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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!

Selected content will be published online throughout the months of March and April, with all content available in early May.

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.

Mind Your BodyFebruary 2015

Volume 20 | Issue 2 | Buy a print copy

This month we focus on wellness, of both mind and body. Gone are the days of harsh teaching methods that promoted unhealthy mindsets; today there are widespread efforts to make dance training good for body and soul. You’ll discover how one school tends to both, how a team of dancers delivers Mindful Practice to private studios, and how to help teens in trouble.

Plus, month-by-month business goals, paving the way for freshman dance majors, post-performance feedback at USA IBC, our annual roundup of teacher training options, and more.

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Cultural Citizens
By Cheryl A. Ossola

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Glissades in Petit Allegro
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Swing’s the Thing
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Arms and Legacies
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Basic Top Rock and Imagery
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Classical Period: Part 1
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).

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Chauniece Conner Thompson
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Hard, Good Work
By Lisa Okuhn

Classroom Connection
By Michelle Knell and Holly Derville-Teer
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

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

FEATURES 
Mind Your Body
Mindful Practice
By Joseph Carman
Teaching dance students how to be healthy in mind and body.

Finding the Joy
By Heather Wisner
Building – or rebuilding – healthy minds and bodies.

Teens in Trouble
By Elizabeth McLain
What to do when a student’s personal crisis invades the studio. 

Bright Biz Idea | Calendar It!
By MaryBeth Kemp
Month-by-month steps to a better business.

Ballet Scene | Offstage Insights
By Karen White
At the USA IBC, post-performance evaluations are part of the learning process.

Higher-Ed Voice | College Prep
By Kerry Ring
Readying freshman dance majors to learn and succeed – and have fun.

Summertime Teacher Training
Your guide to workshops and intensives across the U.S. and beyond.

A World of DanceJanuary 2015

Volume 20 | Issue 1 | Buy a print copy

It’s time for our New Year’s tradition—sharing stories about dance from a global perspective. This month we’re taking you to France for ballet, to Korea for traditional and contemporary dance, and to the Middle East to explore the history and culture behind belly dance. Then discover how dance is a gateway to education and opportunity in the genocide-affected countries of Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Guinea.

Plus, acting games, dance in daycare centers, a new department showcasing notable dance films, and more.

COLUMNS
On My Mind | Happy New Year!
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Beginnings | Catching a Wave, Dancing the Dance
By Cheryl A. Ossola and Lisa Okuhn

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Diagonals and Pirouettes
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Mixed Levels
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Risk-Taking and Groundedness
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Grooves and “Indian” Step
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

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

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Mail
Words from our readers

Classroom Connection
By Debra Danese and Holly Derville-Teer
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

Teacher in the Spotlight | Lisa Eisemann
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Embracing Choreography With HUGS
By Mary Lynn Taylor

College Close-Ups | University at Buffalo (SUNY)
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

FEATURES 
A World of Dance
Change in Direction 
By Bonner Odell
An artistic director does good by kids in genocide’s aftermath.

Breath, Energy, Soul
By Joseph Carman
History and culture, fluidity and lyricism unite in Korean dance.

Ballet Scene | French Lessons 
By Megan Donahue
Ballet-themed trip to France combines art, history, dance education – and even romance.

From Temple Dance to Today’s Stages
By Jeanne Fogler
Exploring the history, mystery, and culture of belly dance.

Fun and Games
By Mike Wittmers
Helping young dancers find their voices through improv.

Bright Biz Idea | Dance on the Go
By Kay Waters
Daycare center classes offer a business model with no studio required.

Hip-Hop & JazzDecember 2014

Volume 19 | Issue 10 | Buy a print copy

It’s time for our favorite funky duo, hip-hop and jazz! Read about master hip-hop teachers, birthday party fun, and dancers ages 50 and up getting their groove on. Then meet the Marta sisters, with jazz styles as different as the coasts they iive on, and explore university jazz dance programs. Jump right in!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | We Ballet | Two Lumps, Please
By Cheryl A. Ossola and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Shoulder Sits
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Time Steps
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Inviting and Allowing
By Bill Evans

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Know Your History
By Geo Hubela

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

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Nancy Pattison
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | A Nip in the Bud
By Elizabeth McLain

Classroom Connection
By Kerry Ring and Mollee Johnson
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

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

FEATURES 
Hip-Hop & Jazz
Jazz Duet 
By Elizabeth Zimmer
Two sisters, two coasts, two styles of dance.

Studying the Classix
By Kay Waters
Atlanta-based dance crew proves hip-hop isn’t only for the young.

Bright Biz Idea | Happy Hip-Hop Birthday 
By Megan Donahue
Boost Profits and fun with kid-cool dance parties.

In Their Corner 
By Lisa Okuhn
Using tap and boxing, and digging deep, Joe Orrach helps others find their voices.

Hip-Hop Lineup 
By Gina McGalliard
Monthly guest teachers amp up the training at Wildwood Dance & Arts.

Higher-Ed Voice | Jazz Dance x 3
By Joseph Carman
A sampling of university jazz dance degree programs.

Ballet Scene | Tutu Famous
By Karen White
Making costume confections takes skill, patience, and years of experience.

Onstage Nationwide
Our exclusive list puts competitions and conventions at your fingertips.

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