Preparing For Performance

Winter break is over and it is late February. This is the time that we dance teachers focus on what is going to be presented on that stage this Spring. Call it Revue, Recital or Dance Concert. It is all the same. Those beautiful dancers that you have been preparing with all that dance technique are going to show what you have taught them. …..And this is what we teachers have going through our heads this time of year. ...more

Creating A Story Ballet

At the dance school where I am currently teaching, as in most area dance schools, there is a performance at the end of every year that includes all the styles of dance we teach at the school. The ballet classes are a bit separate from the other classes in the performance, where as, all the ballet classes from Novice level on up are part of a story ballet. This is one my favorite things about teaching there. After I present my thoughts and ideas to the studio director, I am given full control over my creativity....more

Chistmas At A Country Dance School

  Christmas At A Country Dance School Christmas is on the way. It is on the way everywhere! For us at L A Dance Academy it has been on its way since June. You see, many of the dancers and dedicated parents and all of the teachers, have been very busy, working hard, to produce a benefit Christmas show. A show to benefit the people of Edmeston and generally the surrounding area, to have just a little better Christmas....more

Assessing the Dancer - The Knee

Assessing Dancers…the Knee Normally at the beginning of the dance season the teacher makes a mental assessment of each the dancers in her class. This assessment helps the teacher to see what areas the dancers will need the most help in future classes. This pre assessment becomes the basis for the teacher’s mental image of the each dancer in the class....more

Plie, More Than Bendig

Plie - (plee-AY) Bent, bending. A bending of the knee or knees…..Oh but it is so much more. The plie makes the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible and elastic and develops a sense of balance. At the beginning of class, during the barre exercises, plies accomplish so much for the dancer. They begin to warm up the joints of the feet, ankles, knees and hips. They help in the development of flexibility of the muscles in the lower body and bring an awareness of the turn-out in the hip sockets....more