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August 2018 | Season Opener

Season Opener August 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 6 | Buy a copy Is there anything more exciting than a fresh beginning? Before your first class this year, look at yourself in the mirror and think, “What have I always wanted to do here? What dreams do I have for myself and my students?”…

Recent Articles

Competition Zone | The Value of Understudies

Competition Zone | The Value of Understudies

by Joan F. Smith Dance professionals understand the practical mechanics of working with people. Sickness, injuries, and life events are unavoidable—so what’s a team to do? Understudies are a smart solution. You can avoid reblocking choreography if prepared understudies can step in when other dancers are absent or injured. The studio where I work has…

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Healthy student enrollment is vital to financial success. Here’s how to make it happen. by Andrea Ekmark Whether your ideal student enrollment is 250 or 2,500, healthy class sizes and a vibrant student population are keys to your studio’s financial success. Yet as you move toward your enrollment goal, there may come a time when…

Dance History Quiz | The drama of Nureyev

Dance History Quiz | The drama of Nureyev

Fun facts for teachers and students

Tips for Ballet Teachers | Holding Plié and Feeling “Ballet Muscles”

Tips for Ballet Teachers | Holding Plié and Feeling “Ballet Muscles”

by David Arce Ballet is all about plié. Once students leave the barre for the center, nearly every step and position starts with plié—especially jumps. So periodically, during warm-up changements or sautés, give your students extra time to find and hold deep pliés. During a repetitive series of jumps—for example, eight changements—students often sacrifice the…

Invitation to Talk

Invitation to Talk

Whether you hold staff meetings or one-on-one coffee chats, make sure you’re making time to listen to your employees’ suggestions by Tamsin Nutter Tomorrow is photo day. Teacher A has worked on organizing and planning this event for weeks. In passing, Teacher B throws out a last-minute suggestion. Steam comes out of Teacher A’s ears—and…

Media Hub | One Day Pina Asked

Media Hub | One Day Pina Asked

One Day Pina Asked directed by Chantal Akerman This documentary provides a look at the work of choreographer Pina Bausch and her Wuppertal, Germany-based dance company. Capturing the company’s rehearsals and performances over a five-week European tour, Akerman interviews members of the company and shows excerpts from performances of Bausch dances, including Komm Tanz Mit…

Ask Rhee Gold | Saying no to perks for friends

Ask Rhee Gold | Saying no to perks for friends

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I’m a new studio owner. Many of my students are the children of parents who are my friends or people I grew up with. In the beginning, I thought I was lucky to have all this support from people who cared about me. But as I enter my business’…

In My Humble Opinion | Keeping the Fire Burning

In My Humble Opinion | Keeping the Fire Burning

by Thelma Goldberg I celebrated my 36th recital in April. It seems like only yesterday that I first welcomed neighborhood children into my small home for dance lessons. My intention was to keep busy while on a leave of absence from teaching special-needs children in the Boston public school system. I never anticipated how busy…

FYI | Crews Converge at Block Party

FYI | Crews Converge at Block Party

  What’s up in the dance community Which came first: the Block or the Block Party? The Block Party, a hip-hop dance event now entering its seventh year, was first. Held Labor Day weekend in Boulder, Colorado, it draws dancers, DJs, and judges from around the world to participate in dance battles and cyphers. It’s…

EditorSpeak | Don’t Apologize

EditorSpeak | Don’t Apologize

It’s a new school year. Do you know where your convictions are? After a summer of lax schedules and lazy days, educators return to the classroom with high hopes. Perhaps you are like me, and as your body lay calmly on the beach your mind churned with “what ifs” for curriculum and choreography. Today we…

Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Observation Day

Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Observation Day

Holding an observation day during one of your regularly scheduled lessons is a great way to show parents what you do and explain why you do it. Observation can be stressful for teachers and students, but remember, this is not a performance—it’s an opportunity for you to explain the benefits of dance education. Students. Let…

Teacher Tune-Up | Kindness in Our Community

Teacher Tune-Up | Kindness in Our Community

by Sandi Duncan In these challenging times, it’s refreshing to witness the good-hearted people of the dance community performing so many acts of kindness. In the past year alone, I’ve seen dancers, studio owners, teachers, and dance families raising funds for those affected by floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes, and banding together to run clothing and…

Media Hub | Breathing Life Into Dance: One Teacher’s Perspective

Media Hub | Breathing Life Into Dance: One Teacher’s Perspective

Breathing Life Into Dance: One Teacher’s Perspective by Robin Sturm Based on Sturm’s life as a student, professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer, this book serves as a guide to anyone who has a desire to explore dance, whether professionally or for personal artistic fulfillment. Sturm’s lifetime of experience has given her a fresh perspective on…

Making the Message Heard

Making the Message Heard

Studios have many ways to communicate with clients—but is anyone listening? by Jill Randall Teachers and studio owners alike do figurative leaps, turns, and jumps to make sure that families have all the information they need about performances, rehearsals, costume fittings, open classes/parent observations, field trips, weather-related cancellations, and registration for the next season. But…

Ask Rhee Gold | Social Media Marketing

Ask Rhee Gold | Social Media Marketing

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I’ve employed all kinds of advertising during the 14 years I’ve owned my studio. Last year I began dabbling in social media marketing, and as I use it more and more, I wonder how frequently I should post. My once-a-week posts have seen good results, but some of my…

On My Mind | Swing the pendulum back

On My Mind | Swing the pendulum back

Words from the publisher A while ago I held a seminar for teachers and studio owners at a dance convention that included a competition. These awesome people were teachers for all the right reasons—everyone was excited about learning new approaches for the classroom and business. At one point, a conversation started up about dance competitions…