Seán Curran Collaborates with Darrah Carr Dance in Irish-Infused ModERIN

2012 Bessie Award nominee Darrah Carr Dance and celebrated guest choreographer Seán Curran return to New York City’s Irish Arts Center this November to premiere new work in the company’s signature style of ModERIN: a unique blend of traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance.

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Vendors Signing Up Now for Next Summer’s DanceLife Teacher Conference

Dance teachers and studio owners know the DanceLife Teacher Conference is about more than technique and studio talk—it’s also coming face-to-face with the business and service people who keep the dance studio industry rolling.

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October 2012 Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Developing Trust By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Watch and Learn By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Energy Paths By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Amping It . . .

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Look for Jazz Legend Luigi in December issue of Dance Studio Life

For half a decade, Luigi has been one of the reigning masters of jazz dance—holding court in his New York City classroom where jazz aficionados of all ages and abilities have benefitted from his in-depth knowledge and dedication to this very-American style of dance.

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Dedicated Japanese Students Find their Way to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Intensive

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre currently has three Japanese-born members in its ranks, but the big story is in PBT’s school, where 20 Japanese students took part in the Intensive Summer Program and are often featured in leading roles in school performances.

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Extra! Newsies Twins a Broadway Rarity

The Gold School director Rennie Gold remembers his reaction when the Broadway production of Newsies made his dance students David and Jacob Guzman an offer—one role for only one twin. “I said, ‘Boys, you do realize you’re going to have to be separated at some point in your life,” he told Dance Studio Life.

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Performance Marks Homecoming for First American in Mariinsky Ballet

Raised in the nearby suburb of Reston, Virginia, Keenan Kampa grew up attending matinees and master classes here. But this time, she’s back as the first American member of the legendary Mariinsky Ballet (formally the Kirov Ballet).

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Study Up On Ballet the Best Way with Master Teacher Roni Mahler

Roni Mahler learned some of her first lessons in ballet from the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda, then expanded her knowledge as a dancer with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, American Ballet Theatre, and National Ballet of Washington (DC).

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SYTYCD and Curtain Call Team Up for 2012 Tour

For nine seasons, the So You Think You Can Dance live tours have brought stellar dancers and cutting-edge choreography to viewers’ hometowns, and now Curtain Call Costumes will be actively supporting those efforts as the exclusive Dancewear On-Screen Media Partner of the SYTYCD Tour 2012.

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SF Ballet Center for Dance Education Partners with de Young Museum

Do I hear a waltz? Professional ballroom dancers will lead a 45-minute instructional class in ballroom basics on November 9 during Friday Nights at the de Young, a special series held at the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco.

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Book Details How Helen Keller Could “See” Dance Through Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham

Craig Brown’s Hello Goodbye Hello: A Circle of 101 Remarkable Meetings details a daisy chain of encounters between famous literary, artistic, and historic figures. One such “moving meeting of great spirits” took place when Helen Keller, age 72, visited iconic choreographer Martha Graham and was able to learn from legendary . . .

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Photographer Captures the Dance-able Moments of Everyday Life in New Book

It’s not just the high-kicking legs in heels that bring Broadway to mind in the photo book Dancers Among Us (Workman Publishing, $17.95), reports The Washington Post. It’s the sense of emotional release. In his shots of dancers in flight on sidewalks and city streets—excitable superheroes among us—Matter has produced a series of mini-musicals, frozen in time but full of energy.

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Bournonville Scholar, Teacher, Dinna Bjorn, To Lead Seminar at ABC in June

Dinna Bjorn, former artistic director of the Finnish National Ballet and Norwegian National Ballet and an authority on the Bournonville technique, will lead an intensive and active ballet seminar on enhancing teaching and coaching skills as part of the American Ballet Competition next June at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, Massachusetts.

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Master Modern Teacher Bill Evans to Share Dance Wisdom at DLTC

Next summer, teachers and studio owners will be able to share master modern teacher and esteemed educator Bill Evans’ wisdom first-hand at the DanceLife Teacher Conference, August 1 to 4, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Evans, who has earned the Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, will be teaching technique classes and leading seminars at DLTC.

