Blog Posts on Teaching Dance

Tales From the Dance Academy (part 3)

Click here to read part 1. Click here to read part 2. Things are getting a little chaotic at the dance school. Students are in full on rehearsal mode for an upcoming show at the end of February and their schedule is getting intense. In teaching this class, one of my...

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Tales From the Dance Academy (part 2)

In case you didn’t see part 1, GO HERE to read that blog post. A brief background for this blog post: I made a decision last week that it would be useful for me to write notes and observations from the classes I am teaching at the dance academy I work with. Maybe even...

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7 Rules For a Highly Effective Movement Practice

Once a week I get to work with the dancers of a post-secondary dance academy here in Toronto. The official class name is “conditioning”, but only because I didn’t come up with a name for the class fast enough when they asked me for one. If I had been on the ball, I...

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Dance Like a Human (part 3): Movement Variability

Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here. And welcome to part 3. In my mission to be more concise, let us get right to the point. Today we’ll be talking about movement variability. Movement variability means having options. But not too many options—>  ...

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Funding the Future Dance Educational Paradigm: A Political Rant

This is how the word “politics” makes me feel: I’ve never been one to follow politics or express my political views publicly. One, because I honestly don’t understand how governments works, and two, because I am completely ignorant of the views any of the...

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Let’s Change How We Speak to Dancers About Injury Prevention

I’ll start by stating the obvious: Dancers get injured. A lot. Studies show us that the injury rate in dance is similar to that of collision sports and, while each study presents a different statistic, the injury rate is often somewhere between 60-100%. Not to...

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How to Make a Dance Conditioning Class That Doesn’t Suck

I’m not here to hate on dance conditioning classes. Much. In fact I’m not totally qualified to hate on dance conditioning classes because I don’t have very much first hand experience participating in them. Because sadly many dance studios I went to...

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Healthy Dancer Canada 2014 Conference Review

Sorry I’ve been so quiet lately, but if you happen to receive emails from me then you already know that I’M IN THAILAND, and not putting a priority on writing blog posts. But after a week of travelling I feel a bit in writing withdrawal, so I want to take...

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Looking Objectively at Movement Quality in Dance

Those of us who are well-versed in dance culture, and even many who have never danced, would probably agree that for dancers, movement quality trumps movement quantity. Unless you’re a competition dancer and then it’s all about how many turns and flips you...

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Starting Dance Students on a Strength Training Routine

If I had a goal when I started writing this blog, it would have been to raise the awareness of the need for dancers to be stronger and move better fundamentally in order for them to prevent injuries and excel artistically. But I wasn’t thinking that far...

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Where is Your (Graham) Contraction Coming From?

This is a post for the lovers (or love/haters) of Martha Graham’s famous contraction, and Graham technique in general. It would be a great understatement to say Martha Graham was a smart lady. Among other things, she recognized the importance of treating the...

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Summer Cross-Training Strategies for Dancers

I’ll even addend to the official title: Summer Cross Training Strategies for Dancers (Who Don’t Want to Screw Their Sh!t Up) I feel passionately that the summer is one of the most important training periods dancers fail to take advantage of. Should you...

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Role Models for a New Generation of Dancers

In case you weren’t aware, the dance world is far from perfect. The injury rate is the higher than many contact sports, nutritional guidance is generally non-existent, dancers are encouraged not to cross-train (God forbid a ballerina should pick up a dumbbell),...

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Common Dance Cues That Screw You Up

We’ve all had that teacher. The one with “superior genetics”, who made it to pro-dancer status, and as such, doesn’t quite understand why you, the genetically less endowed, can’t do the things she’s (or he, though for the rest of...

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