September 2016 | Winning at Life

Ashley Yeater, who launched a dance-based fitness company after dancing on Broadway, was dancing by the age of 6 (center). She won the titles of Miss Dance of Pennsylvania 1999 (left, with her family) and Dancer of the Year at American Dance Awards (right, with Rhee Gold, at the end of Yeater’s reign). Left and right photos courtesy Ashley Yeater; center photo courtesy Dance Dimensions

Dance competitions and conventions have flourished for decades, giving young dancers time onstage and plenty of skills. Competing in dance requires discipline, a strong work ethic, the ability to field criticism and cope with pressure, and networking savvy—all attributes that have served former competition kids well in a diverse array of careers.

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September 2013 | If C Is for Competition . . .

Big competition coming up? Let’s make sure your students have everything they need. Costumes and makeup, eyelashes, bobby pins, extra tights, water. Is anything missing? Yes—good manners!

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