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Angelina Ballerina Comes to Life in Ballet Spartanburg Original Production

Angelina Ballerina’s Big Audition will be performed October 19 at 4pm and October 20 at 11am and 2pm at David W. Reid Theatre, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina, as the first ballet in a double feature. A production of The Elves and the Shoemaker, directed by Ballet Spartanburg artistic director Carlos Agudelo, also will be performed.

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Dance Masters Chapter 8 Thrilled with Dance Studio Life Article

Each month, DSL’s Strength in Numbers feature pays tribute to a dance teacher organization. Through pictures and illustrations, the feature explains why the group was founded and by whom, how it has grown over the years, and what sorts of services and education opportunities it affords members.

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92Y’s Night of Burlesque a Tribute to Survivors of Breast Cancer

Prevention . . . awareness . . . showgirls? The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York City is launching its new burlesque-themed dance series with Pink Light Burlesque, created by the New York School of Burlesque to celebrate the lives of women who have experienced breast cancer.

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‘Jar of Hearts’ Dancer Peter Chu Joins Faculty of Brand New Dance Convention

Choreographer and dance teacher Peter Chu will participate in the 24 Seven Dance Convention, a tour of two-day workshops for aspiring dancers ages 5 to 19 that will visit 15 cities across the United States in 2012-13, culminating with a national dance competition in Las Vegas from July 14 to 19, 2013.

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Artistry Online: Check out Dance Studio Life Magazine Covers

Ten times a year, Dance Studio Life magazine presents pages and pages of insightful, emotional, and advice-packed articles about the dance studio world. But our readers tell us that what’s on the cover is always a treat as well—from twirling toddlers to dance icons.

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Choreographer Paul Taylor and Educator Alice Teirstein Honored at The Bessies

Paul Taylor received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Dance award and Alice Teirstein took home this year’s award for Service to the Field of Dance at The 2012 Bessies: New York Dance and Performance Awards, held October 15 at the Apollo Theater in New York City.

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DSL Gets a ‘Gold’ for Competition-Themed News and Events

Ready, set, high gold! You’ve picked out the music and the moves for your competitive team, and now the Rhee Gold Company is ready with all the strategies, enthusiasm, and advice you need to make sure your competition season is a winning one.

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San Fernando Valley Dancers Band Together in Support of National MS Society

Dancers from California’s San Fernando Valley have thrown their talent and enthusiasm behind Dance for a Cure, a night of entertainment and fun that raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, set for November 10 beginning at 6pm.

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Gold Greets Fans and Friends During a Wild Weekend at UDMA in Chicago

Rhee Gold and a team of staff members spent a weekend chatting with friends and fellow dance lovers at the United Dance Merchants of America Dance Resource and Costume Show at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in the Chicago suburbs.

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Tell-All Tome Uncovers ‘Dirty Little Secrets’ of Dance’s Perfect Ballerina

Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection is an impeccably researched history through centuries’ worth of ballet’s dirty little secrets concerning ballerinas, write CindyMarie Small, former soloist with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, in a review in the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Author of Apollo’s Angels Talks on Politics and Society of Dance

Jennifer Homans, dance critic, historian, and author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet, will give a talk, “Why Art Matters,” October 14 at 3:30pm at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts, reports The Salem News.

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Vote Now for Favorite Entry in Dance Your Ph.D Contest

How about doing a hula-hoop dance while being pelted with glowing balls? That was the solution discovered by Sarah Wilk, the author of the above chemistry Ph.D. thesis at the University of California, Berkeley. Her entry is one of the 12 finalists in the 2012 Dance Your Ph.D. contest. The other dances include techniques such as break dancing and burlesque.

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NJ Tap Dance Ensemble Founder Deborah Mitchell Honored at Tapology Weekend

Tapology’s annual Dance Festival for Youth, a three-day event featuring dance workshops for youth and adults, a tap competition, historical presentation, honorary luncheon, and concert, is set for October 25 to 28 at the Flint Institute of Music’s Cultural Center Campus, 1025 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, Michigan.

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Boston International Ballet Competition Moves to NYC, Changes Name

The Boston International Ballet Competition, founded two years ago by former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Valentina Kozlova, has announced its move to New York City and renaming as the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition.

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