Posts Tagged ‘curriculum’

A Fond Farewell

Publisher Rhee Gold looks back at Dance Studio Life’s history—and turns his attention to what’s next by Ryan P. Casey Rhee Gold chuckles as he begins telling me a story. “This is the best one,” he says. He said the same thing before launching into a different anecdote 15 minutes ago, but I’m all ears.…

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FYI | Dancing Dreamers Curriculum Expands

What’s up in the dance community Dance educator Princess Johnson, founder of Greensboro, North Carolina’s Royal Expressions Contemporary Ballet, designed her Dancing Dreamers curriculum to help kids embody their dreams through movement. This spring, local philanthropic organization the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation rewarded Johnson’s vision with a $1,500 donation. Johnson began developing the curriculum in…

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Acro-tastic

Take advantage of today’s tumbling craze by adding acro dance to your schedule by Debra Danese The popularity of acro is skyrocketing with studio-aged kids. More and more often, dance choreography features acro moves, and the blend of the two disciplines benefits students by expanding their movement vocabularies. With that in mind, perhaps you are…

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EditorSpeak | Don’t Apologize

It’s a new school year. Do you know where your convictions are? After a summer of lax schedules and lazy days, educators return to the classroom with high hopes. Perhaps you are like me, and as your body lay calmly on the beach your mind churned with “what ifs” for curriculum and choreography. Today we…

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FYI | Teacher Training Focuses on Ballet Technique

What’s up in the dance community After nearly 20 years of running the Virginia-based Ashburn Academy of Dance, Anne Marie Kimmell and Katie Beliveau determined that ballet is a hard sell for today’s kids. So based on ballet teacher training they received at the University of Utah, the pair created and trademarked The Ballet Method,…

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Tips for Tap Teachers | Pre-Tap for Preschoolers

by Thelma Goldberg Many studio owners offer tap dance to preschoolers. But as someone who has spent a lifetime studying the art of tap, I’d like to suggest an alternative: offer your students ages 3 to 5 a curriculum of pre-tap—in ballet shoes. With planning and good marketing, your preschool program will flourish and students…

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FYI | Jazzing Up Online Resources

What’s up in the dance community Trial and error helped Atlanta Dance Central founder Charlotte Foster Williamson develop Physio Jazz, a dance and fitness program that emphasizes functional movement for students with Down syndrome, autism, and sensory processing disorders. And now she’s sharing her knowledge with other dance educators on a new website, physiojazz.com. Information…

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Summertime Teacher Training

Your 2018 guide to workshops and intensives across the U.S. Programs are listed in alphabetical order by sponsoring or producing organization.   Horton Teacher Workshop Sponsoring or producing organization: The Ailey Extension Dates: Session I, introductory/beginner, July 9–13; Session II, intermediate/advanced, July 16–20 Location: Joan Weill Center for Dance, New York City Fees/cost: Session I…

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FYI | Tackle Preschool Pressures With Studio to Go

What’s up in the dance community Imagine striding into your preschool classes with curriculum, music, activities, and props ready to go—without the need to spend countless hours in preparation. Educators Robyn Donaldson, Leah Matthews, and Lauren Nolan were imagining that dreamy scenario when they launched Studio to Go in Atlanta this fall. Studio to Go’s…

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Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | The Benefits of Parallel

by Amber Perkins Tip 1 An important benefit of adding modern and contemporary classes to your curriculum, alongside ballet and other forms, is that working in parallel helps your dancers develop well-balanced alignment. The parallel position really helps align each dancer’s hips, knees, ankles, and feet. This, in turn, supports correct alignment and placement, whether…

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Class Act | How to create effective—and adaptable—lesson plans

by Casey C. Davenport The process of teaching a single dance step, a combination of steps, or conceptual ideas in class can be overwhelming when you consider the many factors involved: what speed and style to teach the step in, a step’s technical execution standards, the most important aspects of the step to impart to…

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October 2016 | College Close-Ups | Florida State University

Established more than 80 years ago, Florida State University School of Dance provides students with a high level of dance training and encourages intellectual exploration through a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum. The school offers BFA and MFA degrees with a focus on performance and choreography, MA degrees in studio and related studies as well as American dance studies, and a new, combined BFA/MA five-year degree. Graduates have become leaders in the field as performers, choreographers, artistic directors, teachers, and scholars.

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December 2013 | Hip-Hop for All

As I prepare for a new season of hip-hop classes at my studio, ICON Dance Complex, I always start by thinking about curriculum. It’s important to take several factors into consideration when designing yours: the number of classes, and the age range, experience, and skill levels of your students. You can then design an effective program with choreography tailored to the students.

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February 2013 | Ask Rhee Gold

I own a school that was founded by my grandmother. I grew up knowing that someday I would take the reins and I always looked forward to it. I am proud of what we have built, but my children have their own interests, and they don’t include directing the family school.

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January 2013 | Ballet Scene | Moving With the Mouse

Angelina Ballerina may be an 8-year-old British mouse at Camembert Academy, but she’s already an astute businesswoman and a worldwide celebrity. And now she’s branching out into the dance world. As of September 2012, 117 dance studios in the United States and Canada have signed on to the Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy program, targeted at children ages 3 to 6.

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September 2010 | Taming the Teenage Brain

Adolescence is a time of profound changes. Teens are establishing their identity and developing logical and rational thinking skills that will become further refined in adulthood. As dance teachers, you can ensure that your teaching methods and curriculum support this phase of brain development. When you are aware of the changes, neural activity, and developing capacities that teenagers experience, you can help them make the most of their dance training.

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Conquering the Class Divide

As dance educators, our dream is to have classes of students who are all eager to learn, who have the same drive, desire, and willingness to work, and who are perfectly balanced in age and ability. Dream on!

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Hip to the Movement

Ever wonder why the kids of America are rushing to the nearest dance school to sign up for classes? The answer is hip-hop, and it’s a genre that poses a particular set of challenges for school owners and teachers. It can make older teachers feel out of touch and uncomfortable. Sometimes the students are undisciplined. Sometimes the lyrics are dirty—profanities aside, the words can be a minefield of innuendo. Much of the content is sexual, and some of it is demeaning to women. The lyrics can be hard to decipher, and it doesn’t help that the slang and the catchphrases change at a dizzying rate. It can make you doubt yourself: Am I being prudish here?

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Higher-Ed Voice | Teacher’s Road Map for Class

Colleges across the country have distributed course syllabuses to their students at the beginning of each semester probably since Harvard opened its doors in 1636. A syllabus, whether on paper or online, serves as a road map for students, a blueprint for faculty members, and a guide for individual teachers to achieve the common goal of understanding and learning.

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Ballet Scene | Tapping Into Your Potential

Tap and ballet. They’ve been the bread and butter of most American dance studios since the post-Depression years. Today studios offer a variety of other dance forms like lyrical, modern, hip-hop, and body conditioning courses like Pilates. But the combination of tap and ballet as a basic dance curriculum has produced a steady crop of dancers for each generation.

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