Reading material: I've been featured on 'Maria's Movers'!

by Nadine Armiger


I'm pretty excited about this . . 

The incredibly inspiring Maria Hanley of Maria's Movers fame runs a weekly profile series called 'Creating With Kids' - and this week it's my turn!  :)  I am so honoured to be included in such an impressive list of teachers - every week reading the latest profile has taught me something new.

I think my favourite interview so far has been with Kate Barber of Big Steps Little Feet - it really resonated with me:

Teaching is a moving meditation – it doesn’t matter how I’m feeling or how busy and stressed I may be, when I arrive at the door & as soon as the kids arrive and I start class, I’m 100% focused on what’s happening right here and now with energy and focus, there is no time to dwell at all on anything that’s happening in my life or my head. Which means I always finish work feeling better and calmer than when I arrived.

Big Steps Little Feet

Big Steps Little Feet

Maria's website also includes TONNES of clever ideas for creative dance classes with littlies. The whole site is filled with useful, brilliant ideas. I would love to be as helpful and inspiring to my readers as Maria is to hers.

Maria Hanley

Maria Hanley

Thank you Maria for featuring me, and for everything you do for dance. You are AWESOME.

- Nadine


Dance teachers - how do you measure success?

by Nadine Armiger


Here I am, running my own dance school which I started in Feb 2008 with 14 dancers  . . 

 

After nearly 6 years, how successful have I been? Have I been successful? How do I know?

 

Possible measures of a successful dance school could be:

  • High numbers of students
  • Large annual income
  • Sold out audiences at annual concert
  • Winning results at dance competitions
  • Graduating students being accepted into prestigious schools or professional companies
  • Excellent exam results

Hmmm . . Do I qualify as successful under any of these criteria? (Spoiler: not hugely.) 

Do I feel successful, though? Actually yes, a lot of the time I do!

  • People pay me money. 
  • They trust me with their children. 
  • My students turn up to class. 
  • Many of them have been with me for years.
  • Plenty of people keep coming back! 
  • I am learning and improving.
  • My confidence is growing.
  • My students enter and pass exams.
  • Our overall exam results are improving year by year.
  • My dancers turn up for and perform in the concert.
  • We have a lot of fun! 
  • We love to dance.
  • We laugh a lot.
  • My students love me and I love them.
  • Dancing is fun! (For me and for my students.)
  • Teaching is fun - I love it.
  • I have built relationships with so many children and their families in this small rural community.
  • I have been able to maintain those relationships even if those students are no longer dancing with me.
  • I love knowing who everyone is!
  • I like being well-known in a small town (world-famous in Waimauku!).
  • I enjoy working for myself.
  • I appreciate being able to work from home. (The hall I teach in is just over the road.)
  • I love my job.
  • My job is fun! 

I remember reading somewhere that people are most strongly motivated by one of:

  • Fun (wahey!)
  • Power
  • Being right
  • Having an easy life

If I measure success as fun then yes! It's happening. 

 

However, fun doesn't pay the bills, and I am always very conscious of where every dollar is coming from and where it is going.  My life would definitely be easier and I would do a lot more travelling if I made more money.

 

Tell me - what does success look like to you? Is it measured in money? In fun? Love? Power, control, influence? Fame? Winning? Share here or here - I'd love to know!

- Nadine


'Valley Voice' article

by Nadine Armiger


Thank you so much to my lovely friend Helen Martin for this awesome write-up, and thank you to another gorgeous friend Nicole Calis for the fabulous cover photo!

If you're reading on your computer, click each photo to enlarge . .  On a phone or tablet, use the finger-zoom (you know how it works!)

- Nadine


Concert 2013

by Nadine Armiger


I'm just gonna say it - BEST SHOW YET. Well done everyone!

 - Nadine

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"Great show Missy. Good to see the kids enthusiasm and enjoyment."

"Good on ya for all the effort you put into making a magic day for all our gorgeous girls! So many ahhh moments and big smiles..."

"Thoroughly enjoyable Nadine! All your hard work and long hours have paid off. You will sleep well tonight ! Xxxxx"

 

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"Thanks Nadine for a fab show! The girls had a wonderful time, and it makes me so proud! Nanas and pops thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Great memories the girls will never forget. X"

"Awesome show well done on another fab year. Love seeing my girl up there enjoying herself so much. Thanks for all your hard work"

"Ariana feels like a superstar! I am a very proud mummy! All of her Whanau fans that came to awhi are super impressed! And you should be stoked with the awesome show that you produced! Hope you are enjoying your much deserved blob time. Xxxx"

 

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"Loved watching them all boogying along to each others' dances back stage - soo much fun!! Girls were singing and dancing along to Superstar while getting changed ...."

 

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'During the Kolo I hear Eddie say to Mum "Why are you crying Baba?" Her reply: "Because Ivka and Madeline are dancing our Croatian dance and they are beautiful!"'

 


Exams 2013

by Nadine Armiger


Due to enormously hard work by myself and the dancers, this year's overall results were the best yet! My first dancers entered exams in 2009, and I think I might be starting to get the hang of it . .  

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Mrs McGlinchy was a wonderful examiner, very kind and helpful to all the candidates. The dancers loved her.

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It was my first year with a boy dancer entering for exams, and my first year as an 'exam mum' . It is EXTRA nerve-racking doing the music for an exam when your own child is dancing!

Grade 3 Jazz, yo!

Grade 3 Jazz, yo!

Well done everyone for all your hard work - let's do it all again next year!  ;)

- Nadine

Walking from my house to the hall . .

Walking from my house to the hall . .


NZAMD Teachers' Workshop - Rosettes

by Nadine Armiger


Sunday 27 January at TAPAC.

This was so much fun! It was great to FINALLY meet Claire Patten after years of phone calls and emails - she took us through the ballet syllabus and she is a complete hoot! Deborah Hale took us through the tap syllabus - she's examined my students before and is used to me and all my questions . . Gotta say, I just LOVED the tap syllabus. Loved it! And then the fabulous Nicola Madden took us through the jazz syllabus - she has the most amazing fancy ballet-teacher shoes and white jazz shoes. Plus she is an awesome teacher! (Notice I am drawing a veil over the hip-hop work. I try my best, but it's not an area of strength for me, alas . . )

- Nadine

iPad selfie before it all began . . 

iPad selfie before it all began . . 

The different rosettes - 3 levels each for ballet, tap, jazz & hip-hop.

The different rosettes - 3 levels each for ballet, tap, jazz & hip-hop.