Many dancers are embarrassed to speak and act, which can make musical theatre quite laborious to teach. I've found 10 games that should help your dancers feel more comfortable with a script and improvising drama, comedy, or even romance. This in turn should help create stronger emotional performances that connect with the audience.
Start of term can be a nervy time for all teachers as they revert back to a working life. For dance teachers this can be even more startling as we pull together everything we have and remind everyone they still have fees due and need to keep coming to class to improve. Here's some tips to help that first week go a little more smoothly.
I love teaching musical theatre. Getting children, who are traditionally dancers, a little out of their comfort zone and having to act, really brings out a different side to them. Ultimately I hope that this makes them better well rounded dancers, able to perform and engage with the audience on another level. As much as… Continue reading Musical Theatre: Go to songs – Part One
We're back for another teaching tip. Recently I've been trying to have a little bit more fun during my dance classes. Between exams and performances, it can be hard to remember that the students love being in an environment with less pressure. In order to do this I've been trying to find/rediscover some dance based… Continue reading General Dance Class Games
I'm relatively new in my profession as a dance teacher and as such am still learning. Always finding a new tip here or there and thinking about the next qualification to gain. On top of this, I love seeing what other teachers are up to and what they're teaching different age ranges. As I get more confident in my own teaching though, I don't want this level of intrigue to stop as I feel it is a very important part of being a dance teacher. Many professions have this elusive thing called CPD, often it's tied in with their jobs as they try to get a higher position in the company, or their job role changes. Dance teaching is no different, however there often isn't the incentive to go out their and do more training.