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 Social-Emotional Skills Your Students Should Develop
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. You can explore more by reading Part 1 and Part 3 of the series. What is an empowered dancer? In my opinion, students who are empowered are: Self-aware and self-reliant … More Empowering Our Ballet Students, Part 2
This is the first in a series of posts on building empowered dancers in the ballet studio. You can read the continuation of this series by checking out Part 2 and Part 3. 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 … More Empowering Our Ballet Students, Part 1
This video has been circulating on the web, and I’ve got a problem with it. On Facebook and other sites, the little ballerina is lauded for her technical skill and ability at such a young age. However, there are some serious issues at play in this little girl’s training, in my opinion at least. … More Are We Training Away Our Art Form?