Dance is more than a pastime; it is a way of life. The pursuit of perfection in dance is something that is undeniable and to pass on your passion is a fantastically rewarding experience. But what is it that separates a good dance instructor from a great one? This is a question that all of us who teach seek to answer.
Gaining Rapport with your Dance Students
Whether you are working with children or adults, they need to trust you.
Stretching Techniques and Tips for Instructors
Stretching is an essential part of your class. But how can you be sure your techniques are correct?
Tips for Teaching Adults
Teaching an adult dance class will take patience and planning.
Lesson Plan Tips
Once you design a lesson plan, commit it to memory. You don't want to bring notes to the class and read them from the floor.
Tips for Teaching Young Children
Managing a group of young children in an active dance environment can take a lot of patience, lesson planning and problem solving.
Knowing Your Student's Comfort Zone
Knowing your student's comfort zone can be the difference between success and failure in a class.
Presentation of Yourself
Appropriate presentation of yourself is crucial to your success as a dance teacher.
Anyone who has been under the instruction of a poor dance instructor will know that it is easy to point out faults. Learning is not the joy it should be; in fact it is a chore. When you are in the company of a well-versed professional, an hour can fly by, but in the company of an arrogant or ill-informed teacher it can seem like an eternity.
The articles below were written by professionals who have had years of experience teaching to students of all ages and abilities. This suggested reading is to be used as a guide to help you become a better teacher and as a result, produce students of quality, in both artistry and character.
We have some wonderful pieces written on the subject of presentation. From punctuality to student interaction, there is information at your disposal that instructors have proven to be effective. We also have advice on dance recitals and competition, ranging from acquiring a location to taking your students out of their comfort zone in preparation for the big day. We hope that you find this information to be of use and that it will benefit both you and your dedicated class.