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Our Dance Teacher Summit is nearly here! In honor of #ThrowbackThursday, enjoy these words of wisdom from five Summit faculty members, featured in Dance Teacher over the past year.

Anneliese Burns Wilson talked to DT about why using props to teach is helpful.

“The more senses you can integrate into the way you teach something, the more likely you are to connect with a student in a way he or she is able to process properly.”

Becca Moore shared why using social media is essential to a well-run studio.

“Social media is like an extension of a conversation. It’s a great way to further promote your brand and create a community and environment for your clients.”

Becca Moore lectured at the 2015 Dance Teacher Summit.

Dale Lam talked about why having a studio curriculum is so important.

“I had trouble with teachers introducing students to new stretches and exercises that led to injuries. I implemented a syllabus, and now all of my teachers have to follow it and stick to the curriculum. This way, I know we’re all sticking to methods I know are healthy for the dancers’ bodies and not causing injuries.”

Dale Lam won a Dance Teacher Award at last year's Summit.

Maria Hanley gave advice on working with toddlers.

“You have to learn to keep the class moving without waiting for everyone to be together. If you pause until every single person is paying attention and following along, you’ll never be able to progress through the class.”

Maria Hanley built a preschool program at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.

Deborah Vogel discussed common problems with port de bras.

“A lot of times, young dancers don’t sit up straight or stand with proper alignment. They tend to slump and allow their shoulders to roll forward, and over time, this shortens the latissimus muscle. When the latissimus is overly tight, the action of taking the arms from second position to fifth causes the ribs to ascend with the arms.”

See you at the Summit!

Photos (from top): by Ashley Watson, courtesy of Moore; by Lisa Baker, courtesy of Lam; courtesy of Hanley

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