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Q: We are bringing in guest choreographers to set pieces on our dancers for the first time this summer. My students are used to learning choreography from their directors over the course of a few weeks, and I'm worried they will struggle picking up so much in a condensed amount of time. How can I prepare them to learn movement quickly?

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Having reliable sound equipment and a microphone that is easy to use is essential for dance teachers who need to project through a large space. However, sometimes all those wires, input/output holes and dials make using a microphone unmanageable. Have no fear, though! Dance teacher and businesswoman Christy Lane shared her eight microphone tips for teachers, coaches and presenters.

1. Bring your own microphone—you’ll be more familiar with it.

2. Know how your mic plugs into the sound system.

3. Go hands free! Use a headset microphone.

4. Keep a thumb’s width distance between your lips and the mic to avoid muffle.

5. Don’t stand too close to the speaker; lower the volume to avoid feedback.

6. No volume? Check the receiver box for LINE or MIC button.

7. When not in use, mute your mic to save battery life.

8. Go for a battery-operated sound system. They come with a handheld mic.

Christy Lane is an educator, presenter and TV show producer who created the Dare to Dance school assembly program, through which she has educated more than 2 million students nationwide. For more info, visit: christylane.com.

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