Haley Hilton graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in News Media. She is from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Haley taught at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio for four years, and has danced professionally with Odyssey Dance Theater. She interned for Dance Spirit summer of 2017. Haley covers the What my Teacher taught me, Chatroom, Face to Face, Teachers' Tools, Technology, List and Recommended beats. Haley also edits Ask the Experts and Ask Deb.
When your students graduate and move to the big city to pursue their dreams, they'll almost immediately discover that there's a void left where your studio once was. Not only will they miss your instruction and daily support, but they'll miss having a physical space to work through challenging movement, polish their technique and improv with no one watching. Help them with their adjustment period by telling them about the studio spaces they can rent out when they need some one-on-one time with the mirror and the music.
Here are five for you to share with them—you're welcome!
As dance teachers, we're always looking for new treats to hand out to our littles at the end of class. Rewards for good behavior can be a lifesaver when dealing with rambunctious up-and-coming dancers, but if they get too predictable, the candies can lose their persuasive effect. Thank goodness for seasonal trends in treats—they give us just the shakeup we need!
Since Easter is coming up fast, we thought we would share with you five different candy ideas to hand out this month. They're the break from lollipops that you've been looking for!
"WOD" is back for Season 3, and once again, the internet is loving it! How much do they love it, you ask? Well they've watched many of the dances millions of times, so it's safe to say—A WHOLE LOT! We did some research and discovered which dances have been watched the most since Season 3's premiere, and the results may surprise you.
Here are the top-four most viewed "WOD" videos of the season so far! Let us know your favorite over on our Facebook page!
The one thing that can unite all of us on April 15 is the fact that everyone hates doing their taxes. Though they are necessary, they are exhausting and time-consuming, and just plain no fun for anyone!
To help you cope, we've captured what doing taxes feels like through a series of dancer memes.
Arizona State Sun Devil dancers Claire Wolford and Ciara Self, via @clairewolford on Instagram
We always love the chance to celebrate our favorite type of student athletes (dancers, obviously 💁♀️). So when we found out that today was a national holiday devoted to just that, we rounded up the Instagram accounts of some of our favorite leading ladies. These dancers come from some of the top title-winning teams in the country, and they are fabulous. Follow them down the endless rabbit hole of Instagram dance-video magic.
Today is National Equal Pay Day, and according to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns. As studio owners, you are in a unique position to combat this statistic.
Here are three things you can do to make a difference in the future financial success of your students and employees:
We're baaaaaack! 5 Pranks to Play on Your Students for April Fools' Day 2.0 is here and ready to rumble. Use any one of these in your classroom, and you're sure to spend the rest of your day chuckling. Use all of them at once, and we aren't sure your dancers will ever recover 😏 😂 🤣.
Film any of the pranks you do on your students and share them on social media with us. We are VERY excited to see what hilarious things come from this day.
Every few months we take it upon ourselves to share some of our favorite class videos with you all. Each time, it's a list of combos we literally can't stop watching, and this time is no different.
Check them out and let us know what you think over on our Facebook page. Feel free to include links to some of the combos created in your own studios. We want to be inspired by the work that's being cultivating all around the country.