About Mo Holland Dance Studio
Teachers, Assistants, & Philosophy
Teaching Approach & Instruction
Ballet classes reflect Mo’s Royal Academy of Dance training and their approach to ballet instruction. Tap classes include basic terminology and classical tap styles as well as “hoofing” (early American street performing). Jazz classes consist of both older classic techniques and the newer, more trendy hip-hop.
All dance classes begin with a warm up and short combinations at center with strengthening and stretching exercises. Students perform across the floor with a cumulative combination every week.
Continuing Education for Instructors
Mo has continued to educate herself from many different teachers and instructors and has utilized the ideas they have taught her and combined them in order to make, what she feels, is an educational and enjoyable experience for students of all ages.
Mo personally travels to Los Angeles, California every summer to participate in dance classes and sessions to bring back new ideas and styles so she can help utilize as many different styles and techniques to her students.
Goals & Evaluation
The goal of Mo Holland Dance studio is to acquire the necessary terminology, background, context and knowledge, along with the ability to demonstrate experience-appropriate dance steps, techniques and assigned choreographed dances after the end of her classes.
In order to evaluate how the classes effectiveness, there are opportunities to evaulate through interactive ongoing performance observation, review, and evaluation done by the instructor of the classes.
Instructors & Philosophy
At Mo Holland Dance Studio, Maureen (Mo) Holland is the main dance instructor. Occasionally, she has student instructors, or co-instructors teach classes alongside her. In her busier classes, she also has apprentices who lend aid to helping the students learn. To learn more about Mo Holland, please visit her resume page.
The Mo Holland Dance Studio believes in a philosophy of teaching dance wherein the students are encouraged to enjoy their class as well as learn new steps and techniques. They are instructed to appreciate all forms and styles of dance.
Important Belief of Mo Holland Dance Studio
The studio would like to add that we support and believe in the following statement:
“There has been a trend for students to take classes beyond their technical level as a matter of convenience or as a status symbol. Vital to the progress of each student – advanced, intermediate, or beginner – is a clear recognition of the standards and grade levels of each class. For a student to push into a class beyond his or her ability is a disrespect to the instructor and other students, and above all, a roadblock to the sought-after progress of the student.”