Scarlett the Scarecrow

Scarlett the Scarecrow

  Here at MKS, we aren’t real big on Halloween in general, but we jump at the chance to put a tutu on a scarecrow! O’Fallon is holding a scarecrow-making contest for businesses, and MKS has created an entry–we named her Scarlett. Now you might think that scarecrows are all about protecting crops from winged interlopers, but Scarlett has another thing on her mind–Dance! Scarlett has been busy dropping in on activities around the studio, trying out her legs in Ballet, testing her flexibility in Tumbling, even a bit of office work at the Front Desk. If you love Scarlett as much as we do, please like the page https://www.facebook.com/visitofallon and vote for her (#2) as the best Scarecrow in O’Fallon between 8am October 6th and noon October 8th. Share and vote! *See updates below       * Update – MKS has been working with Joy in Haiti to support an orphanage in Haiti and they recently mentioned that they have to move to a new facility and need significant support to accomplish that. MKS will be forwarding on any winnings from the scarecrow contest to support this endeavor. Frequent readers of this space may remember that we collected ballet shoes and leotards for the kids in May of last year.   **Update – Scarlett won! Blessed to donate the $300 prize to www.joyinhaiti.org! Thanks to everyone who voted and made that possible.  ...
Planning (& Practice) Makes Perfect

Planning (& Practice) Makes Perfect

IMPROVING THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING DANCE The longer I teach dance and run a dance studio, the more I have learned that not everyone is aware of what goes into the whole process, so I thought I would give an inside peek at what the staff has been working on lately…  It seems like a dance teacher might just walk in, teach a few classes, and go home.  It seems like it should be this simple!  It can be, and that is how I started teaching when I was in college.  But the more I taught, I learned I could be much more effective as a teacher if I planned ahead a bit more.  My students would get a better dance education and would be more well-rounded individuals. So, many years ago, I began writing lesson plans at the start of each month.  After the first year of monthly planning, I realized I could not only plan my classes monthly, but I could lay out the framework for the entire year for each of my classes ahead of time.  I could focus on certain skills each month that progressed in intensity as the year went on.  Then, month by month, I take those lists of skills and develop combinations and exercises that fit the students I have that year.  Also, I could know in August what skills my students would be able to accomplish in the next year’s dance concert.  This made choreographing much simpler and less stressful on me and my students!  Plus, now that I had a framework of skills around which to build...