Melanie Rios Glaser is nothing if not bold. Bold enough, in fact, to say, “Dance can help end poverty in this country.” She points to the successes she’s seen and instigated at The Wooden Floor, an organization where dance remains at the foundation—the floor, so to speak.
For the first time this year, The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation’s Winter Intensive classes will be held in the evening to allow dancers working full-time jobs or with other daytime commitments to attend.
The National Museum of Dance’s School of the Arts will offer classes in hip-hop, Irish step, and jazz this fall for dancers from beginner to advanced beginning September 12.
The Mark Morris Dance Center will hold an open house with free activities for all ages on September 10 from 10am to 5pm at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
One of Miami’s oldest dance companies will soon begin offering low-cost classes in Miami Gardens, according to the Miami Herald. The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet dance company will offer kids ages 5 to 10 an opportunity to learn ballet and tap dancing starting Tuesday at the Betty T. Ferguson Center, . . .
Anahid Sofian, a performer and teacher of Oriental dance, will hold August classes at the Sofian Studio, 29 West 15th Street (just west of Fifth Avenue), New York City.
It was 10am on a Tuesday. My project for the day was to work on ideas for growing enrollment, but with evenings and Saturday mornings booked, where could I put new classes?
Recreational dancers make up a huge part of many dance studios’ enrollments, and they often bring in the top dollar per class in tuition. Most teachers see these dancers only once a week, for an hour or less at a time. Since we’re trying to give them as much instruction as possible over the course of a school year, that’s a very limited amount of time.
The Taylor School, part of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, will offer dance classes for children and young adults for the first time at its new Manhattan studios, beginning in September.
The Pulse and New York’s Broadway Dance Center will offer more than 50 classes in three days at the 11th annual BDC Teacher Workshop from July 29 to 31 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
Stephanie Herman, a former ballet dancer and fitness advocate will offer The Barre Workout at the Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, California on July 10 and 17, as well as Muscle Ballet at Equinox in Palo Alto.
Combo classes. The words are enough to strike fear into the heart of many a studio owner. For students and parents, the idea can be tantalizing, fun, and affordable—a little bit of everything, like an appetizer sampler.
A program of new workshops and classes, from modern to salsa, are underway at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. This week saw the start of beginning modern on Wednesdays, and beginning/intermediate modern on Thursdays. Other classes include intermediate/advanced tap on Wednesdays . . .
National Dance Week-NYC, a yearly festival that advocates dance conditioning and wellness, will offer more than 100 free dance, fitness, and wellness classes over the course of 10 days, starting June 17.
Choreographer Ohad Naharin, in collaboration with Peridance Capezio Center, will offer a Gaga Summer Intensive program complete with Gaga dancers classes and Gaga Methodology classes August 1 to 13 at Peridance, 126 East 13th Street, New York City.
The Deborah Mason School of Dance and Cambridge [MA] Youth Dance Program is beginning a serious exploration of possible spaces where the organizations could hold classes and programs, with the ultimate goal of becoming the Performing Arts Center of Cambridge.
Free classes in African, salsa, gymnastics for dancers, samurai sword, and other kids’ programs will be offered as part of the Peridance Kids Fair, January 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Peridance Capezio Center, New York City.
A new slate of classes for teens, children, and adults has been set for Fridays at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
Dance students from across the country will learn about the New York dance scene from the artists who are currently creating it when the American Dance Festival’s January Intensive takes place.
The Joy of Motion Dance Center of Washington, DC, has announced an extensive listing of adult dance offerings for the winter months.
The studio owners and teachers filling The Gold School studio had a million questions—about marketing techniques, dealing with problem personalities, balancing work and family, providing quality education, and making money.
Artists Simply Human, a new workshop program that strives to connect emerging dancers with working choreographers and directors, will hold four days of classes and events from December 27 to 30 in Philadelphia.
The José Limón Dance Foundation class schedule for October 18 to 24 includes: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10 a.m. advanced classes with Raphael Boumailia; 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. intermediate with Jim May; and 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. intermediate with Alan Danielson.
