Today, I had, and will have, the opportunities to work with Taliat Tarsinov in follow-up to some choreography he'd done for her and I. This particular student is already a beautiful dancer and we have a very strong partnership. However, he was able to help me see aspects of development for my student that I, being in the dance with her, don't get the opportunity to see. Regardless of whether I could have spotted it or not, the fact of someone evaluating the dance from an external view gave the student a whole new dimension she could work in. Often times, we as teachers miss the potential our own students can aspire to. A coach can help you see it again, and can rekindle the drive for excellence for both of you.

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I've been telling a lot of students in the last year about an article clipping I had read from the Wall Street Journal, published circa March, 2013. Another student had brought a clipping of it to me and I was very surprised. I finally found the article, and I am putting a link up for it.

How the Tax Man cleared the Dance Floor. Be sure to click the Read More link below for a little of my own take on this, as well as my surprise.

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Standardized Ballroom dancing comes in two styles, American and International.

American style has a basically different development, contributed to by many sources - U.S. studio chains such as Arthur Murray’s and Fred Astaire, and independent U.S. studios and exists in some level of standardized form in each. Several certifying organizations exist and the curriculums can generally be quite variable between chains and studios. Organizations such as the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), the United States Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD) and Dance Vision (DVIDA), among others, offer standardized dance syllabi in the American Style.

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I ran across this article and thought I should offer a link to it on my site. Written by Patsy Holden, I think it is a very fair article on the promises and pitfalls of ballroom dance costs. I am a huge proponent of having educated students, this is a nicely balanced article for information for anyone who desires to pursue ballroom dancing.

The Cost of Ballroom Dancing

Rhythm & GraceAs you can see, the site has been updated!

The reason for updating this once again is due to my dance studio opening up in Uptown Lakewood, and I wanted a better internet experience to reflect the business opening.

One thing that I do, that I have yet to see any dance studio utilize, is integrating my site to my students' study experience. I have an entire section of my site devoted to enrolled students that they can use to access lesson information, skills they can work on from home or on-the-go, and be able to refer to their choreography and notes, as well as soon be able to track their progress on our medalist system.

But I've also made it easy for new people to find out more about my school and get started.

The site framework I chose is very easy to customize and you will be seeing further developments as the site progresses.

In the meantime, I am open to suggestions that you feel might improve the experience further, so feel free to contact me and let me know about this.

Looking forward to a great year!


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