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Articles by Ashley Rivers

Say It, Don’t Plié It

January 30, 2015 by

Exercises to help dancers build verbal confidence
Michelle Chassé sees it often: expressive, energetic dancers whose personalities shrink as soon as they are asked to speak. “When I’m auditioning people, I can tell a lot about … Continue reading

Destination Dance

April 1, 2014 by

Should your students consider studying abroad?

Studying abroad has long been a staple of a well-rounded college experience. But in the past, the lack of dance-focused programs, together with the rigorous requirements of a BFA track, … Continue reading

Navigating the Social Divide

February 1, 2014 by

An international dance club can help you build community.
American schools today are more diverse than ever before. Students must navigate increasingly complex social divides, ranging from differences of ethnic background to the age-old lines between … Continue reading

10 Minutes to Impress

January 1, 2014 by

Help your students make the most of their summer intensive audition videos.

A summer intensive director sits bleary-eyed in front of a monitor for the fourth hour straight, viewing videos of one eager applicant after … Continue reading

Maximizing Minutes

December 3, 2013 by

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

Eyes on the Prize

November 4, 2013 by

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