3 Ways Instructors Can Encourage Creative Expression Within Dance

By Rebecca Swol   A common misconception in dance instruction is that since choreographed dance routines involve a group of dancers doing the same motions at the same time, they do not allow dancers to express their individual talents. Teaching whole-group choreography for the sake of team building and social

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Exercise Makes You Smarter

By Margo White We used to think that if you wanted to grow your brain you learned a musical instrument or another language. But, as renowned neuropsychiatrist John Ratey explains, the science now shows conclusively that being fit is as good for your mind as your muscles. What exactly do we

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Where Are Your Deadlifts Going Wrong?

By Emma Hogan The deadlift is a fundamental strength training move that’s hard to beat. But if you want to maximize the benefits you need to know where you could be going wrong – and it all comes down to your elbows. Why we love deadlifts The deadlift is undoubtedly

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Elder Sexual Violence: The Abuse We Can Never Imagine Happening

By C.J. Boggs Bernier According to AARP, there are 76.4 million baby boomers in the U.S and more than 3 million of them are already in their 70’s and 80’s. Many families are transitioning into the sandwich generation, taking care of elderly parents and still caring for children at home. 

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There Is No One Way To Be A Survivor Of Sexual Assault

by Amanda Mendoza Sexual violence impacts every aspect of an individual’s life, regardless of age, gender, race, or sexual orientation. Whether the perpetrator was a friend, family member, stranger, intimate partner, co-worker, or acquaintance, sexual assault is a traumatic experience. Because trauma affects everyone differently, there is no right or

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Lift Like a Pro- Protect Your Neck!

By Emma Hogan   If you haven’t caught on to the benefits of strength training you’ve clearly been living under a rock. Lifting weights are no longer just the domain of muscle heads; everyone can benefit from the improved muscle tone and calorie burn that comes from strength training –

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Creating a Positive Dance Environment

By Rebecca Swol Our fall dance classes have just begun and we are welcoming many new students at all levels. Creating a positive dance experience is a priority for our program. A truly successful dance studio aspires to create an environment to make any dancer that walks through the doors achieve

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Parenting in the Age of Social Media

By Tracey Madden-Hennessey In a recent story in the Washington Post, writer Devorah Heitner, discussed how quickly news and images travel through the airways. Children, particularly those with cell phones, are likely to see news images that are “raw” and that “haven’t been edited, interpreted or contextualized.” She states, in a significant

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The Little Lie Even Fit People Tell Themselves

By Bryce Hastings Smashing yourself at the gym for an hour, then spending the rest of the day stuck in front of your computer or slumped in your favorite armchair watching television, is like being a marathon runner who smokes.  And just like smoking, sedentary behavior is bad for you,

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A Parent’s Influence On Their Child’s Developing Brain

By Michele Eathorne Brain development has been a hot topic in recent years within the field of early childhood development. Recently when I was reading the article "Building the Brain" by Katherine Stevens, I discovered new facts about babies' brain development that I wasn't aware of  21 years ago when my

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