I was reading Moira’s response to the challenge about Irish Dance imagery (or lack thereof) and realized that all of my imagery happens when I teach modern, jazz or ballet… not too much in tap class. I am going to pay attention in the next few months and see if I can’t come up with some tap imagery.
In the meantime, here are my favorite images, which all happen to be in ballet. Probably because my youngest students are my ballet class and I try to use a lot of imagery to help concepts stay in their minds and bodies. Enjoy… and please don’t laugh too much at my drawing skillz 🙂
Balloons on the ears!
Balloons tied to your ears: To keep necks long, and ankles, knees, hips and shoulders over toes in releve, I ask my students to pretend they have balloons tied to their ears to keep them lifted up.
For those who work in the arts, every day can be so different from the next, but that’s part of what I love about my job and what makes it so much fun. It keeps me on my toes! (pun intended… groan.)
Here’s one of my more ‘typical’ days:
7am – Wake up. Contemplate exercising or yoga before I shower, but not today.. the blankets and snooze button are calling my name. Shower, eat breakfast, remember that I am going to take pictures for “Day In The Life” post today!
9:30am – Drive to the studio – weather’s looking a bit icy.. better keep an eye on it.
10:00 am – Admin time. Pretend to be Beyonce much to the chagrin of my office manager… “I’m all up in these costumes like my job… admin time”. Follow up on some back-ordered costumes and work on handouts. Dance party in the office to the hold music (hey Weissmans, at least you have some good tunes!).
11:00am – UPS delivery – hooray! The first of our recital costumes have arrived! Unpack, sort and label costumes.