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Sept '16_Cover_DTS_Large_216x294Competition Time!

September 2016 | Volume 21 Issue 7  | Buy a copy

This month we look at competitions from new angles: the life lessons former comp kids gained from competing, DIY competitions, breaking into adjudication, and a judge’s humorous account of three days on the road.

Plus, our annual Q&A with competition directors, applying athletic concepts to dance training, how students benefit from working with professional company dancers, tips for managing multiple studio locations, and more!

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

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Tamsin Nutter and Thom Watson

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Jump Readiness and Ending on 7 (Not 8)
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Vocabulary Boards and Flash Cards
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Modern Dance Walks and Escaping the Mirror
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Spins as Accents
By Samara Atkins

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Minkus’ Don Quixote and La Bayadere
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Mail
Words from our readers

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).

Thinking Out Loud | Totally Teamwork
By Ashley Slemp

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

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

Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers.

FEATURES 
Competition Time!
Winning at Life
By Joseph Carman
Former competition kids talk lifelong takeaways and career success..

So You Wanna Be a Judge
By Christina Raymond
How to make your adjudication application a knockout.

‎Venue Vagabond
By Diane Gudat
3 Days in the life of a competition judge.

Do-It-Yourself Competitions
By Karen White
How three entrepreneurial women bring dance events to students and communities.

Directors’ Perspective
Competition directors sound off on goals, innovative dances, props, and categories.

Ballet Scene | Performing With the Pros
By Jenny O’Brien
How students benefit from working with company dancers.

Smart Cycles
By Kerry Ring
What dance teachers can learn from athletic training concepts.

Bright Biz Idea | Copy, Paste, Delegate, Thrive
By Tiffany R. Jansen
6 rules to live by for owners of multiple school locations.

Aug16CoverSeason Opener

August 2016 | Volume 21 Issue 6 | Buy a copy

Summer is in full swing, and it’s game on for the new dance season. Need information on fresh ways to launch the season; intro classes for boys; hired help for marketing, social media, staff recognition, community birthday parties, and other non-teaching responsibilities, unconventional ways to teach ballet, or teacher evaluations and pay?

Plus, life as an adjunct professor; online dance history archive from the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, the Dance Heritage Collection, and many more; and the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association.

All that and more is right here. Just keep reading!

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

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Tamsin Nutter and Thom Watson

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Facing the Barre and Lifted Balances
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Military Tap Dance
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | “Relinquish Your Ribs” and Rhythmic Turns
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Introducing Freestyle
By Samara Atkins

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty
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).

Thinking Out Loud | Dance Class Matters
By Kerry Ring

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

College Close-Ups | University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students.

FEATURES 
Season Opener
Soccer, Superheroes, and Dance
By Brian McCormick
Boys-only classes offer fun, male, bonding, and athleticism—and a gateway to formal training.

Mindful Marketing | Beyond the Open House
By Tiffany R. Jansen

Ballet Scene | Innovation Meets Tradition
By Joseph Carman
Using alternative methods to teach ballet.

Tell It Like It Is
By Jill Randall
A system of teacher evaluations and pay increases promotes communication and job satisfaction.

Bright Biz Idea | Social Media Gurus and Sunshine Directors
By Gina McGalliard
Studio owners look beyond front desk staffers for help with their businesses.

Shopping Spree (available in print edition only)
Dance decor, clothing, bags, music, teaching aids, and more.

Higher-Ed Voice | Life as an Adjunct
By Ann Murphy
The realities of teaching in college and university dance programs.

Treasure Troves of Dance
Research and resources are only clicks away via online archives.

That’s the I.D.E.A.
By Karen White
New organization focuses on the entrepreneurial side of dance education.

Jul '16_Cover_DTS_Large_216x294Salute to the Holidays

July 2016 | Volume 21 Issue 5 | Buy a copy

Sugar plum fairies, trick-or-treating, fireworks—holidays are made of traditions. This month we honor holiday traditions but approach them in new ways. Get prepared with creative show concepts, a how-to guide to marketplace events, ideas for teaching dance history, event marketing strategies, and of course the latest holiday-themed costumes and backdrops.

Plus, student-focused custom calendar for fundraising, marketing, and information; how and why sister studios share ideas, advice, and resources; a Las Vegas choreographic “marriage” between Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil; and more.

There’s something here for everyone!

Cover photo by Thomas P. AMorin

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Thom Watson and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Multiple Ronds de Jambe
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Counterpoint
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | True Side Bends and the Pinkie Proposal
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Beginners’ Dive and the Dodger
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker
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).

Thinking Out Loud | Holidays and History Go Hand-in-Hand
By Karen Searles

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

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

Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers.

FEATURES 
Celebrating the Holidays
Creative Concepts
By Joseph Caraman
Four unique holiday shows that suit dancers of all ages.

Bright Biz Idea | Making Merry, Making Money
By Claudia Bauer
Houston Ballet’s holiday market extraordinaire offers tips for success at any size.

Hope for the Holidays
By Elizabeth Zimmer
An Arizona studio makes a Christmastime show an occasion for charity.

Mindful Marketing | “Sell” Your Studio at Holiday Events
By Hedy Perna

Save the Date
By Heather Wisner
Turn the page on the new year with student-focused studio calendars.

Sister Studios
By Mary Ellen Hunt
When school owners share ideas, advice, and resources, everyone wins.

Ballet Scene | Tying the Knot in Vegas
By Rachel Berman
Nevada Ballet Theatre teams up with mighty Cirque du Soleil in a choreographic collaboration.

May '16_Cover_FBBusiness Bonanza

Volume 21 | Issue 4 | Buy a copy

Spring is a great time to explore new ideas to improve your business, and the May/June issue delivers. Learn about tech resources and tools that will streamline or enhance your current methods, and discover how to improve the impression you and your school make online, build relationships with dancewear wholesalers, and add diversity to your school’s student body.

Plus, a studio’s community dance programs make a difference in Memphis, Tennessee; considerations for grading dance at the college level; a new dance history quiz; and more.

Ready, set, read!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Cheryl A. Ossola and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Leg Stretches on the Barre
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Pickups
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Healthy Heads and Sequence Recall
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Explosive Movement and Social Dancing
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Mail
Words from our readers

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).

Thinking Out Loud | Dancing to Freedom
By Edwin V. Santana

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

College Close-Ups | West Texas A&M University
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students.

FEATURES 
Business Bonanza
Bright Biz Idea | Clothing That Fits
By Rita Felciano
Wholesale, retail, and online options for dancewear sales.

Virtual Identity: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
By Irene Hsiao
What your online presence says about your school and why it matters.

Technology for Teachers
By Tamsin Nutter
21st-century tools and resources for the dance classroom.

There’s an App for That
Software and online resources for studio and stage.

In Pursuit of Diversity
By Lynda Van Kuren
Broadening access to dance training for students of color.

Ballet Scene | Walking the Walk in Memphis
By Joseph Carman
New Ballet Ensemble & School makes a difference in Tennessee.

Higher-Ed Voice | Making the Grade
By Kay Waters
Objective assessments in the subjective world of dance.

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