The Second Annual Dance Studio Life “Generous Heart” Awards

L. to R. Richard Branigan, Juan Carlos Claudio, Rebecca Davis & Joe Orrach

Dance Studio Life publisher Rhee Gold and the editorial staff wish to acknowledge the efforts of the risk takers and generous hearts who have earned our respect and serve as inspiration for the entire dance community. This year’s “Generous Hearts” recipients have made remarkable contributions to the field.

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February 2015 | Table of Contents

February 2015

This month we focus on wellness, of both mind and body. Gone are the days of harsh teaching methods that promoted unhealthy mindsets; today there are widespread efforts to make dance training good for body and soul. You’ll discover how one school tends to both, how a team of dancers delivers Mindful Practice to private studios, and how to help teens in trouble.

Plus, month-by-month business goals, paving the way for freshman dance majors, post-performance feedback at USA IBC, our annual roundup of teacher training options, and more.

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January 2015 | Table of Contents

January 2015

A World of Dance Volume 20 | Issue 1 | Buy a print copy It’s time for our New Year’s tradition—sharing stories about dance from a global perspective. This month we’re taking you to France for ballet, to Korea for traditional and contemporary dance, and to the Middle East to . . .

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December 2014 | Table of Contents

Hip-Hop & Jazz Volume 19 | Issue 10 | Buy a print copy It’s time for our favorite funky duo, hip-hop and jazz! Read about master hip-hop teachers, birthday party fun, and dancers ages 50 and up getting their groove on. Then meet the Marta sisters, with jazz styles as . . .

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November 2014 | Table of Contents

5, 6, 7, 8! Kids! Volume 19 | Issue 9 | Buy a print copy Our kids-centric issue will help you get everybody dancing. We’ve got stories on parent participation classes, approaches for reaching students with special needs, boosting community interest through free coffee hours, and dance teachers’ favorite music . . .

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August 2014 |Table of Contents

Dance Studio Life, a magazine with a back-to-basics approach, is a division of the Rhee Gold Company, whose mission is to be at the forefront of dance and education by promoting the highest possible standards in teaching.

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July 2014 | Table of Contents

Celebrating 10 Years, plus Holiday Shows and Sparkle Volume 19 | Issue 5 | Buy a print copy Our 10th-anniversary issue brings you reflections from Rhee Gold and profiles of the remarkable recipients of the first Dance Studio Life “Generous Hearts” Awards. For our holiday focus, we’ve got fun, new . . .

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May-June 2014 | Table of Contents

Business Bonanza Volume 19 | Issue 4 | Buy a print copy Dig into this month’s issue for tips on running successful staff meetings, teaching exceptional dancers, and convincing kids who think they don’t love dance to think again. Plus, you’ll meet studio owners in the Midwest and on Maui . . .

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March|April 2014 | Table of Contents

Modern & Contemporary Volume 19 | Issue 3 | Buy a print copy In this month’s issue, we explore concepts for teaching modern and contemporary dance. You’ll gain new ideas and methods for the classroom with our stories on improv and composition classes, how and when to introduce codified modern . . .

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February 2014 | Table of Contents

Summer’s Bounty Volume 19 | Issue 2 Ready for something new this summer? We’ve got three ideas for you to explore as workshops or seasonal sessions or to consider for year-round classes. Then dig into our annual lineup of teach-training options, because summer is the perfect time for a refresher. . . .

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January 2014 | Table of Contents

Global Dance Volume 19 | Issue 1 Pack your bags! We’re taking you on a trek—to Haiti with Jean Appolon; to California, where South African dance thrives; to the Southwest, where Native American dance is alive; across the U.S. with Vanaver Caravan, and more. Plus, you won’t want to miss . . .

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December 2013 Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Better Balance By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Way to Pop By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Get Grounded By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Building on Basics By Gregg Russell A Better You | Thoughts to . . .

