Innovative Designer’s Futuristic Pointe Shoes Help Capture Dance Movements

The concept of Spanish designer Lesia Trubat’s “E-traces” project is based in capturing dance movements and transforming them into visual sensations through the use of new technologies—such as pointe shoes outfitted with microcontroller boards that record the pressure and actions of the dancer’s feet and send the signal to an electronic device.

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Elementary Students Invited to Dance All Day as Part of Dréa’s Dream Fundraiser

Local elementary school children from Danvers, Massachusetts, can spend the day dancing—and raise money for dance therapy programs for children with cancer and special needs—through the “Dréa’s Dream DECA Dance Day” set for November 15 from 10am to 1pm.

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Doris Hering, Champion of Regional Dance in America, Dies

Doris Hering, a critic who surveyed the dance world for decades, and was later the founding executive director of the national organization now known as Regional Dance America, died on October 15 in the Bronx, reported the New York Times. She was 94.

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Master Tap Improviser, Bob Carroll of LA’s Rhapsody in Taps, Dies

Bob Carroll, best known as a performer for 18 years with the Southern California company Rhapsody in Taps, where he danced featured roles in choreographed pieces and unleashed memorable solo improvisations, died October 13 in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Pueblo, Colorado. The Los Angeles Times said the 48-year-old Home Depot employee had been in declining health.

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Rockettes’ New Show Scrapped in Favor of ‘Spring Spectacular’

Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced last week that its $25 million extravaganza Heart and Lights, a Rockettes show that was in development for Radio City Music Hall, is being reconceived by Tony Award–winning Broadway artists with input from the producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Festival’s Move to Larger Space Speaks to Growth in Modern Dance Community

Your Move Modern Dance Festival, featuring new and developing works by choreographers from New Jersey, New York, and beyond, will run this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at DeBaun Performing Arts Center at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.

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Studio Construction Ordeal Finally Over for California Couple

A California couple’s plans to replace their longtime studio garage space with a larger stand-alone facility cost three years and an unexpected additional $250,000, but on November 1, The Dance Gallery 2 owners will celebrate a grand opening at their new Roseville studio.

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Bessie Awards Bestows Honors and Awards

On Monday night, two titans in the field were honored at the annual Bessie Awards ceremony: Arthur Mitchell, the founder of Dance Theater of Harlem, with a lifetime achievement award; and Chuck Davis, the founder of DanceAfrica, for service to the field of dance.

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Hallberg and Osipova to Dance Together in ABT’s Spring Season

One of the great ballet pairings of recent years—David Hallberg and Natalia Osipova—will be reunited in New York City this spring during American Ballet Theatre’s season at the Metropolitan Opera House, reports the New York Times ArtsBeat.

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Educators Working with Somatics-Based Approaches Urged to Present at Conference

Proposals are now being accepted for the Second International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance Education, to be directed by Bill Evans and Cynthia Williams, July 15 to 19, 2015, at the Palladino School of Dance, Dean College, Franklin, Massachusetts.

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Passage of Civil Rights Act Remembered by Ailey in New Work Honoring Activist

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is marking this year’s 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with Matthew Rushing’s ODETTA, a new piece honoring folksinger and civil rights activist Odetta Holmes, reported the Kansas City Star.

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Grant Will Allow OCU’s Community-Based Dance Program to Reach More Underserved Children

A grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will allow city children to receive dance lessons at low cost—and allow college students to put lessons learned in pedagogy classes into action, reported News OK.

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Laguna Hills Dancers Serve as Hostesses for Dréa’s Dream Fundraising Event

West Coast Movement Project of Laguna Hills will hold an Afternoon Tea and Trunk Show to benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation’s Dance Across America initiative on October 26 from 2 to 5pm at the Wiebe Residence, 26531 Elmcrest Way, Lake Forest, California.

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Bankers Dance, Too; After All, They’re Only Human

Dr. Peter Lovatt, the 48-year-old head and founder of the Dance Psychology Lab at the University of Hertfordshire in England, rarely has difficulty convincing people to dance. An article in Men’s Health says his lectures on dance psychology often end with the audience bursting into dance.

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Memory of Mother Lost on 911 Lives on in Daughter’s Dance Studio

Joann Tabeek always encouraged her daughter, Krystal, to follow her dreams, but didn’t live to see Krystal through her 15 years of competitive dance. Working as a vice president and partner at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center, she was one of the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

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America’s Ballerina, Cynthia Gregory, To Receive Capezio Dance Award

Cynthia Gregory, whom Rudolf Nureyev called “America’s prima ballerina assoluta” and who was celebrated as one of the world’s greatest ballerinas during a career that spanned more than a quarter of a century, will receive the 63nd annual Capezio Dance Award.

