This week’s Monday message is coming you a day late, and somehow I feel like that is appropriate. “Hold on to your winning moments a little longer” is actually a parenting/life mantra in our house, one which I was repeating to myself a lot yesterday. First, there was the baby who is very likely cutting … More The #MondayMessage: Hold On To Your Wins
About a year ago (maybe more – time flies!), someone in a dance teachers’ group on Facebook posed an interesting question: What are the 5 skills that you think are most important for your students to learn? This was a particularly vexing topic for me, because I had a hard time even deciding what counts … More My Top 5 Movement Skills Your Students Should Master
On New Year’s Eve 2016, I set a goal of getting back into the studio on a regular basis, and ultimately back on stage. I got to work, taking ballet and modern classes, making connections with local dance companies, and reviving a duet for a performance in March 2017. Little did I know that two … More #TheMondayMessage: Celebrate Your Evolution!
This is the third and final entry in a series of posts on teaching ballet in a way that leads to more empowered students. What is an empowered dancer? In my opinion, students who are empowered are: Self-aware and self-reliant (physically, cognitively, and emotionally) Confident and able to make their own decisions Adaptable and … More Empowering Our Ballet Students, Part 3
Most people might be reaching for their Pumpkin Spice Lattes right about now, but dancers know that it’s already Nutcracker time! Love it or hate it, the seasonal favorite is here again, with tiny tots and professional dancers alike heading into the rehearsal studio to perfect their performances as party guests, snowflakes, candy canes, and … More Visions of Sugar Plums: Using a Nutcracker Workshop to Teach About Ballet
I have been juggling emotions and grappling with words since learning of the events in Charlottesville last weekend. It feels so far away, so foreign, so completely unbelievable. How, in 2017, is this happening? I realize that even this reaction reveals my privilege: I have lived a life largely untouched by racism. I can only … More “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”: A Reflection on Right Now
This is the second in a series of blog posts considering the ways we can teach ballet in a way that leads to greater student empowerment. What is an empowered dancer? In my opinion, students who are empowered are: Self-aware and self-reliant (physically, cognitively, and emotionally) Confident and able to make their own decisions … More Empowering Our Ballet Students, Part 2