The leg hold is a challenging move that I usually only begin to try with senior dancers. There are components that make up this move that can be tricky for younger dancers to pick up. That being said strong dancers of any age can grasp this move with a little practise. The components that make… Continue reading One Move At A Time: Leg Holds
By no means am I, yet, an expert on this topic. I'm creating this post mainly as an exploration for myself and a reminder to try many of these ideas. As you teach you become aware that not everyone is motivated to learn, and as the teacher it is your job to help inspire them… Continue reading Teaching Tips: How to Inspire Children to Dance
Dance can be seen in many ways throughout the world. From club dancing to rain dancing, as well as performance based dance like, ballet or waltz. Each style is unique and different, possessing different movement patterns and moves to accomplish. But as you delve deeper into some styles you become more aware of how simple… Continue reading Improvement Series: Why do human consider that they can’t dance?
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Traditionally a ballet step, the chaine turn can be one type of turn that children begin to try at a very young age. Constant spinning as they travel along pretending to be a tornado or spinning top will create something that looks like a chaine turn. Many children will probably… Continue reading One Move At A Time: Chaine Turns
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
Choreographers are all inspired by different things. Even if they base their routines on the same stimuli/idea, the finished piece are most likely going to look very different. This is because everyone works in a different way, our imaginations can help us find different uses and ways of using ideas. These interpretations can be based… Continue reading Choreography: How to find that first idea.
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
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.
For many people dance is seen as a hobby. You go to class once or twice a week for a bit of fun or exercise. It's nothing more than an hour or two of escape from daily life. But for others this hour each week may turn into a passion that could only be satisfied… Continue reading Development Series: Turning Dance into a Job
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