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Words of Wisdom

A 23-columnist salute to 11 years of ideas, insight, and inspiration by Tamsin Nutter Some days you just need a little advice and encouragement—whether on preschoolers, degagés, or taxes—to pin on the staff bulletin board or mull over in the bathtub at night, from a trusted friend who’s been there, done that, and understands exactly…

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Fit for a Coffee Cup

DSL quotes offered wisdom, humor, and heart by Alaina Leary If there’s anything this magazine proves, it’s that no one understands a dance teacher like a fellow dance teacher. Yet among the technical teaching tips, answers to common classroom questions, studio business info, and product suggestions, one aspect of this magazine stands out—the unstinting wisdom…

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From the Heart

Tales of largesse and kindness were DSL mainstays by Heather Turbeville Above a childlike drawing of a dancer onstage are the words “The stage is like a second home for me.” The author of this statement is Amy, a student in Dance Another World, which teaches English through dance to nonnative speakers. Her grasp of…

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Culture Shock

What happened while you were reading DSL? Plenty. by Karen White Blink your eyes, and 14 years have gone by. Technological and cultural developments over the past decade and a half have had an undeniable impact on the dance education industry, the jobs we do, and the kids we teach. Let’s stroll back in time…

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A Fond Farewell

Publisher Rhee Gold looks back at Dance Studio Life’s history—and turns his attention to what’s next by Ryan P. Casey Rhee Gold chuckles as he begins telling me a story. “This is the best one,” he says. He said the same thing before launching into a different anecdote 15 minutes ago, but I’m all ears.…

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Variations on a Theme

Recital themes open up creative possibilities—and can be super fun for everyone by Karen White To theme or not to theme? Many studio educators ponder that question when recital planning time rolls around. Some believe recital themes are limiting and shy away, while others might feel their previous attempts at themes fell flat and weren’t…

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Choreography Conundrum

Do songs move you? Or are you captured by costumes? compiled by Debra Danese When it’s time to choreograph, we all look for the idea that will spark our creativity. Inspiration doesn’t always come quickly—or easily. Here at Dance Studio Life we noticed that when it comes to recital choreography, some teachers start with a…

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Safe Spaces

Smart ways to handle backstage access during recitals by Heather Wisner With so much happening onstage during recitals, it could be easy to miss what’s happening backstage. But for the sake of security—not to mention organization—it’s vital to have a plan in place to control backstage access. Dance Studio Life spoke with studio owners across…

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October 2018 | Recital Roundup

October 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 8 | Buy a copy Recital Roundup Emotions swirl when another studio recital is at its end. There’s the heady exhilaration of performance. The satisfaction of a job well done. Relief and joy and affirmation. There’s sadness too, for the dance that just minutes before shimmered in the…

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Happy Holidays

Studio traditions give students and parents events to remember by Kim Black Dyeing Easter eggs, delivering Christmas or Hanukkah gifts to shut-ins, taking a walk to work off that Thanksgiving meal—over the years, activities like these become cherished family traditions. Why not create some fun holiday and special observation-day traditions for your dance studio family?…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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