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Filed Under:Arts / Dance
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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

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

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

Non-Performance Dance Careers: More Alternatives

Our look at alternative dance careers continues and features a young tutu maker who accepts commissioned ballet costume design and creation, and an emerging dance writer and critic. Author information Alissa Anderson Alissa Anderson is a lifelong resident of Jamestown, New York. Show More Summary

How to Find, Hire, and Train The Ideal Office Staff For Your Dance Studio

When your office runs smoothly, your dance studio is poised for success and growth. But because demands on your time and attention are already intense, it is key to hire staff who are effective and efficient. Suzanne Gerety's tips help you find and hire the ideal office staff so you can focus on what you do best. Show More Summary

Measuring Success: Data Driven Dance

Dance educator, Heather Vaughn Southard, encourages tests that go beyond pencil, paper, and even presentation as she outlines ways to assess program philosophy, performance goals, teaching methods, class achievement, and individual student growth. Show More Summary

How To Help Young Dancers Look and Feel Confident By Recital Time

Dancers need repetition and consistency to perform recital dances without help from onstage or off. These steps from guest, Janet Jerger will help you prepare your youngest students to space themselves and dance without you. Author information...Show More Summary

What To Do When Your Teachers Don’t Agree

When two teachers' methods conflict, what's a ballet student to do? Angeline gives some advice on how to deal and explains why this sometimes happens. She also makes 5 key statements that are universal for anyone learning a skill. Author information Angeline Lucas Angeline Lucas is a freelance dance writer, teacher and lecturer based in England. Show More Summary

Teaching Dance Freelance – Do You Have An Umbrella?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Maria shares how she's made her way as a freelance dance teacher in New York City, providing tips for how to do the same. Her story encourages you to find your niche and build an umbrella, or brand, to create a place and set of guidelines you consider "home". Show More Summary

What Makes a Dance Career “Alternative”?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

Alissa, Dance Advantage intern and correspondent, explores the definition of "alternative" careers in dance and speaks with two students combining their passions in pursuit of such a path. The first is Chelsie, a Dance/Movement Therapy student at Columbia College and Claire, a member of The University of Utah's Screendance Certificate Program. Show More Summary

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