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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For years I have watched students “prepare” for class by sitting in a comfortable second position straddle, usually with an iPod attached or chatting.
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.
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. . . .
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.
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.
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.
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
The Dance Teachers Club of Boston is still accepting registrations for its August 1 to 8 Dance Education Training Course for students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pop music legend Prince has awarded $250,000 to American Ballet Theatre to benefit ABT’s arts 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The deadline is November 1 for dance students to submit applications for the third annual Beverly Miller Dance Scholarships offered by Costume Gallery.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.