Things I do in the last 10 minutes before I teach

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Lately I’ve been attempting to systemise everything in my business to make it (and myself) more efficient.  Last week I participated in Rachel Holmes’ webinar, which focused on time management (for those of you who don’t know, Rachel is an amazing and inspiring fitness entrepreneur.  Check out choreographytogo.com for more information).  Since then, I have

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Dealing with overwhelm in teaching

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Feeling overwhelmed by your workload?  I have been.  Although it’s an absolute pleasure working as a primary dance teacher and running my own business, it can also be exhausting!  Whilst I don’t have lots of reports to write, assessments to mark and parents evenings to run, I’m always busy keeping my business moving forward and

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What makes a good dance teacher?

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I’m fairly new to LinkedIn and have been exploring it over the last few months.  Whilst getting to grips with it, I stumbled across a really interesting discussion in the ‘Dance Teaching, Coaching and Training’ group.  A member posted the following statement: ‘define a “good” dance teacher’ and the responses (all 58 and still growing)

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Tips for how to keep children focused in your dance class

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Do you find that children can get a little over-excited when they’re dancing?  A big empty space, freedom to move…it can be difficult to to reign children back in and keep the momentum of your dance session. Based on my own experiences of teaching little ones, I’ve created this Vlog to share strategies for keeping

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Keeping the dance class both fun and safe for young people!

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This week’s blog has been written by Charlotte Tomlinson, co-author with Edel Quin & Sonia Rafferty of Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective.  Enjoy!  And please buy the book – it is a BRAND NEW publication full of the MOST current information on principles of safe practice that are essential to any dance

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Dance Made Easy – NEW Training Course!

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JumpStart have just launched ‘Dance Made Easy’ – our brand new training event for primary school teachers.  This course has been developed in response to all the emails I’ve received over the past year from primary teachers asking for advice on music, planning, resources and creating dance for performances.  I’m putting in all the knowledge

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Spotify – should you be using it in your dance classes?

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I know how difficult it can be to find ‘the’ right piece of music for your class.  I’ve been teaching for a long time, so I do have a large library of music, but sometimes I still struggle – and isn’t it so time consuming! I’ve been aware of Spotify for a long time –

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Why Dance Bare-footed?

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I often get asked why I teach with bare feet (which I do for the majority of my classes).  And it’s a good question – many dance styles such as ballet and tap require specific footwear.  However, for creative and contemporary dance, performers are usually bare-footed. The trend started off with dancers such as Isadora

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10 tips to ‘JumpStart’ your dance teaching!

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Happy new (academic) year!  To welcome in the new term, here are 10 tips to get you going / refresh your dance teaching… 1.  Choose music that feels ‘current’ but avoid songs that the children will sing along to or know a dance routine to.  I’m currently using ‘Can You Feel It’ by The Jacksons,

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10 ways to rehearse a dance

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I am in the midst of rehearsals for Jump2it, a new dance festival that I have set up in conjunction with the South Charnwood School Sports Partnership.  I am working with 7 primary schools who will learn / choreograph a dance that they will showcase at the event.  Some of the groups have already created

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