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

Why Your Dance Students Are Acting Out – And What You Can Do About It!

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!

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

My Favorite Introduction Games for Dance Classes

The arrival of September officially marks the arrival of the back to school season. The start of a “new year” affords us the opportunity to create brand new communities in our classrooms and studios. So often, we are tempted to immediately jump into technique and choreography, but taking time for team-building exercises and community building … More My Favorite Introduction Games for Dance Classes

Four Habits to Start in the First Six Weeks of a New Dance Class

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 a New Dance Class

The #MonthlyMessage: Never Let Your Blessings Start to Feel Like Burdens

My son went through terrible sleeping stage recently. He’s never been a good sleeper, but  it at least felt like we were making progress for a while. Then, at 8.5 months, WHAM! We were back to 4+ night wakings, fighting bedtime, erratic naps, the whole deal. I know sleep regressions happen, but this one was … More The #MonthlyMessage: Never Let Your Blessings Start to Feel Like Burdens

Dance Improvisation Tips & Activities

Improvisation can have a vast array of benefits for dancers of all ages and skill levels. When students improvise, they: Discover how to apply technical concepts in new ways, helping them to more deeply understand and internalize their dance technique Develop self-awareness as they explore movement principles and ideas in ways that work best for … More Dance Improvisation Tips & Activities