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September 2017 | Competitions and Conventions

Competitions and Conventions September 2017 | Volume 22 | Issue 7 | Buy a copy It takes courage to stand before others who sit in judgment. Whether on the competition stage or in convention classes, dance students dare to share their art and their hearts with complete strangers. Exhilarating and emotional, these events test our…

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Grand Tour

The unconventional history of dance conventions by Kay Waters Think of today’s dance conventions and what comes to mind? Ballrooms packed with dancers, from 5-year-olds to pre-professionals, all learning the latest moves from a Broadway star or reality-show celebrity; groups of hopefuls throwing themselves into scholarship auditions; and tables stacked with branded merchandise. For some…

Media Hub | Joffrey Elite

Joffrey Elite This web series begins with auditions for a new competition team composed of students at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School. From more than 130 students, only 10 (and 2 alternates) are chosen for the Joffrey Elite program. Watch as the group rehearses for competitions, as some of the dancers struggle to learn the…

Studio Style | Dance Images Dance & Music Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Dance requires an array of skills, such as balance, coordination, and great timing. These skills also come in handy when you’re managing a dance studio renovation. Dance Images Dance & Music Center, located in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, has been serving students just under 3 years…

Dances on Demand

How to stay fresh when you’re choreographing multiple dances a year by Rita Felciano Most studio owners probably remember dancing in their first recital and looking out into a sea of expectant faces. Brooke Byrne, co-owner of San Francisco’s Geary Dance Center, does. She and her fellow 3- to 4-year-old bunnies had to shake their…

FYI | Peabody Dance: From Dalcroze to Degree

What’s up in the dance community Dance classes officially started at the Peabody Institute in 1914. While the Dalcroze Eurhythmics course was created to help the school’s classical music students understand music through movement, it also marked the beginning of a long-running dance education program at the institute for young children, pre-professionals, and adults. (See…

Editor Speak | The XX Files

  Mao’s famous phrase “Women hold up half the sky” crossed my mind this summer while I was parked on a blanket in an amphitheater, watching Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Choreography XX project. According to OBT artistic director Kevin Irving, the project was meant to cultivate more work by female choreographers; after a national choreography competition,…

Dance History Quiz | Fly Girls and Judges

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Tips for Tap Teachers | Take the Shuffle From Simple to Complex

by Thelma Goldberg Tip 1 I’ve discussed shuffles before (2 Tips for Tap Teachers: “Shuffles,” May/June 2015), but there’s always more to say about this basic tap skill, which can challenge both beginners and professionals with ideas that range from simple to complex. First, let’s keep it simple. The simple shuffle combines a brush forward…

Rules of Engagement

  Defining—and enforcing—ethical competition behavior by Lea Marshall At a recent competition, Stacey Perkinson, owner of Scenic City Dance in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had carved out space on the convention center floor for her dancers to rehearse before their performance. While they were practicing, another group walked into the space and began practicing too, offering no…

Media Hub | Isadora

Isadora by Amelia Gray When Isadora Duncan’s two children drowned in Paris, her life cracked in two: on one side there was the brilliant young talent who captivated audiences the world over; on the other, a heartbroken mother spinning dangerously close to the edge of insanity. In her breakout novel, Amelia Gray seeks to obliterate…

Tune in, Turn Off | The benefits of finding a work–life balance

  The benefits of finding a work–life balance by Melissa Hoffman Studio owners and teachers can probably agree that although we have the best job in the world, we work constantly; there is always something more to be done. So we must learn to balance our work and our personal lives to succeed at both.…

In My Humble Opinion | Better behavior = better conventions

Better behavior = better conventions by Erik Saradpon As the popularity of dance has increased, so too has dance convention attendance. As an educator, I’m fortunate to experience conventions from both sides: I take my students to conventions frequently, and I also teach at conventions. But I’ve noticed some convention behavior that needs to be…

FYI | Club’s Training Program Marks 75th Year

What’s up in the dance community   Tradition and innovation met August 12 as the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course celebrated its 75th anniversary during graduation ceremonies at the Hilton Boston/Woburn. The 69 soon-to-be teachers, clad in white formal wear, promenaded in a grand march before family, faculty, and alumni just…

Editor Speak | New Year, New You

It’s September—the New Year of the dance studio industry. Just as January 1 motivates people to exercise more or curb bad habits, anything seems possible at the start of the new studio year. This year, teachers everywhere vow, we’ll be sticklers about the dress code. We’ll draw up a lesson plan, watch our tone, dial…

Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Four-Step Formula

Ideas and advice from teachers Classroom Connection: Four-Step Formula How do we effectively address technique challenges while keeping students engaged, interested, and enthusiastic? During one class, as my teen jazz students struggled with piqué turns, I devised a four-step solution that works in all my classes.   Step 1. Create a basic exercise to fix…

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