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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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