It is shocking how many dance instructors like to simply run out the clock with kids rather than engage with them in meaningful dance education. I once met a dance studio Director who was in the process of INTERVIEWING ME who actually stated “I love to waste time.” I cannot fathom why it is that these people got into their field… especially those who are so blessed to be in a position in which they can make important decisions for an arts institution such as who to hire.
As for instructors who like to waste time, I have worked with a few in the past, and for those parents or employers out there who might pop in once in a while.. here are some tell tale signs to spot those time wasters.
It is sad that anyone in such a rewarding profession would take their time and the time of their students for granted in this way, but just like in any field dance has it’s fair share of workers who are just waiting out the clock till pay day. If you yourself are a dance instructor, it’s possible that you are wasting time in your classroom without realizing it, or without thinking about what wasted class time means for your students and for yourself on your career path. Just like any academic field, there are surface understandings of the subject (rote memorization of a single routine for example) and there are deeper understandings (for example, the awareness of the natural movement of the arms and legs in cross lateral motion and the ability to coordinate increasingly complicated combinations based off of that understanding). Do not sell dance short by teaching, purchasing for your child, or taking a class that does not respect the full potential of what dance has to offer.
At Infinity Arts Center, all of our classes have an impressively low student-teacher ratio. Small class sizes ensure that students receive a quality arts education through hands-on learning.
When you or your child sign up for one of our classes, camps, workshops or after-school programs, you can be sure to get the one-on-one nurturing small class sizes provide. Read on to learn about eight benefits of low student-teacher ratios.
Students and teachers at IAC have plenty of opportunities to work together one-on-one, allowing the opportunity to tailor instruction toward the student’s needs.
Small groups mean having to compete less for participation opportunities. Students can have their voices heard and apply what they are learning to class discussions.
In large classes, students can hide and get left behind. But, fewer students means that each one gets the attention he or she deserves.
In classrooms with fewer students, teachers can spend more time teaching the material and less time regaining the attention of students who might be easily distracted. They can also cater to different learning styles among students.
Students learn more in small classes, and they also learn faster. This means the class will progress through material more quickly, and students will have the opportunity to learn even more per class.
In classes with smaller student-to-teacher ratios, teachers have time to customize their feedback to students. With individualized feedback, students get the help they need to reach their potential.
In small classes, students have more time to share ideas and perspectives. They can explore their opinions and gain the confidence to express those opinions openly.
With fewer students per class, students support each other and can connect more personally with classmates, which can lead to lasting friendships. Join the IAC community by enrolling in one of our summer camps or fall classes!
We live in a world of complementary dualities, each of which is a part of a complete whole. Light complements dark, sorrow complements joy, effort complements ease, sleep and relaxation (down time) complement our working life. In life as in art, the negative spaces empower and define the positive ones. Each defines the other, each gives life to the other, and thus in our world the whole exists. They are sides of a single coin.
In fashion now are the sciences, currently called STEM, science, technology, engineering and math. Sciences are concerned with the physical world, the observable and quantifiable. They seek to understand how the physical universe is constructed, how it works, how it might be changed to adapt to circumstances, how it might serve people. The sciences work with what can be logically proven or disproven through experimentation. Together, the sciences have brought about immense and rapid advances in our understanding and in applications in our physical world.
My grandmother began life in a world in which the use of horses was still common. Before she passed, men traveled to the moon. Technology in the present advances even more rapidly. The quickened pace of these advances comes at a cost. In order to devote the amount of attention and cultural value to STEM topics and to fully support these rapid advances, we have largely neglected the partner of STEM, the arts.
Arts – visual arts, music, dance, theater, literature, philosophy and writing, to include some – are more concerned with that which is less readily apprehensible. Arts apply themselves to our values, our pursuit of wisdom, subjective perceptions and emotions, and to concepts such as joy, beauty and existential truth. STEM deals exceptionally well with the concretely physical; arts express marvelously our souls. Both are necessary.
Our world today is unbalanced; some would say it is chaotic. This is not amazing if we notice that we have neglected the sisters of STEM. The whole cannot be complete while only half of it is fully accepted and appreciated. Putting an “A” into the acronym “STEM” to make “STEAM” does little. The four strands of STEM are still emphasized while the arts are lumped together and given lip service.
At one time – my grandmother’s and maybe also my mother’s – arts had a greater place in our culture. Schools gave emphasis to literature, writing and music. Elocution, painting, drawing and crafts were also given instructional time, and exhibitions of these were valued. Dance and theater were not only performing arts, to be enjoyed if one had time and money, but also often popular pastimes. In private life, there was time to create beauty. Math and science were certainly not ignored, but the whole was more balanced.
Not so today. Schools emphasize and promote STEM subjects, and parents rush to enroll their children in STEM summer camps and extracurricular lessons. Arts in the schools are underfunded and minimal.
We have lost something. Social structures have lost center or direction as they change and grow. Balance is good as change progresses; it keeps the change from falling into destructive chaos. We have lost that balance, that sense of direction, that guidance system. Some would say we have lost our soul. Re-including and re-establishing the importance of what we have neglected can help restore what we have lost.
Let us individually grow our whole selves, both the logical and the intuitive, with a sense of the wonder of the universe.
You can find more from Diane at http://thevoicefromthebackrow.com/
Did you know that more than 52 million people visit Disney World each year? Engaging characters, music and performances make Disney a favorite among kids, but your little ones don’t have to leave Virginia to get a taste of the fun. In fact, you can stay right here in town and avoid the heat and long lines, as well as the tired kids and feet!
Our upcoming Disney Camp is a fantastic way to bring the magic and fun of Disney to your child’s summer vacation. It’s just one of the many exciting and creative camps we are offering this summer at Infinity Arts Center. Read on to learn five things you should know about Disney Camp:
These are just five of the reasons YOU should attend Disney Camp at IAC! You can register for camp by visiting our sign-up page: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/InfinityArtsCenter#/selectSessions/2535314
PAINT AND WINE
6:30pm-8:30pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the Fall we will have Paint and Wine Workshops! If you are looking for a great night out with your friends while being able to get creative this workshop is perfect for you! One of IAC’s artists will help you recreate a painting . Students will follow step-by-step instructions while being able to sip on your favorite wine. Wine glasses will be provided for each person and you are free to bring your favorite wine.
All participants must be 21 or over. We ask that everyone please drink responsibly. All supplies included, BYOW.
|FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19TH||DC Skyline at Night|
|SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20TH||Falling Leaves|
|THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH||Tropical Sunset|
|FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH||Potomac Sunset|
|SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TH||Waterfalls during Fall|
|THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST||A Glass of Red Wine|
|THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH||DC Skyline at Night|
|FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH||Falling Leaves|
|SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH||Tropical Sunset|
|THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH||Potomac Sunset|
|FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH||Waterfalls during Fall|
|SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH||Sunflowers|
|THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND||A stroll down Central Park|
|FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD||A Glass of Red Wine|
|SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH||White Orchid|
|THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6TH||Love Birds|
|FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH||A Winter’s Day|
|SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH||Christmas Tree|
|THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13TH||White Orchid|
|FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14TH||Love Birds|
|SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH||A Winter’s Day|
|THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20TH||Christmas Tree|
|FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST||DC Christmas Tree at Night|
|SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND||DC Christmas Tree at Night|