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Giggles in a Preschool Ballet Class

When I am teaching a preschool ballet class I know I am not only teaching ballet and classroom skills, I am also responsible for making the class interesting. For a preschooler this means lots of storytelling and laughs! In my book, How to Teach Preschool Ballet: A...

Is There Progress in a Preschool Ballet Class?

Today one of my preschool students brought her grandparents to class for the first time. When class was over the grandfather first remarked at how cute the students were and how fun the class was to watch. Then he joked, “I guess you are expecting incremental...

How to Create a Creative Movement Class

Recently an instructor wrote to me asking how to create a curriculum for a creative movement class. Coincidentally, I am in the middle of writing my next book which is all about preschool ballet curriculum. In that book I talk about how to create a curriculum for...

Preschool Ballet Class Videos

What a year it has been. One year ago all of my in person classes were being canceled. To be honest it was a very scary time. Like so many dance studios and many other businesses our fate was uncertain and there were many questions to be answered. How long was this...

Just a Ballerina – Diversity in Ballet

This is summer 2020 and our world is changing. With all my heart I feel this is a major time of change. Eyes are being pulled wide open more than before and people are seeing the need for larger changes in their lives and in their communities. I definitely feel it in...

Teaching Dance Online

We are currently in a time like never before. Hopefully we will look back at this time and remember how hard we worked to keep each other safe and to keep our businesses running the best we  could. It seems doing both is difficult right now. I know many dance teachers...

The Business of Teaching Dance

Teaching dance is such a passion for many people. To have the ability to share your art and pass it on to others is a great thing. For some people it is a hobby, something they do on the side for extra income or something they do so they can just keep dancing. However...

Is Ballet Good Exercise?

I recently read an article questioning whether ballet was a good form of exercise. The article was specifically referring to children and whether it is a good place to take your child for aerobic exercise. To sum up the article, their conclusion was that in ballet...

Teachers – Never Stop Learning

You are now a dance teacher. You love dance and children. You spent many years learning how to dance and have a good grasp on technique. Now you are ready to teach or have been teaching for a while. Does that mean that you are finished or complete in your training?...