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February 2018 | Body and Mind + Summer

Body and Mind + Summer February 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 2 | Buy a copy Consider all the tasks that await you this summer—relaxing, recharging, spending time with friends, planning for the fall, living in the moment. Having fun. Breathing deep. Let the multi-tasking commence! Throughout the month of February, we’ll be publishing…

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Editor Speak | Studio Safe Place

I know someone in prison. He’s a dance teacher—or was, before he was found guilty of raping girls he had taught at dance studios in two states. At this point, he’s been in prison for more than nine years with time still left to go. Whenever I read a story about a dance studio instructor…

Dance/USA Honors Leaders in Dance, Community Inclusion, and Youth Education

Congratulations to the Dance/USA 2018 award recipients!  This year, Dance/USA recognized Debbie Allen, founder of Debbie Allen Dance Academy; Carla Perlo, the founding director of Dance Place; Mary Verdi-Fletcher, president ofDancing Wheels Company & School; and Lula Washington and Erwin Washington, co-founders of Lula Washington Dance Theatre for their incredible achievements in dance and youth education.  For…

Wearing It Well | Costume Cleaning Tips from The Line Up

by Heather Turbeville Let’s be honest. What do your students’ dance costumes smell like after a performance? What about after three or four performances? And what stains have the garments accumulated—makeup, self tanner, permanent marker? But you can’t wash those sequined leggings or that rhinestone-studded biketard, can you? Yes, you can. According to Deb Erickson,…

Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Rhythm Skills

by Samara Atkins Rhythm is at the heart of doing hip-hop dance well. The most amazing hip-hop dancers in the game now are revered for their skill in playing off a song’s many rhythms. To practice catching nuanced rhythmic changes, try this exercise I call “the ever-evolving soundscape.” Students stand in a circle, facing inward.…

Media Hub | Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation by Sandra Cerny Minton The fourth edition of this book contains new and updated materials and tools to help students develop their choreographic skills, from coming up with an idea to staging a performance. Includes expanded movement explorations and a new web resource with 23 video clips to help…

You’re Out!

How to keep your studio running smoothly when you take time off by Jennifer Rienert Opening a dance studio, being your own boss, and creating your own work schedule is a dream come true for so many dance educators. But being the boss can also mean that the business relies on you to an exorbitant…

Ask Rhee Gold | Lesson Planning

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, Do you have a solid estimate of how much time teachers should spend on class planning per class? I know it varies depending on the discipline, but I’m trying to help my two full-time staff members figure out what portion of their work week can reasonably be spent on…

Did You Know? | Who is Raven Wilkinson?

by Heather Wisner “I said, ‘I don’t want to cause any trouble for the company, but if anyone asks what I am, I have to tell them.’ ” —Raven Wilkinson Before there was Misty Copeland, there was Raven Wilkinson, the first African American dancer to be hired by a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe…

FYI | CCC’s Hip-Hop Minor a Major Deal

What’s up in the dance community Columbia College Chicago’s new interdisciplinary hip-hop studies minor, a 21-credit program launched in December 2017, features core classes on hip-history history and culture, plus practice-based learning. The minor is open to students in any major: dance students are encouraged to take technique classes and complete a dance internship, whether…

February 2018 | Mail

Words from our readers I’m so thrilled you all did a feature article on Darby’s Dancers (“Dancing for Darby,” December 2017). There is a movement brewing to increase participation opportunities for students who previously would have been excluded. That is due in part to the awareness Dance Studio Life has created by including articles like…

Vote for Your Favorite Performers in the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out: Chance to Dance Contest

Give your favorite performers a shot at festival fame by voting for them in the second annual Inside/Out: Chance to Dance Contest. The winners of this online contest will get to perform Aug. 3 at the 2018 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Performance Series. The series highlights new and established dance companies specializing in a…

Competing To Help Others: Kids for Kids Celebrates 25 Years

It was started 25 years ago by a dance mom who had two desires: to teach her daughter about helping others, and to run a better competition than the ones her daughter’s dance studio attended. Since then, Kids for Kids, Dancing for Life, Inc., has raised more than $2 million to help children with illnesses…

Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Starting Choreography

Ideas and advice from teachers Many dance teachers enjoy choreographing recital pieces, yet others find it a daunting task. It’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin, or how to get around a creative roadblock. Here are a few simple choreographic ideas that will help you get over those hurdles and create a dance that…

Tips for Ballet Teachers | Winding Up & Shoulder Tension in Pirouettes

by David Arce A clean preparation is crucial in pirouettes, whether en dehors or en dedans. To combat the bad habit of “winding up” the preparation port de bras (to gain force for more turns), try this. Students prepare for the turn in a lunge or plié in fourth, one arm in first position, the…

Media Hub | The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora Children’s book writer–illustrator and former professional dancer Isadora gives this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale a brand-new setting—Africa. Night after night, the 12 princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes. But how? The king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery.  

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