5 Winter Break Self-Care Practices for Dance Teachers

My fellow dance teachers, congratulations! For most of us, winter break is on the horizon, which means we’ve almost made it through another semester in the studio. Whether these last few months have been full of triumphs or challenges, you have earned a well-deserved respite and a bit of relaxation. To help you make the … More 5 Winter Break Self-Care Practices for Dance Teachers

CaZO Dance: Making Dance Now

“Making Dance Now” is an occasional blog series profiling choreographers and small dance companies to explore the challenges and rewards of creating, producing, and presenting choreography in today’s culture and economy. It’s my hope that this series will spark a dialogue about the importance of dance-making today, and how we can better support choreographers! The first installment of the … More CaZO Dance: Making Dance Now

3 Frighteningly Fun Halloween Activities for Your Dance Class

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

The #Monthly Message: Find a Rhythm That Enhances Your Life, Not a Routine That Stifles It

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

My Top 5 Creative and Performance Skills Your Students Should Strive For

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

Four Habits to Start in the First Six Weeks of the Dance Season

As we approach the start of another dance season, many of us are spending time polishing our lesson plans, perfecting our playlists, developing assessment tools, and brainstorming recital and concert ideas. But the “clean slate” of the new season also affords us – and our students – time to break old bad habits and start great … More Four Habits to Start in the First Six Weeks of the Dance Season

Visions of Sugar Plums: Using a Nutcracker Workshop to Teach About Ballet

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

“Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”: A Reflection on Right Now

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