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November 2013 Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Super Stretches By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Build a Foundation By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Seeing the Good, Analyzing the Need By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Breaking It Down By Gregg Russell A Better You . . .

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October 2013 Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Upper-Body Awareness By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Building Endurance By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Change and Replace By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Teaching Time Steps By Gregg Russell A Better You | Sound Advice By . . .

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September 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Fine-Tuning Performances By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Drop & Freeze By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Unpacking, Uncovering By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Slides & Warm-Up By Gregg Russell A Better You | Pampering During . . .

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August 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | A+ Arabesques By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Focus on Foundations By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Placing the Weight By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Developing Musicality By Gregg Russell A Better You | Sidestepping the . . .

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July 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Barre Basics By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Muscle Memory By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Joy of Teaching By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Bombershays and Counter-Rhythms By Gregg Russell A Better You | Sniffles & . . .

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May-June 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Weight and Balance By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Dressing the Part By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Spine Flexibility By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Adding and Enhancing Sounds By Gregg Russell A Better You . . .

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March-April 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | At the Barre By David Arce 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Slides By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Discovering the Spine By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Turns and Flaps By Gregg Russell A Better You | Shape Up . . .

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February 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Rigor and Nuance By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | The Shoulder Bounce By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Investigations By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Shuffles and Pullbacks By Gregg Russell A Better You | Getting Out . . .

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January 2013 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pas de Cheval By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Muscle Control By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Focus on Intent  By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Clean and Simple By Stacy Eastman A Better You | Say . . .

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December 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pointe Prep By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Music and the Mirror By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | The Whole Dancer By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | . . .

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November 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers. 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Fouetté Fundamentals By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Artistic Vision By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Strong and Liquid By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Early Steps in Improvising By Stacy . . .

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Artistry Online: Check out Dance Studio Life Magazine Covers

Ten times a year, Dance Studio Life magazine presents pages and pages of insightful, emotional, and advice-packed articles about the dance studio world. But our readers tell us that what’s on the cover is always a treat as well—from twirling toddlers to dance icons.

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October 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for dance teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Developing Trust By Mignon Furman 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Watch and Learn By Geo Hubela 2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Energy Paths By Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Amping It . . .

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September 2012 | EditorSpeak

The results are preliminary, but they’re a no-brainer to anyone involved in arts education. A study has found that “children that partake in music activity in a group setting are more prone to developing one of humankind’s noblest traits: empathy.”

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September 2012 | No-Touch Zone

For a certain generation of dance educators, feeling a teacher’s guiding hand on a leg, back, or even a rear end was often standard when they were students. That’s the way things used to be—a touch here, a tap there with a hand or stick were part of the usual learning experience for many dancers.

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September 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold Advice for Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers by Mignon Furman 2Tips for Hip Hop Teachers by Geo Hubela 2Tips for Modern Teachers by Bill Evans 2 Tips for Tap Teachers by Stacy Eastman A Better You | Fighting Fatigue by Suzanne Martin, PT, DPT . . .

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August 2012 | Mail

I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect representation of BalletBarreNone—and right before the Dance Teacher Summit! I am so grateful to you for this phenomenal exposure.

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August 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | The Post-Dancing Diet EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Making My Garden Bloom Teacher in the Spotlight . . .

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July 2012 | EditorSpeak

The 2012 graduates of the University of Pennsylvania got some unusual commencement advice. Nipun Mehta, the founder of ServiceSpace.org, told the Ivy Leaguers that though everyone else might expect them to fly, he wants them to walk. What he said makes sense for all of us, and it seems particularly timely advice for our business-focused issue.

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July 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Headache Help EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Unexpected Inspiration Teacher in the Spotlight | Jennifer Sue . . .

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May-June 2012 | EditorSpeak

It was only the first competition of the new season and boy, were the tears flowing already! I started to think: where are the TV crews when you need ’em? Drama, tears, girls in costumes making a scene—we had it all

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May-June 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Health Care How-Tos EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Why I Walked Teacher in the Spotlight | . . .

