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March-April 2018 | Technique & Training

Technique & Training March/April 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 3 | Buy a copy Anyone with a smidgen of knowledge can look at a dancer and point out necessary corrections to sickled feet, uneven hips, or awkward arms. But only a teacher will look through a student’s body to the heart inside, and know…

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Dance History Quiz | Choreographers With the Same Side Gigs

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Ask Rhee Gold | Changing with the times

Advice for Dance Teachers Hello Rhee, I remember that you spoke years ago at Project Motivate about how teachers can assure that their male students look masculine by having them do the same arm positions as the girls, but with fists instead of feminine hands and such. When I judge, I often comment on this,…

Media Hub | Step Up: High Water

Step Up: High Water This entry in the Step Up series centers on twins Tal and Janelle, who move from Ohio to Atlanta, home of High Water—the city’s most competitive performing arts school. As they attempt to navigate their new world—on and off the dance floor—they discover just how deep they’re willing to dive to…

Curating Cunningham

Cunningham Technique teachers ensure a lasting legacy by Joseph Carman At New York City Center’s fifth floor studio in midtown Manhattan, former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Jennifer Goggans leads 25 students through the rhythms and intricacies of technique that she learned firsthand from Cunningham himself. A pianist sets the tempo, punctuating it with occasional…

These Dance Humanitarians Are Our 2018 Generous Heart Award Recipients

DSL publisher Rhee Gold founded the Generous Heart Award in 2014 to recognize individuals and organizations that do important, innovative work in dance education and provide much-needed services to the dance community. Dance is more than an art form to these award recipients—it is an opportunity to make a difference. “The 2018 recipients are generous…

Dance History Quiz | Why Hugh Almost Didn’t Dance

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Ask Rhee Gold | Thank-you card etiquette

Advice for Dance Teachers Hi Rhee, This year I started working at a new studio, and was overwhelmed with gifts at Christmas. I spent almost two hours writing thank-you notes, then started to panic about forgetting someone or overlooking a gift, and maybe causing offense. In one small class I received gifts from all students…

Media Hub | Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene directed by Elvira Lind After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene leaves behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, and returns to the U.S. to create her own boundary-breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await…

Expect the Unexpected

  Thinking about emergency preparedness now can avoid headaches later by Chris Koseluk The recital was special, and a success. Nicole Drouin Amayo and her students at Karen’s Dance Studio had dedicated the May 21, 2011, performance to Amayo’s mother, who had founded the Joplin, Missouri, studio in 1971 and died just that January. Yet…

Ask Rhee Gold | Setting policies for dance trips

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, Some of my studio parents have backed out of our upcoming performance trip to Disney, causing a lot of issues at the studio and stress for me. These same parents still want to attend this spring’s competitions. The Disney trip was our original plan—the competitions weren’t added until later.…

Dance History Quiz | The Dancer Who “Created the Phantom of an Era”

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On My Mind | Making fulfillment a priority

Words from the publisher You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. One day while I was scrolling through Instagram, those words stopped me cold. It was the start of the year—the time when people face the future with fresh attitudes and resolutions. When I read the quote, I was scheduling a year of…

Who Was Gail Grant?

We know her indispensable ballet dictionary—but do we know her? by Karen White After Cassandra Macino closed her long-running studio, she decided—as many owners do—to accept a teaching job at another studio. On her first day, she noticed copies of Gail Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet on a table around which several…

FYI | Special-Needs Team’s Competition Dreams

What’s up in the dance community Dance educator Kim Smith’s search for a dance program that could accommodate her autistic daughter came up short, so in 2015, she created her own. A Chance to Dance welcomes dancers of all abilities at North Carolina studio Miss Donna’s School of Dance; owner Donna Mitzel, Smith’s former teacher,…

In My Humble Opinion | Sacred Spaces

  Sacred Spaces by Casey C. Davenport Before performing, I always had to be alone in my space. As a teacher, it’s the same—I need my 15 minutes by myself. The quiet before the storm, I guess. Before the school opens, I sip a cup of warm black coffee in the still studio. With just…

Dance History Quiz | The Event That Changed Hair

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