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Zoom Basics for Teaching Ballet Online

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We are living in unprecedented times as dance teachers, parents, and human beings on this earth. Not only is there a mostly-unknown virus spreading in our countries and the resulting fear and isolation, but we, as professionals are having to completely reinvent the wheel for how we will deliver the education and training we’ve promised […]

Choosing Which Correction To Give

Corrections in Ballet Class

I had a teacher oh so many years ago who was helping me learn how to teach. She observed me giving class one day and afterwards we had a little chat: “So, Robyn. Well done. However, I noticed you didn’t correct the dancers often. Can you tell me why that was?” “Yeah. I noticed that, […]

Just a Job

Being a Ballet Teacher

When I write about ballet, I tend to become impassioned. My fingers move across the keyboard with fierce speed and adrenaline surges through my body. This is because I am in love with ballet. Talking about ballet, doing ballet, writing about ballet, teaching ballet, watching ballet, thinking about ballet—if it has to do with ballet, […]

Self Care for Ballet Teachers

Self Care for Ballet Teachers

Throbbing feet, bone tired bodies, and exhausted minds. Being a ballet teacher is not easy. When I first launched my teaching career, my energy levels were sky high. Nothing was going to bring me down. Six straight hours of teaching followed by a short break and then more teaching? No problem. Gimme more! Woke up […]

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 […]