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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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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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Preparing the Future of Your Studio

Our teenage dancers are not only an important part of the studio today, but they are the future teachers, directors and owners who will help your studio’s mission and legacy carry on for years to come. Ann Bettonvil shares some insights on how we can better see the potential in them and cultivate that for future leadership. Ann directs The Studio in Brampton, ON with her two business partners.

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Fall Dance Class Motivation

Just as seasons change, so do our students’ interests and attention spans. With the holidays approaching, Pam Simpson shares some ways we can nurture a sense of focus and motivation in our classrooms to ensure our students progress. Pam is the owner of Forte Arts Center in Morris, IL and has over 30 years experience.

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Let’s Create: Dance Composition

Creativity lives in our young dancers! In this vlog, Andrea Trench offers tips and ideas on how to bring that out their creative side through collaboration and composition. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Fourth Quarter Thoughts

The holidays are approaching and, for a studio owner, this means everything from performance preparation to marketing and new programs. Ginger Haithcox shares her insight and experience to remind us that staying calm and thinking clearly will allow us to do what is best for ourselves and business. Ginger is the Executive Director of Modern Motion in Somerset, NJ, which she started in 2005.

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Healthy Fall Snack Ideas for Dancers

Dance involves mind, body and spirit ,and Pam Simpson has some simple, helpful ideas for fun, Fall snacks that you can give to your dancers to maintain their energy and help keep them active and healthy! Pam is the owner of Forte Arts Center in Morris, IL and is celebrating her 30th season.

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Let’s Explore! Improvisation for All Ages

As the new dance season is underway, Andrea Trench is ready with fresh and helpful ideas for your classroom. Improvisation is creative, emotive and a great way to get the body freely moving. She shares some tips on how to best incorporate improv into your classes this year. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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Dance Studio Safety

Better safe than sorry is the old adage and Ginger Haithcox knows this is important in the life of a dance studio. Ginger shares some ways in which studio owners and teachers can evaluate their studio and it’s policies and procedures to ensure that it is a safer environment for everyone. Ginger is the Executive Director of Modern Motion in Somerset, NJ, which she started in 2005.

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Best Advice I Ever Received

Learning from others is important for Amanda Herring, and she shares some of the pieces of advice and quips she has learned along the way that are important for all dance teachers to take and internalize. Amanda is the owner of Center Stage Dance in Hernando, MS.

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Are You Really the Right Person for That Job?

Being a studio owner means being many things for many people, but not all tasks are created equal and not all of them should be done by YOU! Ann Bettonvil shares how over the years she has learned to be better at determining which tasks are best for her to do and which ones should be delegated. Ann is co-director of The Studio in Brampton, ON.

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Studio Essentials Kit

We’re heading into another dance season and while there is much to get ready, if we have our essentials prepared and handy, we can feel more confident! Andrea Trench will help you put together a “Studio Essentials Kit” to meet the needs of your students. Andrea is an expert in early childhood education and owner of Discover Dance.

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