Yoga?

So I have been thinking more and more about Yoga and the benefits of the body and mind. It has been the talk of the town lately and all I know about it is what I have taught myself. Some dancers I know LOVE it and some dancers I know HATE it. I’m wondering how this could be if it’s …

Dancer-Dance Teacher Extraordinaire

After a very long day today and an amazing Maria’s Movers ballet class (one mom said “you pulled out all the stops today”), I met up with an old/new friend at the park after work. We met at Slippery Rock and danced a lot together. We have been in New York about the same amount of time and thought it …

Maria’s Movers has a space! Finally!

If you live in NYC you know how hard space is to find. It’s almost impossible. I was determined this school year to start my own creative ballet classes. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I managed to get some great mom’s behind me and now I am proud to announce 2 new Maria’s Movers spaces on the upper …

Ballet Among the Blooms

I will be teaching at this event in September… I am looking forward to creating the curriculum for this workshop, even though it is a wide age group. I think anything with ballet and flowers will be beautiful! What a great way to educate children about ballet! As seen in Time Out Kids New York….Saturday September 26, 20093:00pm-5:00pmNew York Botanical …

Resources and Props I am thinking about…

I am thinking of purchasing the book “Brain-Compatible Dance Education.” Anne Green Gilbert has created a way to make dance and movement fun and also make it count! It’s called the brain dance and it can be used with all ages. I plan on using it with my preschool students this year, I think they would really enjoy it and …

Teaching made easy…

Yesterday I ventured out to find portable speakers that I could hook up to my Ipod and that would be light enough to carry around in my bag all day long. To my surprise it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I am excited to try this out this year. It will be interesting at first making …

Liability Insurance

If you are a freelancer like me, It is possible that you might need general liability insurance someday. This year I am starting up multiple ballet classes in several different spaces. These spaces such as an apartment building play room, and a Yoga Studio require me to have my own insurance. Here is the website that I used to buy …

It’s been a while…

Ok so I thought having a dance teacher blog would be a great idea, but then I remembered how busy dance teachers are… *sigh* so forgive me for not updating for a while. A lot has happened since I last wrote… I promise I will update you day by day… In the meantime movecreateeducate…

Ideas for Summer Dance- Getting Famlies Involved

I ran across this idea when I was searching for free dance to enjoy this summer in the city! Just some creative ideas for dance educators to think about… http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/events/eventDetail.php?eventID=3051 Family nights are a great idea for anyone who teaches in a school or has their own dance school. Why you ask?It’s a night of getting families moving and more …

Websites to Explore

Here are a few websites that are important to dance educators… National Dance Education Organization- Investing in the future of Dance Educationhttp://www.ndeo.org/This organization just had there annual conference in New York City last week! It was so inspiring to attend and see what other educators are doing to grow the world of dance. I only attended for one day but …