I've been teaching students for nearly 3 years now and throughout that time I've noticed there's a few things as a teacher I leave out when talking to my students. I'm not, yet, a full-time dance teacher but am still in regular contact with students 4 nights a week. These trends may only be within… Continue reading Things We Don’t Tell Students: Flexibility
Category: Improvement Series
One Move at a Time: Tap Step
So much of the time as dancers we get caught up in doing the hardest steps we can think of, or putting in more tricks like leaps and turns to fill out are routines. In doing this it is easy to forget the basics and disregard steps we learnt as a beginner, but many of… Continue reading One Move at a Time: Tap Step
Improvement Series: Utilising heart-rate monitoring in dance training.
Heart rate monitoring as become increasingly available to consumers as the years have gone by. 16 years ago, Runner's World claimed that the two reasons to use heart-rate monitoring are to train and race at the right pace for ourselves. Years later and this is still one of the main selling points of heart-rate monitors… Continue reading Improvement Series: Utilising heart-rate monitoring in dance training.
One Move at a Time: Jeté
For many dancers a jeté is one of the first 'tricks' that they learn. While we may begin learning the move at a young age it can take a while to master the motion and coordination of the body that is involved with this action. This post will go through the move step by step,… Continue reading One Move at a Time: Jeté
Cross Training: Can You Improve Your Dancing By Not Dancing?
The argument of whether dance is a sport or an art has been rumbling on throughout the modern age. With an older post by the Royal Opera House recently being retweeted by various ballet companies, it is an argument that is set to continue. The problem perhaps begins when we view art and sport as… Continue reading Cross Training: Can You Improve Your Dancing By Not Dancing?
One Move at a Time: The Arabesque
While I was teaching class last week, I had a question from one of my students. A question that I think many dancers will have at some point during their training, "how do I make this better?". The 'this' in question was her arabesque. But there are so many other moves and position that dancers… Continue reading One Move at a Time: The Arabesque
Improvement Series: How to plan to be a better dancer.
When you're in school or university, many see organisation and planning as what the 'boring' or 'teacher's pet' type of people do. As these people also seem to be the one's that get things done on time and know all the due dates. Just because that is the stereotype doesn't mean it's true. For many… Continue reading Improvement Series: How to plan to be a better dancer.
Improvement Series: Quantifying Achievements in Dance.
Within this society there is often an impatience behind an action and the reward it brings. We want to feel gratification for our actions as soon as we've done them. With activity there is the same need for immediate reward. If we go to the gym we *want* to feel the 'burn' in the muscles… Continue reading Improvement Series: Quantifying Achievements in Dance.