Safe Dance Training

Although we want each student to achieve their own technical potential, we must not over demand when wanting to achieve results with students who appear un-flexible lacking elasticity in muscle development while their body types that are changing as the grow. In some cases’ month to month.

Dance teachers must teach their students to understand proper “placement and alignment” from the very start of their dance training and keep reinforcing that in every class. Dance injury is often brought on by bad placement and alignment when performing higher level dance skills.

The biggest culprit relating to dance injury or body discomfort and muscle pain is from allowing students to do higher skilled moves without the knowledge or understanding on how to control their body instrument through properly trained technique. Especially if the student lacks strength, flexibility and turn-out.

Knee joints are put under great pressure during all take-off and landing of jumps. Incorrect technique while performing jumping moves can create discomfort and pain in the knees. Example, teaching “split jete” before the student has the basic technique to harness the skill successfully can be harmful.

Some dance injuries come from outside curriculum at school. Volleyball, basketball, gym, track & field and other types of curriculum may also cause the body muscles to become confused, therefore rebelling muscle memory qualities when dance training. Therefore, the muscles, ligaments, bones and joints take the wear and tear during dance training and performing.

Re-enforce & Re-teach

Teachers must re-enforce and re-teach technique by always correcting and guiding their students every move.  Even, when rehearsing competition or recital routines.  Never allow any incorrect movements.  This reinforces with your students that you care and that you are on top of everything they do.  It takes energy, time and hard work by you, and your students.   But in the end, your students will love and respect the final results!

Confident Teaching

You as a dance teacher, must be totally comfortably and confident with your knowledge of technique and we must make a commitment to be more specific to detail and fine tuning of our young dancer’s technique and physical instrument! 

A Dancer's Instrument

Let us not forget that a dancer’s body is their instrument, and it is our job to nurture that instrument for as long as that student is training with us. To train and coach that instrument, we require certain “tools of the trade”.  Your greatest “tool of the trade” is ADAPT!

Dance Teacher's Obligation

We are dance teachers and we have an obligation to our clients, their children and ourselves.  A young child, studying dance has an untapped talent.  Whether, they are recreational or competitive. Remember, our future senior/competitive students usually begin dancing in a recreational class!