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By Dance Teachers for Dance Teachers

As all that we are about, the DanceLife Blog is another opportunity to support and inspire dance teachers and studio owners.  You'll discover business ideas, self-care advice, awesome classroom tips, along with some witty stories . . . by dance teachers for dance teachers!

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Herring, Amanda

Amanda Herring LOVES her job!  She is passionate about sharing the love of dance while inspiring and encouraging everyone who walks through her door.  She loves BIG and has a heart for new dancers joining a class for the first time.  She takes pride in offering stellar service to dance...
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Simpson, Pam

Pam Simpson is the founder, president, and driving force behind Forte Arts Center, which was established in Morris, Illinois in 1993. In addition to building her business from a small, one room studio to a large, multi-location organization that offers dance, tumbling and cheer programs as well as private music...
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Trench, Andrea

Andrea Trench is dedicated to helping dance teachers create and deliver content that is research-based and developmentally appropriate for children under the age of 6. Her primary focus is classroom management, conceptual teaching, and foundational movement skill development in early childhood dance education. In addition, Andrea uses her 12 years...

DanceLife Blog & Vlog

Worth vs. Work

“Your worth is not measured by your productivity.” Read that again. We do this, don’t we?  We measure our worth by how much we have to do, by the amount of things we are busy doing, or by what we accomplish.  Those things DO NOT define us or our value as people.  Let’s hash this…

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Citizenship

At my studio, we focus on a different character trait each month, so I thought it would be fun to share what we do for April in this article. In April we teach our students about Citizenship. It is a great time of year to talk about how we can all be good citizens. Earth…

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Elevate Your Early Childhood Dance Classes

Have you heard of the conceptual approach to dance education? In my work through DiscoverDance, I have been on a mission to elevate the quality of early childhood dance education. I dream of every child having the opportunity to walk into a dance class, have their needs met, learn the skills of dance, and become…

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The Voice of Fear

I follow the Facebook pages and groups.  I sign up for the seminars and learning opportunities.  I attend the Dancelife Teacher Conference.  I am a part of the Gold Alliance.  I listen to my mentors.  I take copious notes.  I am inspired by business leaders. My notes are copious.  I’m excited.  There are so many…

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Combating Spring Fever

It is that time of year again, the time that our students all get spring fever and have trouble focusing and staying engaged in class. In the Midwest, this starts happening in late February and continues until late April as the weather is not great, but we all want it to be. There are several…

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Family First

I’ve had my dance studio for 10 years, and I have (maybe) missed 4 or 5 days of work.  I only missed if I was DEAD sick, having designed the rest of my life so as not to conflict with my being at the studio.  Until this year… COVID got me in late January, and…

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5 Tips for Teaching Preschoolers Choreography

Challenges with learning choreography for performance include short attention spans, lack of interest, complicated movement and formations, and difficulties remembering material.  Today, I’m sharing five tips to not only improve the choreographic experience with your little ones, but to also bring light to realistic expectations across three different developmental stages. I will list these stages…

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Teaching Students About S.M.A.R.T. Goals

We know that when we set goals, it is important to make them S.M.A.R.T. goals. We have learned over the years through trial and error how to set, meet, and even exceed goals. We have all had our fair share of goals that were not met too. When I look back at all of the…

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It Was Never About Dance

LaShonda Chaney has studied all genres of dance and holds a B.A. in Business Marketing from Rutgers, The State University.  Winning several awards through “Dance Educators of America”, “Dance America”, “Dance Olympus”, and recognized for outstanding work and leadership with children, she continues her love with assisting schools with creating dance curriculums for their programs.…

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Preschool Showcase Experience

There is no way around it… no matter how much you prepare or how many years you have under your belt, recitals are STRESSFUL. For a new family to dance, especially with younger students, a recital can be a truly overwhelming experience. In fact, for some, it could be a deterrent for re-enrolling in dance…

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I Share Because I Want You to Win

I share, because I want you to win. I recently had the opportunity to share my work with a studio owner in Canada.  She is considering a “Fun and Games” themed show, she read that I had done one in 2019, and she reached out for inspiration.  I sent her everything I could think of…

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Is Envy Blocking Your Blessing?

LaShonda Chaney has studied all genres of dance and holds a B.A. in Business Marketing from Rutgers, The State University.  Winning several awards through “Dance Educators of America”, “Dance America”, “Dance Olympus”, and recognized for outstanding work and leadership with children, she continues her love with assisting schools with creating dance curriculums for their programs.…

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