Teaching Resources

Snapping Hip Syndrome

Here’s a 4 minute video explaining those snapping hips. Although most teachers I know grew up hearing “if it doesn’t hurt, don’t worry about it”, we now know that we should be concerned as a lifetime of that snapping has detrimental effects on the integrity of the joint. Students as young as 9, trained incorrectly, are now complaining of painful hips although even with proper training, this problem can develop.


Creative Movement  3-6 Yrs

Hello Toes Movement Games For Children is the very first book I had and I’ve taken workshops from ALBarlin as well. These creative play games are great (she also has a book for parents- at home) and they are a very good ‘jumping off’ spot for teaching 5 and under in a creative manner.

This woman, Anne Green Gilbert, is also a giant in the field of children’s creative movement. Lots of info on her sight for you to peruse. there’s at least a dozen articles on this website advocating this work with small children.

And last but not least, my alma mater still supports several dance entities including virginia tanner creative dance and they (virginia) was one of the very first advocates and certainly the first to travel with children around the world to spread the word that there is a brain connection between what the body does and the well being of a child. The films of Virginia’s early work with children remind me of Isadora so I know that she was at least influenced by her if not studied with either her or a student of hers.


Ladder 1It’s tough finding the time and effort to inspire yourself when you’re in the studio working several hours per day, but also critical that you have the opportunity to hear what’s happening with other artists in the greater dance world. Try this site, by and for the professional artist/teacher:

Music & Dance

This group on LinkedIn always has fascinating discussions on everything from classical technique and music to a host of other topics as wel:

Teachers Classical Ballet LinkedIn

Marley Floor Maintenance

The following is distilled from studio owners and flooring websites.

Protecting the Floor

  • Minimize street dirt. Dance shoes only- no street shoes or socks
  • No food or drink in the studio
  • Place nothing with sharp edges on the surface
  • Avoid wheeling, painting, carpentry, etc. on the surface
  • Use the space for dance only

Maintaining Your Floor

The combination of dust, dirt, body grease, hair products, and lotions all contribute to a situation that could be potentially dangerous for dancers (and therefore a studio owner) without the proper care of their linoleum surfaces. Maintenance is a daily procedure. Daily maintenance will extend the useful life of the flooring. Safety is the motivating factor here.

  • The floor should be swept (or vacuumed) and mopped at least 3 times a week. Do not use any cleaner with ammonia or wax in its formula, as they will leave a slippery residue on the surface of your floor. Prior to the mopping, the floor should be swept clean with a soft push broom. Do not sweep or dust mop floor with oil treated mops or brooms!!!
  • For general maintenance, a neutral PH cleaner will be adequate. Try using white distilled vinegar and water with sponge mop, avoiding the tape. Use 1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of water. Full-strength vinegar can be used directly on tough stains. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes before wiping up. If you need a bit of abrasive make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and scrub with a brush or sponge, then rinse with water. Have a dedicated mop and pail for marley cleaning. Don’t let your cleaning equipment be used for any other purposes. You don’t want to pick up residue from other surfaces and products that can get transferred to your marley. Otherwise:
  • STRONG CLEANERS (9 – 13 pH): requires rinsing

ECOLAB Mariko (13 pH)ECOLAB Citrusolv ( 10.3 pH)

Customer Service USA 800-352-5326

Technical Hot-Line USA 800-451-7191

Buro-Net (12.5pH) by Sani-MarcCustomer Service: 819-758-1541

Distributed by: Warthan Associates, Inc.

Hopewell, VA 23806

Telephone 888-458-6321

  • MILD CLEANERS (7Ph): requires rinsing

Johnson SC Stride CitrusCustomer Service USA: 800-558-2332

Technical Hot-Line 800-451-7191