Magazine article Dance Teacher

Your Letters

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Your Letters

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Question of the month

Rewarding Raciness?

We just came back from a competition this weekend, where 5- and 6-year-old dancers were wearing very skimpy costumes and doing dance moves that only adults should be doing. The competition company rewarded their behavior by awarding them the high score of the day and the judges' choice for best performance! How do you feel about this? Is this happening where you live?


DT Responds

Dance teachers should stick to their standards. Most competition judges will reward innovative choreography and technical prowess over shock-value entertainment. For suggestions on ageappropriate costuming, music and choreography, turn to "Dance for All Ages" on page 87.

History Lesson

I absolutely love your magazine. It gives me so many ideas. Since I read one of your articles about incorporating history in the classroom, I've tried to make up miniature posters about each person featured that month. It would be so great if you could include a poster of the featured artist and a short bio on him or her. I have been cutting up my magazines using the pictures you include in the lesson. Again, thank you for providing us teachers with such a well-rounded magazine.

Sabrina Rishel

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Beware of the Bunion

I enjoy reading your magazine cover to cover. Thank you for these great articles: "Feet of Strength," "Lower Back Basics" and "Jumping for Joy" (DT March 2005), with excellent illustrations and suggestions. I would like to add a warning to dancers who might be dancing on an unstable foot, in which the second metatarsal is longer than the first. …

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