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Season Opener

Volume 20 | Issue 6 | Buy a print copy

For a bright start to a new season, we’ve got tips for going green and saving money, strategies for filling in for absent teachers, and studio spaces that double as theaters.

Plus, part 3 of our series on opening a new school, floor barre techniques, dance as an academic teaching aid, and more.

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be publishing online versions of selected stories, with full content available by September 1.

Throw open the doors!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Tamsin Nutter and Lisa Okuhn

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Port de Bras: Basics and Generosity
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Waltz Clog and Bell 
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Focal Points and Weight Shifts
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Hand Styles and Backslide
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Romantic Period
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
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Words from our readers

FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Page Turners
Books of note (new and not).

Moving Images
Videos of note (new and not).

Thinking Out Loud | Teaching Tradition
By Kerry Ring

Teacher in the Spotlight | Toni Zeakes Copeland
Teachers who make a difference 

Mindful Marketing | Teen Talk
By Carlye Cunniff

College Close-Ups | California Institute of the Arts
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Performance Corner
Our sneak peek at shows we’d love to see.

Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students.

FEATURES 
Season Opener
Quick-Change Artists
By Irene Hsiao
How schools make studio spaces double as theaters.

Think Eco
By Julia Holt Lucia
Ecological and economic ways to invest in your school – and the planet.

Temp Teachers
By Elizabeth Zimmer
Strategies for subbing in the dance world.

Bright Biz Idea | Primed for Success
By Christina Raymond
Part 3 in a series about business basics for aspiring school owners.

Ballet Scene | Floor It
By Joseph Carman
Good things happen when ballet gets horizontal.

Lighting the Way
By Karen White
Em’s Spotlight unites a community through dance.

Learning on Their Feet
By Joseph Carman
How dance and movement help kids with academics.

Higher-Ed Voice
Artist Residencies
By Lea Marshall
Reciprocity between faculties and guest artists is key to success.

Upstairs, Downstairs
By Karen White
A dance studio is both home and school for the King family.

July 220x299High-Flying Holidays

Volume 20 | Issue 5 | Buy a print copy

It’s summer, but our holiday issue brings the cool, from tap-dancing Christmas trees to our annual list of holiday-themed costumes and backdrops. Explore Nutcracker history and trivia, imaginative variations of this holiday classic, and ideas for marketing your school’s Nutcracker. 

Plus, our second annual “Generous Heart” Awards, a successful dancer-run ballet company in Minnesota, part 2 of our business basics series on opening a new school, and more.

Let it snow!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Balance: Beyond the Classroom
By Cheryl A. Ossola

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Moving Into Attitude Derrière & Développé
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Teaching Musicality
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Listening and Tuning In
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Freezes and Levels
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Classical Period: Part 4
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
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Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers

FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Page Turners
Books of note (new and not).

Moving Images
Videos of note (new and not).

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Anna Marie Leo
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Speaking With Sensitivity
By Janice Lynn Brougher

Mindful Marketing | Creativity Makes the Most of Nutcracker
By Nina Koch

College Close-Ups | Hamilton College
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Performance Corner
Our sneak peek at shows we’d love to see.

FEATURES 
The Dance Studio Life “Generous Heart” Awards
By Tamsin Nutter, Lisa Okuhn, Thom Watson, and Karen White
4 who innovate, influence, inform, and inspire.

High-Flying Holidays
Not Your Grandmother’s Nutcracker
By Joseph Carman
The strange history and inventive renderings of a beloved ballet.

A Tree Dances in Alameda
By Karen White
Dance/10’s holiday focus pays off – in more ways than one.

Bright Biz Idea | Primed for Success
By Christina Raymond
Part 2 in a series about business basics for aspiring school owners.

Ballet Scene | Artists in Charge
By Lisa Okuhn
Dancer-run Saint Paul Ballet gets a new structure and finds new life.

Say What?
By Serena Greenslade
Good communication starts with how you speak.

May-June%20220x299Business Bonanza

Volume 20 | Issue 4 | Buy a print copy

In this issue we explore the potential risks and rewards of using crowdfunding services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to fund studio projects, how to maximize your studio logo’s role in your marketing strategy, Instagram contests as a promotional tool, and inexpensive ways to keep staff committed and engaged in your studio’s culture. We also kick off a multi-part series on opening a new school.

Plus, a training program for teachers who serve underrepresented communities, choreography at a distance, a new dance history quiz department, and our annual Q&A with competition judges.

Now let’s get down to business!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Learning to Let Go | Then It Happens
By Lisa Okuhn and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Controlling Pirouettes
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Shuffles
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Fluidity and Strength
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Shuffles and Funky Four Corners
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Classical Period: Part 3
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Bulletin Board
Pin. Post. Share.

FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Page Turners
Books of note (new and not).

Moving Images
Videos of note (new and not).

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Joan “Ms. Puffy” Lather
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Celebrating National Tap Dance Day
By Thelma Goldberg

Mindful Marketing | Instagram: Do It Your Selfie
By Nina Koch

College Close-Ups | Hollins University
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Performance Corner
Our sneak peek at shows we’d love to see.

New! Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students. 

FEATURES 
Business Bonanza
A Dollar Here, A Dollar There
By Joseph Carman
How crowdfunding can make dance projects happen.

Bright Biz Idea | Primed for Success
By Christina Raymond
Part 1 in a series about business basics for aspiring school owners.

Public Image
By Jennifer Kaplan
Getting the most mileage out of your studio’s logo.

More Than Money
By Teri Mangiaratti
A positive studio culture keeps staffers content and committed. 

Ballet Scene | Teacher Transformation
By Joseph Carman
ABT’s Project Plié trains and supports teachers who serve underrepresented communities.

Higher-Ed Voice | Continental Drift
By Ann Murphy
Meaning and movement at a distance.

Eye on Competitions
Judges share insights and outlooks.

Modern & Contemporary DanceMarch-April220x299

Volume 20 | Issue 2 | Buy a print copy

If you’ve ever wondered whether you should teach modern dance, you’re going to love our March/April issue. We touch on the what, why, and how of modern dance classes, explore how American Dance Legacy Initiative is keeping modern’s history alive, look inside a Gaga class, and investigate contact improvisation and Horton technique.

Plus, how one school serves its community through an arts preschool, Girl Scout badge program, toddler playtimes, and art classes; our annual guide to tap festivals in the U.S. and abroad; and more.

Kick off your shoes and get ready to go modern!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Points of Connection | Embracing Mistakes
By Cheryl A. Ossola and Tamsin Nutter

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Finger Turns
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Soft Shoe
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Focus and Shaping Momentum
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Drop-Freeze and Dolphin Dive
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Classical Period: Part 2
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Page Turners
Books of note (new and not).

Moving Images
Videos of note (new and not).

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Ellen Dyer
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Discovering Gaga
By Irene Hsiao

Classroom Connection
By Kerry Ring
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

College Close-Ups | Boston University
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

FEATURES 
Modern & Contemporary Dance
Make It Modern
By Lisa Okuhn
Why and how to teach modern dance to young students.

Etudes for the Ages
By Karen White
American Dance Legacy Initiative keeps modern dance history alive for students.

Kids in Contact
By Elizabeth Zimmer
How contact improvisation benefits dancers from tykes to teens and beyond. 

Midwest Modern
By Christina Raymond
How Horton technique shaped a Twin Cities school.

Bright Biz Idea | Dance & Diversify
By Julie Holt Lucia
Turn to community needs in expanding a dance school’s scope.

Tap Festivals
A 2015 guide to tap festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

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