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Media Hub | Ballroom: A Novel

Ballroom: A Novel by Alice Simpson Though a husk of its former self, the Manhattan dance hall in Ballroom still draws a small crowd of loyal patrons every Sunday evening. What keeps them coming back? Simpson’s debut novel, told in interconnected stories, chronicles the lives of these men and women who find solace within the…

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Studio Style | Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces

Dreams Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville Growing pains. They aren’t just muscle aches that wake up kids in the middle of the night. Jenny O’Brien’s Dreams Dance Academy experienced growing pains almost from the beginning. Located in St. Charles, Illinois, Dreams Dance Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, contemporary, modern,…

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FYI | DTCB College Fair: A Study in Dance Higher Ed

What’s up in the dance community “Saying you want to be a dance major is just the first step,” Diane Jacobowitz, executive/artistic director of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit dance education program Dancewave, told DSL. “Other young dancers might be sitting on the fence, considering whether or not to major in dance. Knowledge better equips you to…

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Collective Wisdom | Reality Check: Program Ad Design

Ideas and advice from our readers Q: Asking studio owners about recital program ads: do you design them yourself? What program do you use? —Erika Hogan A: I do it myself using Microsoft Publisher. A few parents have been able to design their own ads, but most people purchasing ads don’t know how. It takes…

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Media Hub | Dance and Gender

Dance and Gender: An Evidence-Based Approach by Wendy Oliver and Doug Risner Through surveys, interviews, analyses of data from institutional sources, and research studies, this book provides concrete evidence about how gender impacts the daily lives of dancers, choreographers, directors, educators, and students. Dancers and dance scholars from the U.S., Australia, and Canada discuss equity…

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Competition Zone | One Judge’s Symbiotic Spirit

by Karen White Nuala DeGeorge understands the paradox her fellow dance teachers face when they’re preparing students for competition. “You grapple with staying passionate and serious when you are teaching them, but in the next breath saying, ‘It doesn’t matter if you win,’ ” she says. “Where is the integrity in that?” As a competition…

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FYI | Sweating With the Alpacas

What’s up in the dance community What’s an alpaca’s favorite style of dance? “Hip-hop,” said Ann Patman of 313 Farms in Anola, Manitoba, Canada, which this summer began offering AlpacaZone Dance & Fitness classes. Patman told Dance Studio Life that two of her nine alpacas keep curiously close to the instructor leading the Poppin’ Pacas…

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Media Hub | Restless Creature

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan directed by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger As this documentary begins, Wendy Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of impending retirement from New York City Ballet. Whelan braves the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to…

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Did You Know? | Kate Harpootlian

Dance teachers often remind their students that the dance world is small, and that the people they run into today might very well shape their tomorrows. Dancer Kate Harpootlian will tour with the concert dance phenomenon Shaping Sound starting next month, not just because she is a former So You Think You Can Dance Top…

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Media Hub | Joffrey Elite

Joffrey Elite This web series begins with auditions for a new competition team composed of students at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School. From more than 130 students, only 10 (and 2 alternates) are chosen for the Joffrey Elite program. Watch as the group rehearses for competitions, as some of the dancers struggle to learn the…

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Studio Style | Dance Images Dance & Music Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Dance requires an array of skills, such as balance, coordination, and great timing. These skills also come in handy when you’re managing a dance studio renovation. Dance Images Dance & Music Center, located in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, has been serving students just under 3 years…

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FYI | Peabody Dance: From Dalcroze to Degree

What’s up in the dance community Dance classes officially started at the Peabody Institute in 1914. While the Dalcroze Eurhythmics course was created to help the school’s classical music students understand music through movement, it also marked the beginning of a long-running dance education program at the institute for young children, pre-professionals, and adults. (See…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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