Miami City Ballet School will hold auditions for students for its winter 2010-2011 program starting September 7. Classes range from preparatory levels for 7-year-olds to pre-professional levels for 16- to 18-year-olds.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, one of the city’s leading presenters of contemporary dance, will hold a free, daylong celebration September 25 to mark 10 years at its current location, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue.
The first annual Jersey Tap Fest will offer classes, a jam session, and a concert finale July 14 to 17 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.
Got an aching back? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that 80 percent of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives, and why wouldn’t dancers be included? They endure long hours standing in classes and even longer hours delegating, directing rehearsals, and doing grunt work during performance crunch times. Most teachers have reveled in their back flexibility, perfect pull-up, and posture, but how long can those nobly acquired attributes hold up? Here are some tips to help tame those aches and pains.
Eleven-year-old Bernice Miller stood on a chair to teach her first ballet class to neighborhood kids with as much authority as she could muster. It was the fall of 1929, and her “studio” was her parents’ two-level garage in Pensacola, Florida. Eighty years later, Bernice’s daughter, Starr Burlingame, carries on her legacy as director of Bernice’s Starrstep Dance Studio. Starr chalks up the longevity of the school to her mother’s zeal for her work and treatment of her students with respect and acceptance.
Some teachers complain that they’re sick of answering the same questions year after year. Forget about it and realize that to them it’s a new question and you’re the expert. It should be easy to give a clear and informative answer; after all, you probably don’t even have to think about your response because you’re so familiar with the question.
Young dancers can enjoy a panoramic view of New York City on April 17 as they take class with three members of American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II company at the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center, 850 feet above street level.
Coyaba Dance Theater, the resident company of Dance Place in Washington, D.C., presents a cross-generational showcase concert May 14 at THEARC in the nation’s capital.
The early application deadline is April 15 for the Mark Morris Dance Group’s pre-professional summer intensive for adults at its center in Brooklyn, New York, where Morris and current and former company members will teach modern, ballet, and Morris’ own repertoire.
Often, we’re comfortable within the classroom but we tend to feel a little “on-edge” when it comes to collecting tuition or other fees owed by our clientele. Some school owners don’t want to create “waves” that could result in losing a student.
I am one of the lucky dance teachers with a husband who supports what I do. He has dinner waiting on the table when I come home and he takes on as much responsibility with our three children as I do . . . Together we have been saving for three years to come up with a down payment for a piece of land that we know is a fantastic location for the dance school of our dreams.
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I’ve discovered a trend. It’s a growing disconnect between what’s said and what’s done. The frustration that arises among teachers and school owners stems from students and parents who feel that they don’t have to abide by the policies or rules set forth by their dance school, that they, or their situations, are exceptions to the rules
Although there are some well-educated dance parents out there, they are certainly the minority. When enrolling children in dance class; most parents are in the novice category in the search for quality dance training. A huge majority understand a once-a-week dance lesson and a recital at the end of the year. They don’t know a whole lot about strong technique or turn-out, nor do they grasp the concept that their child could someday become a ballerina, professional dancer or a high score winner.
A dress code lends a professional look to classes and sends the message to students and observers that the school’s staff takes the training they provide seriously. A dress code creates an added sense of discipline in the classroom and equality among the students. The focus stays on taking a good class rather than comparing dance wardrobes.
The Synthesis Dance Project will hold its Summer Intensive workshop in intermediate and advanced dancers August 2 to 6.
Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, is including adult programs for the first time in its menu of summer offerings.
Ever wonder why the kids of America are rushing to the nearest dance school to sign up for classes? The answer is hip-hop, and it’s a genre that poses a particular set of challenges for school owners and teachers. It can make older teachers feel out of touch and uncomfortable. Sometimes the students are undisciplined. Sometimes the lyrics are dirty—profanities aside, the words can be a minefield of innuendo. Much of the content is sexual, and some of it is demeaning to women. The lyrics can be hard to decipher, and it doesn’t help that the slang and the catchphrases change at a dizzying rate. It can make you doubt yourself: Am I being prudish here?