Category Archives: teaching

  • Back to School, 2013 edition

    Posted on August 15, 2013 by lauraet in dance events, teaching, USA Dance.

    Tweet Je dois commencer par dire un bonjour à nos amis français qui ont reçu une carte de visite de moi ou de Daniel pendant notre séjour à Paris. Merci de visiter notre site web! After a big summer–lots of work, a little dancing, and a big trip to Paris–we are looking forward to getting […]

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  • D and L, Dancers

    Posted on February 22, 2012 by lauraet in in other news, teaching.

    Tweet Monday night we learned that one of our dancers is fluent in American Sign Language, a topic in which Daniel and I share a real but largely hypothetical interest.  After comparing notes on some signs (the ones we’ve picked up from watching ABC Family’s Switched at Birth are correct, but utterly random–“Ferris wheel”?) and […]

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  • It’s not about the steps

    Posted on September 18, 2011 by lauraet in teaching.

    Tweet Posture and frame, and their influence on lead/follow, are among the biggest challenges for ballroom dancers. Your average 21st-century American just doesn’t absorb a dancer’s upright carriage without years of practice and many, many corrections, and the nuances of communicating movement to another person through the body are even harder to talk about than […]

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  • Madison Studio Recital 2011–Videotastic!

    Posted on June 5, 2011 by lauraet in Ballerina Corner, exhibitions & performances, teaching.

    Tweet We had an amazing time at the Madison Studio’s annual recital yesterday.  Nobody threw up or passed out, everyone remembered to throw away their gum before going onstage, and we all danced GREAT.  (Okay, I may have kicked someone in the contemporary ballet number, but we don’t need to talk about that.) We had […]

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  • Dress Rehearsal

    Posted on June 3, 2011 by lauraet in Ballerina Corner, dance events, exhibitions & performances, teaching.

    Tweet This afternoon is dress rehearsal for the Madison Studio recital.  Daniel and I are dancing 3 times: once on our own, once with our class, and once in the production finale.  I am dancing 2 additional times: in my contemporary ballet class’s number (to Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose”) and then in that class’s […]

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  • Conservation of Dance Momentum

    Posted on May 26, 2011 by lauraet in Ballerina Corner, competitions, exhibitions & performances, in other news, lessons, teaching.

    Tweet A body that is dancing tends to continue dancing unless acted on by an outside force.  In the absence of outside forces (spring semester ended on May 6;  congratulations, Class of 2011!), we have been dancing a lot and doing a lot of dance-related stuff in the last several days.  Since I haven’t had […]

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  • Move aside and let the man go through

    Posted on May 12, 2011 by lauraet in teaching.

    Tweet I’ve seen this phenomenon time and again with adult learners, regardless of what they are learning.  But I never thought it would happen to me. See, I’m in this contemporary dance class at my studio.  It’s pretty advanced and very choreography-focused.  Physically, I can keep up.  But I’ve never had contemporary before and it’s […]

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  • Break it down and sleaze it up!

    Posted on February 15, 2011 by lauraet in competitions, friends & family, teaching.

    Tweet Our ballroom class is learning a rumba routine for performance in the Madison Studio’s recital at the beginning of June.  These four dancers are superstars: all adults with little or no dance or performing experience but they have agreed to get on stage just a few months from now.  So we’ve gone from learning […]

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  • How NOT to succeed on the dancefloor

    Posted on November 26, 2010 by lauraet in teaching.

    Tweet Facebook message from the female half of our wedding couple, whose marriage–and dance début–will take place a week from tomorrow: “Just want you to know, [Groom] has not been practicing this week because he can’t stop playing Angry Birds!!!!” If you don’t know what Angry Birds is, you may be better off not knowing.  […]

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  • Er, who?

    Posted on October 11, 2010 by lauraet in behind the curtain, teaching.

    Tweet As you all know, Daniel has numerous outstanding qualities: twinkly blue eyes, charming accent, uncanny ability to fix anything–and that’s not even to mention his dance skills.  However, he is terrible with names.  We have a grand total of TWO couples in our group class right now and he can never remember anyone’s name […]

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