In Dance Informa’s series, Preschool teaching tips with Tiffany Henderson, we hear from master studio owner and dance business expert Tiffany Henderson, the successful owner of seven Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations with over 2,500 students. Henderson also founded Twinkle Star Dance as a toolkit for studio owners.
In this installment of the series of quick tips for preschool teaching, we look at the Use of voice in a preschool dance class.
Children thrive on verbal feedback and are inspired by the teacher’s energy and enthusiasm for the material.
Here are some tips to engage your students with your voice:
#1. Try to slow down and lower your voice if the class is getting loud and wiggly, or raise your voice and speed up if they are staring off into space.
#2. Cue them ahead of the choreography or exercise with your voice – for example, “Ready to Shuffle Step.” Say it like you want them to dance it.
#3. Continue leading them with your voice during the entire class, even as you are tending to the music, etc.
Meet Tiffany Henderson:
Tiffany Henderson is an industry leader and dance business expert. Tiffany owns and operates multiple Tiffany’s Dance Academy locations in Northern California. Her video-based teacher training system and curriculum, Twinkle Star Dance, is currently implemented in 300+ dance studios worldwide.