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UNIQUE INSIGHTS FROM THOSE WHO REALLY KNOW THE DANCE LIFE

The DanceLife Blog is inspiration and unique perspectives by dance teachers, for dance teachers. Each week dance educators receive a new insight into the world of dance education. With authenticity, wisdom and some humor, join us to experience the dance life we all love in a new way!

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You Deserve it!

Ann Bettonvil knows that dance is a passion, one that we want to share with others. Yet, pursuing a passion and having a giving spirit does not mean you do not deserve to make money and a living for your hard work. Ann tells her own story and lessons learned. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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Maximizing Productivity in Your Dance Studio

With ever-growing “to do lists,” being efficiently productive is a must! Pam Simpson shares some insights and a step-by-step plan to help you maximize your productivity and save time. Pam is the owner of Forte Arts Center in Morris, IL and has over 30 years experience.

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Debunking 3 Early Childhood Dance Education Myths

Andrea Trench’s years of experience in childhood education has been a teaching and also learning adventure. She shares three myths about early childhood dance education that need to be looked at and debunked so we can look forward to the future of early childhood dance. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Delegation – A Year in Review

After burning the candle at both ends for years, Ann Bettonvil recognized that this past year had to be different. She shares how she became better at delegating and organizing tasks and tips on how to implement this in your studio for the coming season. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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Summer is the Time to Get Ahead

As summer is here, it’s a great time to rest from a long dance season, but it also provides the opportunity for productivity. Pam Simpson shares some ideas on how to use summer as a time to plan for greater success in the Fall. Pam is the owner of Forte Arts Center in Morris, IL and has over 30 years experience.

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Lessons Learned from the Soccer Field

Soccer, while a great youth activity, is often seen by dance teachers and studio owners as a prime “competitor” for kids’ attention and time. Ginger Haithcox offers some insight on what we can learn from this sport and how it can better help dance remain a big part of their education and development. Ginger is the Executive Director of Modern Motion in Somerset, NJ, which she started in 2005.

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Top Props from Last Dance Season

As another dance season comes to a close, it is time to reflect and look back at what was successful and what could use a little improvement to help keep your curriculum evolving. Andrea Trench shares her top props from this past dance season and how they be incorporated in your curriculum. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Watching Them Go

Ann Bettonvil, in her years of experience, shares something that many studio owners and dance teachers experience, watching students you have had since preschool graduate and move on in their dance and personal journeys. She shares some insight on what makes this so special. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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6 Ways to Combat Spring Fever

Pam Simpson, with her years of experience, knows that these last weeks of classes and recital prep can be difficult to get students to focus. She shares some tips to increase focus and motivation during this time of year.Pam is the owner of Forte Arts Center in Morris, IL and has over 30 years experience.

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Preschool Recital Success: The Backstage Experience

Waiting for our big moment on stage can oftentimes be the most challenging part of the entire day. Today, Andrea Trench is sharing what I always pack in my backstage busy bag to help the time fly by and make it a fun part of the experience, as well. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Studio Traditions that Build Community

Traditions are a big part of many our lives and they also are a big part of our studio’s culture and community. Ginger Haithcox shares a few of the traditions that have been part of her studio and help to build community and create excitement. Ginger is the Executive Director of Modern Motion in Somerset, NJ, which she started in 2005.

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One More Push

Ann Bettonvil knows that there are times when creativity is more of a struggle than an art. We all go through “dry spells,” and how we care for ourselves can go a long way in getting creative energy flowing again. Ann shares some helpful ways to make agreements with ourselves that will help in mind, body and spirit. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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