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Dance Studio Volunteers Time Teaching Kids at City Mission - 1011now

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Dance Studio Volunteers Time Teaching Kids at City Mission
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Brown's school of dancers have spent the past two weekends doing just that, volunteering their time with kids at the mission.
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This article is about how a dance studio volunteered their time to help kids at a city mission. This shows just how dance can be used to give back to the community. I've been involved in projects in the past where we've put on benefit fundraisers to fund mission trips to places like Africa, so that free dance classes could be offered there, giving the youth of that community the chance to express themselves and learn just how healthy dance can be--both physically, and mentally as an outlet. In the future, with dance as a side career, I want to be heading these types of volunteer events/missions. I will keep this in mind.

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One Size Does Not Fit All When It Comes to Teaching Dance ...

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Identifying your students' personality types makes teaching simpler and increases your retention. Your 6:00pm student is waiting for you, dance shoes on, - Ballroom Dance Teachers College.
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This article is really important to me.

For the past 5 months that I've been teaching classes at the Dance Elite & Music Studio, I have been struggling to find what kind of teacher I need to be. But now, I realize that I do not need to adapt to one set style of teaching--I need to learn how to adapt to the different types of students I have. Before I can do that, I need to first be able to identify the different personalities of students that I have in my classes.

This will definitely help me out in the future as I pursue dancing as a career, but this is something that I need to start working on NOW, because it will also help me in the present and near future, as a dance teacher.

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A Few Thoughts on Teaching | Motus Dance Theatre's Blog

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Why are your best teaching days followed by your worst teaching days? Just when you think you are getting threw to them they come back at you with underwhelming results. I am confident in my teaching skills but, teaching ...


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As someone who has been teaching at a dance studio for 5 months now, I definitely empathize with the rollercoaster-like trend between good teaching days and bad teaching days. It doesn't make a big difference between mine at the studio, since right now I'm teaching youth classes (ages 6-11) and younger kids don't really get bothered by much. I was feeling kind of overwhelmed and nervous about teaching my company members a new original piece just because they are older and more professional; I was feeling scared that if I wasn't 100% ready, that they would judge me and resent my piece, or have an attitude about it. It makes me feel better/comforted that other people have their good teaching days and their bad teaching days, too. I'm not sure what causes either, but it feels good to know I'm not alone in that.

 

Since there is no real answer/solution to this, I suppose I can accept that everyone just has their good and bad days. Not even just in dancing--in general. All I can do is keep a positive outlook, and stay focused on why I do what I do. I want to continue teaching dance because I want to share this passion with my students and hopefully give them something that will change their lives--for the better--just as it has done for me.

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@Ian_Eastwood | Ian Eastwood Choreography | @jtimberlake -"Strawberry Bubblegum" | Justin Timberlake

What's up guys...first of all, wanna apologize for the delay of this video, but decided it was for the better not to drop it on a holiday...and line it up wi...
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The way that Ian Eastwood (choreographer) is able to capture his storyline and emotion through this concept video is exactly how I want my piece to convey a storyline and emotions in the concept of my dances. If you watch the video, and think about what it means to you, then proceed to read the artist's description of the meaning of the video, you will see how good of a job he did conveying his storyline/emotions. Just like I've been saying, dance is all about expression--telling a story. I'm excited for the final product of my piece to be performed at the company show--it's going to be great to see the full effect of my choreography and storyline.

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Music Production, Mastering, Mixing, Recording | Techniques, hints and tips

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make your music sound great

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This is a great source to use for learning how to properly use my mixing program when I create the mix track for my piece.

 

I'm not that savvy with any mixing programs, and I need to learn all the mechanics of a basic mixing program so I can be more efficient at creating mixes for future dance pieces.

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I really am  happy i found something more than just a Lynda video. Even though they are helpful, they sometimes are not ass informational as they can be. I learned more about using plugins. But i have had them for a long time. 

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The Basics of Music Production, Lesson 4: Mixing

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You can have a lot of fun making music, but getting a good recording and arrangement of your song requires some work and knowledge. Last week we learned how to use virtual instruments. This week we're going to learn about mixing.

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Here is another resource I could have referred to when creating my music mix. I will use this for future pieces, to further my skills in mixing music.

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Getting a move on in math - Math through Dance

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Marshall Scholar Kirin Sinha is motivating young women to pursue math through dance.

 

MIT senior Kirin Sinha was just 3 years old when she took her first dance class. Unlike other girls who sign up for tap dancing or ballet to channel a gregarious personality, Sinha, by her own account, was painfully shy, and dance was a way for her to come out of her shell.


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This is a prime example of why I want to go into dancing as a side career in the future.

