Teaching Tips

5 New Year's Resolutions for Dance Teachers in 2019


Welcome to 2019, dance teachers! We have a feeling this is going to be one heck of a year in the dance world, and really, it's all thanks to you! You are raising the future of this industry, and we couldn't be more proud to know you all.

As we embark on this new year together, we thought we would share five new year's resolutions we believe every dance teacher could use this year. They're sure to help you make a lasting and positive impact on those talented kiddos of yours.

1. Provide More Positive Feedback

Continue to give your dancers the corrections and constructive criticism they need, but this year, throw in a few more compliments. Your students work hard, and it's motivating to hear when that has paid off. Don't just assume they know—help them see it!

2. Always Come to Class Prepared

As the year moves forward and your schedule becomes tighter, it can be easy to let class preparation slip through the cracks. Don't! Organize your time in a way that allows you to give your students the attention they need.

3. Yell Less, Communicate More

When working with a roomful of rowdy teenagers who seemingly refuse to apply corrections, yelling can seem like the only option. It's not. Find other ways to communicate with your dancers. Use positive reinforcement and a clear, direct tone. Your students will listen better, and you won't have to strain your vocal cords.

4. Prioritize Technique Classes

As performance/competition season looms, it's tempting to trade technique classes for extra rehearsals. DON'T DO IT. Your dancers need the technical foundation you can provide them in order to succeed in the professional world. Don't short-change their long-term success for one short moment of praise.

5. Tune Into Your Dancers' Emotional Well-being, as Well as Their Dance Well-being

Always remember that you are not only training dancers, but educating individuals. Check up on them regularly this year. Help them reach their potential, but do it with a healthy outlook.

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