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How Friendly Should We Be?

How Friendly Ballet Teachers

More specifically—How friendly should we be with our students? As is almost always the case, this question has as many answers as there are ballet teachers in the world. These are my thoughts. The Ideal Situation Obviously, in the ideal situation we do not even have to concern ourselves with being friendly. Being friends with […]

What Do Teachers Wear?

Ballet Teachers Wear

I vividly remember my first year of ballet. I was nine years old, and my teacher, whom I adored then and still adore to this day, had an assistant. She wore a blue camisole leotard, black tights, and a long black wrap skirt. Her hair was pulled into a nice bun and her ballet shoes […]

Where to Put All the Tiny Humans

Where to Put all the Tiny Humans

I once taught a class of three year olds who I called my Sparkly Marbles. They were very proud of their title and often referred to themselves as Miss Robyn’s Sparkly Marbles. One class a dancer asked, “Miss Robyn, why are we sparkly?” I replied, “Because your giggles sparkle everywhere! It is very beautiful.” Another […]

Teaching the Full Spectrum in the Same Class

Teaching Full Spectrum

Stepping into your ballet studio, you allow your gaze to fall over the group of 11 year olds lined up beautifully at the barre. After you give the first exercise, your dancers begin on cue with the music; each one executing the movements with the same skill level as the dancer beside them. Upon noticing […]

How Much Should We Expect?

Ballet Class Expectations

What a loaded question. In all things. Right? From our hair products to our relationships, and everything in between, we walk through life with expectations needing to be fulfilled. In my personal life I have found conflicts arise when expectations are not clearly stated because it causes confusion. It brings strain to the situation. It […]

Away With The Lesson Plan!

Ballet Lesson Plans

Twenty something years of teaching ballet has taught me plenty of things. As educators in the arts we speak often about how life lessons are learned so well through the arts. What a beautiful thing. I could probably write a book on the lessons I have personally learned through my years as a student, as […]