Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Rienert’

January 2012 | Ballet Scene | Strict From the Start

I remember, as a young child preparing for my ballet class, how I complained to my mother how much I hated putting on my tights. I’d get aggravated as I yanked them up, yelling as my mom stabbed my head with bobby pins to get my hair into an acceptable bun.

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October 2010 | Giving Recitals Your Best Shot

Studios that compete are used to putting plenty of time and effort into creating exciting, cutting-edge choreography. And even additional expense, if professional choreographers are hired. But what about choreography for recital dances?

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September 2010 | A Smart Way to Share the Load

As another competition season looms, studio owners everywhere share the same thought—how am I ever going to come up with all the creative new concepts and awe-inspiring choreography our team dancers deserve? The answer might be to get some professional help.

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Competition Costs

It seems like competition and convention season gets busier every year. More students, more entries, and more problems. For many years I did all this extra weekend work myself. However, as my program got bigger and more teachers came on board, it became impossible for me to handle it all myself. It was time to make some decisions. What would my expectations be regarding my staff’s attendance at competition weekends, and how should teachers who attend be compensated?

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Ballet Scene | From Boring to ‘Bravo!’

It’s recital-planning time, and if you offer ballet at your school, you’re probably wondering how to avoid hearing audiences grumble when your ballet students take the stage. Jazz, lyrical, and tap routines are audience pleasers because they tend to be upbeat and showy. But all too often recital ballet numbers are slow and repetitive or danced by students who aren’t up to the challenge—and that kind of presentation gives ballet a bad rap. Audiences who are subjected to unimaginative choreography and shaky pointe work think the b in “ballet” stands for “boring” or even worse, “bad.” Well, it’s time to change that!

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Dancing for Dollars

Owners of dance studios that participate in competitions know that to do well requires hard work, good choreography, and dedicated and talented dancers. So when you hear “And the first-place winner is . . .” and your studio’s name is called, you have reason to be excited and proud of your accomplishments. It’s likely that a lot of people participated in making that number first rate: the teachers who gave the students good technique, the studio owner who provided them with the opportunity to compete, the choreographer who shared his or her creativity with them—and of course the students themselves, who carried out the assignment effectively.

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Closets Full of Costumes

Ask studio owners to name one of the most time-consuming tasks they face and they’re likely to say, “Costumes!” There’s a lot on a school owner’s plate when it comes to putting on a performance.

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Ballet Scene | Goodbye Tradition, Hello Future

My school, New Hampshire School of Ballet, had had a long tradition of a primarily ballet curriculum when I purchased it from my aunt in 1990. But after three years, I realized that today’s students need to be well-rounded dancers.

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Competing to Compete

Planning for competition season brings a big question—and sometimes an equally big headache—for school owners: Who will dance on your competition team? It’s inevitable, but figuring out the answer doesn’t have to bring on a headache.

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