Lesson Plans for Every Month

January 15, 2005 by

-Have students make two or three resolutions detailing their dance goals, whether it’s perfecting switch leaps or developing the strength to do relevé arabesques on pointe without the barre. Meet with each student to discuss … Continue reading

Getting Parents Involved in Your Competition Numbers

January 15, 2005 by

Who says parents just don’t understand? More and more dance parents are joining competition troupes to spend time with their children. The result: unforgettable numbers and an increased sense of team unity. Having to learn … Continue reading

Choosing the Right Temperature for your Studio

January 15, 2005 by

Anyone who has taught in a studio without air conditioning or heating appreciates climate control. But with some dancers griping about the heat and others shivering during pliés, you may wonder which temperature optimizes performance.

Professional … Continue reading

Adjusting to Life After Summer Study

January 15, 2005 by

Do you dread the first day back from summer vacation, when all of your students who studied at other programs return to class? It’s exciting when these dancers are inspired, motivated and improved, but it … Continue reading

The Sultan of Swing

March 25, 2003 by

If dancing were a religion, the block of Lenox Avenue between 140th and 141st Streets in Harlem would be holy ground. It was there, between 1926 and 1958, that big bands and dancers flocked to … Continue reading

The Mavis Maverick

December 7, 2002 by

Mavis Staines, artistic director of Canada’s National Ballet School, has emerged as a dance education pioneer who is committed to students’ well-being and teachers’ continuing education. DT goes behind the scenes to find out what … Continue reading