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Sensory Development for Purposeful Movement

Sensation is Information

Coordination can be one of the hardest concepts for students to learn, especially when their foundation for purposeful movement may not have been laid correctly. Children progress through a natural process of coordination development that can sometimes be ignored when a teacher is trying to teach dance steps. Learn how to work with nature in […]

How Teachers Help Their Students Improve Coordination

Improve Coordination in Dance

Dance teachers have been on track more than any other group in providing for coordination to happen. Our deep understanding of movement and development encourages the correct progression of coordination at the proper stages of growth. Ballet teachers have been helping kids, encouraging them to get their brain’s act together all along! Take Charge of […]

Why Warmups?

Proper Ballet Warmups

There is a pattern of traditional ballet exercises done at the barre. As a result of recent studies in the area of sports and dance, most teachers these days are also giving some “pre-barre warmup exercises” to their students. In Ruth Brinkerhoff’s Classical Ballet 4 curriculum book, she takes a brief look at the why, how and […]

Hints for a Happy Class

Hints for a Happy Ballet Class

Would you say you teach a “happy” class? When your students leave your classroom, are they overly tired and restless, or do they feel a sense of accomplishment? Pacing your class, implementing creative rest periods, and taking your students’ ever-changing needs into account will make a big difference in the happiness and quality of your class. Pacing […]

5 Principles of Classical Ballet for Young Children

5 Principles of Classical Ballet

Even at the earliest age, ballet students are absorbing the classical principles we instill in them. From as early as age 3, there are fundamental movement and artistic elements that can be cultivated in order to shape how that student learns and develops in their classical education. To provide that foundation for our ballet students, there are seven […]

The Dance Teacher’s Secret Weapon: Expectancy

Dance Teacher Secret Weapon

It’s been one of those weeks. We all know them—toward the end of the first term, dance teachers often experience their first bouts of student burnout. Everything was great when we first started the semester, but now the students have already accomplished what they needed to get through Observation Week, and they are beginning to show initial […]