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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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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Become a Classroom Zen Master

Tips for Preschool Teachers | Become a Classroom Zen Master

by Susan Bennett We think of a Zen master as a wise and hyperaware person who brings goodness and joy, practices deep contemplation, and has great insight. With the following tips, such mastery in the preschool dance classroom can be yours. Contemplate deeply what is developmentally appropriate for your preschool students. A master teacher should…

Road Trip—With Kids

Road Trip—With Kids

Group travel is an adventure. Plan ahead and leave the headaches at home. by Chris Koseluk Organizers at Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios, based in North Andover, Massachusetts, faced the mother of all travel nightmares in 2016 when a Lufthansa pilot strike grounded 197 dancers, parents, and coaches set to leave for the IDO World Tap…

Media Hub | Chasing Dance

Media Hub | Chasing Dance

Chasing Dance directed by Mathieu Mazza More than 400 dance companies in New York City vie for dancers, performance space, audiences, and funds. Chasing Dance follows a contemporary dance company over a two-year period as it struggles to stay afloat during an economic recession. This documentary about The Chase Brock Experience and its founder Chase…

Ask Rhee Gold | Different rates for different work

Ask Rhee Gold | Different rates for different work

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, You talk about hiring directors for different programs like preschool or summer sessions, but how can a studio owner afford to pay an hourly teaching rate to a teacher functioning as a director? Should I hire an outside person who could be paid less? Your input would be appreciated.…

Dance History Quiz | Martha Graham’s designer

Dance History Quiz | Martha Graham’s designer

Fun facts for teachers and students

FYI | At ABT, Making Ballets Is Women’s Work

FYI | At ABT, Making Ballets Is Women’s Work

What’s up in the dance community Balletgoers will see more dance made by women starting this fall, thanks to American Ballet Theatre’s new multiyear initiative the ABT Women’s Movement. The initiative will support the creation and staging of at least three new works by female choreographers each season. It grew out of ABT’s Women’s Choreographers…

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…