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Mail | February 2011

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I thought your response to “Going Broke” [“Ask Rhee Gold,” October 2010] was perfect. The attitude that the competitor studio’s teaching was more like playtime and that they are superior because they teach real technique made me cringe. Not many dancers desire to or have the talent to become professional, or care that their technique is flawless. They just want to have fun. Why is that a bad thing?

Teaching dance is just part of my job; I care about my students and am concerned with their whole well-being. I’ll never forget how I felt after a parent asked me to talk with her daughter, who was threatening suicide. The next day she told me that her daughter was a new person and she was so grateful. I never have forgotten that I, a mere dance teacher, could have such a positive effect on a student.
Linda Twiss Gioscia
Performance Dance Center
Weymouth, MA


Your magazine is the publication that I always take home and curl up reading. This dance director needs you to keep doing what you’re doing. I am sending you a sincere thank you!
Lori Long
Dance Productions
Charlotte, NC


I want to thank you for all of your hard work on this story [“From Campus to Community,” DSL, December 2010]. The dancers were delighted to see their program recognized, and the layout and pictures and article itself were all so nicely assembled.
Dr. Kim Chandler Vaccaro
School of Fine and Performing Arts/Dance
Rider University
Princeton and Lawrenceville, NJ

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One Response to “Mail | February 2011”

  • Nd:

    In response to the top poster, it’s wonderful for the kids to have fun, and yes most will not become professional, however, they are paying for lessons. My feeling is if a child wants to only have fun and nor be challenged they can do that for free at home dancing around with their iPod.

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