 

Dancing has done for Kirin Sinha exactly what it has done for me. I used to be shy and introverted, and unconfident. Dance taught me how to be an extrovert--to be more open to taking risks, expressing myself, and being more self-confident. Dance is such an important factor of my life for this reason--I would not be where I am today without it. I wouldn't be as successful because I would have been to shy or scared to take the risks that I have that have paid off in my life. This is why I teach dance to little kids at a dance studio--I want to share with the youth this gift, and hope that it helps them as much as it has helped me. And that is why I want to continue to dance, and teach dancing. It's such a healthy outlet for expression, art, and emotion. I want people to feel the emotions that I am intending to convey through movement.

 

This article is such a good example of how dance can help in more than one aspect of a person's life.

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Dance Teacher, Teaching Job Buckinghamshire

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An excellent Milton Keynes school is currently (English Teacher http://t.co/XLkl1IYq51 #teacher #job)
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This is quite interesting. It is a job posting for a dance teacher position at Buckinghamshire. This is good to know, for future reference, of what requirements I will be expected to have if I ever wanted to apply for a serious professional teaching job such as this one.

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Learning To Fly - Metro Weekly

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Learning To Fly Metro Weekly "That was kind of when I was single, and just trying to put my face out there, get some recognition," says Priore, who made it clear in his 2012 Metro Weekly Nightlife Coverboy profile that he was a dancer and...
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This is an article and interview about a successful choreographer.

One of his answers in the interview really spoke to me:

 

"MW: Has that [being an adventure-seeker] informed your choreography?

PRIORE: Yeah. As a choreographer, it's about trust. So the hardest part of the work is with a group of people you don't know or you don't trust. That's why I'm lucky because everyone I'm working with I can really trust. I think that putting myself in a situation like skydiving has really helped me kind of let go a little bit and learn that I don't have to be so demanding and can be a little bit more collaborative. Because, really, as a choreographer you feed off your dancers, and they should feed off of you.

But that whole diving off a cliff, it's really opened me up to not being so anxious about things and really trying new things. And it's definitely helped my choreography, because you get set in ways. You get really set in the things you like. And even in dance, there are so many different genres. Two years ago we were working with the Israeli Embassy, and all these Israeli choreographers, and there's this Israeli form of dance called Gaga, which is not Lady Gaga. [Laughs.] It was created by this man, Ohad Naharin, and it was so foreign to me. I hated it. I didn't want to do it. And now a year later, when I'm not really practicing it as much, I'm saying to myself, "Wow, that changed my life." And I didn't even know it while I was doing it. I think because it was being forced down my throat. And now that it's had some time to resonate, it's really changed me. Of course I was resistant, didn't want to try it, didn't want to do it. But I wouldn't be the dancer or the choreographer I am today if I didn't have the cerebral experience with Gaga."

 

Here is what really spoke to me:
"As a choreographer, it's about trust. That's why I'm lucky because everyone I'm working with I can really trust. I don't have to be so demanding and can be a little bit more collaborative. Because, really, as a choreographer you feed off your dancers, and they should feed off of you."

 

I always thought that as a choreographer, you need to always make sure you let the dancers know that you're in charge and to let them know exactly how you want everything to look and how it should be done. It's enlightening to hear that it is more collaborative, because that is a lesson I've slowly been learning through my teaching experience, yet it just now clicked, mentally.

 

 

 

Another part that really spoke to me:

"Two years ago we were working with the Israeli Embassy, and all these Israeli choreographers, and there's this Israeli form of dance called Gaga, which is not Lady Gaga. [Laughs.] It was created by this man, Ohad Naharin, and it was so foreign to me. I hated it. I didn't want to do it. And now a year later, when I'm not really practicing it as much, I'm saying to myself, "Wow, that changed my life." And I didn't even know it while I was doing it. I think because it was being forced down my throat. And now that it's had some time to resonate, it's really changed me. Of course I was resistant, didn't want to try it, didn't want to do it. But I wouldn't be the dancer or the choreographer I am today if I didn't have the cerebral experience with Gaga."

 

I am really reassured to read this. I was iffy about the fact that I chose to choreograph a contemporary/lyrical piece for the upcoming company showcase, because my company dancers are so used to performing and dancing hip hop choreography. I always liked choreographing contemporary pieces, and I decided to teach one because I thought it would help the team be more well-rounded. At first they were somewhat resistant to the new style of dancing, but after awhile they warmed up to it. Several times, though, I found myself doubting whether or not I should have gone the normal/safe route and taught a hip hop piece. Reading this now, I have no regrets.

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Music Mastering Tips - 5 Common Mixing Mistakes To Avoid

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Music Mastering Tips - 5 Common Mixing Mistakes To Avoid . An article from EchoPlex mastering engineer Francis Kimberley, outlining common mixing errors.


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More information that I will use in creating future mixes.

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Mixing Electronic Music In Ableton - How To Make Your Mix Sound Louder.

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This is another resource I can call upon when mixing the tracks for my pieces. The mixing program I have is Ableton Live 9.

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