Tag: rehearsals

The Movement Chick: “Effort Qualities”

| March 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Hello my darlings!!  Has the whirlwind of our crazy season swept you up and away yet? [Why, yes, I WAS in Kansas… why do you ask?  Sigh…No, I never did find the ruby slippers.  My broom ride flight home, however, was lovely] And, in the usual shocking nature of The Movement Chick, I digress into […]

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Movement Training Series #4: Travel

| February 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Darlings!!! Yes, it is I.  A day late and a dollar short, as ever.  Le Sigh.  [Okay, fine. Three weeks late.]  Thank the good Lord that the other columnists here at the venerable CGE are so prepared!  Whew. Anyway.  Here we are in the throes of the 2012 season, spinning out little hearts out, yes? […]

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Movement Training Series #2: Crunches

| November 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello Darlings!  I am back! I have returned to the glorious pages screen that is color guard educators. Of COURSE I missed you! Yup, here I am.  My marching band season has drawn to a close, and as always, I am loving what some of our performers are putting out there… [Err, yes, I may […]

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A Word to the Wise…

| September 26, 2011 | 0 Comments
A Word to the Wise…

  Now more than ever, an instructor’s words, actions, and reactions are constantly being evaluated – not only during rehearsal, but also in cyberspace.   As role models and educators, color guard instructors walk a unique tight rope;  we work in the professional realm of education (which has clear standards of teacher/instructor conduct), yet the extracurricular […]

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Tip for Today: The “10 Game”

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

“I have been teaching/teching/instructing my current guard for the past 2 marching band seasons and they are about to start their 2nd winter guard season. After we have totally cleaned a section or phrase and everyone is correct with body, hand placement and equipment, we play the “10 Game”. During this game, the guard does […]

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Teaching Younger Guards

| November 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

CGE Welcomes our newest regular contributor, Chelley Thelen.  In her first article, Chelley shares her experience working with younger (elementary and middle school) students. One of the best things you can do for your high school guard program is to start training your members at a young age.  Successful football teams, for instance, often have […]

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Tip for Today: Why Be Negative?

| September 29, 2009 | 0 Comments

Why be negative with your students? They already get that in everyday life. Be the reason they come to rehearsals! Food for Thought… -Peter Gomez, Chino HS World

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An Exercise in Expression

| March 25, 2009 | 0 Comments

The following article describes an exercise used by Broad Run High School color guard coach (and CGE editor) Catina Anderson to help her students expand their repertoire for emotional expression beyond the “plastered-on” smile. A few years ago I designed a regional A winter guard show requiring performers to express happy, sad and angry emotions […]

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Tip for Today: Teaching tough choreography to Beginners

| August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Have a difficult section of choreography to teach and a lot of beginner performers?  Teach 8-counts at a time to the entire group, making sure your veterans understand.  Thend divide the group into squads and allow the veterans to work in small groups with the rookies.  Monitor progress and move on when they’re ready, 8-counts […]

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Tip for Today: Chunking Choreography

| August 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

Have a difficult section of choreography to teach and a lot of beginner performers?  Teach 8-counts at a time to the entire group, making sure your veterans understand.  Then divide the group into squads and allow the veterans to work in small groups with the rookies.  Monitor progress and move on when they’re ready, 8-counts […]

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