Posts Tagged ‘time’

October 2015 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. A Time to Dance
2. Tallulah’s Solo
3. Ballet Spectacular: A Young Ballet Lover’s Guide and an Insight Into a Magical World
4. Creative Dance for All Ages (2nd ed.)

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May-June 2015 | Higher-Ed Voice | Continental Drift

The first thing choreographers do in making a dance is to bring bodies together at a designated time and space. The space might be a ballroom, a studio, a park green, a subway platform—anywhere large enough and light enough to move in. Then the choreographer can turn to making dance. In the process, everyone breathes the same air, touches one another, and mingles sweat in face-to-face encounters—intimate, damp, and physical. Regardless of the kind of dance being made, the choreographer and her dancers share the experience in the same space and time.

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December 2014 | 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Time Steps

Time steps are a pattern, usually reversed every 4 counts, used by vaudevillians to help set tempo for musicians. In Over the Top to Bebop, a filmed discussion of tap with Jazz Dance author Marshall Stearns, Honi Coles talks about time steps being the “ABCs” of tap dance, and he and Cholly Atkins vocalize a ditty about a buggy ride to demonstrate simple to more complex rhythms. (Portions are on YouTube.)

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September 2014 | Mind Games

Dance teachers can benefit from understanding the difference between what sports psychologists label “process-oriented thinking” and “result-oriented thinking.” I translate these terms as playing a “win–win” or “win–lose” game.

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May-June 2014 | Bright Biz Idea | Time vs Money

To keep a studio running, an owner must constantly make decisions based on the perceived value of services. Is that master teacher worth her pricey salary? Will a costly renovation be worth the time and effort? How much of a return will a professional marketing campaign yield? But many owners neglect to consider the value of one critical ingredient of business success—their own time.

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October 2013 | 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Teaching Time Steps

Time steps are essential tools in a tap dancer’s repertoire. Make sure your students have basic knowledge of them. Most important, a true time step starts on count eight. A traditional one starts with a shuffle, and a “buck” begins with a stomp or stomp back brush. Determine whether the step is a single, double, triple, or quadruple by the number of sounds made after the hop: a step (single), flap (double), shuffle step (triple), and shuffle step heel (quadruple).

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