Software, services, and equipment to make your business run betterRead More
by Toni Pierce-Sands
Tip 1: The start of class can be challenging if I don’t allow students time to transition from their everyday routines into class time.
Tip 2: Repetition is always important, especially with middle- and high-school-aged students.
When it comes to keeping dance parents happy, offering a comfortable atmosphere, family-friendly events, and warm customer service can be as important as hiring good teachers or winning competition trophies. Parents want to see their children fulfilled, of course, but they’re also bound to appreciate efforts that acknowledge their own value to the studio and help simplify their busy lives.Read More
Advice for dance teachersRead More
Regardless of its location, a dance school’s reputation rides largely on the quality of its instructors. For schools in small or out-of-the-way places, finding teachers who are well trained in the dance styles on offer is hard enough. Finding staff with both training in dance education and solid teaching experience can seem next to impossible. But dance studio owners are by nature a creative and resourceful bunch. Networking, both in one’s community and at regional and national dance conferences and competitions, can yield surprising results. Many studio owners keep a running list of contacts they can turn to when they need to fill a position.Read More
by Thelma Goldberg
Tip 1: Since the early days of tap, flash steps have been used to bring routines to exciting climaxes or to challenge other dancers in contests.
Tip 2: Popular flash steps with wings include the single-foot wing in the third step of the B.S. Chorus, the double wing in Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s “Doin’ the New Lowdown,” and the alternating wing and tip in the traditional buck and wing.
Ask most professional dancers where they got their start, and they’re likely to name a dance school you’ve never heard of. That’s because, like most of us in the field, they were introduced to the world of dance through their hometown studios. These small independently owned businesses are the backbone of the dance industry. They offer children their first vision of themselves as dancers, their first taste of across-the-floor euphoria, their first memory-making moments on the stage. They ignite the dance spark and nurture the flame through the most crucial years of a dancer’s development.Read More
“Learning With the Body” by Tamsin Nutter: I don’t have the brains to be a dance professional. Never did. I can pick out a spelling mistake at 50 paces, and I gamely answer kids’ questions about human cells and World War II. But the dance pieces I rehearsed and performed hundreds of times have vanished from memory. And please don’t ask me to show you last week’s combination.
“Comings and Goings” by Thom Watson: The upcoming July issue will mark DSL’s 13th anniversary. In conjunction with this milestone, we plan to roll out some exciting new changes: beginning in July and August you’ll find tips for teaching preschoolers and students with special needs; new columns about competition, costuming, business management, self-care, and studio style; a revamped dance history spread with resources to use in the classroom; and more.Read More
by Rhee Gold
This March I had the honor of giving a keynote speech and presenting seminars at the Victorian Dance Festival in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The experience reminded me once again that dance educators are the same no matter where they practice their craft.Read More
by David Arce
Tip 1: To obtain a higher extension in grand battement à la seconde, students often rock the weight back into the heel of the standing foot.
Tip 2: Most students love the sensation of a grand battement derrière into arabesque. This common step needs constant maintenance, as students can form bad habits quickly.
Perhaps the question “When do you know it’s time for a bigger studio?” isn’t difficult to answer when your studio space is a closet.Read More
Videos of note (new and not)
1. Balanchine Essays: “Arabesque”
2. Thelma’s Tap Notes: Tap Into Life: A Guide to Tap Dancing for Adults, Level I
4. Contemporary Turns and Jumps With Albert Cattafi
Books of note (new and not)
1. Tappin’ at the Apollo: The African American Female Tap Dance Duo Salt and Pepper
2. Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s True Story
3. How They Became Famous Dancers: A Dancing History
4. Merce Cunningham: Beyond the Perfect Stage
Dance in Time: May/June
Quotable: About Dance
What’s up in the dance community
-Celebrating Blacks in Ballet
-Training Tomorrow’s Accompanists
-Study Focuses on the Art of Attracting Audiences
-Postmodern Groundbreaker Trisha Brown Dies
Former IBM CEO Thomas J. Watson Sr. is credited with the maxim “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” Watson wasn’t referring to dance education, but the sentiment fits: the successful studio owner knows that without heart there is neither purpose nor profit. Read on for ideas to help keep your heart and your business in sync.Read More
Classroom Connection: The Power of Questions
by Holly Derville-Teer
By questioning rather than chastising, Edwards maintained control of the classroom. I was impressed by how the dancers listened. Answering questions also increased their level of engagement.
Reality Check: Sensitivity and Caring
Q. I have a talented dancer who lost an arm in an accident. She came back to ballet class and is doing amazingly well, but I don’t want to pretend that this is not going to affect her balance or her dancing. How do I navigate this situation with sensitivity and caring? Read More
by Nina Pinzarrone
The great modernist composer Igor Stravinsky first intended Petrushka as a concert piece for piano and orchestra. At Serge Diaghilev’s urging, he instead wrote music and (with Alexandre Benois) libretto for a one-act dance drama in four “tableaux” portraying traditional Russian puppet theater. The resulting score was electrifying—but difficult for the dancers to count.Read More
by Nicole Sasala Lobuzzetta
Now that studios can purchase dance curriculums—some with playlists included—I’ve been asking myself, “Where is the art in teaching modern dance? Is the performance the only artistic aspect? Or could we teach with the intent to foster creative growth, take risks, and push artistic boundaries?”Read More
by Samara Atkins
Tip 1: The 1990s offered a fresh take on urban culture. The music, clothing, and messages were loud; the movement was big, colorful, and “hype.” To me, the expressive moves of classic ’90s style are still the pinnacle of hip-hop.
Tip 2: Imagery can be helpful when you’re breaking down a compound move. With the Reebok, I like to use the image of a door closing and opening.Read More
The Emory University Dance and Movement Studies Program focuses on contemporary modern dance, emphasizing improvisation, choreography, and performance through a somatically based curriculum.Read More
If you can’t hear a beat without tapping your feet, there are no better places to hone technique, learn about history, meet master teachers, and immerse yourself in rhythmic bliss this year than at these national and international tap festivals.Read More