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Confessions of a TAGteacher

I've been here before. 10 years ago in fact. A seasoned dance teacher I find myself indescribably frustrated in class. I can hear it in my voice, see it on my face in that huge mirror we stand in front of all day, and heart wrenchingly feel it to my core as I witness the deflated body language of the kids I adore as they physically resond to my nagging.... Why am I sharing this story with you?  Because I want you to know I understand the challenge of looking at your teaching and realizing something needs to change – again.  I want you to know there is an answer and it does work.  For those of you who find looking at things positively not always as naturally at your fingertips as you may wish, I’d like you to know you are not alone. I'd like you to know there is a simple solution- TAGteach.

Pilates to the Core

AAHPERD National Convention Proceedings — March 2007
Cashing In, Losing Out — The appeal of Pilates is HUGE (great, you got them in the door!) yet the enormous frustration many experience in trying to digest the “core” concept blocks a large population from getting the most out of their classes. The A-type personalities will force their way through, pushing to “get a workout in,” while gaining little in the way of true learning and quite possibly injuring themselves in the process. Meanwhile, the less driven often simply don’t come back. And what about you, the teacher? You are ready. You have invested years in the study of the Pilates Methodology, and most likely, many other years in dance and/or movement physiology. You get it!! But you’re worried that your students don’t. How do you impart all of your knowledge so that they, too, can benefit from the education you so wish to share? The answer is TAGteach.

Modern Love — What Shamu Taught Me About a Happy Marriage

By Amy Sutherland as appeared in the New York Times — June 25, 2006
As I wash dishes at the kitchen sink, my husband paces behind me, irritated. “Have you seen my keys?” he snarls, then huffs out a loud sigh and stomps from the room with our dog, Dixie, at his heels, anxious over her favorite human’s upset. In the past I would have been right behind Dixie. I would have turned off the faucet and joined the hunt while trying to soothe my husband with bromides like, “Don’t worry, they’ll turn up.” But that only made him angrier, and a simple case of missing keys soon would become a full-blown angst-ridden drama starring the two of us and our poor nervous dog. Now, I focus on the wet dish in my hands. I don’t turn around. I don’t say a word. I’m using a technique I learned from a dolphin trainer.

Leaps and Bounds

AAHPERD National Convention Proceedings — March 2006
A new perspective — Dance education today is based on solid studies in the physiological and anatomical sciences as well as centuries of artistic tradition; verbally inherited methods of conditioning, technique, and vocabulary. Classical training has produced brilliant performers and proficient dabblers alike and has, as well, produced a myriad of sound syllabi in a wide variety of disciplines. TAGteach aligns and supports all standard dance and movement syllabi, from Vaganova to Checcetti, RAD to Bourneville, Hatchett to Cohan, Gilbert to Dee, Pilates to Somatics, and all others for which there is not enough space here to list. TAGteach is highly effective in providing a user-friendly process for dissecting such syllabus information into digestible pieces that students of all ages can absorb, understand, and perform successfully—again and again.

Learning in a New Way in Dingle

Bohuslaningen — Dingle, Sweden — July 2005
Learning to hold a pencil or a golf club, or to learn language. It is called “TAGteach”. This is a learning technique that can be applied to almost everything, says Eva Bertilsson, one of the hosts of a two day seminar in Dingle...

TAG, You’re Right!

Dance Teacher Magazine — December, 2003 — Lifestyle Media, Inc.
I clearly remember my first ballet teacher banging her cane inches from my feet. The fear was that if I didn’t execute the steps perfectly that cane would slam into my toes… So when I began my own teaching career I avowed to be different…

Dog-gone Discipline

Marblehead Reporter — Marblehead MA — January 2006
A simple name change from a “click” to a “tag” opened up the world for a local dance teacher. A training method for dancers that began as a method to offer positive reinforcement to dogs was introduced to the community two years ago as TAGteach, the “TAG” short for “Teaching with Acoustical Guidance.” The “TAG” device is a clicker that fits in the palm...

TAG — You’ve Got It. Dance Teachers Trade Criticism for Clicker . . . and See Results

Marblehead Reporter — Marblehead, MA — August 2003
The instructor stands at the front of the room, a group of dancers spaced out in front of her. She quickly explains what she’s looking for the dancer to do, turns on the music and watches silently.