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January 2018 | The Language of Dance

The Language of Dance January 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 1 | Buy a copy Dance moves us because it speaks to us. We respond to the formal structure and grace of ballet, the community connection of ethnic dance, the brawn and animation of hip-hop. Whatever the spoken language of the dancer, the dance…

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The Price of Rights

Learn to navigate music licensing by Chris Koseluk Can you imagine dance classes without music? The tunes that fill the studio as your students’ feet hit the floor are necessary tools of the trade. But studio owners and teachers should know there is a cost. You are legally obligated to obtain permission for the songs…

Media Hub | The Paris Opera

The Paris Opera directed by Jean-Stephane Bron An all-access behind-the-scenes documentary, The Paris Opera showcases the individuals—from management to performers, costumers to the cleaning crew—who work to bring operas, music, and dance to audiences night after night. The film traces the 2015 strike, the departure of ballet director Benjamin Millepied, and the terrorist attack at…

Ask Rhee Gold | The Importance of Being on Time

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, I have been teaching for 25 years, and I’ve owned my studio for four and a half years. I’ve become increasingly concerned that parents don’t seem to be aware of the importance of bringing their children to class on time. This year, tardiness is at an all-time high. At…

Studio Style | Boston Ballet School Newton Studio

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville “It’s a dream come true,” says Tamara King, principal of Boston Ballet School’s new Newton, Massachusetts, studio, which opened in September. It’s not hard to see why she loves the space. At 26,550 square feet, it has seven studios, state-of-the-art HVAC and acoustic systems, high-end fixtures, and…

FYI | Record-Breaking Tutu Raises Funds

What’s up in the dance community An auto body shop probably isn’t the first place you’d look for the world’s longest tutu. But this fall, The Auto & Tire Doctor in Truckee, California, broke a world record with its balletic creation. Inspired by shop employee and breast cancer survivor Cindy Lain, Auto Doctor staff produced…

Editor Speak | The Language of Dance

When I moved to Costa Rica in 2003, I got to test an axiom I’d often heard: that you should be able to take a dance class anywhere in the world and follow along, no matter the local language. The studio near my neighborhood’s Más Por Menos grocery store was in a second-floor walkup with…

Dance History Quiz | Two firsts for Reisen

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Teacher, May I?

Ideas and advice from teachers With 10 minutes of class left I noticed five sets of eyes wandering to the window. Time for a fun activity! I searched my childhood memories for a game that would engage these 7- to 10-year-old beginning jazz students, and Mother, May I? sprung to mind. I changed “Mother” to…

Tips for Tap Teachers | Three-Sound & Four-Sound Cramp Rolls

by Thelma Goldberg Cramp rolls are useful both in class to strengthen small footwork and in choreography. With recital season on the horizon, here are some tips for using them: Begin with clean quarter notes. Dancers should shift weight correctly and separate their sounds. A favorite three-sound pattern for beginners is the press cramp roll,…

Media Hub | Inside the Dancer’s Art

Inside the Dancer’s Art by Rose Eichenbaum Photographer Eichenbaum pairs more than 250 color and black-and-white photos with inspirational quotes from an array of dancers, including Bill T. Jones, Katherine Dunham, Mitzi Gaynor, Rennie Harris, Ohad Naharin, Tiler Peck, Gregory Hines, Mark Morris, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The words and images explore creativity, art…

Ballet Beyond Borders

Montana dance festival has global reach by Bonner Odell The snow-capped mountains surrounding Missoula, Montana, might seem like a surprising backdrop to a dance festival featuring some of the world’s most elite dancers and teachers. But Missoula is the birthplace of the Vienna International Ballet Experience USA (VIBE USA), which last year alone drew more…

Ask Rhee Gold | Parents Who Don’t Get Along

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, I’m in need of suggestions on how to deal with competition parents who have a hard time getting along with each other. They are adults—I shouldn’t have to police their interactions. Most conflicts arise over fundraising: they can’t agree on a fundraiser, no one steps up to take the…

On My Mind | The Benefits of Confidence

Words from the publisher Confidence benefits you and your students. Dance teachers experience frustration when they know what they want to accomplish, but fear that what they need to do to get there will upset or confuse students or parents. Sometimes anxiety about the confrontations to come, or fears of losing a student, or runaway…

FYI | De Mille Muse Gemze de Lappe Dies

What’s up in the dance community Gemze de Lappe, who championed Agnes de Mille’s choreography both as a dancer and coach, died of pneumonia November 11, 2017, in Manhattan, according to the New York Times. She was 95. In 1943 de Lappe was cast in the first national tour of Oklahoma!; she went on to…

Competition Zone | Nonconforming Contemporary

by Amber Perkins I have a request for educators who create contemporary competition dances: please, please, please don’t limit yourself to what you think contemporary choreography is supposed to be. Despite what we might see onstage at competition after competition, not every piece of contemporary choreography has to be deep and dark! Many of us…

Taking Care of Business | Five Steps to Stepping Back

by Teri Mangiaratti “I’m missing too much of my children’s lives.” “I want a more normal life.” “How do I step back?” I hear these questions and complaints from studio owners all the time. Stepping back requires planning and management, but take heart: it is possible to shift roles and have a (somewhat) normal life!…

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