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September 2018 | Competition Scene

Competition Scene September 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 7 | Buy a copy Soon the stage will be yours. With proper preparation, focused mind, and eager spirit, who knows what might happen? In this moment, as you watch and wait, there is nothing but possibility. You’ve been told that competition isn’t about winning, but…

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Did You Know? | Who is Michelle Dorrance?

Did You Know? | Who is Michelle Dorrance?

“I am currently swimming in such an exciting range of possibilities.” —Michelle Dorrance, to the New York Times in 2018   Michelle Dorrance might have become a ballet dancer: her mother, M’Liss Gary Dorrance, had been a professional ballerina, and founded the Ballet School of Chapel Hill, where Dorrance studied as a child. Along with…

Wearing It Well | Thrifty Possibilities

Wearing It Well | Thrifty Possibilities

by Karen White Ah, to be a lyrical teacher! Costume catalogs contain endless choices—gossamer-kissed skirts that sweep the floor, leotards with lacy appliqués, classic tunic dresses, each more scrumptious than the last. Equally gorgeous are the oh-so-many ballet looks, from sassy tutus to Romantic-length charmers. Alas, I am but a lowly musical theater teacher, and…

Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Memorized Warm-Ups

Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Memorized Warm-Ups

by Amber Perkins Through the many hectic competition weekends to come, one way to assure that students continue to stretch, focus, balance, and strengthen is to create a warm-up that they can memorize and use on their own. I developed a warm-up that can be done anywhere—in a hotel room, backstage, and even outside. My…

The Boys of Temecula

The Boys of Temecula

Cross-training, pro mentors, and motivation are a winning mix for Temecula Dance Company’s male dancers by Joseph Carman “Don’t make it look like step aerobics,” hip-hop choreographer and teacher Erik Saradpon shouts over “Uptown Funk.” “The dip is on 7. Zap the arms vertically from the armpit.” The male students—38 in this particular rehearsal—ace the…

Media Hub | Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir

Media Hub | Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir

Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir by Halifu Osumare Osumare takes readers through her four-decade journey—from choosing dance as her revolutionary statement; to teaching “jazz ballet” in Europe; to establishing a dance company in Copenhagen; and back to the U.S., where she danced with the Rod Rodgers Dance Company in New York City and was integral…

Ask Rhee Gold | No-text policy

Ask Rhee Gold | No-text policy

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, Is it OK for parents to contact dance teachers through text messages? I feel like I am at work 24/7 because there are messages waiting for me when I wake up, and more messages come in all day and night. I never have the chance to fully get away…

Studio Style | Performer’s Edge Dance Center

Studio Style | Performer’s Edge Dance Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville What do you do when your studio is bursting at the seams near the happiest place on earth? Performer’s Edge Dance Center (PEDC) built an entirely new space. The studio, which serves approximately 500 students with Mom & Me, combo, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acro, contemporary,…

FYI | Ballet for All in St. Paul

FYI | Ballet for All in St. Paul

What’s up in the dance community Ballet should be open to anyone, regardless of age, race, body type, gender, income, or language. That’s the thinking at St. Paul Ballet, a Minnesota company and nonprofit dance school that has implemented programs designed to shift people’s thinking about what a ballet dancer should look like. SPB’s annual…

EditorSpeak | A Pretty Good Magazine

EditorSpeak | A Pretty Good Magazine

“Just reading through the August magazine, and thinking that we put out a pretty good magazine.” Tamsin Nutter, DSL associate editor, made that comment one July afternoon. She was one of five editors, an art designer, and a production manager still here as DSL wound down to its end. Because of the months-in-advance work schedule…

Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Focus on Facials

Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Focus on Facials

No matter how I used to encourage them to change up their facial expressions, many of my students only smiled when performing. When I asked them to experiment with different nuances and emotions in class, they would become self-conscious and visibly uncomfortable; onstage, they had difficulty connecting with their audiences. I decided to use musical…

Tips for Tap Teachers | Moving Beyond Improv to Choreography

Tips for Tap Teachers | Moving Beyond Improv to Choreography

by Thelma Goldberg Tap students of all ages delight in creating their own rhythms. Invite your students to participate in the creative process—it will build their confidence, musicality, phrasing, and problem-solving, and it will engage their minds and bodies in new ways. Choreography requires advance planning (unlike spontaneous improvisation), an understanding of musical structure, a…

Media Hub | In the Steps of Trisha Brown

Media Hub | In the Steps of Trisha Brown

In the Steps of Trisha Brown directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois Go behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the first performance of Brown’s 1979 work Glacial Decoy in Paris. Interspersed with rarely seen archival footage from original productions and of Brown herself in rehearsal, this film shows Lisa Kraus, restager and former dancer…

Pay to Play

Pay to Play

From meals to airfare, expenses can add up for staffers traveling with your team. Here’s how to manage and mitigate those costs. by Christina Raymond Traveling to multiple competitions a year can be pricey—not just for parents, but for faculty members and studio owners who accompany the team. Here, three veteran studio owners share cost-effective…

Ask Rhee Gold | A passion for dance, at any size

Ask Rhee Gold | A passion for dance, at any size

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I have a student who has sized out of all the costume companies’ charts. She has been with me since she was a baby and is only 13 years old. She loves to dance, but I don’t know what to do if she registers again this year. Should I…

In My Humble Opinion | I Just See Her

In My Humble Opinion | I Just See Her

by Cathy Roe Many years ago, I joined hundreds of other educators seeking inspiration and class ideas at a dance teacher conference. In this huge convention center/hotel setting, the air was artificial, the lights were glaring, and all sorts of personalities were on display. During a break, I sat in the hallway on one of…

FYI | World Celebrates Merce at 100

FYI | World Celebrates Merce at 100

What’s up in the dance community Merce Cunningham, the mad scientist of modern dance, would have turned 100 years old next year. To celebrate his innovative and influential body of work, more than 60 international dance companies and presenters are joining in the Merce Cunningham Centennial, a celebration that begins this September and runs through…