Departments

February 2017 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. Falling Over Sideways
2. Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers
3. The Art of Movement
4. Kitchen Dance

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February 2017 | Moving Images

Videos of note (new and not)
1. Dancer
2. Lincoln Center at the Movies Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations
3. Dance for PD: At Home, vol. 1
4. Gotta Dance

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February 2017 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
-NDEO President Thom Cobb Remembered
-Ballet Companies’ Seasonal Spirit Saves Nutcracker
-Liz Lerman Recognized With ADF Educator Award
-American Tap Company Triumphs Over Travel Woes

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January 2017 | Collective Wisdom

Classroom Connection: Resistance Band Exercises
Consider integrating stretch/resistance band exercises into pointe and pre-pointe classes to strengthen dancers’ feet and ankles.

Reality Check: Communication Challenge
Q. I’m looking for ideas that will help multiple front desk staffers handle office communication more effectively. Example: Suzy’s mom calls about registration. One staffer calls back and leaves a message—which is noted in the message book—but no one follows up or calls the mom again. Does anyone have a solution? —Neala Dunn

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January 2017 | College Close-Ups | University of North Carolina–Greensboro

The school offers two undergraduate and three graduate degree options; all students have the option to pursue K–12 licensure. There are many opportunities to perform in a variety of concerts, both through the School of Dance and in musicals and other UNCG productions. Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to showcase their choreography.

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January 2017 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
– New Orleans Youth Dance for Social Change
– Chicago Program Supports Dancemakers
– An Inspired Arrangement
– State of Dance in NYC Worrisome

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January 2017 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1.Eight Female Classical Ballet Variations
2.Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin
3.José! Born to Dance
4.Swing Time

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December 2016 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
❱ Jacob’s Pillow Four-Season Studio
❱ Gift Leads to Doctoral Program in Dance Education
❱ It’s Good to Be the Ballerina Boss
❱ Hip-Hop Arrives at NYPL

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December 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1.America Dancing: From the Cakewalk to the Moonwalk
2.Stompin’ at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller
3.Physics and the Art of Dance: Understanding Movement, 2nd ed.
4.Song and Dance Man

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December 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Utah

The University of Utah School of Dance, in Salt Lake City, offers separate degree programs in ballet and modern dance and attracts students from across the world. While honoring the legacies of these two dance forms, which the University began offering more than 60 years ago, the school maintains an environment of open inquiry that encourages questioning, risk-taking, and sensitivity.

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November 2016 | College Close-Ups | Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Located only 45 minutes from New York City, Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts provides a personal approach to dance education with extensive performance opportunities and access to a wide range of guest artists. The Dance Department offers an intensive, conservatory-style BFA degree that trains students to be well-rounded performers and choreographers. The BFA curriculum includes a strong theoretical base in a variety of dance studies and required liberal arts courses.

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November 2016 | Collective Wisdom

Classroom Connection: Picturing Dance
Dance photos can support your curriculum and offer playful springboards for activities with students—from preschoolers to high schoolers.

Reality Check: Tough Moments
Q. I just lost my first student to another studio. I understand we all offer different things and people will choose what matches their needs best. But it still hurts and makes me wonder if I am doing enough. How do you handle these moments?
—Anonymous

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November 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. Flora and the Peacocks
2. Dan’s Adventure: Ballet Hero Fantasy, vol. 1
3. Ballerina Gets Ready
4. Numbers on the Move: 1 2 3 Dance and Count With Me

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November 2016 | Moving Images

Videos of note (new and not)
1.BrainDance
2.The Children’s Hour of Power: “Getting ‘It’ Right From the Start,” Series I (Ages 3–5)
3.Tales of Beatrix Potter
4.Enter the Faun

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November 2016 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
❱ BalletBoyz Film Honors WWI Troops
❱ R.I. Company Thinks Big in Small State
❱ She’s the Top: Brenda Bufalino Recognized
❱ Scholarships, Info Available at CNADM College Fair

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October 2016 | Thinking Out Loud | Ballet? Bring It On!

