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Discipline in today’s dance studio

ARE students’ attentions spans getting shorter? Are politeness and courtesy outdated concepts? Just how do teachers compete with digital distractions in a class?

These are just some of the questions swirling around the complex issue of discipline in the dance studio. For dance teachers, expectations of creating an encouraging, positive and safe environment for young dancers can sometimes clash with the requirement to set firm expectations about behaviour and conduct.

Contemporary guidelines promoting safe and effective dance teaching practices (such as those published by Ausdance) mean that the days which many older dancers recall – of students cowering in

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