Dance Classroom Management: Make Compliance Visible

Hello dance friends! Today’s behavior management technique modified for the dance classroom setting is called Make Compliance Visible. As always, this technique comes from Doug Lemov’s book Teach Like A Champion 2.0 (paid link), and it is part of most classroom teacher training programs today. As a former classroom teacher, as the founder and director ofContinue reading “Dance Classroom Management: Make Compliance Visible”

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”

The Happy Dance Podcast: Episode #1

Read the podcast transcript below or click HERE to download the PDF! Hi there! My name is Saumirah McWoodson, founder and CEO of Dance Daze, Inc. and Dance Daze in Schools and dance education researcher and business consultant. And you are listening to The Happy Dance Podcast. Let’s dance! Hello, hello, hello, and welcome to TheContinue reading “The Happy Dance Podcast: Episode #1”

Immersing Myself in the Dance Community

If you’ve been following me online for the past few months, you may have noticed that I’ve been doing a little re-branding. Besides adding (read: squeezing in) a few new hobbies–such as USTA tennis, recently returning to blogging, and, oh, launching some new projects–I’m still doing most of the same activities I was at thisContinue reading “Immersing Myself in the Dance Community”

Making Space for Creativity in Your Dance Class

It’s okay to sometimes be a little uncomfortable when you’re teaching. This might sound surprising to some, but it is a fact that I’ve found to be true. I have found this sentiment to be most true when I am working to allow space for creativity in my dance class. Now that I’ve said that,Continue reading “Making Space for Creativity in Your Dance Class”