Sometimes, ballet and recitals don’t mix. Except at ballet-only schools, including ballet numbers in a dance recital can be difficult, especially when they’re part of a parade of dances, all tied to a loose theme, in which dancers enter and exit the stage with military precision. And ballet pieces that are excerpted from longer works can be bland and difficult to comprehend, even if they’re danced well. If you offer ballet at your school, or if you teach ballet, the last thing you want to do is give audiences any reason to think ballet is boring.

So what do you do?

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October 2016 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
❱ Two Minutes to Better Ballet
❱ New Center for Choreography
❱ Zombies Live in Lexington Halloween Event
❱ Ailey Education Center Expands

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October 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. The Night Before My Dance Recital
2.Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet From the Rule of the Tsars to Today
3.Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution
4.The Ballet Lover’s Companion

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October 2016 | Mindful Marketing | From the Heart

“Welcome, ladies and gentlemen. Please take a moment to turn off all cellphones, and for our dancers’ safety . . .” All of us hear words to that effect at every show we attend, including recitals. For studio owners, that little recital speech is a perfect marketing opportunity. Where else can you address your entire clientele, plus potential new clients, all at once, in an atmosphere of excitement? It’s a time when your students and their families feel most invested in your school—and that means it’s a good time to reinforce those feelings with a positive message about the value of dance training in general and your school in particular.

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September 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. Sweat, Tears, and Jazz Hands: The Official History of Show Choir from Vaudeville to Glee
2. How It Feels to Fly
3. My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights
4. Ballroom! Obsession and Passion Inside the World of Competitive Dance

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September 2016 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
❱ Dancer Featured in DSL Dies in Bombing
❱ Modern Master Lubovitch Honored by ADF
❱ Live and Print Arts Intersect in Dance Ink
❱ Computer Careers Calling BA Dancers

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September 2016 | Collective Wisdom

Classroom Connection: Cleaning Machine
Heading into competition season, I realized I wouldn’t have enough time to fix all the mismatched heads, crooked lines, and sickled feet in my teen jazz routine. What I needed was a way to fast-track the process and rescue my dance. I decided to turn my dancers into a “cleaning machine.”

Reality Check: Competition Survival Kits
Q.Every year I make a competition survival kit of items my dancers might forget, such as hair bands, hair spray, and hand sanitizer. I want to expand it to include stuff for myself and my instructors. What do you put in yours? —Ashlee Morgan Russ

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September 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Michigan

The University of Michigan (U-M) offers a world-class dance education within a leading public research university. First offered in 1909 as a course in aesthetic dancing, dance is a vibrant and celebrated part of the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The current faculty includes active performers, choreographers, scholars, screendance artists, and former members of such companies as Urban Bush Women, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians. Alumni have distinguished themselves as performers, choreographers, scholars, and leaders in higher education.

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August 2016 | Moving Images

Videos of note (new and not)
1. A Ballerina’s Tale
2. The Winter’s Tale
3. Focused: Creative Youth in the Empire State
4. Jardi Tancat

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August 2016 | Page Turners

Books of note (new and not)
1. The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life
2. Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
3. Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science PerspectiveBody, Mind & Spirit in Action: A Teacher’s Guide to Creative Dance (2nd ed.)

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August 2016 | FYI

What’s up in the dance community
❱ The Smithsonian Embraces Dance
❱ Children Connect Through Dance
❱ Lend an Ear to New Ballet Podcasts
❱ UDMA: Showtime in New England

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August 2016 | College Close-Ups | University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus covers more than a thousand acres in Minneapolis and St. Paul; the campus’ East and West Banks, straddling the Mississippi River, are conveniently close to Minneapolis’s downtown, government, and cultural districts. The Twin Cities is home to a thriving and diverse dance community, and the location of the campus expressly facilitates collaboration with local arts organizations.

The dance program focuses on contemporary dance in a global context through four curricular areas: technique, performance, composition, and dance studies. Faculty members encourage students to examine dance beyond its physical characteristics. The program’s motto is “Thought and Motion,” highlighting the idea of thinking dancers and dancing thinkers.

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