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 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

My Top 5 Social-Emotional Skills Your Students Should Develop

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

My Top 5 Movement Skills Your Students Should Master

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 My Top 5 Movement Skills Your Students Should Master

The Year I Stop Glorifying Busy

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