Articles by Ashley Rivers
Mastering the 30-minute lesson plan
K–12 teachers are no strangers to the time crunch. By the time students have changed clothes for class, your 45 minutes can easily become 30. Especially with younger grades, your entire … Continue reading
The case for backward curriculum design
K–12 teachers are multitaskers. Not only do you impart foundational technique, but you also weave culture, choreographic principles, history and interdisciplinary studies into lessons. Prioritizing these demands when lesson-planning, says … Continue reading
Five tips for when inspiration runs short
You’re sure to experience the frustration every competition or recital season: feeling stuck because you must choreograph several dances at the same time and you’ve run out of … Continue reading
Spot the differences between these easily confused injuries.
It’s news that Dr. David Weiss doesn’t like to give. Sometimes dancers see him thinking they have shinsplints, when they actually have a stress fracture, a more serious … Continue reading
Protect yourself in acro class.
Early in her teaching career, Joanne Chapman struggled with regular neck pain and couldn’t figure out what was causing it. “I went to the chiropractor and he said, ‘You … Continue reading