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Tips for Tap Teachers | Take the Shuffle From Simple to Complex

by Thelma Goldberg Tip 1 I’ve discussed shuffles before (2 Tips for Tap Teachers: “Shuffles,” May/June 2015), but there’s always more to say about this basic tap skill, which can challenge both beginners and professionals with ideas that range from simple to complex. First, let’s keep it simple. The simple shuffle combines a brush forward…

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Rules of Engagement

  Defining—and enforcing—ethical competition behavior by Lea Marshall At a recent competition, Stacey Perkinson, owner of Scenic City Dance in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had carved out space on the convention center floor for her dancers to rehearse before their performance. While they were practicing, another group walked into the space and began practicing too, offering no…

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Media Hub | Isadora

Isadora by Amelia Gray When Isadora Duncan’s two children drowned in Paris, her life cracked in two: on one side there was the brilliant young talent who captivated audiences the world over; on the other, a heartbroken mother spinning dangerously close to the edge of insanity. In her breakout novel, Amelia Gray seeks to obliterate…

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Tune in, Turn Off | The benefits of finding a work–life balance

  The benefits of finding a work–life balance by Melissa Hoffman Studio owners and teachers can probably agree that although we have the best job in the world, we work constantly; there is always something more to be done. So we must learn to balance our work and our personal lives to succeed at both.…

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In My Humble Opinion | Better behavior = better conventions

Better behavior = better conventions by Erik Saradpon As the popularity of dance has increased, so too has dance convention attendance. As an educator, I’m fortunate to experience conventions from both sides: I take my students to conventions frequently, and I also teach at conventions. But I’ve noticed some convention behavior that needs to be…

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FYI | Club’s Training Program Marks 75th Year

What’s up in the dance community   Tradition and innovation met August 12 as the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course celebrated its 75th anniversary during graduation ceremonies at the Hilton Boston/Woburn. The 69 soon-to-be teachers, clad in white formal wear, promenaded in a grand march before family, faculty, and alumni just…

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Editor Speak | New Year, New You

It’s September—the New Year of the dance studio industry. Just as January 1 motivates people to exercise more or curb bad habits, anything seems possible at the start of the new studio year. This year, teachers everywhere vow, we’ll be sticklers about the dress code. We’ll draw up a lesson plan, watch our tone, dial…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Four-Step Formula

Ideas and advice from teachers Classroom Connection: Four-Step Formula How do we effectively address technique challenges while keeping students engaged, interested, and enthusiastic? During one class, as my teen jazz students struggled with piqué turns, I devised a four-step solution that works in all my classes.   Step 1. Create a basic exercise to fix…

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Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Can Your Students Tell Modern From Contemporary?

by Amber Perkins Can your dancers tell modern from contemporary? Thanks to its rising popularity, contemporary dance is often merged into modern classes and competition categories. But your students should understand that modern dance is its own genre, with an established history, specific curriculums, and exact elements (for example Horton technique’s Ts, laterals, and overcurve…

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Agree to Agree

  Write a studio agreement you and your competitive students can live with by Tiffany R. Jansen Initially, The Dance Corner’s competition team was just a small part of the West Windsor, New Jersey studio. As the team grew from roughly 30 dancers to 40, however, co-owners Amy DeCesare and Roni Wilityer realized it was…

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Media Hub | Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics

Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance by Phil Jamison Jamison, a dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer, tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other dance forms practiced in southern Appalachia. Tracing the forms from their European, African American, and Native American roots to the…

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Ask Rhee Gold: The hows and whys of class placement

Advice for dance teachers | The hows and whys of class placement Dear Rhee, I am frustrated by parents who question everything I do, especially the decisions I make relating to class placement, who is on the competition team, and who still needs to work before making the team. These parents watch what I do…

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FYI | Naharin to Vacate Artistic Director Post

What’s up in the dance community   Acclaimed, innovative, and controversial, the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company has long pushed contemporary dance in interesting new directions. Founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild as Israeli dancers sought to learn more about American modern dance, the company has flourished under the artistic…

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Taking Care of Business | Four Steps to Setting and Reaching Your Goals

by Teri Mangiaratti   Short-term goals, long-term goals, goals, goals, goals! Books, conferences, and seminars advise us how to set and reach goals and measure our progress, yet it’s still difficult. Here are four simple steps that truly will help you set and reach your goals effectively. Cut out this page to use when you’re…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Pre-Class Prep

Using the final minutes before your preschool, kinder, or creative movement class thoughtfully will give you a huge advantage during the class to come. Waste those precious minutes and you might be setting yourself up for a frustrating experience. Here are five things I do before every class: Arrive early. Arrive at least 15 minutes…

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Teacher Tune-Up | Keeping Current

by Sandi Duncan Once upon a time, we were the cool teachers. We created cutting-edge choreography and classes and felt on top of our game. But as time has passed and we’ve aged oh so gracefully, new trends have emerged in our field, leaving many of us scratching our heads and wondering how to keep…

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Media Hub | Rebels on Pointe

directed by Bobbi Jo Hart Exploring themes of identity, dreams, family, loss, and love, Rebels on Pointe is the first-ever feature documentary celebrating the world famous Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The all-male comic ballet company was founded on the heels of New York City’s Stonewall riots and has a huge cult following. With…

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A Day in the Life of Joffrey Elite

A Day in the Life of Joffrey Elite: The pre-professional dance team takes the competition stage by Joseph Carman At last October’s audition for the Joffrey Elite—the Joffrey Ballet School’s first competition dance team—team co-directors Maximilien Baud and Matthew Prescott surveyed a pack of 130 hopefuls from the school. “This is your moment. Don’t throw…

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Ask Rhee Gold: Choreographer Contracts

Advice for dance teachers | Choreographer Contracts Dear Rhee, Off and on for many years, our studio has brought in master teachers to create choreography for our competitive students. This year a choreographer set a fantastic routine on a large group of our older students. The total expense for this was more than $4,000, including…

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On My Mind: Find the Real Win in Competition

Words from the publisher As we begin a new competition season, let’s remember that our goal should be to instill in our students a passion for performing rather than merely the desire to win awards. The satisfaction of an excellent performance is all the inspiration we and our students need to work harder and continue…

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September 2017 | Competitions and Conventions

Competitions and Conventions September 2017 | Volume 22 | Issue 7 | Buy a copy It takes courage to stand before others who sit in judgment. Whether on the competition stage or in convention classes, dance students dare to share their art and their hearts with complete strangers. Exhilarating and emotional, these events test our…

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FYI | Giordano Foundation Holds Benefit

What’s up in the dance community Gus Giordano’s dedication to jazz dance is common knowledge. Perhaps less known is how Giordano supported the genre at the ground level—by giving scholarships to young students hungry to travel to Chicago to learn jazz under his direct tutelage. “I grew up seeing him help thousands of dancers,” Amy…

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Competition Zone | A New Awareness of Age-Appropriateness

A New Awareness of Age-Appropriateness by Karen White Is it possible that age-inappropriate competition entries are losing their appeal? Caron Moore, founder and director of Encore Performing Arts Showcase, thinks so. “I feel that during the last two seasons, the sensationalism surrounding provocative routines is down,” she says. “There isn’t the same shock value.” Moore…

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