There is no “I” in team… or the arts for that matter

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Team building is a valuable life skill that we must teach our kids as early and as often as possible. Think about how many times as an adult you have worked together to get something accomplished. Whether it was in your home with your spouse or at the office with your coworkers; we work together all the time to accomplish things. When we work together seamlessly no task is too hard to complete. How do we teach this valuable skill? The first thing that crosses the mind is that we must get our kids involved in some type of sport or other competitive activity. All too often the arts get overlooked as a great place to teach these skills! (more…)

The Silent Rehearsal

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When it comes to running a musical rehearsal for beginning bands or choirs, you may run into some chaos every once in awhile. For these less experienced students, learning to work together as an ensemble is a new challenge. Even more challenging, is teaching this concept to new musicians. When running your next rehearsal, you may want to consider the Silent Rehearsal.

The Silent Rehearsal is an exercise geared towards getting students thinking and acting as an ensemble. It will also force students to come up from their music books and have all eyes on you, their conductor. Here’s how it works: (more…)

Five Composition Tips for Your Next Photo Shoot

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If you are a new photographer, or just looking to take your photos up another level, some basic composition tips can really make a difference. Before just snapping away next time, take a minute to think about how you want to arrange the elements and points of interest in your photograph. These tips are simple, but can make a noticeable difference in the quality of your photos. (more…)

Why setting up the proper dance floor system is so important

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Whether setting up a practice studio in your home or a professional studio, you need to focus on setting up the proper flooring system to insure you minimize injuries and provide a safe surface that does not cause fatigue over time. A proper system includes two key components; a subfloor & dance floor surface.

A lot of people assume that you can just lay some hardwood flooring down on top of a concrete floor and start dancing. This is a very dangerous
idea and should be avoided. Think about it. With no cushioning below, as a dancer jumps on the floor there is no give when they land. (more…)

Make Your Book Club a Success

Books are amazing! Creating a good one is an art form all to itself. Sadly with all the technology around us these days sometimes this gets lost in the mix. One of our favorite ways to fully experience a good book is to enjoy them with friends. That’s right, create a book club! Not only do you meet new people and catch up with old friends, but you also can exchange ideas, all while having a lot of fun!

Here are some ways to get started with your book club: (more…)

It’s Not About the Steps

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Ann Kilkelly, former professor of Tap, Dramatic Literature, and Women’s Studies at Virginia Tech discusses the evolution of tap dance and what beginners should consider when just starting to tap.  

When Ann Kilkelly found herself standing before her committee at her final dissertation presentation years ago, she exclaimed “I think they should tap dance.” Her committee was shocked. This was not the response they were expecting when they asked her what she would advise those looking to get through their graduate dissertation to do. Kilkelly went on to explain the benefits the dance form could have even for non-dancers. (more…)

Lights, Camera, Action; Why Clappers Are a Filmmaking Staple

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Imagine a film set. What images pop up? Cameras, light panels, tv monitors, cast, crew, the black board thing that you slap together and call action, and…..Wait. Those “things” have a name. Actually, they have a ton of names. Primarily they are known as clappers. They are also referred to as slates, slate boards, clapperboards, clackers, time slates, and clapsticks. No matter what you call them, clappers have been a staple for filmmakers. Here’s why: (more…)

Marching Band Must Haves

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Whether you are packing for band camp, or getting ready for a full season of marching band, there are some essential items you won’t want to forget. To get through the grueling hours that go into making a season successful, here are some must haves that will really help out: (more…)

Must Haves in Your Camera Bag

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Packing your camera bag is like packing a suitcase: the constant questioning of “Do I really  need this?”. Of course every camera bag needs a different set of tools. This  depends on the needs of the project, the photographer, or videographer. However, these are the must haves that should be found in every bag! Some are more obvious than others, but all are needed to complete any bag. (more…)

Using Art to Heal

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For those considering a career in the arts, therapy may not be the first idea that comes to mind. However, many hospitals, crisis centers, schools, and rehabilitation facilities are implementing art therapy. As a growing field, art therapy allows clients to apply themselves creatively, expressing their emotions through various artistic forms. Then, facilitated by an art therapist, they reflect on the work they create. (more…)