Tag: dance students

All Artists Welcome: Creating Gender-Affirming Spaces in Dance Education

This April, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Ashton Edwards made headlines for a rare company casting: a nonbinary dancer, assigned male at birth, performing on pointe in the Swan Lake corps de ballet.More significant, perhaps, is that Edwards is not alone. Earlier this month, an article in The New York Times analyzed a new Centers for Disease Control report about the growing […]

A Protective Mental Hygiene Regimen for Dance Educators and Studio Owners

Working with young people can be incredibly stressful. As a dance teacher, you might often take on a lot of the emotional burdens of your students, so it’s extremely hard to proactively take a step back and consider how you’re feeling on a day-to-day basis.  But practicing self-care is essential. Because when you make your mental […]

It’s Time to Join DanceTeacher+!

Dear Dance Colleagues, Are you seeking new ways to develop your students’ technical skills and artistic range? Do you need professional advice on supporting their mental health and physical well-being? Would you like on-the-go musical inspiration for your classes? If you answered yes to any of the above, then it’s time to join DanceTeacher+!  As a DT+ […]

The 2021 Dance Teacher Awards United Us With Passion and Purpose

If you missed the 2021 Dance Teacher Awards, or want to relive your favorite moments, tune in now to watch on demand here. Last night, the 2021 Dance Teacher Awards made history—twice! First, for celebrating seven remarkable artists, the largest group ever to be honored. And second, for being the most inspiring virtual room I’ve ever been […]

How to Help Your Students Heal Their Relationship With Food and Their Bodies

Dancers are often inundated with harmful messages surrounding body ideals and restrictive dieting behaviors. Target weights, calorie goals and “body talks” are just a few examples of how diet culture infiltrates the studio. Dance educators need to unlearn the messages of diet culture to ultimately support an inclusive and sustainable studio environment. To dismantle the […]

Boston Ballet’s Peter Stark Embarks on New Role as President and Director of The Rock School

The ballet world was stirring last August when it was announced that Bojan Spassoff would be retiring from his role as president and director of The Rock School for Dance Education after more than three decades. Together with his wife, Stephanie, Spassoff has coached some of ballet’s brightest stars, including Michaela DePrince, Isaac and Esteban […]

Welcome to DanceTeacher+!

Welcome to DanceTeacher+—I’m so thrilled you’re here! Now that you’re part of our community, you’ll get access to more insight and inspiration to advance your teaching practice or studio business.  Let me show you around and give you a sampling of what’s in store: Teaching Resources Open the doorway into dance history and rediscover the […]

Why Kathryn Morgan Thinks Musicality Is the Mark of a Professional

“My mother first put me into dance classes because she would watch me hear music and literally try to become it,” says Kathryn Morgan, former soloist with New York City Ballet and Miami City Ballet. True to Balanchine’s famous adage, “See the music, hear the dance,” musicality was the cornerstone of Morgan’s training at the […]

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