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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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Excuses vs. Procrastination

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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5 Must Have Songs for Every Early Childhood Dance Class

The music you choose for your early childhood dance classes is no light decision. Your selections are crucial for successful class engagement, excitement, and education. Today I am sharing five songs that should be included on every early childhood dance playlist.   1. Freeze Dance Songs– The freeze dance isn’t just a fun activity for…

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Fear: Choose, Trust, Insist

 Fear is a b*tch. Should I implement rollover registration?  I’m scared of the pushback.  What will happen if I raise my rates next season?  I’m afraid people might leave.  How can I possibly ask that problem parent to leave?  I am concerned that she might drag me through the dirt on social media.  Can I…

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Mindset vs. Mind Growth

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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Creating a Welcoming Family Class Experience

A successful grown-up and tot program sets a strong foundation for studio growth. By drawing families to your studio before they have the opportunity to sign up for a different activity, such as a music or gym class, gives your business a head start. Before you know it, you are the go-to activity for busy…

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Fearless Life

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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Holding On to the Good

Play Video 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 of experience as a…

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You Deserve to Make a Profit

I have a chip on my shoulder.  I think, in today’s language, that means I have a trigger.  And based on some of the posts I’ve seen lately, I’m willing to bet some of you have the same one. “It must be nice.” At my very first DanceLife Teacher Conference, my chip was exposed right…

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Breaktime

Play Video 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…

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A Letter to my Young Dance Teacher Self

Dear Andrea, Congratulations on your first job as a dance teacher! You love dance and you love kids so this seems like an easy gig at 16 years old. Buckle up, Ann… This will be your life’s work. Every class you teach will be an opportunity to change lives. For some kids… … you will…

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Walking the Tightrope

I’m taking this personally.  And that’s ok. Last weekend, I managed to pull off (finally!) six 2-hour shows following a pretty intense week of stage rehearsals and that, of course, after countless days and weeks of preparations.  My poor feet and 45-year-old back are still salty about the whole thing, and a few unexplained bruises…

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