How to Explain Benefits of Dance Games to Parents

by Dance Ed Tips | 02 November, 2022

DET is here to reassure you that playing dance games in class is educational and fun! AND we’ve offered some suggestions on how to communicate the benefits to apprehensive parents. 

Your students love your creativity but they also need brain breaks and activities that aren’t direction instruction from their teacher. Sometimes too much information can be overwhelming for dancers trying to grasp certain concepts and we need to switch up to regain their attention. We also need to remember that every now and then, having fun and intentional “playing” is still a high form of learning and can help dancers remember the information. 

DET's Dance Games Encyclopedia

by Dance Ed Tips | 04 October, 2022

Playing games in dance class feels taboo. Other teachers have said it feels like cheating, as if you’re taking away class time from drilling technique or teaching choreography. It’s a common misconception that dance teachers need to have every minute of class jam packed with brand new combinations, across-the-floor phrases, and an awesome, new, playlist for each and every class. 

It’s simply not true. Your students love your creativity but they also need brain breaks and activities that aren’t direction instruction from their teacher. Sometimes too much information can be overwhelming for dancers trying to grasp certain concepts and we need to switch up to regain their attention. We also need to remember that every now and then, having fun and intentional “playing” is still a high form of learning and can help dancers remember the information.

DET's Ultimate Dance Games Guide

by Dance Ed Tips | 26 July, 2022

You may have heard that playing games in dance class isn’t educational. WRONG! We are here to debunk that myth once and for all for dance teachers everywhere. There are many perks to playing games during class. Ok, we’re not talking about “Duck Duck Goose” or “Tag” but dance-related games that are geared towards continuing dancers' education in a fun, digestible way where they actually remember what they learned! 

Are You An Artsy Advocate Teacher?

by Dance Ed Tips | 22 June, 2022

You are a teacher who loves trying new things and challenging your students’ creativity. You don’t like the mundane routine for class- you like taking risks, surprising your students and sometimes, even surprising yourself!