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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...

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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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Set Goals That Matter

Last month I talked about Goal Setting for your teams and classes. This month I wanted to focus on helping you set goals for yourself in 2022. There are many different strategies when it comes to setting goals. I am going to share three of my personal favorites with you in hopes that one will…

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Should I Dance in My Own Recital?

Should you dance in your own recital? Yes. I know it may not be everyone’s jam to perform in their own show. The recital, after all, is about the kids and we certainly don’t need to add another thing to our to-do list. But, I want to offer a different perspective, share some helpful tips,…

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Choose to Chase Your Dreams

CHOOSE to chase your dreams.  Really. My grandmother was a collector of quotes and verses.  She cut clippings from the newspaper, from magazines, and from pretty calendars.  If she ran across one that was particularly meaningful to her, she made sure she shared it with us…many times…whether we wanted to hear it or not.  It…

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Holiday Memories

There are dates in our lives that become engraved in our memories. December 14th is one of those days for me! Three years ago on December 14th was our studio’s last Christmas show.   This was not the original plan, and although the studio has produced one January show after that, I have not done another…

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Setting Team Goals for 2022

As we prepare for a new year, it is time to do some Goal Setting. Today I am going to discuss four different ways to set your goals for your teams at your studio. The new generation of students wants to be involved in decisions and work side by side with you. Instead of fighting…

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