Starting Point (The 3 A’s)

Making students aware of their body before they begin to move or execute a step or combination is crucial. Assuming they are already in position with correct alignment and placement(balance), what then? When starting a car you must first turn on the ignition and start the motor idling before putting the vehicle in gear to… Read more »

Do You Teach From The Inside Out?

When teaching ballet (especially new steps) to your students do you work from the inside out? If not you are making it ten times as hard and ten times as long for your student to absorb and internalize the step to the point where it becomes muscle memory. The first question you need to ask… Read more »

Our Intelligent Bodies in Motion

Emotional and intellectual intelligence are just two kinds of smart. There are more. Consider your ability to move your body without seeming to think. Beginning dancers must be taken through and focus on a series of exercises at the barre. But by the time you are a young adult, you are ready to fine-tune your… Read more »

Using Imagery for Optimal Results in Dance

RPM uses many visual and mental cues to train dancers and we all know that dance happens as much in the mind as in the body. Using imagery is a great tool that not only athletes but dancers as well can utilize to achieve optimum results. Imagery goes well beyond mere visualization in that you… Read more »

The Origin Story of RPM and It’s Importance for Today’s Ballet Teachers

Below is a video produced by Untapped that beautifully encapsulates the origin of RPM:Revolutionary Principles of Movement training methodology and philosophy and how it continues to help ballet teachers and dancers in today’s dance world. RPM founder Cheryl Ale and Ballet Palm Beach Artistic Director Colleen Smith explain the influence and impact that Jo Anna… Read more »

Ballet Progression and RPM Principles

In today’s fast paced world of the internet with images of younger and younger dancers doing multiple pirouettes, tricky jumps and exhibiting hyper flexibility, it is hard to emphasize the importance of correct technique, musicality, and age (and skill level) appropriate ballet practice to dance students excited to accomplish everything here and now. As dance… Read more »

Coaching Turns

Here is a great example of what happens when you apply RPM principles of movement to pirouettes. Master Teacher Wes Chapman coached this student regarding preparation, alignment, coil, release, centripetal force when performing pirouettes. Nine pirouettes later “voila!” We find that if you know “how” to teach students to apply certain concepts through verbal cues… Read more »

The SPARK Seminar August 14 – 19, 2017

We always look forward to meeting and supporting fellow dance teachers and we can’t wait for our upcoming RPM Teachers Training “SPARK ” Seminar! What sets RPM training apart from other dance teacher training certification programs?  We will show you “HOW” to implement concepts in your training that produce great results no matter the age… Read more »