The Soul of Dancing
December 2017 | Volume 22 | Issue 10 | Buy a copy
What does it take to give of yourself? Time. Thought. Toil. Temperance. Why do it? Because the adage is true—those who give get back far more in return. In this season of giving, we extend a silent cheer to the generous educators who live this truth and lead by example.
Throughout the month of December, we’ll be publishing selected stories online, with most content available by January 1.
On the cover: The 2017 Industry Dance Awards. Photo by Tyler Williams
Improvisation and Inspiration
Trust and Teachers
In My Humble Opinion | A Culture Worth Preserving
Tips for Ballet Teachers | Using Landmarks and Boosting Morale
Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Low-Stress Cypher Exercises
Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Fostering Motor Skills
Dollars, Cents, and Due Diligence | Should My Studio Have a Retirement Plan?
Teacher Tune-Up | Creating a Life You Love
Ask Rhee Gold | Advice for dance teachers.
Build trust and mutual respect with employee evaluations
The pros and cons of renting holiday costumes
What to do when a dancewear store is not on your side
Mail | Words from our readers
Competition Zone | Winning With Dan Barris
Studio Style | Island School of Performing Arts
Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces.
Wearing It Well | Curtain Call on the Art of the Catalog
Did You Know? | Dance History Quiz
One woman and four men
The official state dance of two different states
Two firsts for Reisen
A graceful First Lady
The dance all the cool kids are doing
Film director and dance costume designer
The only black woman to dance onscreen with Bojangles
The inked Polunin
Collective Wisdom | Ideas and advice from teachers.
Classroom Connection: Teaching Musicality
Classroom Connection: Ankle-Rolling Rescue
The Soul of Dancing
A Community Takes Care of Its Own
by Tamsin Nutter
Dance world comes together for an awards show like no other.
Dancing for Darby
by Maureen Janson
Parents’ loss becomes dance world’s gain.
Dance With Destiny
Intro by Alaina Leary; photos and captions by Caroline Poppell
Milk Carton on a String changes its students’—and its founder’s—lives.
Falling Back in Love With Your Studio
by Julie Erika Lawton
What to do when the going gets rough.
Learning Language, Step by Step
by Lea Marshall
Dance Another World teaches English through dance.
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