Tickets are on sale now for the Aerial Dance Festival 2011 Showcase Performances in August in Boulder, Colorado.
Last November I saw a performance by butoh troupe Sankai Juku that got me thinking about something we rarely do in our speeded-up world: slow down.
Competitions for schools of every size, taste, and budget
What if you could stage a mock competition—with tech and costumes, but without the pressure or the public—before your students moved on to the real thing?
At Dolly’s Dance Academy, the week before the recital was always unpredictable. Everyone seemed to become unhinged, either with giddiness or nerves or frustration or all of the above.
Performing—it’s what dancers do. And if your students need more than an annual recital and maybe a holiday show, it’s time to think about starting a performance or competition company. The benefits are numerous, from providing your dancers with more opportunities for artistic growth (and fun) to your own joy and pride as you watch your students show off their technical skill and love of dance.
At first glance, there’s no mystery to the “d” in “Company d.” It stands for dance, or maybe for Darlene Winters, the speech therapist and lifelong dancer who founded the group nine years ago. Learn a bit more, and you might think it refers to Down syndrome. Perhaps. But anyone looking to describe these dancers with another “d” word—disabled—would be very, very wrong.
If dance is your life—as a performer, teacher, student, or studio owner—your week to shine is just a month and a half away! National Dance Week, under the sponsorship of the United Dance Merchants of America, runs from April 23 through May 2
Dance is for everyone. I truly believe that. However, until recently, most people thought of dance education and performance as being only for the young. Maybe that is changing due to the influence of the baby boomers, or maybe it’s an awakening to the idea that the benefits and enjoyment of dance should not end with youth.
You’re in the middle of a performance or a long combination in class when suddenly you can’t remember which step comes next. What do you do? You can stand there and look befuddled, or you can make up the next step. Improvisation—the art of making up a step on the spur of the moment—has a place in the classroom, on the stage, and in the creative process. All across the dance landscape, teachers use improvisation to help dancers learn to think on their feet, be inventive, and investigate their own movement qualities.
If you’re like most studio owners, you are always looking for ways to make your business operations more efficient. One area that often consumes more than its share of time and effort is ticketing for performances, including printing, sales options, and distribution. To set up a system that is right for your school, it’s a good idea to explore the following questions: