Notes from the Colours of Dance Principal

Reflective Practice makes a Great Teacher!

From: McGraw-Hill Education "There is one quality above all that makes a good Teacher - the ability to reflect on what, why and how we do things and to adapt and develop our practice within lifelong learning.  Reflective practice is the key to successful practice for teachers and for...

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Dance is the BEST form of Exercise!!

Read this great article which proves that dance is the best form of exercise! Dance Back the Years 16 June 2016 Angela Rippon explains how dance can help us stay young. Over five million of us tuned in to watch the BBC’s guide, How to Stay Young earlier this year. The show gave some...

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Bio-Banding - classes by age or maturity?

Bio-banding could cut risk of injury for ballet dancers, says study Grouping dancers by physical maturity rather than age could better equip late-maturing girls to deal with intense training    Ballet dancers warm up during a rehearsal in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow....

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The Fundamentals of ISTD Street Dance

Over the last five years I have had the privilege of working with the ISTD to help develop a street dance syllabus. For many people this term is a contradiction in itself. However, with the ever changing and rapidly growing buzz around street dance, it was vital that a structure was introduced for...

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Getting the Best out of your Dance Class – and your Teacher!

It sometimes strikes me as a teacher that there isn’t really enough time to share everything I want to every week with every student! And I am absolutely sure that a lot of students feel too that they want to do more, ask more, practise more.  I also feel sometimes that there are those...

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5 Things That Will Happen To Your Brain When You Dance

LIFESTYLE   SCIENCE  BY  REBECCA BERIS   Those of you who like to get your groove on on the dance floor will probably be surprised to find out that you are doing yourself a world of good. Dancing is more than just an enjoyable activity to experience with friends or...

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Ballet is Boring

Author: Miss Erin,  posted online 9 October 2014 http://atthebarre.net/ballet-is-boring/ A friend and colleague recently posted a quote on her Facebook page and it got me thinking.  Mr. Balanchine once said: “If you don’t feel challenged, it’s because...

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Starting the RAD Grades at Colours of Dance

For Parents with children about to enter the RAD Grade 1 or higher Ballet class. Grade 1 can be considered quite a rite of passage, as it is the first of 8 grades they can work though, which depending on their interest as time passes, will keep them dancing and progressing right up until they...

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Starting Pointework - some preparatory notes

Starting pointework is a very exciting moment in a young dancer’s life.  Almost any well-trained dancer can take to pointework, discovering the highs and the lows that this very particular part of a dancer’s skillset offers. For everyone, no matter physique or commitment,...

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First Steps & Next Steps - Transitions

I am sure that all of you know this already, but speaking as a parent, I know how useful it is sometimes to be reminded (particularly if you’re on the second or third child and haven’t re-read all the books you so diligently absorbed the first time!). For many children, being 3-4 is a...

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