Offbeat Ballerina Store Now Open!

I have some exciting news for all of you dance teachers out there… My Etsy store is now open! Over the past few years I’ve been creating and collecting ideas to help my students learn and connect to dance. Now my creations are available to you! CLICK HERE to check out my store and let […]

Choreography App

Alright dance teachers, I’ve stayed quiet long enough. I’m finally ready to unveil my best kept choreography secret. Are you ready!? It’s an iPad app called Chore! Here’s the link, CLICK HERE! Seriously, it’s the best $9.99 I’ve ever spent on an app. Why I love this app… 1. It’s intuitive. From the moment I opened […]

Pre Ballet Song

I think it’s super important that ballet students, at any level, learn the proper terminology. In the effort to ingrain some basic positions and steps in my pre ballet class, I’ve made up a little song that we sing and dance together. To my delight, the song does the trick! I’ve even had several parents […]

Teaching Right and Left

One of the first things I teach my littles is right and left. Here are some fun ways to help your students learn their right from their left. 1. Use a sticker Placing a sticker on their right foot is a quick and easy way to help the kids identify their right and left. 2. […]

Prop Of The Month “Stretchies”

Time, space, and energy… The root of dance. Every year in my creative movement classes I tackle each one of these items. Today I thought I’d share with you one of the ways my classes explores space through the Prop Of The Month series. The props this month are “stretchies.” At my studio we have […]

Tutu Anatomy

Look what I found on Pinterest! I’m not sure where it originates, but it’s such a great visual. I had to share.

Ballet Vocabulary Games

I don’t know about you, but some of my tween students have a big disconnect when it comes to ballet vocabulary. They often say things like, “that turn thingy.” Argh! It’s one of my biggest pet-peeves as a teacher. I can’t believe they’ve taking ballet for so many years and still trip over a simple […]

Dance Teacher Apps

Ready or not, classes are about to begin! This year I’m teaching 22 classes ranging from creative movement to pointe 3. Hmmm… That’s probably just over 200 students!!! Am I crazy? Maybe. Do I love my job? Hells yes! Am I afraid of tackling that many class? Nope, not at all! This year I’ve decide […]

How to Structure a Creative Movement Class

Where I teach, the creative movement classes are 50 minutes long. Personally, I think this is the perfect amount of structured dance time for my littles. Today I thought I’d share with you how I structure and time manage my creative movement classes. Of course this is a rough estimate. Depending on the lesson, there might […]

Dance Dice

I’m always looking for new ways to explore movement with my littles, and when I first saw this idea on Pinterest (six months ago) I knew it would be a hit. What is it you ask? Movement dice! Seriously, what an awesome way to explore movement, make a game, and even tie in a little […]