Dance Teacher Summit 2015

IMG_6462This summer I’m presenting for the 3rd time at the Dance Teacher Summit! I feel so grateful to be asked again especially since it’s in California this year. Are you planning on going? I would love to meet you in person!

I’m telling you about it because I am brainstorming some topics for sessions and I want your help! I’m thinking of doing something involving toddler dance, which I know is always in need of some inspiration. And… maybe something involving situations in the dance room? Ex: separation, “she’s not my friend” type stuff.

If you were to attend, what would you want to learn about within early childhood? It could be anything! If I end up picking an idea from the ones here, I will write up a post on all of it so you won’t miss out!

Looking forward to your ideas!




  1. I went last year, but this will be impossible. I think the idea about something involving toddler dance is great! Wish you luck with the preparation!

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      Thanks Amy! Bummer I won’t be able to see you again. I know the new location is tough! Maybe next year! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad that you want to hear from us about what we want to learn about from you! I have two students who are hyper-active in one class, and they are brother and sister. It’s good they are in dance, to learn to channel their energy and learn control, but so far I feel as though I’m just always telling them no, stop or slow down, and they are a safety hazard to themselves and the other students. Please help!

    I also experience almost the opposite problem of shyness in some of my other dancers, I’ve been patient, and have seen some progress over the past 10 months, but in some ways I’ve seen a regression as well. It’s gotten to the point where one student refuses to do anything solo (obstacle course or leaping over cones), and she used to do it without any problem.

    My classes have been running every week for 10 months, as the facility I work in wants it to be a continuous program, rather than a class with a beginning and ending. It’s been challenging to keep things fresh, and I feel as though the kids who have been with me since the beginning (I have new students added, or dropped each month.) are getting bored. Any ideas?

    Thank you!

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      Hi Anna Kate,

      I don’t think they are bored at all. Keep doing what you are doing. You can change little things, but don’t change everything. Children at this age don’t know what bored is!

      Students who choose not to do anything in class, I usually offer them a turn but don’t make them do it. Even by watching they are getting something out of it. You can tell the parent that too. Of course you want them dance but she will eventually. You can offer to do it with her, or give her another job like helping you pick up the cones. If you can involve her in any way overtime she will see that it’s not so scary.

      As far as the brother and sister, if it were me, I would try to match their energy for a portion of the class. If you can keep redirecting them without using the words, “no, don’t, or stop” that would be best. Try to motivate them to follow along with you. Try many different activities to draw them in, and make sure each activity isn’t to long. 4-5 minutes at most!

      I hope this helps!

      1. Thank you Maria! All your advice and encouragement really help! I’m so grateful!

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