Words from our readers
I was so excited that modern dance took precedence in the March/April 2008 edition. In high school I explored the techniques of Cunningham, Graham, and Horton and just ate them up. They became staples in my studies. Now, at my dance studio, modern dance is a very popular class. I have found that the kids who take it along with ballet, etc., have much more ease with movement and understand more intrinsically how their bodies work. Once they take a class, the majority of them are hooked.
The education that comes with modern dance takes students to a new level of understanding of art in general. They become more open to music—anything from Ravel to Bartók to Pink Floyd. It seems to open their minds to their own artistic potential. That is the most satisfaction I can get from my job as a modern dance instructor. Thank you for a great issue!
Curtain Call Dance, Canton, MI
Everyone who has seen [“Gerri Houlihan: Weaving a Life in Dance,” DSL, March/April 2008] is just raving! Thank you so much for presenting me so beautifully and with such integrity. I appreciate the time and concern that shows in [Nancy Wozny’s] writing.
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Thank you for your magazine. Every year I have a parents’ meeting to let them know what I expect from the competition kids and from them. I hand out a five-page handbook with all my beliefs and expectations, so that we don’t have any misunderstandings throughout the year. One of the pages is photocopied from the September 2006 edition [of Goldrush, “A 360° Look at the Competition Experience”], page 35. In this article there is [a section] about dealing positively with the parents—how they can play a positive role in their child’s success and when they get in the way. I make the parents read this and tell them, “We will leave it at that.” I don’t have any awkward conversations; you have done it all for me!
L.A. Dance Academy, Leduc, AB, Canada
I love your magazine! “Ask Rhee Gold” is great! You could literally substitute the dance profession with any business or personal situation and benefit from your answers. You are the dance industry’s answer to Dr. Phil. Great job!
American Promotions, Inc., Sewell, NJ
Thank you for a dance magazine that is real—your publication is everything I’ve been looking for. I’m a seven-year studio owner who flips through the dance mags, and when I came across yours I was thrilled! Others don’t come close to comparing; you really know what matters to us. You have given me a new respect for dance magazines. Dance Studio Life has broken through!
The Creative Co./The Studio, South Lyon, MI
What a beautiful issue [DSL, May/June 2008]! I was moved to tears when I read the articles about Jennifer Rienert and Carol Crawford Smith. I applaud the community that saw the beauty and tenacity of Carol’s soul and helped her to continue being an inspiration to her dancers. Her dancers are very fortunate to have her in their lives. Jennifer Rienert’s story illustrates that while we may have a dream, sometimes we can have it, but not necessarily the way we envisioned it. What valuable life lessons these two remarkable ladies provide to their students, their community, and now, to your readers. Thank you for sharing their stories.
Theresa M. Smerud
Artist and Photographer, La Crosse, WI