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October 2017 | Recital Roundup

Recital Roundup October 2017 | Volume 22 | Issue 8 | Buy a copy In the long months of preparation, there were steps to learn and costumes to try on, fumbles to fix and butterflies to quell. Now onstage, bathed in light and breathless, young students turn into dancers before the eyes of their supportive…

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Dance History Quiz | Dessert Worthy of a Ballerina

Fun facts for teachers and students

Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Barre Boredom

Ideas and advice from our readers Are your ballet babes bored with barre? One typical Friday afternoon I watched as the 6-, 7-, and 8-year-old petit rats in my Ballet 1 class spent their precious barre time focusing on all the fundamentals that will serve their future dance goals—fidgeting, lip-synching the latest pop tune, and…

Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Passing on the Essence of Hip-Hop

by Samara Atkins Tip 1 Do your students know their hip-hop history? Although hip-hop culture influences all of us in some way, many dancers don’t understand its history, and therefore, what hip-hop truly means—and so have a hard time embodying the movement’s essence. Students should understand that hip-hop originated as a cultural expression of Black…

Media Hub | Ballroom: A Novel

Ballroom: A Novel by Alice Simpson Though a husk of its former self, the Manhattan dance hall in Ballroom still draws a small crowd of loyal patrons every Sunday evening. What keeps them coming back? Simpson’s debut novel, told in interconnected stories, chronicles the lives of these men and women who find solace within the…

Lights, Camera, Action!

Boost studio and recital attendance by creating a video trailer by Debra Danese Creating video trailers that highlight your studio and students is a great way to promote your program or recital. Taylor Sibrava-Kokoszka, co-founder of Dance Arts Center of St. Charles in St. Charles, Illinois, and Morgan Hansmeier, social media director/instructor at Llaina’s Dance…

Ask Rhee Gold | Managing relationships with students

Managing relationships with students Dear Rhee, After attending one of your seminars, I have decided to pull all communication between our students and the studio into the office because I’m seeing improper teacher–student relationships happening around me. I have run into our students hanging out with their teachers around town and they’re constantly texting or…

Studio Style | Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces

Dreams Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville Growing pains. They aren’t just muscle aches that wake up kids in the middle of the night. Jenny O’Brien’s Dreams Dance Academy experienced growing pains almost from the beginning. Located in St. Charles, Illinois, Dreams Dance Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, contemporary, modern,…

FYI | DTCB College Fair: A Study in Dance Higher Ed

What’s up in the dance community “Saying you want to be a dance major is just the first step,” Diane Jacobowitz, executive/artistic director of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit dance education program Dancewave, told DSL. “Other young dancers might be sitting on the fence, considering whether or not to major in dance. Knowledge better equips you to…

Editor Speak: The 15-Minute Recital

“Families, come on in,” said my daughter’s dance teacher, giving us her beautiful smile. I peeked into the studio and saw kids adjusting ribbon skirts and neck kerchiefs. “Costumes!” I said in surprise. “Aren’t costumes the whole point?” asked another mother, grinning. I didn’t expect costumes that April afternoon because this wasn’t a recital—just a…

Dance History Quiz | $1.2 Million Piece of Dance Memorabilia

Fun facts for teachers and students

Collective Wisdom | Reality Check: Program Ad Design

Ideas and advice from our readers Q: Asking studio owners about recital program ads: do you design them yourself? What program do you use? —Erika Hogan A: I do it myself using Microsoft Publisher. A few parents have been able to design their own ads, but most people purchasing ads don’t know how. It takes…

Tips for Ballet Teachers | First vs Second Arabesque and Correcting Positively

by David Arce Tip 1 To help beginners remember the difference between first and second arabesque, try using this tip: “Two limbs equals second arabesque; one limb equals first.” Have students face the mirror in tendu to the back; help them place their arms in second arabesque. Point out the leg pointing back and the…

Performing Outside the Box

Year-end alternatives to the traditional dance recital by Bonner Odell Annual dance recitals are near-sacred rituals in the dance world. They’re milestones for young dancers—opportunities to showcase their progress, work with their classmates as a team, and hone their performance skills. But recitals can also be stressful and expensive for studio staff and families alike.…

Media Hub | Dance and Gender

Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach by Wendy Oliver and Doug Risner Through surveys, interviews, analyses of data from institutional sources, and research studies, this book provides concrete evidence about how gender impacts the daily lives of dancers, choreographers, directors, educators, and students. Dancers and dance scholars from the U.S., Australia, and Canada discuss equity…

Ask Rhee Gold | Taking back preschool classes

Taking back preschool classes Dear Rhee, I’m doing my best to build my dance studio business in a small town. In the beginning, almost five years ago, my studio was booming; it was full of preschoolers and lots of kids under age 10, plus my competitive team. For the last couple of years, I have…

On My Mind: Impress with your recital

Words from the publisher Your recital is your best opportunity to leave clients with a lasting impression of your creativity, organization, and dedication to making their children feel special. Think about it: when do we have all of our clients in the same room at the same time? I consider it a chance to wow…

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