Playing in the Studio: Dance Obstacle Course
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9M ago
One of my favourite ways to mix up a warm up or actually just to engage play in the dance classroom is to make a dance obstacle course. For little dancers, I include lots of balance and jumping onto or over activities, walking on tip toes, standing on different textures etc. For middle sized dancers I tend to focus on dance conditioning activities but make them playful using different equipment to build balance skills (with eyes closed is an extra challenge), using upper body, using core by getting low on the floor and precision work. I might also include some basic plyometrics too. For my s ..read more
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Cultivating your own Creative Practice as an Educator
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9M ago
Okay, dance educators, let's turn the spotlight back on ourselves this week. We all know that teaching, whether studio or school, is a demanding profession. So, my question this month is: how do you fill your own creative well? What do you do that lights you up and is just for you, not about your students at all? In the past, I've totally been guilty of calling the things I was doing as professional development my creative practice and if I'm really honest it wasn't a creative practice - it was for my students or my business or my teaching practice and not for me at all. After experiencing bu ..read more
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Playfulness in the Classroom: Tiktok Aesthetics and Dance Genres
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9M ago
This is such a fun little game that came about from conversations with my students about internet/Tiktok aesthetics. It's probably a best fit with your senior students. If you don't know much about internet aesthetics, it's worth a quick google or pinterest search, but in a nutshell an internet aesthetic refers to a particular style or design trend that has emerged from online culture, such as memes, social media, digital art, fashion, and even TikTok. Internet aesthetics are often associated with youth culture and are  continuously evolving and influenced by the constant changes in onli ..read more
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Warming Up Well: What makes a good dance warm up?
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9M ago
As we all know, dance is a physically demanding activity that requires strength, flexibility, coordination, and control. Warming up properly is essential to prevent injuries, but it can be difficult to know what a good warm-up should include. To shed some light on the matter, we've consulted the research and our dance science educators have put together the highlight reel for you below. A proper warm-up helps to increase blood flow, warm up the muscles, reduce the risk of injury and should activate the cardiovascular, muscular and nervous systems. A comprehensive warm up not only prepares the ..read more
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