International Dance Teaching Standards - Educational Blog 

Developing Turn Out

We are very excited about our next upcoming live lesson with CLI Studios in Los Angeles. Our amazing Physiotherapist is bringing you a fabulous session dedicated entirely to safely developing turnout. Analyze your students absolute true range, maximize potential and review the anatomy of the hip. Catch her live April 22nd at 10am pacific.

Boys in Dance

Boys in Dance: How can we encourage them? 

Boys in dance have a unique struggle in the world of dance. It is our job as educators to help them find their way and support their dreams. The following IDTS video has some reflection questions to consider on your journey with boys.

Empowering the Self in Dance

Self Empowerment in Dance

Skill Sets for Dance

The skill set for sportsmanship and athleticism don't nessesarily develop at the same time. As the new season begins keep an eye out for leadership and sportsmanship opportunities. 

Open vs. Closed Skills

Skills, whether they are dance related or not, can be divided into the categories “open skill” and “closed skill”. An open skill is one that takes place in a dynamic and changing environment. Picture a basketball player trying to attack the opponents’ hoop. There are other players all around, a crowd cheering, and multiple other variables that could affect the player. A closed skill is a skill that takes place in a structured and static environment. Now picture that same basketball player facing the hoop about to take a free-throw shot at the opponents’ hoop. They are distraction free and are given the opportunity to take an uninterrupted shot at the hoop.

All skills sit on an open-closed continuum, with some skills being strictly open or closed and others positioned in the middle. Understanding the difference between these two types of skills will help dance teachers plan their practices effectively. Most dance skills are closed skills as there is usually little difference in environment from trial to trial. The environmental changes that dancers will encounter are ones that come with the aspect of performing in different places; the lighting may be brighter, the floor may be more slippery, the music might be slightly slower, etc.

Open skills require more tactical decision making than closed skills. The mover (or dancer) must adapt and modify their skill execution depending on their environment. It is important for dancers to learn how to make these adaptations in their movements as it can lead to various other positive outcomes such as understanding the mechanics of a movement better, being able to prevent a potential injury from happening, and gaining confidence in their abilities to maneuver and make quick decisions while dancing.