how Heather talks about dance attire fashion and its function in her dance classes.

How to Teach a Successful Class at Open House

An open house or class demonstration can bring new business to your classes or studio. Maria helps you turn a short-lived event into an enrollment success story with tips that encourage fun and quickly make young students and parents comfortable.

What I Missed in College

For dancers, the "real world" is now. So why, asks Leila Anglin, a college dance program graduate, do most students learn so little about their own creative process and investigate their art before the safety-net of school disappear...

The Great Costume Debate: The Controversy Over Age Appropriateness

Should something be done about revealing costumes in competitive dance? Some feel that total freedom of expression must be upheld, others think competitions should implement penalties & restrictions. Shawna David looks at the issues and tries to find middle ground.

A Short Chat with Dancer Rick Long

Rick Long has worked with artists Lisa Lisa, Daddy Yankee, Salt-N-Pepa, and more. Specializing in Dancehall, Jazz and Hip-Hop, he recently appeared in Step Up 3D and is a teacher. He answers 5 questions about his career in our Pro Dance Profile series.

Your Words and Shaping Healthy Dancers

Our job is to teach, not to belittle, but dance carries a long tradition of judgements based upon body type and more. Heather discusses how to speak more effectively with students about health and commitment without the snark.

Zen and the Art of Ballet: 10 Tips For The Journey

Ballet is a great 'in the moment' activity, but when your mind wants to wander to negative or judgmental places, Terez Rose lends 10 zen principles to helps you bring focus and balance to your journey.

You. Me. The Big Apple?

Nichelle wants to connect with readers in person. If you're going to the Dance Teacher Summit or will be in NYC, comment on this post to get the details about this Friends of DA meetup.

Structuring Your Preschool Dance Class

Maria shares why it's important to have a clear structure when teaching preschool dance class. She can't stress it enough, structure makes a world of a difference! Author information Maria Hanley Blakemore Early Childhood Dance Educator...Show More Summary

8 Great Links for Dancers In Training

We love sharing great articles from around the web. Here are eight great ones for dance students in all stages of their development. Author information Nichelle (admin) Founder/Editor at Dance Advantage Nichelle Strzepek began DanceShow More Summary

Summer Dance (the novel) Giveaway

Experience the highs and lows of a summer of dancing at Lakewood with Sara and her fictional friends (and rivals). Win Summer Dance by Lynn Swanson in our 800th post giveaway and pack this gem in your summer intensive suitcase. Author...Show More Summary

7 Pointers for Your First Partnering Experiences

Elizabeth Sullivan of The Dancer's Toolkit prepares you for summer intensives and what may be your first partnering experience with great tips including how to communicate effectively with your partner and how to ask questions of your teachers. Show More Summary

Revamp and Revise Using Evaluation Results

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. Author information Heather...Show More Summary

“Swan Lake Mariinsky Live” Varies the Viewer’s Vantage Point

Classical dance and video technology teamed up when Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s 1895 masterpiece, Swan Lake was danced at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and then aired in movie theaters across the US (in 2D or RealD™ 3D) for a compelling performance which audience members could enjoy from all angles. Show More Summary

Dance Instructors and Injury Management: Leave it to the Pros

Diagnosis of injury is for health professionals. When your student is hurt, Lauren teaches you how to offer recommendations instead of giving medical advice and help your student through the injury process. Author information LaurenShow More Summary

10 Healthy Snacks for the Busy Dancer

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

A dancer can't get much busier than during Spring performance time. Health and nutrition coach, Kathi Martuza shares a few of her favorite healthy and portable snacks. Easy to prep and delicious too! Author information Guest Contributors...Show More Summary

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