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“12 Traits of Terrific Dance Teachers”: Dance Advantage

January 7, 2015

We so agree with this article, and we enjoy cultivating these kinds of teachers! Read this article >>

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Etiquette for Partner Dancing

January 3, 2015

By request, these are Smoothstyle’s top tips for how to behave when dancing: Grooming Brush your teeth before you begin class…

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Custom, Filtered Earplugs

December 10, 2014

– posted by Maria Only recently, I learned that I can get special earplugs that protect my eardrums without distorting…

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“The Proactive Follower”: Bobby White

November 13, 2014

From the Swungover* blog: “As a teacher, I quickly realized the advice ‘just follow’ is almost never helpful. As far as teaching…

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The 10% Rule

November 4, 2014

I had a conversation today with a new leader who is taking up Salsa completely of his own volition. Without…

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Are You Over Training?

September 21, 2014

Would it surprise you to hear a dance teacher say that you might be over training? As in, working too…

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Is Misogyny Inherent in the Language of Partner Dance?

July 16, 2014

“Don’t think, just follow”. How many times  have I heard a dance instructor say that? How many times have I…

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Gluten-Free Morning Granola

May 14, 2014

I (Maria) eat this granola every morning for breakfast, mixed with plain yogurt and accompanied by green tea. Enjoy! Gluten-Free…

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Group Classes vs. Private Lessons

May 12, 2014

I thought I’d give an instructor’s perspective on the difference between private lessons and group lessons. We certainly teach (and…

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Learning the “Other” Role in Partner Dance

April 24, 2014

– posted by Maria Ford Some dances are “mirrored” dances. That is, an instructor can stand with followers in front…

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