Tips To Get Prepared For Your First Dance Lesson

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Get Prepared For Your First Dance Lesson

Whether you’re taking dance lessons with your partner to prepare for your upcoming wedding or are just looking for a new activity to try together, don’t be intimidated if you don’t have any experience on the dance floor. While an experienced instructor, such as at Absolute Ballroom Company, will put you at ease and guide you through the basics, it’s helpful to have a bit of an understanding about how to approach your first lesson. From knowing what to wear to getting a brief understanding of how to check your movements, you can hit the ground running in your first class. Here are the basics to know. These Shoes Are Made For Dancing If you’re taking the dance class to prepare for dancing at your wedding, it’s important to wear the shoes you’ll wear on the big day. Having the right shoes will provide a feeling of familiarity during your wedding dance and help you know that you’ve got things under control. If you’re not taking the class to prepare for your wedding, it’s ideal to wear shoes that are conducive to dancing. For women, flats or high heels are appropriate, provided they’re comfortable and allow gliding. Men should wear dress or casual shoes that don’t have gummy soles, as shoes that stick to the floor can negatively affect your mobility. Comfort First When selecting the attire that you’ll wear to the class, your first priority should be comfort. Sure, it might be tempting to get a little dressed up for the occasion — and that’s fine — but you want to be able to move freely. For women, leggings are a popular choice; this type of garment not only allows flexibility, but also makes your legs visible to allow the instructor to check your posture and offer any feedback as you move. Men can wear comfortable athletic pants that they’d also wear for a gym workout or opt for jeans, provided they don’t restrict movement. Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall Dance studio walls are covered with mirrors, and for good reason — they allow students to monitor their movements. Keep an eye on yourself in the mirror rather than stare at your feet. Looking down is a bad habit to develop, and catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror allows you to see how your entire body moves, rather than just your feet. As you develop your skills, you’ll learn exactly what you should be looking for in the mirror. In the meantime, make a habit of catching a glimpse of...

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Three Tips For Choosing A Tutor For Your Homeschooled High School Student

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Choosing A Tutor For Your Homeschooled High School Student

Many homeschooling families value their independence while still putting a strong emphasis on academic excellence. This can sometimes make it challenging to ask for help. Fortunately, with the help of a tutor you can stay in charge of your child’s education while getting targeted aid in a difficult subject. If your high school student needs tutoring to help prepare them for college, these tips can help you make a good match. Know Your Subject Before hiring a tutor, know exactly what you are looking for. Do you need a tutor to help out in math, or is your student preparing for the SAT test or another college entrance exam? Or, perhaps your student just needs a general tutor to help them improve their reading skills or increase their memory retention. It’s important to be specific when looking for a tutor. Although some tutors may advertise that they can help in all subjects, it’s a better idea to get a tutor that specializes in only one or two subjects when they are helping at the high school level. General education tutors are better suited to elementary and middle aged students. Work Out a Schedule As a homeschooler, you may be used to a fairly flexible schedule. This may not be the case for your tutor. Many tutors are college students or teachers, so they may need to schedule around their work schedule. This means after school hours, which can be a problem for teens that have afternoon jobs or volunteer duties. If it’s important to you or your child that the tutoring session is held at a specific time, make sure the tutor is available at that time before scheduling the first meeting. Check State Laws Homeschooling laws are different in every state, so it’s important that you know what you can and cannot do. Tutoring and some outside classes are typically allowed, but there may be limits. For example, some states regulate how many hours can be taught by an individual outside of the family. The purpose is to avoid the appearance of an unregulated private school. In most instances, hiring a tutor for your homeschooled student will be well within these regulations, but it’s best to check the law before proceeding. Once you have narrowed down the subjects, tweaked your schedule, and checked the legalities, it’s time to find the perfect match for your student. You want a reliable and knowledgeable tutor, preferably with experience helping homeschooled students. You may need to work with several tutors before you find one with a teaching style that matches your child’s learning...

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