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Preventing Injuries

Prevent Ballet Injury

An article by BBC News has recently been circulating regarding the high risk of undetected injury in ballet students if they have been taught by an unqualified teacher. This article speaks volumes because of the vast importance we believe teachers must place on safety and injury prevention. Ruth Brinkerhoff’s (certified RAD teacher) ballet curriculum has […]

More Games for the Ballet Classroom

More Ballet Games

Games in the ballet classroom can be very effective teaching tools. As the students take advantage of a time of rest from their technique class, you can continue their ballet education through creative, team-building, skill-developing activities. Explained below are some great ballet class games that will teach vocabulary, direction, rhythm practice and choreographic skills. Most […]

Using Inertia to Avoid the “Dead Spot”

Avoid the Dead Spot in Ballet Class

How frustrating it is to carefully present and explain something to a class, and then find at the next meeting that the students remember very little, if any, of what you took such careful pains to explain and demonstrate! It sometimes seems this “forgetfulness” increases with the age and intelligence of the students. Can we […]

20 Ways to Create a Comfortable Class

20 Ways to Create a Comfortable Class

Most of us can remember being in a class where we couldn’t focus or understand what was being presented. It wasn’t much fun, was it? A dance class can feel that way to a young child. Childrens’ brains and muscles must be kept from frustration if they are to be happy and well behaved in class. Remember, too, […]

Why “Changing It Up” May Not Always Be Best

Why Not to Change it Up

                One might think that the best way to keep a group of active, eager and talkative 9 year-olds’ attention would be to make things different each week of ballet class. That way they stay engaged and interested. Ruth Brinkerhoff’s “Classical Ballet 1 (Ages 8-12)” curriculum book suggests the opposite […]