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How to write a student assistant bio

HowTo.001I’m back! After a longer than expected break from this little dance blog, here we are again. Please excuse my absence. While I was away, I noticed that the “how to” write your bio posts were a big hit, so let’s pick up where we left off.

We’ve already covered a great way to start personalizing your dance studio website with updated teacher bios and student teacher bios. Now, let’s round things out with how to write a student assistant bio.

 

Here are a few easy steps to get your student helpers started:

1. INTRODUCE YOURSELF & SAY WHAT YOU DO.

Kelly is a student helper at the Dance Studio.

2. SUMMARIZE YOUR EXPERIENCE.

She has danced with Miss Sharon for 10 years and has studied tap, ballet and jazz. This is her second year as a student helper.

3. NOTE YOUR GRADE LEVEL.

Kelly is in the 8th grade at the Middle School.

4. HIGHLIGHT ANY RELATED INTERESTS.

If she’s not dancing, Kelly is usually reading or painting.

5. ADD ANY KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS OR TITLES.

This was Kelly’s first year on the competition team and she can’t wait to attend more conventions next year.

6. TELL THE WORLD WHY YOU LOVE BEING AN ASSISTANT TEACHER.

She loves being a student helper because it helps her become a better dancer too.

And that’s it! Then just put it all together:

Kelly is a student helper at the Dance Studio. She has danced with Miss Sharon for 10 years and has studied tap, ballet and jazz. This is her second year as a student helper. Kelly is in the 8th grade at the Middle School. If she’s not dancing, Kelly is usually reading or painting. This was Kelly’s first year on the competition team and she can’t wait to attend more conventions next year. She loves being a student helper because it helps her become a better dancer too.

 

Adding assistant teacher and student helpers to your studio website are a great way to showcase your students and your student development methods. How else can you bring a personal touch to your studio website?

 

Teachers Sound Off: The Homework Dancers Should Do

TeacherSoundOffDancers, you know at the end of class when your teacher puts one final step on your plate, another move, another eight counts of choreography? Yeah you know. And then, they tell you to “work on that.” And, of course, you totally practice all week, right?

Well, whether you realize it or not, your teachers can tell if you’ve been diligently mastering last week’s challenges. To see what they want you spending your time on, we asked them:

What’s the homework you wish your students would do?

Knowing their dance history. As educators, we work hard to expose them to different aspects of the art of dance and urge them to explore and learn about the wonderful artists and history that came before them.  However, it’s always nice when you have that one student who takes it upon themselves to do some extra homework.
Jake P.

Besides stretching, I wish they would practice their dances—I provide them with a CD of class music.
Miss Sharon 

Stretching; Lines are everything. You don’t have to be the most flexible kid in the world, but you do need to be able to create a clean line.
Eva M. 

Be in the know and expose yourself to as many styles as possible. I taught a master class recently and not a single dancer in the room knew who Cyd Charisse was! It’s not only important that we honor the dancers who came before us, but by watching them we can gain a lot of insight on where to place our bodies and how to create a style that works time and time again. Today’s dancers seem to dance alike. This wasn’t the case 60 years ago. Find a unique voice by exploring the history of dance and creating a movement quality that is a melting pot of the greats.
Chip A.

I strongly encourage every student to go home and review every correction that has been given, not only to that particular dancer, but corrections that have been given to all dancers.
Mr. Brian 

Practicing (of course)…but more specifically, reviewing corrections so that they are not lost the next time we are in the studio.
Elise H. 

Remembering where they stand in a dance from week to week.
Miss Kathy 

Alright class, looks like our teachers want us to remember our dances, stretch and bone up on our dance history. Sounds easy enough, don’t you think? Teachers, what else did we leave off this list? What homework do we still need to check off our lists?

** Each week our panel of teachers will answer a different question. Got a question? Get in touch. Know someone who should be featured on our panel? Nominate them. **