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20 Etiquette Basics for Young Dancers

My lifelong relationship with dance helped me to develop a constant interest in the industry – especially in teaching children to dance. From a young age, I took dance, helped to teach classes of younger children as I grew up, studied with some amazing people and now have the privilege of working with technology that […]
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Impact of a Smile

Turn that frown upside down – really. There is a song that was sung by the late, great Louis Armstrong entitled “When You’re Smiling the Whole World Smiles with You.” Apparently, the sentiment expressed in this classic is true. A study conducted at the Yale School of Management in 1999 showed that, among working groups, […]
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How Play and Structure Work Together in Teaching Dance to Tots

Play makes learning more fun especially for your youngest learners. Movement is usually a huge component of play. Children move naturally to do almost everything from achieving mobility to expressing thoughts and feelings. Movement driven by curiosity and necessity soon quite naturally becomes play. It makes sense that these movements also become the basis for […]
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The Power of Authenticity In Your Studio

In the world of Instagram, Snapchat filters, and PhotoShop, authenticity can be hard to come by. Students have access to billions of videos, images, and articles 24/7.  Self-esteem can really be impacted from this wealth of resources. Studies are constantly showing how the media can damage our youngsters. For parents, knowing their child is at an […]
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Goal Setting Story

Deanna Lewis has a great idea to share. It was her first year teaching full time and wanted to do something different and impactful for her dancers. Each of her students wrote a personal goal at the beginning of every month for each of their classes. She found they were really attentive and driven because it […]