As I write this, it is Wednesday, November 9, 2018. The United States wrapped up a contentious and at times even ugly mid-term election cycle yesterday. The impact that these elections will have is yet to be seen, but it is clear today that the nation remains deeply divided in many ways. In the lead … More Dance Can Be The Answer
Is anyone else feeling the mid-semester slump right now? Classes have been in session for a few weeks, or a few months, depending on what part of the country you’re in. The novelty is wearing off and the exhaustion is setting in. Winter break seems light years away and many of us are deep into … More 3 Frighteningly Fun Halloween Activities for Your Dance Class
At some point in their career, even the most accomplished of dance teachers is going to run into an unruly class. It can be incredibly frustrating as an educator when you feel like you are giving it your all, but your students are just not having any of it! Disruptive behaviors are not only irritating … More Why Your Dance Students Are Acting Out – And What You Can Do About It!
I was standing over the kitchen sink way too early on a Sunday morning, dressed in my church clothes and frantically scrubbing a skillet, when my life almost changed forever. My son, who was six or eight months old and turning into quite the explorer, was perched precariously on my calf, having crawled up my … More ArtistMotherWife: The Kitchen Episode
As dancers, we tend to love routines. Plie, tendu, degagge. Warm-up, progressions, combo. Pre-show rituals. Post-performance commemorations – mine was always a cheeseburger and Coke! Routines are necessary to our dance training and can make performances special. But in our daily lives, routines can easily become stifling. With my son rapidly approaching his first birthday, I … More The #Monthly Message: Find a Rhythm That Enhances Your Life, Not a Routine That Stifles It
This particular blog series – “My Top 5 Skills Your Students Should Know” – was inspired by a question posed in a dance teachers’ group on Facebook a while back: What are the 5 skills that you think are most important for your students to learn? As I’ve written in the past, I initially struggled … More My Top 5 Creative and Performance Skills Your Students Should Strive For