Nurturing Positivity in Dance Class: Ending on a High Note
As dance educators, we understand that every moment in the studio is a chance to shape our students' perception of dance and foster their love for it. One powerful way to achieve this is by ending each class on a positive note.
I firmly believe that leaving our students feeling satisfied and encouraged is essential. It's those final moments that can have a lasting impact on their overall experience. Rather than allowing frustration or discomfort to linger, we can ensure they walk out of our doors feeling confident and motivated.
One effective approach is to dedicate the last 10 minutes of the class to movements or choreography that students are already comfortable and familiar with. This gives them a chance to shine and showcase what they've learned. It's a confidence booster that reminds them of their progress, leaving them with a sense of accomplishment.
To create a seamless transition from the intensity of dance, consider incorporating a calming cool-down. A slow and lyrical song can work wonders in helping students relax their bodies and minds. Guide them through simple port de bras or small movements, allowing them to unwind gracefully.
Another valuable practice is to engage students in a question or discussion towards the end of the class. This encourages them to share their thoughts on what they enjoyed or found challenging during that day's lesson. It's crucial to approach this dialogue with openness and a non-defensive attitude, creating a safe space for students to express themselves. In doing so, we foster a positive learning environment and remind ourselves that we, too, can learn from our students.
As competition or recital dates approach, consider inviting caregivers to observe the progress of the choreography during the final portion of the class. This dual-purpose approach not only motivates dancers to perform well but also allows caregivers to witness their children's growth and preparation. This boosts their confidence and provides them with an opportunity to show support.
Our ultimate goal as dance educators is simple yet profound: that every child leaves our studio excitedly exclaiming, "I love dance." By consistently ending our classes on a positive note, we inch closer to making this dream a reality, one dance step at a time.
Have an awesome day and enjoy the journey—Rhee Gold
Rhee Gold, a veteran in the field of dance education, has dedicated over five decades to this art form. As the child of a dance teacher and studio owner, his passion for dance ignited early. Over the years, he has contributed significantly to the dance community through his roles as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Notable accomplishments include publishing Dance Studio Life magazine and writing influential columns. Rhee Gold's experience and insights have made him a trusted figure for dance teachers, studio owners, and enthusiasts worldwide, emphasizing the profound impact of dance education.