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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Send in the Crowds

Conventions make an exciting complement to dance-studio education. More and more studios are opting for competitions that come with a learning component or forgo the gold and silver of competitions altogether in favor of the convention experience.

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