Best Practices

Let’s Go, Team!

March 1, 2015 by

5 fresh ideas to help your competition team bond
With choreography to rehearse and costumes to finalize, preparing for competition season can be hectic. Team bonding may not be the first thing on your mind, but … Continue reading

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

Thinking on Your Feet

December 29, 2014 by

Improvisation exercises for beginning, intermediate and advanced tap dancers
Improvisation. There’s no better word to send tap students into a panic. They can memorize choreography, perform in front of huge crowds and pull off crystal clear … Continue reading

Put the Fun in Fundamentals

December 1, 2014 by

10 ways to keep students engaged at the barre
Barre is time for ballet students to develop strength, accurate placement and basic technical skills. But it can seem boring and tedious to young or teen dancers, … Continue reading

Please Don’t Tap on the Glass

November 1, 2014 by

Studio directors share viewing policies that work.
 
Crafting a class observation policy that makes students, teachers and parents happy is no easy feat. After all, shows like “Dance Moms” make it seem normal for parents to … Continue reading

Copying Choreography

October 1, 2014 by

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but where do you draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism?
“Ideas always come from someplace else,” says Shely Pack-Manning, national president of Dance Masters of America and … Continue reading