Posted: April 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
I previously blogged about the importance of warming up before any physical activity. Well I am living proof of the consequences not taking that advice causes. The other morning at my dance class I opted out of the warm-up for some simple stretching instead. As a result, my muscles were stretched, but not warm. I ended up pulling a muscle in my leg. If there is one thing that feels worse and is more annoying than warming up properly, it’s limping around with a sore leg. So I will repeat again WARM UP!
Posted: April 10, 2011 in Uncategorized
Another dance class tonight. Nothing really out of the ordinary. We worked on basic movements and then practiced our repetoire of dances again, and again. You know what they say, practice makes perfect! (it also makes you tired…)
Posted: April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
I taught another children’s dance class today. This time the kids were a little older (about 12 years old). I was all ready to dance with my dance clothes on and I see these kids walking into MY class in jeans. I thought to myself, “Are you kidding me?” How were these kids supposed to dance and move in jeans? In addition, who’s great idea was it to send your kids to a dance class where they will be stretching and bending and moving in jeans? What all people should where to any class where they will be moving around is clothes that stretch with your body. Moreover, these clothes should not be overly cool, but they also should not over heat you. You should also be comfortable in these clothes. If you are uncomfortable in your clothes, you will be uncomfortable with the movements, etc.
Posted: April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized
Today we began working on a girls only dance. I love working on these kinds of dances because it gives us girls a chance to show off and perform things that we would otherwise not be able to do. Ukrainian dancing is often focused on the boys. The boys are the ones that do most of the tricks and show off, therefore they are more recognized for their dancing skill. Girls are often put on the background. Sure we get a solo here and there, but mainly it is all about the boys. Anyway, I am really excited about this dance. It is going to be difficult but very beautiful. I am looking forward to performing this at Mosaic.
Posted: March 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
I had the opportunity to assist in teaching a beginner and novice dance class today. It was quite the learning experience. The number thing that learned during my time in this class was that management of the students is key. When I talk about management, I do not just mean the way in the students are organized and kept under control; I am also talking about the way in which the educator communicates with the children. Because these children were so young (ages 4-6), one must use simple terms when describing the movements you want them to perform. It is also very important to relate these movements to things that the children may be familiar with. For example, if you want the students to reach tall, you can ask them to be a very tall tree. My relating movements to familiar objects, you are also allowing the students to internalize the motions, therefore they will be able to recall and repeat the movements much more easily!
Posted: March 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
Today in my dance class, we were challenged to be creative and come up with a sequence to a particular piece of music. I have found that being creative in dance is not my forte..yet. Having been in dance classes my entire life, I am used to being told what to do, when to do it, and where to go. Choreography and structure is what I have become accustomed to. As a result, when someone asks me to do whatever I want to, I feel overwhelmed and confused. I believe being free and creative in your dancing skill is something that needs to be practiced, at least for me. I slowly became more comfortable with this idea and it ended up not as scary as I thought. I still had a very good dance class.
As a side thought, here is a great way to incorporate creativity and dance into the curriculum. Take a look!
Posted: March 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
Tonight’s dance class taught me a really important lesson; it is important to keep things new, exciting, and fresh. People, especially now-a-days, get bored really easily. This is the same for students in class. That is why starting something new is always so fun and exciting. It really makes you remember why you are participating in the first place and creates a new sense of appreciation. Thought repetition is also very important as well, there are ways in which educators can repeat and practice the same skills through different activities.