Tag: teaching

Being a Great Dancer Doesn’t Automatically Mean You’re a Gifted Teacher

Recently, I asked fellow dancers on Facebook for a one-word self-assessment of the first class they ever taught. “Chaotic,” “humbling” and “copycat” were just some of their responses. I was not surprised. For my first-ever class, intermediate ballet for my fellow college students in 2011, I was armed with little more than my own experiences […]

Win It! Tallulah's Tap Shoes

Tallulah’s Tap Shoes By Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Alexandra Boiger 48 pages; $16.99   The latest installment in the popular Tallulah series has Tallulah trying something new: tap! If you have students who feel uncomfortable trying new styles, this story demonstrates the rewards of hard work and persistence–all from a plucky protagonist’s point of view.   Enter […]

Beyond the Trophies

Embracing competition circuit students into college dance “Sometimes my class is honestly quite unsatisfying to former competition dancers.” —Meghan Durham Sophomore Lindsay Deitchman says it took her a full semester to feel comfortable at Ohio State University’s dance program. Competing with studios in Westchester, New York, she had little modern dance training and didn’t understand […]