You might need to bear with me for this week’s #MondayMessage. It’s a little bit out there: You see, I’ve been struggling a bit lately. Life seems to be coming at me at 1000%, and while I’m grateful for all of the opportunities, I’ve been feeling like I’m always in overdrive. When that feeling takes … More The #MondayMessage: It’s All About the Small Changes
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 5 Technique & Movement Skills To Teach Your Dance Students
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. For more on this topic, check out Part 1 and Part 2. What is an empowered dancer? In my opinion, students who are empowered are: Self-aware and self-reliant (physically, cognitively, and … More Empowering Our Ballet Students, Part 3
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
Regardless of your political views, it is clear that we are living in uncertain times. Things are bound to change under this new administration, perhaps drastically, if the events of the past few weeks and months are any indication. The arts, which have a long history of holding up a mirror to society in our best … More Art In Uncertain Times
For a little while now I’ve been questioning why I do what I do for a living. The doubt is actually a huge part of the reason I haven’t been writing much lately. I’ve been doing a lot of reflection, but not the kind that is easy (or pleasant) to put on paper (or screen). First, … More At times like these, Why Dance?
The holidays are, if nothing else, an excellent chance to practice your small talk. At annual get togethers with friends, family, family friends, and the like, the usual opening question goes something like, “So….How’ve you been?” Not a terribly original questions, and not one that is particularly easy to answer casually over cocktails, either. There … More The Year I Stop Glorifying Busy
Several months ago, I heard two interesting reports from NPR’s Planet Money team that focused on college majors and jobs – why people decide to pursue particular tracks of study and the careers they hold as a result As might be expected from a program entitled “Planet Money,” both of the these reports focused heavily … More In Defense of the Dance Major