Tag: technique

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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“In the Toaster”

| January 26, 2011 | 1 Comment

If you’re teaching a Regional A or Novice program there are many important details that compete for your attention.  But as I watched the Novice class perform at a local competition last spring, one technical issue jumped out at me over and over: many of the students were not staying “in the toaster” with their […]

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MOVEMENT MONDAY #5: Movement Under Equipment

| January 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

TWENTY QUESTIONS…OKAY, ONE. Ahem… Movement Monday this week became, well… Movement Friday… not quite the same cachet, hmmm?  My apologies to everyone.  I had all KINDS of clever excuses, but seeing as I made them all up, they weren’t really valid.  [I wasn’t sure anyone would believe I was captured by aliens anyway] However. Back […]

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Embracing the Air Blade

| October 3, 2008 | 3 Comments
Embracing the Air Blade

One veteran instructor’s personal journey towards acceptance (and her tips for instruction!)

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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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Daily Training for Color Guard

| May 29, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is a quick sectionals article I wrote for Halftime Magazine with tips for “fitting in your fundamentals” throughout the season, even when the focus starts to shift towards cleaning the show.  Check out “Daily Training for Color Guard” on their website!

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Featuring Fundamentals: FINDING THE TIME!

| January 17, 2008 | 4 Comments

Have difficulty finding time to maintain your rehearsal of fundamentals throughout the season?  This article has ideas for how to fit in critical rehearsal of fundamental skills at every rehearsal throughout the entire season even as focus shifts towards design and choreography. Coaches and Adjudicators agree a strong training program with a solid foundation in […]

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Flag Technique Video

| November 3, 2007 | 0 Comments

Banddirector.com features a series of instructional videos.  One is a basic flag video featuring Ronnie Bynum of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps .  Click here to link to their website and the video !   [updated Oct 2011 – videos are still there but we can’t find the direct link – go to this […]

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