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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…

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FYI | Chicago Teacher Recognized by Global Award Program

    What’s up in the dance community Melinda Wilson is one in a million—or at least several thousand. Wilson was the only dance teacher to qualify for the 2018 Global Teacher Prize, becoming one of 50 finalists (out of 30,000 applicants) to vie for a million-dollar check from London’s Varkey Foundation. “I couldn’t believe…

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Competition Zone | Getting Tough With Team Drama

by Joan F. Smith Mama drama might garner high ratings for reality television series, but nobody wants to experience it in real life. Louise Taitz, owner/artistic director of On Your Toes Academy of Dance in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, co-founder of Dance Teachers Forum, and competition judge, stops drama before it starts by setting (and upholding)…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Roll Call Response

Ideas & advice from teachers I used to appreciate that my students never talked in class, yet I was concerned that the lack of response meant they weren’t connecting with me. I knew I had to build a bond of trust with them. My answer was Roll Call Response. Instead of a standard roll call—“Mary?”…

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FYI | Dance for World Festival Celebrates 10th

What’s up in the dance community The power of dance to bring people together inspires the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dance for World Community Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer. Beginning June 4 with a week of dance films and panel discussions, the event culminates June 9 with Dance for World Community Day, a free…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Acting the Dance

Ideas & advice from teachers If your dancers don’t have acting backgrounds, it can be a challenge to help them emotionally connect to choreography. Dancers who can create fully developed characters, and who genuinely understand a piece’s emotional or narrative content, will shine onstage. Here are a few simple guidelines to help make that happen:…

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Media Hub | Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era

Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era   by Laura Young and Janine Parker As a charter member of Boston Ballet and its predecessor, New England Civic Ballet, Laura Young has been affiliated with the company longer than any other dancer in its history. Both a memoir of her personal journey and a fascinating…

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Media Hub | Jacob’s Pillow 2017 Premieres

Jacob’s Pillow 2017 Premieres A collection of works that premiered during the 85th anniversary season at Jacob’s Pillow, including dances from Dance Heginbotham, Pilobolus, Joseph Wiggan and Josette Wiggan-Freund, Jessica Lang Dance, Doug Varone, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, and Reona Seo. Available at danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/.

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Media Hub | Step Up: High Water

Step Up: High Water This entry in the Step Up series centers on twins Tal and Janelle, who move from Ohio to Atlanta, home of High Water—the city’s most competitive performing arts school. As they attempt to navigate their new world—on and off the dance floor—they discover just how deep they’re willing to dive to…

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Media Hub | Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene directed by Elvira Lind After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene leaves behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, and returns to the U.S. to create her own boundary-breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await…

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FYI | Special-Needs Team’s Competition Dreams

What’s up in the dance community Dance educator Kim Smith’s search for a dance program that could accommodate her autistic daughter came up short, so in 2015, she created her own. A Chance to Dance welcomes dancers of all abilities at North Carolina studio Miss Donna’s School of Dance; owner Donna Mitzel, Smith’s former teacher,…

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In My Humble Opinion | Sacred Spaces

  Sacred Spaces by Casey C. Davenport Before performing, I always had to be alone in my space. As a teacher, it’s the same—I need my 15 minutes by myself. The quiet before the storm, I guess. Before the school opens, I sip a cup of warm black coffee in the still studio. With just…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Exploring Personal Space & Group Shapes

by Susan Bennett Modern dance allows preschoolers the freedom to explore and enjoy movement, personal space, and group shapes without the rigidity of technical steps or formations. The rewards of this freedom are coordination and confidence. Explore levels. Say, “Without touching anyone, make your body as tall or high as you can.” Many students will…

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FYI | Jazzing Up Online Resources

What’s up in the dance community Trial and error helped Atlanta Dance Central founder Charlotte Foster Williamson develop Physio Jazz, a dance and fitness program that emphasizes functional movement for students with Down syndrome, autism, and sensory processing disorders. And now she’s sharing her knowledge with other dance educators on a new website, physiojazz.com. Information…

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FYI | Ballet in a Box Takes Dance on the Road

What’s up in the dance community All kids should experience dance, Redondo Ballet founder Francesca Stern believes, so she and company co-artistic director Donna Perkins created Ballet in a Box: boxes containing all the elements—leotards, tights, costumes, shoes, music, story, and accessories—to stage a Redondo Ballet dance. Boxes are gifted to underserved children, whether dance…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Prop Playtime

Ideas and advice from teachers Props add excitement and spark imagination—and can serve as a much-needed energy release—in classes of children ages 2 and a half to 5. Ribbons. At the beginning of class, dancers visit my ribbon wall to select a prop, which they wave as they move about to familiar music. Beginning class…

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FYI | Italy Embraces American Dancer

What’s up in the dance community Lauren Celentano is big in Italy. The 19-year-old dancer, a sophomore at Connecticut’s Sacred Heart University, has become a household name abroad as the first American to compete in the Italian TV talent show for singers and dancers, Amici. Last summer Sacred Heart dance program director Kari Williams took…

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