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Mormon Missionary Demonstrates Impressive Dance Skills in Toe-to-Toe Dance-Off

A story from KLS.com reports that while Michael Jackson was known for his talented voice and for his impressive dance moves, an LDS missionary might have bested a Michael Jackson impersonator in the battle of the moonwalk.

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Savion Glover Performance Interprets Story of Domestic Abuse Victim

As creator of The Maria Project, a theatrical investigation into the 1931 murder of Maria Salazar by her husband, playwright Marcella Goheen took note when the National Domestic Violence Hotline experienced an 84 percent increase in calls after a video leaked in September of football player Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator.

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Special Dance Convention Raises Funds to Support Dance Therapy Efforts

Registrations are still being accepted for the first annual Dréa’s Dream Dance Convention, a day of dance classes for student ages 6 and older that will benefit a program that provides dance therapy programs for children with cancer and special needs in pediatric hospitals and public schools nationwide.

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Longtime Southeast Texas Studio Owner, Lorna Badon Knaus, Dies

Lorna Badon Knaus, a longtime Orange dance instructor who showcased Southeast Texas’ special brand of dance from the Soviet Union to Disney World, died Monday at Houston’s Methodist Hospital from diverticulitis, a common colon disease. She was 54.

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Foundation $40M Initiative Seeks to Help Dance Companies, Others, Fill Seats

Most arts organizations these days are seeking ways to fill seats and to expand their audiences. Last week, the Wallace Foundation announced a $40 million effort to help performing arts organizations around the country do so.

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Toledo Adult Tappers Pledge Support to Wounded Veterans Softball Team

For years, the adult tap dancers of Off Broadway Dance Company in Toledo, Ohio, provided emotional and financial support to a local nonprofit that arranged for veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, DC, at no charge.

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ADF Addresses Dancer Health and Wellness in Free November Workshop

Recognizing that a lack of dance-specific medical care often prevents dancers from seeking medical care for an injury, the American Dance Festival will hold a Dancer Health & Injury Prevention workshop this November in Durham, North Carolina.

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2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Undercurves, Overcurves

Moving through space is more about the pelvis than the feet. To prepare students to move freely and efficiently through space, I devote time early in each class session to an exploration of pelvic shifts—transferring the weight from one foot to the other with an initiation in the pelvic floor. I call these actions “undercurves” because the lowest part of the pelvis inscribes a U-shaped curve in each transfer of weight.

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College Close-Ups | What students need to know about college and university dance programs

In Michigan, where several universities boast sizable dance departments, Grand Valley State University’s dance program is the small but intense alternative, says dance coordinator Shawn T. Bible.

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EditorSpeak

As the cover makes obvious, with this issue Dance Studio Life celebrates 10 years of publication. I’ve been on board for seven years as editor in chief, but I had a hand in some of the earlier issues as a freelance editor—which means I’ve seen how much the magazine has grown and changed since its inception. The anniversary is Rhee’s topic this month in “On My Mind,” so I won’t say more than this: the most gratifying part of my job is seeing you, our readers, respond with enthusiasm to the magazine’s evolution. Our goal is to make a difference, helping you develop as business owners and teaching artists, and offering you new paths to creativity. Like you, we take our work seriously, and that’s as it should be.

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FYI

When David Palmer was a little boy growing up in a remote, TV-free area of Fiji, books like Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham engaged his imagination and taught him to love language. So when Palmer, associate artistic director of The Washington Ballet, transformed this beloved classic into a ballet, he didn’t leave language behind.

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Classroom Connection

My dad always asks me one thing about my dances,” announced Angela. “Am I in the front row?” This set off an impassioned discussion among dancers in my 9-to 12-year-old jazz class, and it became clear that where they are placed onstage determines how they value themselves as dancers.

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Bright Biz Idea | Three Sources, One (Income) Stream

Dance studio owners face the ever-present challenge of managing cash flow and turning a profit—to pay rent, pay teacher and staff salaries, and, hopefully, to pay themselves. Nick Waynelovich and his daughter Kimberly Williams have not only found a way to build a profitable dance and performing-arts organization, they have developed two additional income streams that keep the organization on top of its bills.

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