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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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Give Them Something to Talk About

Excitement in the classroom is what we all want, but sometimes with that excitement, especially with our youngest students, there comes a very chatty class. Andrea Trench shares some clever and helpful ways to use the “chattiness” to help your students learn and engage. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Boost Revenue

Ann Bettonvil reminds us that dance education and studio ownership have become year-round ventures. As the days of taking a “summer vacation” are behind us, Ann shares some new, exciting ways to boost revenue in the summer and throughout the year. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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We Are Always On Stage: Leading by Example in Dance Class

As educators and mentors, we’re constantly in the spotlight, being watched by our students who look to us not just for learning dance but for guidance on how to move through life with elegance, resilience, and good values. Pam Simpson shares some insights on how to be the best example possible in our words and deeds. Pam is the owner of Forte Arts Center in Morris, IL and has over 30 years experience in entrepreneurship and dance education.

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What to Teach When You Don’t Feel Like Teaching

We’ve all been there… it’s been a long day or week, you have class to teach and you’re just “not feeling it” Andrea Trench shares some important reminders and helpful tips to not only get through the class, but make it good experience for you and your students. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Asking for Feedback Without Getting Your Feelings Hurt

Getting feedback from your customers is important, not only to know how to better serve them, but where your business can grow. Ginger Haithcox shares some ideas and tips on how to ask for truly constructive feedback and how to remove personal emotion from the responses. Ginger is the Executive Director of Modern Motion in Somerset, NJ, which she started in 2005.

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Filling Your Cup Assignment

An empty cup can pour nothing. Ann Bettonvil has come to better understand this in recent years of her studio owner journey and she shares her own experience on the importance of and how to make sure you are being “filled up” both professionally and personally. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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Five Essential Lessons on Perseverance Our Dance Students Need to Learn

Change, setbacks and uncertainty have become more of a reality for our students and dancers, especially in the post-pandemic world. Pam Simpson shares five tips and lessons on perseverance that help set up our dancers for more success. Pam is the owner of Forte Arts Center in Morris, IL and has over 30 years experience.

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Five Books that Revolutionized My Teaching

Teachers must always continue to learn and grow. This can happen within the classroom, but starts with personal preparation and continuing education. Andrea Trench shares five books that can help you take steps to making your teaching even more effective. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Lighten Your Load

Being busy does not mean being productive nor does it increase your worth. As a studio owner, Ginger Haithcox knows the stress many of us can face and she shares the importance of “taking things off your plate” and setting personal and professional boundaries to be the best person and entrepreneur. Ginger is the Executive Director of Modern Motion in Somerset, NJ, which she started in 2005.

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Empowering Lives through Dance

The journey of dance is one that lasts a lifetime. As our young dancers become adults, sometimes we feel our need to guide them can cease. Ann Bettonvil shares her own experiences on the importance of ensuring dance continues to instill a sense of joy, confidence and empowerment in adult dancers, whether or not dance has been part of their journey previously. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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Adapting on a Dime

We enter our classrooms with our littles with a great lesson guaranteed to be fun and engaging, but then… they’re just not engaged that day. What do we do? Andrea Trench shares ideas and tools to help us adapt on the fly! Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Year-End Financial Fixes

With the end of the calendar year in sight, Ginger Haithcox reminds us that this is an important time to take a look at the status of your finances from this past year and consider any changes that you want to implement in the new year to make 2024 more successful for you and your studio. Ginger is the Executive Director of Modern Motion in Somerset, NJ, which she started in 2005.

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