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May-June 2018 | Business Bonanza

Business Bonanza May/June 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 4 | Buy a copy A dance studio is an unusual type of business. Our customers—our students—are also our prized product. We take them in as raw material, eager and untrained. We get to work, and when we are done, we’ve created accomplished, happy dancers. And…

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Media Hub | Synchronous Objects

Synchronous Objects This site (synchronousobjects.osu.edu) examines choreographer William Forsythe’s One Flat Thing, reproduced using a plethora of data and tools. Visitors can view the dance from different angles, elect whether or not to see visual indications of dancers’ cues and responses, choose the accompanying music and commentary, and much more. An essay by Forsythe provides…

Media Hub | Tap Into Improv: A Guide to Tap Dance Improvisation

Tap Into Improv: A Guide to Tap Dance Improvisation by Barbara Duffy This guide for tappers provides tools, ideas, and concepts to help dancers of any level become more expressive in their tap improvisation. Duffy has compiled these materials from her 27 years of teaching improv classes in New York City and abroad. Also includes…

Ask Rhee Gold | Creating new opportunities for students

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I’ve been in business for 17 years. Lately I have been losing students because they want more than a weekly class, but can’t or don’t want to make the commitment to our competitive team program. They feel they have gone as far as they can go. Is there something…

Media Hub | The Dumb Girl of Portici

The Dumb Girl of Portici directed by Lois Weber and Phillips Smalley This 1916 silent film starring Anna Pavlova was recently restored and released on DVD with a new score by composer John Sweeney. Pavlova portrays Fenella, a poor, mute girl living in mid-17th-century Naples during the Spanish occupation, who is seduced and abandoned by…

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Words from our readers I just finished reading the March/April issue of Dance Studio Life and felt compelled to write to thank you for the article on Gail Grant (“Who was Gail Grant?”). At my studio, we often refer to Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet as our bible, just as the teachers…

On My Mind | Not What They Used To Be

Words from the publisher Almost every teacher who has been at it for a while says, “The kids today are not what they used to be.” They may be different, but I am beginning to understand why. Our kids live in a world where they arrive at school or the movie theater looking for the…

Handing Over the Keys

Maybe the best buyer for your studio is right under your nose by Chris Koseluk Owning and operating a dance studio was your career goal. It took years of work, struggle, and sacrifice, but you did it—and you’re proud of it. But nothing lasts forever, and the day may come when you realize it’s time…

FYI | Classical Repertoire Subject of RAD Teacher Program

What’s up in the dance community Students ages 12 and older can learn choreography from some of the world’s most popular classical ballets—Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty—through Discovering Repertoire, a new program from London’s Royal Academy of Dance. “The program provides the framework for teachers to teach famous repertoire to students of a variety of…

Did You Know? | Who is Garth Fagan?

“Part of my joy, and my love in life, is moving to a positive place.” —Garth Fagan, in a TEDx Jamaica talk by Heather Wisner Garth Fagan’s blend of ballet and modern technique with African and Caribbean dance styles has won him millions of fans all over the world. Besides running his 48-year-old company, Garth…

Studio Style | BPM Dance Complex

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Sometimes all the stars align. “Everything fell into place,” Blake Piatczyc says of launching his dance school, BPM Dance Complex. “That’s how I know that this thing was meant to be.” But Piatczyc, a professional dancer, began the journey toward studio ownership in an inauspicious way: he…

In My Humble Opinion | Make Time for Mentoring

by Emily Bufferd I once saw a T-shirt that read, “Work until your idols become your rivals.” Something felt funny about that statement. When I was growing up, I looked up to my dance idols and it never occurred to me to see them as my competition. I wanted to be just like them. If…

Tips for Special-Needs Teachers | Cognitive Processing

by Tricia Gomez The cognitive domain is the last of the five developmental domains (cognitive, motor, self-help, social/emotional, and communication) we’ll discuss this season. Students who struggle with cognitive processing may have difficulty understanding and responding to information. Fortunately, there are classroom strategies that will help. Students may struggle with a movement because they don’t…

FYI | College Aids Student With Studio Dream

What’s up in the dance community Starting your own business is daunting at any age, especially when you’re a relative newcomer to the workforce. So Lauren Crawford, a Northern Kentucky University dance major and entrepreneurship minor who had dreamed of opening a dance studio since age 12, was thrilled to learn about her school’s INKUREKA…

EditorSpeak | A Trend That Must End

  No one’s happier than me when mass culture pays fleeting attention to dance. Dance in ads, movies, TV, and fashion means jobs for dancers. Right? Not always. Why hire an actual dancer when a model or celebrity can pretend to be a dancer, only hotter? Same difference, right? You know what I’m talking about.…

Dance History Quiz | An Avant-Garde NYCB Dancer

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