The Lighter Side Of Ballet
One of the strengths of our ballet program is STRUCTURE! This really comes in handy when writing lesson plans . . . but it can also be a hindrance while teaching. There's definitely a serious side to ballet, but over the years we've tried to find the balance between discipline and fun.
I am pretty strict with our dress code policy and have been known to give out push ups for violations! Every so often, though, I ask my older students to wear hoodies to class and we compete in wall push-off races on our backs. It's a fun break for them. Hearing them laugh and carry on together helps me loosen up too!
Using analogies is another fun approach. This year one of our teachers trained her level 2 class to stand as if they were wearing crowns on their heads to keep their posture. She even went as far as bringing crowns that each dancer could wear during class time. Their eyes lit up and they stood extra tall every time the teacher reminded them to "watch their crown." What a great way to engage our dancers' imaginations while teaching them how to stand properly!
Every year we are finding new ways to draw out the strengths of our students and it has been a blessing to watch them grow. Balancing discipline and fun can be challenging but watching our students dance their hearts out for God at the end of the year is the best payoff a teacher could ask for!
Posted on Tue, September 23, 2014
by Jessica Deering