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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 […]

Plan for Success

Class Planning for Success

Never underestimate the power of planning ahead. Being a teacher means you must be 100% present with each class that you teach so that your students receive the best possible instruction with each passing week. In my early years, I didn’t understand just how important it was to take the extra time necessary to plan […]

The Triangle of the Foot

Triangle of the Foot

“Don’t roll your feet! Keep your arches lifted!” I’ve received the correction myself, but I’ve not been able to find a good way to explain it to my younger, beginner/intermediate students. Ruth Brinkerhoff’s “Pointe 1: An Introduction to Pointe Work” reveals a really good way to explain it. Imagine that each of your feet have three […]

Ballet Student Personalities: “Not Listening”

not-listening

Even as the words are coming out of your mouth, you can see all the signs that her mind is trailing off in some other direction. The student that simply will not stay engaged with the lesson is particularly puzzling (and patience-testing). Most teachers will just get offended and even angry at this type of student. Others have absolutely no idea […]