Instructor Education - March

Published on Mar 06, 2024

Happy March!

It’s that exciting time of the year when we’re fully immersed in the season of competitions and performances. As you and your teams navigate through March, I wanted to touch base with some helpful reminders and resources to keep you on track and inspired.

Attached is a handy “March Checklist” to ensure you’re staying organized, focused, and on track.

Some additional food for thought:

1. Encourage Team Cohesion: Foster a supportive and cohesive environment within your team. Remind your students, parents, and staff of the importance of teamwork, communication, and positivity as they work towards common goals. I’m sure you may have hit a few roadblocks this season like injuries or facility issues. Realize you are not alone as most instructors have to deal with similar challenges.

STAY POSITIVE and forge on!!

2. Self-Care for You and Your Team: Remember to prioritize self-care amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. Encourage your students to rest, recharge, and practice mindfulness techniques to stay mentally and physically healthy.

3. Looking for inspiration?

Keep your students around to watch the Open and World Class teams later in the performance day. It will make for a long day, but the inspiration it will give your program will pay off tenfold!

In addition to the March Checklist, I’m excited to share a valuable resource: a 5-minute video packed with insights on how to layer choreography and create texture in a variety of ways. The cool thing about using some of these techniques is that you do not have to rewrite choreography necessarily, you can use these techniques to present the choreography you already have in new ways.

This video will take one simple 16 count phrase and wring out every possibility of how to present it in a variety of ways depending on your desired look.

Laying & Texture VIDEO LINK

The techniques in this video can be used to:

  • Enhance Variety: Use the techniques demonstrated to inject a fresh presentation into your choreography, preventing repeated use of full-frontal presentation.
  • Adding Depth and Texture: Explore how layering choreography can add depth and richness to your show, creating visually captivating moments.
  • Cleaning Up Exposed Sections: If there are parts of your show that feel too exposed or lacking in complexity, consider layering techniques as a possible solution. This allows you to polish and refine without extensive rewrites.

I would like to shout out to Anthony Garcia, for his help in putting together the phrases and techniques used in this video. (Shameless plug—these techniques were explained in detail, in person at our WGASC Education Day, make sure to attend next year!) Thank you, Anthony!!

Keep up the fantastic work, and remember that your dedication and passion are shaping young lives and spreading the love of our beloved winter activity. We see you and all of your hard work!!

Wishing you and your teams continued success as you embark on the remainder of the season!

Rosie Queen

WGASC Instructor Education Director

rosiequeen@mac.com

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