Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

Fit for a Coffee Cup

DSL quotes offered wisdom, humor, and heart by Alaina Leary If there’s anything this magazine proves, it’s that no one understands a dance teacher like a fellow dance teacher. Yet among the technical teaching tips, answers to common classroom questions, studio business info, and product suggestions, one aspect of this magazine stands out—the unstinting wisdom…

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Falling Back in Love With Your Studio

What to do when the going gets rough by Julie Erika Lawton All dance studio owners experience heart-wrenching lows in their careers: the stress of owning a small business, long work weeks, and challenging moments with students and parents are just some of the contributing factors. Occasionally, bad times and tough luck can lead studio…

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Tips for Ballet Teachers | Using Landmarks and Boosting Morale

by David Arce Tip 1 The younger the students, the harder it is for them to interpret verbal corrections—especially directional corrections. How many times have you told students to move right, only to find them moving left? Most kids learn this skill by 2 or 3 years old, but that doesn’t mean they can do…

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January 2015 | Ballet Scene | French Lessons

Ballet is a beautiful art form, but the day-to-day work involved isn’t always glamorous. It can be hard for students to think of themselves as participants in a grand artistic tradition when they’re repeating exercises for the 500th time. That’s what Genevieve Le Gall Fortner, the founder and director of Oxford Ballet School in Oxford, Mississippi, noticed over a period of several years: her ballet students lacked motivation.

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August 2014 | Motivation Matters

Have you ever found yourself teaching students who seem to have checked out mentally? In my 25 years of teaching preteen and teenage dancers, I’ve encountered many a class in which some students seem distracted or disconnected. I don’t mean the occasional off day; I mean a persistent lack of interest, taking class without having a sense of purpose or regard for quality.

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October 2013 | Mail

Commenting on “Micromanaging Moms” [by Karen White, EditorSpeak] in the August [2013] issue: One of the first topics I cover in DANC 216: Creative Dance for Children is choosing age-appropriate themes, music, and costumes. I show my class a half-dozen YouTube videos of little girls wiggling self-consciously onstage to “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” in studio recitals. (I stop at six because it gets ridiculous at that point, though there are a bazillion recital dances to this same tired old song out there.) We have a discussion of why teaching young girls to be ashamed of their bodies might not be a positive way to build confidence and a positive body image.

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February 2013 | Summer Inspiration on a Shoestring

For studio owners and dance teachers, summer’s inevitable slowdown means that we finally have time to recharge our batteries and reboot for a new season. Every summer, opportunities abound for continuing education—a dizzying number of dance classes, teaching seminars, conventions, and conferences to choose from. But what if those are out of reach this year? What if you have a tight budget, or you can’t travel, or the timing is bad—or all of the above?

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February 2010 | 2 Tips for Teachers | Boredom and Burnout

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Repetition, repetition, repetition—the only way to perfect a ballet movement is to do it over and over. Think of concert pianists who practice for hours to perfect only their fingering. Then think of dancers who have to perfect feet, legs, head, upper body, arms. How can you make this constant repetition enjoyable and meaningful for young dancers?

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Announcing . . . Project Motivate w/ Rennie & Rhee Gold

For the first time, Rennie and Rhee Gold join forces to bring the dance education field a unique inspirational experience. Rhee’s business and motivational seminars along with Rennie’s classroom and choreography concepts will bring attendees a continuing education experience like no other. Their passion for the art of dance and education is evident in all that they do. July 23-25 at the Gold School, Brockton, MA

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Everything I Needed to Learn . . .

There is a famous book that claims that everything we need to know in life can be learned in kindergarten. I might be slightly biased, but I think there is no better format for presenting life’s lessons than the dance classroom. Dance training and exposure to a good dance teacher can enhance a child’s life in immeasurable ways. We build confident minds, open hearts, and sensitive artists (who occasionally learn to move well!). Here are the lessons learned in every dance class, along with a few old sayings that help to make my point.

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Common Ground | Keeping the Dream Alive

“Motivation” is a career these days. In the business world, you can make a comfortable living traveling to conferences and speaking to business groups about the subject. But in dance, motivation is like choreography—something you use every minute, every day, without thinking about it.

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Ask Rhee Gold

My mom has owned her school for 43 years and I’ve been teaching for her for more than 20. Yesterday I came to work to discover her crying in the basement. After prodding her to tell me what happened, she said that a couple of her teenage students had just told her that she’s too old to teach them. They said, “We want to learn real jazz, like hip-hop, not the old-fashioned jazz!”

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