Tag Archives: three year olds

Organizing and Running a “Happy Class”

Teaching a Happy Class

Children need structure. This is especially true in the pre-ballet years, as they prepare for a more disciplined class. The less “free time” they have in the class period, the better. They should know exactly what they’re supposed to do when they arrive, until class starts, when they arrive late, while the teacher is talking, when […]

6 Classroom “Attention-Getters” to Watch Out For

6 Attention Getters in Ballet Class

Every dance studio is different with its own set of rules and expectations, but one thing remains the same throughout: children will be children. No matter where I teach, I find that there are certain little tricks that children try to play on us as teachers. We should be aware of these “attention-getters” so that we […]

Don’t Be A Skipper, Teach Them To Skip!

Teach Skipping

Skipping requires balance, symmetry in muscle use, self-esteem and some natural coordination. It is often used as an indicator of ‘readiness to learn’ academic subjects. It is expected that children in a dance class will learn to skip. Skipping is a complex skill composed of and built upon several more basic skills.” Many of my […]

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 […]

Great Article by Huff Post

This article was posted to the Huffington Post website on Friday, Septemeber 19th. It was written by the mother of a three-year old (sounds familiar) who is very excited about putting her child in ballet class. She goes over some of the benefits of taking ballet as a young child and how those skills can […]