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I was fascinated by the excellent focus on global dance in your January issue. I enjoyed each article. From 1988 through 2004, as a professor of dance at the University of New Mexico (where I am now a distinguished professor emeritus), I experienced the richness of multicultural dance traditions and produced three world dance productions for regional and national conferences. Our modern and ballet students grew immeasurably from exposure to African, Spanish, Mexican, Native American, and other dance traditions. Thank you for encouraging your readers to broaden their interests in the wonderful diversity of dance forms and styles that might enrich their students.
Bill Evans
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Brockport, NY

In response to Darrah Carr’s recent article on Irish dance [“Fired Up for Irish Dance,” January 2010], I would like to point out that the organization Carr refers to, Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, is only one of many Irish dance organizations, and the one with the most restrictive and punitive rules regarding competition. Cumann Rince Naisiunta, the World Irish Dance Association, and the North American Irish Dance Federation are just a few others on the growing list of Irish dance organizations, all of which certify their own teachers, host their own feiseanna (competitions), and most important, offer open platforms, meaning any dancer is welcome to compete regardless of their school’s affiliation. There are opportunities for all Irish dancers, including those who take lessons from “uncertified” teachers or mainstream dance studios, and that’s the way it should be. Irish dance is our national heritage, and it belongs to all who study it, regardless of where they choose to do so.
Kathy Whitfield
Rince Na Saor Irish Dancing
Dance Biz
Rochester, NY

I love Dance Studio Life and what you have taught me at the DanceLife Teacher conventions. I am a much better teacher and studio owner because of it! For all that you do for those of us who are a part of the dance teacher “family”—especially for what you have done to inspire and help me—thank you!
Louanne Courtright
Louanne Courtright Dance Studio
Fremont, MI

We just received the magazine with our story in it [“Schools With Staying Power: A Charleston Tradition,” March/April 2010]. Tiffany and I could not read it without crying! It is wonderful and really does give the “family feel” to the article, which we so cherish. Ms. Trudy is so proud! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job and for taking the time to recognize my mom’s legacy she is passing on.
Linda Walker
Trudy’s School of Dance
Charleston, SC

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