Thinking of Your Dancers As Learners and Not Only As Movers

In my research for my doctoral dissertation, I’ve been looking into the teaching for understanding framework, with the intention of studying this instructional model as it relates to dance education. Earlier today I was re-reading part of a book from my graduate studies: Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids byContinue reading “Thinking of Your Dancers As Learners and Not Only As Movers”

What Are Students Learning in a Dance Daze® Dance With Me Class?

Dance Daze® Dance With Me is one of the new classes that we are offering at Dance Daze, Inc. studio-based classes! This class is designed for our youngest dancers (ages 18 months to 3 years) who are seeking a fun, high-energy, music-filled introduction to dance and movement. The idea for Dance Daze® Dance With MeContinue reading “What Are Students Learning in a Dance Daze® Dance With Me Class?”

Dance Classroom Management: Double Plan

Happy Monday, Dance Friends! Today’s dance classroom management tip, which comes from the book Teach Like A Champion 2.0 (paid link) is called Double Plan. To Double Plan is to plan both what you–the teacher–and the students will be doing at each point in class when you are writing out your lessons. The text goesContinue reading “Dance Classroom Management: Double Plan”

Dance Classroom Management: Change the Pace

Hello Dear Dance Educators! Today’s dance classroom behavior management technique is called Change the Pace, and it is Technique #27 in Doug Lemov’s book Teach Like A Champion 2.0 (paid link). Performing this technique requires the educator in the room to “establish a productive pace” (p. 201) in the classroom, by changing activity speeds, types,Continue reading “Dance Classroom Management: Change the Pace”

What Is Your Primary Responsibility As A Dance Business Owner?

If you are a dance studio owner, if you run a dance education program that serves children in your local community, if you run any kind of business that provides the service of dance to clients, what is your primary responsibility? Some might say their main responsibility is to introduce students to the art ofContinue reading “What Is Your Primary Responsibility As A Dance Business Owner?”