IMHO

In My Humble Opinion | Make Time for Mentoring

by Emily Bufferd I once saw a T-shirt that read, “Work until your idols become your rivals.” Something felt funny about that statement. When I was growing up, I looked up to my dance idols and it never occurred to me to see them as my competition. I wanted to be just like them. If…

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In My Humble Opinion | Sacred Spaces

  Sacred Spaces by Casey C. Davenport Before performing, I always had to be alone in my space. As a teacher, it’s the same—I need my 15 minutes by myself. The quiet before the storm, I guess. Before the school opens, I sip a cup of warm black coffee in the still studio. With just…

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In My Humble Opinion | A Culture Worth Preserving

A Culture Worth Preserving by Kim Hungerford In a dance studio environment, teachers can often feel like lone rangers. Parents bring students to our classroom doors, then take their exit. Half a dozen pairs of eyes stare into our souls and ask, “What do you have for us today?” As if the pressure of giving…

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In My Humble Opinion | Better behavior = better conventions

Better behavior = better conventions by Erik Saradpon As the popularity of dance has increased, so too has dance convention attendance. As an educator, I’m fortunate to experience conventions from both sides: I take my students to conventions frequently, and I also teach at conventions. But I’ve noticed some convention behavior that needs to be…

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July 2017 | IMHO | Enjoying the Rhythms of Early Childhood Dance Class

by Amanda Whitehead Experiencing music kinesthetically is one of my favorite parts of dancing: for sheer movement pleasure, give me some lush Tchaikovsky or bouncing electro-swing. Like me, few of my students can resist moving to music, and I enjoy preparing classes attuned to my students’ musical development and their pleasure in music, as well…

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