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March-April 2012 | EditorSpeak

It made No. 4 on TenduTV’s blog listing “APAP Preview: Ten Things the Dance Field Should Be Talking About in 2012,” and I’m sure it has been popping up in your conversations more and more. What is it? The issue of intellectual property rights, otherwise known to dance teachers as “Hey, that’s my choreography!”

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March-April 2012 | Mail

I cried when I saw the news that modern dance legend Ruth Currier had passed [“FYI,” December 2011]. I first encountered Ruth at the Limón school; she became the director shortly after José Limón died.

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March-April 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Say Goodbye to Smoking EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | I Remember Tony Teacher in the Spotlight . . .

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February 2012 | EditorSpeak

For many of our readers, summer is a time to slow down, maybe even take some time off. And so it seemed like perfect timing to suggest using the slower months of summer to look inward and do some personal maintenance.

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February 2012 | Mail

So inspired to see so much work go into such a worthy cause [“A Shoe Show With Heart,” October 2011]! The ripple effect is always there; we just need more people to throw the first stone. Congratulations on a wonderful show and community service.

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February 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Dance Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Beating the Blahs EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Down But Not Out Teacher in the Spotlight . . .

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January 2012 | EditorSpeak

It’s a new year, always a good time to think about where we’ve been and where we’re going. As dancers and dance teachers, you’ve probably got creativity on your mind—and that leads to a question you might not ask yourself very often: why make art?

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January 2012 | Mail

Thank you for the beautiful article on Young Dancemakers Company [“Show on the Road,” November 2011], so articulately written by Elizabeth Zimmer. It was featured expertly in an especially readable layout, the photos perfectly chosen and placed.

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January 2012 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Ballet Teachers 2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers 2 Tips for Modern Teachers 2 Tips for Tap Teachers A Better You | Mood Swings, Menopause, and Men EditorSpeak On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Dancing for Bill (Shakespeare That Is) Teacher . . .

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December 2011 | EditorSpeak

In certain realms of the world, coaches are a given: baseball, gymnastics, personal fitness, career changes, opera, to name a few. So why is it that most of us get to a certain level of competence in our chosen careers and then figure we’re on our own?

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December 2011 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Teachers A Better You EditorSpeak Teacher to Teacher On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | What I Gained From the Biggest Loser Teacher in the Spotlight | Stephanie Thomas Saul Bright Biz Ideas | Thinking Inside the Box Mindful Marketing | . . .

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November 2011 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Teachers A Better You EditorSpeak Teacher to Teacher On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Creating a Culture of Welcome Teacher in the Spotlight | Tabitha “Miss Tabby” R. Andrews-Colmary Bright Biz Ideas | Mother, Sister, Daughter, Me Mindful Marketing | . . .

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November 2011 | Mail

Words from our readers You put together more practical content than all of the dance magazines combined. Thank you for your passion and spirit. Victoria Hunt Highland Dance Academy Sammamish, WA Thank you so much for the features on my products in your August edition. I had a very good month . . .

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October 2011 | Table of Contents

COLUMNS Ask Rhee Gold 2 Tips for Dancers A Better You EditorSpeak Teacher to Teacher On My Mind DEPARTMENTS Mail Thinking Out Loud | Dance Moms’ Sells Out Dance Education Teacher in the Spotlight | Jamee Schleifer Bright Biz Ideas | Stress Less With Tech Mindful Marketing | Pinpointing Preschoolers . . .

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October 2011 | Thinking Out Loud | ‘Dance Moms’ Sells Out Dance Education

The buzz was immediate for Dance Moms, the reality-TV show on Lifetime featuring Pennsylvania studio owner Abby Lee Miller—but it wasn’t the good kind. On July 15, Dance Studio Life publisher Rhee Gold posted this on the magazine’s Facebook page:

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