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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Saturday Timely Statute

Saturday Timely Statute

One ongoing problem many dance teachers have is punctuality in their students. For pupils too young to drive, this lateness is often not their fault, but the fault of the person transporting them to class. Whichever it is, it is still a problem

Studies have shown that it take fifteen minutes for a human brain to adjust and be ready for full concentration when moving from one activity to a different activity. If a student is five minutes late, not only did he/she miss the first exercise, it will take fifteen more minutes before their mind is fully engaged on the class work. Twenty minutes out of an hour and a half class - that’s a lot to miss! If a student is chronically late, it will prevent progress since all those minutes add up fast.

This doesn’t even address the issue of a good warm-up. Obviously, the late student misses the opportunity to correctly and completely prepare their body and muscles for the rigors of a ballet class, increasing the chance for injury.

Being on time is important!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #72:  
“Being on time for class is critical.”

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“I figured this was the easy stuff, and if we couldn't show up on time, looking right and acting right, we weren't going to be able to do anything else.”
Bo Schembechler, Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership

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