I have been a certified dance Instructor, studio owner for thirty-five years, held the title of the president & choreographer, since 1982, for the Santa Rosa & Sebastopol Ballet Companies. I am an active member of the Sonoma County Santa Rosa Ballet Guild, which awards Ballet scholarships to serious dance students through yearly auditions, served on the Sonoma County Dance Alliance Board, have been a member of Dance Masters of America since the age of sixteen, as well as a published author noted as a resource for dance teachers on Wikipedia!

About The Author 

Questions? email margot@teaching-dance.com or call me: 707 824-1742                                                                                        

A Creative Approach to Ballet, Jazz, & Tap Dance Syllabi for Technique

‚Äčand Studio Management Success
Produced and written by Margot Lynda Torbert


"Hi Margot, I thought I would just write you a short email to let you know that I absolutely love receiving your e-news. They are not only informative but a joy to read. Thank you so much for including me. I remain your friend in dance!"

Debbie Stack, AU
Tempo Dance Company

PS:  my 'e-news' is now called blogging! (M.T.)

 All volumes cover a wealth of information gathered from my years as a teacher & a studio owner. They are the result of leaving dance for several years and working hard to recapture my technique & love of dance, then after ten years of growing my studio to a point of needing help I began training a few of my advanced students to help with the 'baby' classes. Several whom now have studios of their own, some who have become professional dancers, actors & all around terrific friends!

Thus the Teaching Dance syllabi was born! Because the skills needed for dance are repetitive in nature, I found a need to introduce technique to young children in a manner which kept their interest at a peak level. Each program is an exciting & innovative approach to dance.


 My dance programs offers nine syllabi volumes to enhance, enrich, & maximize the studio experience for the teacher and the student. These proven teaching methods are an indispensable tool for you & your staff, with clear step by step teaching instructions for the classroom. Each written page is encased in a protective archival plastic sleeve then placed in a high quality three ring binder for easy removal of pages for years of extensive studio use.

Also developed & introduced a new program for students in the Pre-Dance levels titled Accelerated Learning Program (ALP). This program, which is introduced in the Pre-Dance syllabus, challenges & groups together young students with a higher than average ability than their peers to continue training, progressing without losing the interest for further study or be placed in a higher age group.

Then introduced the value of presenting & encouraging home practice. The successful 'Star System', included as a bonus with a Teaching Dance Kit, utilizes a rewards program & is designed to supplement class throughout the week. It is a combination of dance terminology, current dance steps being learned in class, games, and other learning tools for students ages seven through twelve. This system may also be purchased separately.

 Several card set games, Charades & Pantomime, were created & designed for young students to introduce basic stage theatrics so needed in performance. The cards are an added bonus when purchasing a Teaching Dance Kit or are optional & may be purchased separately. Raising a daughter opened my thoughts to writing a story of a three year olds first dance class through the first recital! This little book is available for the asking, by the way Rachael is now 37!

  margot@teaching-dance.com - http://teaching-dance.com  - 1-707-824-1742