Best Practices

Staying Power

July 1, 2015 by

Help students find balance on relevé.
It’s easy to spot a dancer struggling to balance on relevé: Her ankles wobble, her torso shifts and she can’t hold her body in a steady position. But it’s not … Continue reading

Grace Under Pressure

June 1, 2015 by

Help students overcome anxieties and remember why they dance. (Because it’s fun!)
At The Dance Zone in Henderson, Nevada, a young dancer rehearses her jazz routine for the team’s weekend competition. At 9 years … Continue reading

Sky-High Skills

May 1, 2015 by

Tips for training your students to dance in heels
In the commercial world, anything goes when it comes to dancing in heels. From simple strutting and posing to leaps, turns, floor work and tilts, dancers are … Continue reading

On Pointe at Any Age

April 1, 2015 by

Taking your adult dancers to new heights
Watch Kat Wildish’s adult class in New York City, and you’ll see all kinds of people living their dream of dancing on pointe. Perhaps some of them stopped dancing … Continue reading

Let’s Go, Team!

February 28, 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 29, 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