TJ Terkurio teaches ballet and dance, and share some of his pandemic theatre tips.

Pandemic Teaching Tip #4: Pivoting and Adapting

January 05, 2021

How do I teach theatre during a pandemic? *sigh*

We can help! We've been gathering pandemic teaching success stories from teachers and directors all over the country. Whether you're teaching over Zoom or socially distanced in a classroom, we have ideas for you!

Pandemic Theatre Teaching Tips by Dancer and Director TJ Tekurio

Pivoting and Adapting

Teaching tips by TJ Tekurio, passionate performer, director, choreographer and known podcaster in the world of dance and ballet.

When asked how he’s had to modify his teaching during the pandemic, TJ said:

"2020 has definitely been the year of pivoting and adapting to new things, specifically technology and engagement. I, and most of the country, had to immediately transition my teaching virtually."

Some of TJ's successful teaching tips:

* Most every place I was teaching with/for went the Zoom route. I have found with the “sharing” features on Zoom, it’s been the best way to teach dance/theater. Having that music going directly from my source to the student has brought more success with engagement.

* Some things that have developed from the virtual teaching have been the  fun games we have been able to do. One of my favorite activities is a Scavenger Hunt. Most times they are themed, they add props for scenes, and are sources of motivation for scene work.

* I have been doing quite a few Variety shows. This allows students to perform, work independently, and advance their craft.

* I have been hosting a bunch of leading professionals to guest teach in my classes. Now is the time to get those sought after professionals to share their experiences. It’s been a pleasure having them teach. I’m able to take the class as well, and see how each student benefits from the guests’ experiences.

* I know we all have been coming up with new and creative ways to engage students. I am part of some Facebook groups for Theater Teachers and it has given me many ideas to try out in classes. Find a community near you or virtual group to bounce ideas off of—it can only spark more fun creative experiences for your students.


Have your own pandemic teaching tip? Share it with us so we can pass it on! Email mitch@theatreave.com

Check out some of our other pandemic teaching tips:

#2 - Improv Zoom Rooms

#3 - Physicality and Storytelling

Read more from TJ, one of our fantastic "Theatre People!" 

More about TJ:

TJ Tekurio is native of Broward County, where he started his training as a performer through Broward County Public School performing arts programs. TJ received his BFA in Choreography and Performance from Towson University where he performed works from Paul Taylor, Dance Theater of Harlem, Urban Bush Woman, Gus Giordano’s, and more. TJ was a dancer, dance captain and company manager for Holland America, prior to directing and choreographing shows for Holland America and Celebrity Cruise Lines. TJ has mentored and taught students over the years, adjudicating talent across the USA, and taking part in the production of local non-profits like Fort Lauderdale Children’s Ballet Theater.



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