Blog Profile / Dance Advantage

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Help Preschool Dancers Move Safely In The Studio

Spots and tape lines help young dancers keep their spacing but teaching preschoolers how to move around safely in a dance class takes demonstration and practice. Maria gives seven creative ways to teach the concepts of space and spatial awareness to little movers.

How I Help Students Pick Up Combinations Faster

Educator, David Alonzo Jones offers this tip to end the frustration and help you or your students pick up and remember combinations and routines more effectively. He's been using this simple tool for over ten years and it works!

Blurred Lines: New Trends in Dance Training

It's harder than ever to classify dance performance neatly into genres. As a result, our training methods deserve a new approach. Here is how educator, Heather Vaughan-Southard is rethinking tradition and empowering her students.

Three Novels, Three Authors, One “Boxed” Set

Releasing September 14, the Behind Barres eBook set features three distinct, entertaining stories of pre-professional dance life by three different authors, all written for a teenage audience. Find out more about the collection in this review by Heather Desaulniers.

Developing Performance, Expression & Communication Skills in Ballet

As she breaks down performance into its elements, Angeline offers tips and video examples that will help you breathe life into your ballet dancing whether for exams or the stage.

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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?

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

2 years agoArts / Dance : Dance Advantage

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

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