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.
Here at Dance Teacher, we never miss out on a chance to help you be super EXTRA for the holidays. This month, we give you recipes to four different St. Patrick's Day treats you might consider handing out in class for your studio's celebration. Your dancers will love the festiveness, and you can use them as bribery for good behavior if you're feeling desperate (guilty 🙋♀️).
Check them out, and let us know what kinds of treats you like to make at your studio for St. Patrick's Day!
It's officially March, and you know what that means—green dance gear all around! Your students will come to class looking like jolly-green leprechauns, and you wouldn't have it any other way—it's way too much fun! To help you and your dancers find your best green getup, here are three green outfit ideas that will fulfill all your St. Patrick's Day needs. No pinching needed!
The days after a competition weekend always feel like a strangely ritualistic twilight zone. You're exhausted and relieved all at the same time. Your body aches, you're ultra-sensitive and your mental state is so worn down that it's hard to tell up from down. In times like these, every teacher recuperates in basically the same way. We break down the 10 most common things dance teachers unknowingly put on their recovery checklist before going back to teach after a long dance weekend.
If you're a dance teacher, you'll totally relate to some variation of this.
We knew we adored Ben Platt when we saw him sing his heart out through sobs in Dear Evan Hansen back in 2016, but now that he's put out a music video with some fantastic dancers as the titular characters, we are positively in love with him!
Check out the emotional new music video to, "Grow as We Go" with Rudy Abreu and Effie Tutko. The L.A. superstars are positively stunning in it! Let us know if you agree over on our Facebook page.
When Danica Paulos left Southern California at 17 to train in New York City at The Ailey School while she finished high school, she had no idea that she'd be dancing with the professional company within four years. She completed the school's professional program (on scholarship), then landed a spot with Ailey II. After a year, she was invited to replace an injured dancer in the main company, and when her Ailey II season ended, Robert Battle invited her to continue full-time.
The pressure young dancers feel to succeed at competition can lead to unhealthy stress levels that take the fun out of performing. To help your students feel calm, cool and collected before dancing, teach them these three stress-reducing exercises to do before going onstage.
Trust us, learning how to manage anxiety will benefit your dancers for the rest of their lives!
Competition weekends provide an excellent chance for your studio to bond. We aren't just talking about bonding during classes or while performing onstage, but in the quiet moments between the hustle and bustle, and, of course, during the celebration when the three days of dancing come to an end. Here are three competition-weekend-ritual ideas you should consider trying the next time you take your dancers to compete. Your students will feel more connected and have more fond memories to look back on when they graduate.