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Welcome back to the circle! I hope you’re having fun with Why Dance Matters this week. It’s been a blast of inspiration to see the many ways you express why dance matters to you, your community, your kids, your students, your world! If you still don’t know what it’s all about, head over to whydancematters.org. [...]
Dance is life-giving and sustaining. Something as involuntary and necessary as breath. This is Why Dance Matters to me.
Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed Part 1 of Tap Is Music (And I Can Prove It). We’re halfway there so read on, true believers! So far we have covered how tap dancers can control their dynamics to make steps loud and soft and how they can sustain certain “notes”. This article will focus on [...]
The Dance/USA conference raised questions on the state of dance. A young woman cries as she describes the difficulty of working multiple jobs without access to adequate health care or insurance. Is a dance career sustainable? Is the art form? Columnist Lauren Warnecke offers her thoughts on conversation, change, and finding the "why".
The dance classroom is more than a studio; it is a laboratory. It is the training ground for an unforeseeable future. In the age of standardized testing, arts environments can provide the safe havens where mistakes are treated as discoveries and expression is celebrated. Higher order thinking is a natural part of the performance and [...]
We're looking for a few good posts about Why Dance Matters to you! We're also looking for your participation in the RELOADED Why Dance Matters event. And, we're looking for those who want to help an expanded project take shape. Are you down? Get the details in this post.
If you find yourself or your tiny dancer regularly munching on boxes of processed cheese crackers, (I feel like they are in every lunchbox in America) use this easy recipe to make them yourself. Don’t let their cookie disguise fool you, they taste just like your beloved boxed crackers. The best part? You control the [...]
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Children will have fun exploring and exploding as fireworks and participating in patriotic parades. Share your ideas for Independence Day dances, too!
Growing up, my favorite weekend of the year was recital weekend. Since I lived in a small town, my recital was 45 minutes away. My family would pack up the car and stay the weekend in a hotel. Those are such fond memories that I will never forget. Until recently I never dreamed that I [...]
Every so often, I meet a student who seems older than their years with interests far more sophisticated than those of their peers. Despite their young age- middle school, high school, early college- their understanding of the world and their desire to see the big pictures leaves an impression and sets a tone. For these [...]
Two DVD titles from Dancetime Productions delve into the political, gender and social issues of their chosen era and reveal links between the dance of yesterday and today. Perhaps filling a void in dance education, these captivating educational documentaries combine historical data with practical examples.
Without a doubt, one of my most commonly asked questions by students of all ages is, “why don’t you play music with lyrics?” It isn’t that I refuse to play music with lyrics but for so many reasons, I find music without lyrics better supports my teaching philosophy, my mission, and my lesson plans. Here’s [...]
Tap dance is tied more closely to music than most of us realize. Tap’s musical potential is so great that I would not find it odd to one day see a tap dancer as an integral part of an orchestral ensemble or having a reoccurring role in contemporary chamber music – or your next-door neighbor’s kid’s high [...]
Dance is saturating the TV market! We want to know what you think about the new series and the old! Which have your remote at the ready? Which will you skip? Do these TV shows realistically portray dance? Get premiere dates, links to the network websites, and video teasers, too!
About half of Americans are sleep deprived. That could include you or your students. Dance and health writer, Nancy Wozny shares this quick guide to getting a better night's sleep. Follow these tips and not only will your sleep improve but your dancing may too!
Puppets are powerful to young children. They are magical, which could be why I like them so much too! A few years ago, I had to face it. I am not as cool as a puppet. It’s fine, really. Who wouldn’t like a colorful, soft animal that moves and talks? I have been incorporating puppets [...]
Music educator, composer, philanthropist, and youtube sensation, John Jacobson has choreographed for "mobs" of dancers, including the staff and crew of the Ellen DeGeneres show. Get John's tips on how to stage your own flashmob and learn more about his true life's work and positive message.
Nowadays, social media is a way of life and a way of interacting in a community. Online communities provide a sense of identity, belonging, and opportunities that don’t exist in traditional communities the way they once did. Personally speaking, I find it easier to find like-minded colleagues online than in my own neighborhood. Here, I [...]
Dancers are athletes. Just like any other athlete, it’s important that we be conscious about how we are fueling our bodies. The stereotype of the stick-thin waif who dines on lettuce leaves and cigarettes is long gone, and as our field becomes increasingly physical, so too must our fitness and nutrition. Here begins the start [...]