November 2012 | Mail

It feels good to read about other young women who have chosen this path [“What They Do for Love,” July 2012]. I took over my mother’s business at age 23 and I have had so many moments of doubt about myself and my abilities to succeed at such a young age. When you surround yourself with people who believe in you, and when you trust that you have been living this life since you were born (for all us studio babies), it becomes clear that there is no better person than you to carry the torch.

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November 2012 | Studio Sidekicks

Dance accompanists are an integral part of dance education. The job is multifaceted and challenging. Accompanists must use their experience and instincts to know what music best suits a teacher’s needs, and they need to play it well. They play a crucial role in helping dancers understand musicality, all the while seeking to continue developing their own artistry. It’s not an easy job, but it’s a rewarding and satisfying one for those who are successful.

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November 2012 | EditorSpeak

In the age-old definition, master classes differed from regular classes by the in-depth nature of the instruction. Developed in the classical music world but applicable to all the arts, master classes were rare opportunities for upper-intermediate and advanced students to hone particulars of their craft with an instructor who had reached the pinnacle of an artistic field and could share insights that reached beyond the students’ regular lessons. The key, presumably, was that the teacher was a master.

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Dance Masters Chapter 8 Thrilled with Dance Studio Life Article

Each month, DSL’s Strength in Numbers feature pays tribute to a dance teacher organization. Through pictures and illustrations, the feature explains why the group was founded and by whom, how it has grown over the years, and what sorts of services and education opportunities it affords members.

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Ailey Benefit at the Apollo Raises $1 Million for Education Programs

A one-night-only event on May 8 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem featuring performances by artists of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, students of The Ailey School, and young AileyCampers, raised a record $1 million.

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Monsters Teams Up with JabbaWockeez for Las Vegas Dance Event

Monsters On The Move Foundation, Inc. (MOVE), created to provide aspiring, underprivileged dancers financial support to pursue a quality dance education, has teamed up with the hip-hop crew JabbaWockeez for a special fund-raising event.

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Poor Kids, Rich Prospects

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.

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Nai-Ni Chen to Develop School Curriculum with NEA Grant

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company of Fort Lee, New Jersey, has received a 2012 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support dance performances, and educational and outreach activities based on the ancient legends and folklore of the Chinese Dragon, accompanied by the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York.

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Classroom Connection

For years I have watched students “prepare” for class by sitting in a comfortable second position straddle, usually with an iPod attached or chatting.

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Strength in Numbers

Founded in 1914, the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston Inc. (DTCB) today has approximately 390 members, many of whom took their first official steps toward becoming teachers through the club’s Dance Education Training Course.

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Jacob’s Pillow Remembers Founder on His 120th Birthday

Modern dance groundbreaker Ted Shawn is being remembered by the dance educational center he founded, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, on October 21—the occasion of his 120th birthday. To view a video clip of Shaw’s Men Dancers in the piece Kinetic Molpai, recorded at the Pillow in 1937, visit http://danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/dance/ted-shawns-men-dancers?ref=era&refcar=/era/1930–1939. . . .

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Mindful Marketing | Pinpointing Preschoolers

A strong preschool program indicates a bright future for a dance school. By offering a quality curriculum and hiring teachers with experience in preschool education, school owners can inspire this age group to make dance a part of their lives for the next 15 years.

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Experience of Today’s Black Artists Examined in DNA Opener

Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), a dance education and performance center in New York City, will open its DNA PRESENTS 2011-2012 season on September 15 and 16 at 8pm with a new work by choreographer Monstah Black and composer/pianist Major Scurlock.

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Conquering Conventions

Dance conventions offer both teachers and students a great way to broaden their dance horizons. You’ll gain knowledge; learn new techniques, teaching methods and styles; make new friends who share your Terpsichorean interest; and expand your personal horizons.

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On My Mind

In this column last February, I wrote about my vision to create a retreat center for dance educators. It had been a dream for me since I launched Project Motivate in 1998

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Still Time to Register for DTCB Student Teacher Training

The Dance Teachers Club of Boston is still accepting registrations for its August 1 to 8 Dance Education Training Course for students.

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Summer Dance Education Programs on Tap in San Francisco

The San Francisco Ballet School’s five-week intensive summer session, designed to give students a taste of the demands of a professional career, begins June 27 and runs through July 29.

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Investing in Dancers

Last year, Cindy Reid was a high school junior from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, who didn’t know where she was going to college or how she was going to pay for it. Thanks to the New York City Dance Alliance Foundation college scholarship program, now she does.

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Monsters of Hip Hop Shares the Wealth with Aspiring Dancers

Monsters of Hip Hop has created a non-profit group, Monsters On The Move Foundation, Inc. (MOVE), to provide aspiring, underprivileged dancers the financial support necessary to pursue a quality dance education.

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Three-Day Bollywood Festival Brings Color and Dance to San Diego

Bollywood America, a non-for-profit organization with the mission of education, fine arts awareness, and community outreach, is sponsoring a three-day South Asian Festival in San Diego.

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Dance New Amsterdam’s Fundraising Efforts a Success

Dance New Amsterdam, a New York City dance education center, creative laboratory, and performance space, has announced that individual giving to the organization has seen an increase of nearly 80 percent since its first major individual giving program was initiated amidst economic turmoil in 2009.

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Kids Get Close-up Look at World Dance at JOMDC Concert

Joy of Motion Dance Center will present its Motion Expressions Concert, an interactive performance showcase designed for young children, March 15 at 10am at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC.

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Fan Voting Helps Alvin Ailey Win $200,000 For Education

Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation was chosen through a public voting campaign as one of the charities to receive $200,000 from American Express through the company’s Members Project program.

