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Media Hub | Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation by Sandra Cerny Minton The fourth edition of this book contains new and updated materials and tools to help students develop their choreographic skills, from coming up with an idea to staging a performance. Includes expanded movement explorations and a new web resource with 23 video clips to help…

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You’re Out!

How to keep your studio running smoothly when you take time off by Jennifer Rienert Opening a dance studio, being your own boss, and creating your own work schedule is a dream come true for so many dance educators. But being the boss can also mean that the business relies on you to an exorbitant…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Lesson Planning

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, Do you have a solid estimate of how much time teachers should spend on class planning per class? I know it varies depending on the discipline, but I’m trying to help my two full-time staff members figure out what portion of their work week can reasonably be spent on…

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Did You Know? | Who is Raven Wilkinson?

by Heather Wisner “I said, ‘I don’t want to cause any trouble for the company, but if anyone asks what I am, I have to tell them.’ ” —Raven Wilkinson Before there was Misty Copeland, there was Raven Wilkinson, the first African American dancer to be hired by a major ballet company, the Ballet Russe…

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FYI | CCC’s Hip-Hop Minor a Major Deal

What’s up in the dance community Columbia College Chicago’s new interdisciplinary hip-hop studies minor, a 21-credit program launched in December 2017, features core classes on hip-history history and culture, plus practice-based learning. The minor is open to students in any major: dance students are encouraged to take technique classes and complete a dance internship, whether…

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February 2018 | Mail

Words from our readers I’m so thrilled you all did a feature article on Darby’s Dancers (“Dancing for Darby,” December 2017). There is a movement brewing to increase participation opportunities for students who previously would have been excluded. That is due in part to the awareness Dance Studio Life has created by including articles like…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Starting Choreography

Ideas and advice from teachers Many dance teachers enjoy choreographing recital pieces, yet others find it a daunting task. It’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin, or how to get around a creative roadblock. Here are a few simple choreographic ideas that will help you get over those hurdles and create a dance that…

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Tips for Ballet Teachers | Winding Up & Shoulder Tension in Pirouettes

by David Arce A clean preparation is crucial in pirouettes, whether en dehors or en dedans. To combat the bad habit of “winding up” the preparation port de bras (to gain force for more turns), try this. Students prepare for the turn in a lunge or plié in fourth, one arm in first position, the…

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Media Hub | The Twelve Dancing Princesses

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora Children’s book writer–illustrator and former professional dancer Isadora gives this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale a brand-new setting—Africa. Night after night, the 12 princesses mysteriously wear out their shoes. But how? The king promises a great reward to any man who can solve the mystery.  

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Dancing at Disney

What to know before you go by Debbie Werbrouck Your kids are happy with the performing opportunities you provide: an annual recital, maybe a spring show or competition season, appearances at community events. But what if your students could perform in the Happiest Place on Earth? The Disney Performing Arts Program provides in-park educational workshops,…

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Ask Rhee Gold | New Music Choices

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, I’m frustrated and want to pick your brain about music. I spend endless hours making it easy for my staff to choose fun and interesting music for recital dances. I research new music every week. I set up Spotify playlists and provide Kindles in every classroom with playlists for…

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Studio Style | Southwest Synergy Dance

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Southwest Synergy Dance is not just a dance studio. According to studio owner and artistic director Connie O’Reel, it’s also a comfortable, safe, and fun place to be. This focus on family friendliness guided the build-out of the studio’s new space a few years ago.   A…

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FYI | Misty Copeland Booked for Library Week

What’s up in the dance community A successful author and celebrated boundary breaker, Misty Copeland was a natural choice to serve as honorary chair of the American Library Association’s National Library Week, which runs April 8–14 with the theme “Libraries Transform: Libraries Lead.” ALA chose Copeland because her efforts “to lead youth to pursue their…

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Editor Speak | The Genius Myth

When a raft of sexual harassment and physical abuse allegations surfaced in December against Peter Martins, ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet, I was first shocked, then not surprised (hello, ballet world!). Then I thought, if Balanchine were alive now, he’d be in big trouble. No one, as far as I know,…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Trading Places

Ideas and advice from teachers There is nothing better than a faculty that works together like a well-oiled machine. Individual teachers can support each other within their own classrooms by creating lesson plans that support and echo each other’s work. Around mid-year, I’ll sometimes invite other classes to visit mine and share their recital or…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Lots of Love

by Sandi Duncan The dance studio industry can be competitive. Owning a studio may lead to insecurity, fear, doubt, and complete exhaustion. As owner, you have many people around you, yet the loneliness can be overwhelming. Often we build walls around ourselves for fear of being hurt or disappointed by clients or our competitors. We…

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Media Hub | The Prince

The Prince directed by Kyra Zagorsky In this short film, Olivia, a young tap dancer, and her uncle Amir, an actor, struggle with what it means to be Middle-Eastern American and artists in today’s racially divided world. After a man calls Amir, Olivia, and her brother terrorists during a ride on public transit, questions about…

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A Place in the Sun

Use summer camps to boost studio revenue and enrollment by MaryBeth Kemp Ah, summer! For many people, it’s the season of taking it easy. That’s certainly not the case at dance studios that fill their summer schedules with dynamic and creative camp programs. Traditionally, studios mimicked the public school year: open September to June, closed…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Looking for New Teachers

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, What is the best time of the year to search for new teachers? I’m looking for someone to start in the fall. Is it too soon to post an ad? I’m thinking the sooner the better, so that the teachers I hire can make any plans they need. Also,…

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On My Mind | Success through continuing education

Words from the publisher For the past few weeks my mind has been focused on the 2018 DanceLife Teacher Conference. The creation process has been a blast—more than 100 sessions and classes are scheduled, faculty is booked, and special events are planned. We are ready to go! Since the last conference was three years ago,…

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FYI | Ballet Arizona Taps New School Leader

What’s up in the dance community Anthony Jones is making the leap to a new school and warmer weather this winter. In December, Ballet Arizona announced that Jones, the former director of Oregon Ballet Theatre School, had been appointed school director of the School of Ballet Arizona, where he begins work February 12. He’ll oversee…

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Competition Zone | Good Humor Goes a Long Way

by Joan F. Smith It’s no secret that the technical caliber of competitive dance has skyrocketed over Jackie Del Prete’s three decades of work in the field. Dancers and teachers alike spend hours in the studio training and polishing routines, pushed by the level of talent they face on the competition stage. Pressured by the…

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February 2018 | Body and Mind + Summer

Body and Mind + Summer February 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 2 | Buy a copy Consider all the tasks that await you this summer—relaxing, recharging, spending time with friends, planning for the fall, living in the moment. Having fun. Breathing deep. Let the multi-tasking commence! Throughout the month of February, we’ll be publishing…

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Dollars, Cents & Due Diligence | How to Track Your Expenses

by Michelle Cote Business success depends on revenue, so we tend to focus on it. Small studio businesses often give most of their attention to marketing, class content, and branding, hoping to increase the number of students, which translates to revenue. But the other half of the income statement is important too, and sometimes gets…

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