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

Blog Post Archive

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?

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”?

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

An Old Guy Does Ballet

After taking ballet for the first time, 50+ partner dancer, Andrew has observations to share about recognizing serious dancers, the importance of ballet, pas de deux, and being ready to adapt. Author information Guest Contributors Dance...Show More Summary

Let’s Talk Arts Integration: Defining What You Do

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. Show More Summary

Four Things I Learned from Teaching Littles

Lauren went from teaching young dancers ballet to teaching college students how to exercise. Surprisingly, teaching the "pampers" crowd was great preparation. Here are four things she learned that have helped make interactions with her university students successful. Show More Summary

Ten Tips for Adult Newbies Who Aren’t New to Ballet

Adult ballet dancers, newbies or not, enter a whole new world when they begin taking classes. There's a lot more to learn than movements. Here are 10 takeaways from an adult beginner who has been where you are. Author information Guest...Show More Summary

I’ve Been Blogging For 5 Years. No Joke!

After 5 years of blogging, Nichelle has learned a thing or two about blogging! She answers questions from you on growing a blog, advertising a blog, blogging with integrity, and more. And she does it ON CAMERA. We think you'll appreciate her candor. Show More Summary

Celebrate Birthdays With Creative Dance

Maria had a birthday this month so her gift to you is to share her ideas and tips for leading fun, creative dance birthday parties. If your young students want to share creative dance with their friends, this is a fantastic way to use...Show More Summary

Tap Dancing on Vinyl (Marley) Flooring Has Risks

Tap dancing on marley (or vinyl) flooring not only limits movement and sound, but can be hazardous for your dancers. Find out the how and why from Tapography columnist, Tristan Bruns as he enlists feedback and opinion from an acoustics professional and a physical therapist. Show More Summary

Managing the Middle School “Shut Down”

Dance educator, Heather Vaughan-Southard uses exploration, choice, and personal responsibility to get beyond the walls her middle school students sometimes throw up. If you've experienced the emotional and academic 'shut down' typical of this age group, her findings will interest you. Show More Summary

Exploring Limitations With Your Students

Heather's middle school dance students research limitations in dance by mapping phrases, making observations, and finally working within set limitations. Author information Heather Vaughan-Southard Heather Vaughan-Southard is a dance...Show More Summary

Captivate Your Recreational Dancers in 5 Steps

Dance is a hobby for many students and they come for all sorts of reasons. If enrollment, attendance, and motivation are a problem in your recreational classes, guest, Jamie Benson offers some solutions. Author information Guest Contributors...Show More Summary

Sprains, Strains, and How To Deal…(Meet Your Feet, Part 3)

The difference between a strain and a sprain; a ligament and a tendon. Take a closer look at injuries and how to cope throughout the recovery process. Author information Lauren Warnecke Lauren Warnecke is a dance writer and educator based in Chicago, IL, and is a contributing author at,, and The Huffington Post. Show More Summary

Why You Should Jump, Play, And Roll On The Floor With Your Students

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!...Show More Summary

Have a Dance-Less Summer and Dance Better

Skip the summer intensives? Even though i goes against the grain, a dance-less summer is what The Dance Training Project's, Monika, encourages for dancers who wish to gain full body strength, prevent injuries, and improve dance technique. Show More Summary

Is It Impossible to Balance Dance Training and a Desire to Run?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

College student, Alissa Anderson has motivation to try running even though traditionally dancers have shied away from this activity. So she turns to a few expert references and draws her own conclusions. Are you a dancer and a runner...Show More Summary

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