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Ask Rhee Gold

Last week the space next door to my school became available for rent and the landlord offered me a very reasonable rate. The location would be perfect for a dancewear store.

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On My Mind

Imagine a room full of enthusiastic people representing teacher organizations from the private and higher-ed sectors of the dance world, along with dance teachers who work in academic schools.

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Auditions in NYC for Jacob’s Pillow Summer Education Programs

Auditions will be held this weekend in New York City for the School at Jacob’s Pillow 2011 professional advancement programs in jazz/musical theater dance and contemporary.

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Urban Bush Women Goes ‘Soul Deep’ in February

Being Bushified!—Urban Bush Women’s monthly culture and community series—introduces participants to the UBW community through dance, workshops, conversations, and films that demonstrate the impact of dance on health and wellness, education, communities, individuals, and innovation.

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Ailey School Plans Auditions for Professional Division Programs

The Ailey School has announced the following audition dates for acceptance to its full-time professional division programs for the 2011-2012 academic school year. Online registration for auditions is available.

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McBride, Bonnefoux Honored with First NYIBC Ilona Copen Award

New York International Ballet Competition (NYIBC), which provides promising young dancers with scholarships, training, and educational and employment opportunities, will award the first Ilona Copen Award to Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux at the NYIBC Gala on March 22, 2011.

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From Fad to Foundation

I often hear master teachers preaching to students to be well rounded. Once students are old enough and show enough interest, it’s common practice for studio owners to encourage them to broaden their dance studies. Everyone has heard the familiar mantra that all dancers need to take ballet because it provides a foundation for all dance forms. On the flip side, nowadays many teachers consider studying modern dance essential for ballet dancers.

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Ailey Fans Can Vote to Help Win Funding for Educational Programs

Starting now, supporters and fans of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater can go online and vote to help the organization become one of five charities that will share a total of $1 million in funding from American Express.

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New Master’s of Fine Arts Degree Designed for Dance Professionals

George Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance (TRDA) will offer a new master’s of fine arts degree for mid-career dancers, performers, choreographers, and other dance professionals beginning the summer of 2011.

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On My Mind

At a recent Project Motivate seminar I ran into a school owner who had not been to any kind of continuing education event for more than 20 years.

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Weekend Workshops Helps Dance Teachers with Classroom Management

The 92nd Street Y, New York City, will kick off “Classroom Management: A Dance Teacher’s Essential Bag of Tricks,” a series of weekend workshops, in December.

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The Importance of Dance Discussed at Chicago Cultural Center Forum

The Chicago Cultural Center presents another discussion in its Creatives at Work Forum series, “What Does Dance ‘Do’ For the World?” on November 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Randolph Café, Chicago.

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Danspirations: Dance is Your Guiding Light with Rhee Gold

Are you sometimes filled with self-doubt, afraid of failing or never reaching your dreams? Stop right there and take a look at how far you’ve come. This episode of “Danspirations” will help you set aside your fears and understand the importance of knowing your own strengths.

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Not for the Faint of Heart

Those of us who spend our lives in dance understand its many evolutions: from student to professional, performer to teacher, choreographer to administrator. Yet we remain students of dance, attending conferences and seminars to continue our dance education.

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Hubbard Street tells the tale of Harold and the Purple Crayon

The classic children’s book, Harold and the Purple Crayon, has been re-created in an educational dance adventure for children and their families by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

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Kinderdance franchise awarded to Dubai educators

Kinderdance International Inc. has expanded into the United Arab Emirates with the award of its first franchise in Dubai made to Kumal and Reena Dhamecha.

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Nov. 1 Deadline for Costume Gallery Scholarships

The deadline is November 1 for dance students to submit applications for the third annual Beverly Miller Dance Scholarships offered by Costume Gallery.

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Rhee’s Quick Thoughts | Your Students Know

Our dancers can feel if we are into it or not . . . teach them all with the same energy and passion, whether they can do five pirouettes or beginning to learn a first position. Have a great day–Rhee

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Rhee’s Quick Thoughts | Endless Possibilities

Dance and the business of dance are evolving faster in the 21st century than ever before. Don’t ever believe that there isn’t more to learn or that there are not new paths to dance down . . . the possibilities are vast. Have a great day–Rhee

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Rhee’s Quick Thoughts | Say Thanks

Today (or any day) is a good time to thank that teacher who instilled the passion for the art of dance in your soul. None of us would be where we are today if it weren’t for their ability to inspire us. Have a great day–Rhee

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DNA Wards Off Eviction Proceedings

Dance New Amsterdam has received its fourth stay—until September 27—on its scheduled eviction proceedings, the New York City-based dance education and presentation group has announced.

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Free Classes All Day at North Carolina School

Artistic Motion School of Dance in Greensboro, North Carolina, is joining the push to launch National Dance Day on July 31 by offering free classes all that day.

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Rhee’s Blog | Advice on Burnout

I am pooped and feel like quitting this business. It seems the studio is growing faster than I can keep up with, and I am exhausted with trying to keep it organized like my customers are used to. I am seriously considering selling it all and walking away.

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Mail | October 2008

I just received the August Dance Studio Life. Congratulations on always seeking to broaden the field. Your editorial on parents (“On My Mind,”) was amusing—and horrifying at the same time. Yes, ignorance is rife in the public conception of dance education.

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Higher-Ed Voice | Teacher’s Road Map for Class

Colleges across the country have distributed course syllabuses to their students at the beginning of each semester probably since Harvard opened its doors in 1636. A syllabus, whether on paper or online, serves as a road map for students, a blueprint for faculty members, and a guide for individual teachers to achieve the common goal of understanding and learning.

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Techno Dance

Wayne McGregor is as passionate a man as you’ll hope to find among choreographers. Cerebral and articulate, he is as much an intellectual as an artist.

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