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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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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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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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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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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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FYI | Master Teacher Program Relaunches

What’s up in the dance community Looking for a leg up in the dance studio business? Consider becoming a Registered Dance Educator. The National Dance Educators Organization recently relaunched its RDE accreditation program, which vets and promotes master dance teachers. RDE accreditation is open to all dance educators teaching in private studios, as well as…

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FYI | CCC’s Hip-Hop Minor a Major Deal

What’s up in the dance community Columbia College Chicago’s new interdisciplinary hip-hop studies minor, a 21-credit program launched in December 2017, features core classes on hip-history history and culture, plus practice-based learning. The minor is open to students in any major: dance students are encouraged to take technique classes and complete a dance internship, whether…

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FYI | Misty Copeland Booked for Library Week

What’s up in the dance community A successful author and celebrated boundary breaker, Misty Copeland was a natural choice to serve as honorary chair of the American Library Association’s National Library Week, which runs April 8–14 with the theme “Libraries Transform: Libraries Lead.” ALA chose Copeland because her efforts “to lead youth to pursue their…

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FYI | Ballet Arizona Taps New School Leader

What’s up in the dance community Anthony Jones is making the leap to a new school and warmer weather this winter. In December, Ballet Arizona announced that Jones, the former director of Oregon Ballet Theatre School, had been appointed school director of the School of Ballet Arizona, where he begins work February 12. He’ll oversee…

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FYI | Illinois Student Achieves Rare Cecchetti Status

What’s up in the dance community Hayden Gittner is an exceptional dancer—and now he has the paperwork to prove it. Last year, the 18-year-old Belleville, Illinois, ballet student became one of only two American men since 2007 to earn the Cecchetti Council of America’s Professional Advanced VII Certificate. For 10 years, Gittner has studied at…

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FYI | Puerto Rican Studio Is a Good Neighbor After Hurricane Hits

What’s up in the dance community A dance studio that has educated generations of underserved local kids gave its hurricane-distressed neighbors a new kind of leg up last fall. After Hurricane Maria decimated much of Puerto Rico, Centro Cultural de Bomba y Plena turned its focus from teaching dance and drumming classes to securing and…

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FYI | Record-Breaking Tutu Raises Funds

What’s up in the dance community An auto body shop probably isn’t the first place you’d look for the world’s longest tutu. But this fall, The Auto & Tire Doctor in Truckee, California, broke a world record with its balletic creation. Inspired by shop employee and breast cancer survivor Cindy Lain, Auto Doctor staff produced…

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FYI | De Mille Muse Gemze de Lappe Dies

What’s up in the dance community Gemze de Lappe, who championed Agnes de Mille’s choreography both as a dancer and coach, died of pneumonia November 11, 2017, in Manhattan, according to the New York Times. She was 95. In 1943 de Lappe was cast in the first national tour of Oklahoma!; she went on to…

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FYI | Artists of Change

What’s up in the dance community Mikhail Baryshnikov, Camille A. Brown, and Michelle Dorrance have won numerous accolades for the beauty of their art. This fall, the three also received recognition for their dedication to art that advances freedom, justice, and inclusion through the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change fellowship program. Twenty-five artists in multiple…

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FYI | Work Out With Millepied’s Dancers

What’s up in the dance community Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied has jumped into the online dance-inspired fitness fray with LA Dance Workout, a series of online video workouts and tutorials that he created in conjunction with his L.A. Dance Project dancers and the advertising agency BETC L.A. Millepied’s approach leans heavily on the experience…

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FYI | Making a (Dance) Musical

What’s up in the dance community Is there enough dance on Broadway? No, says the Springboard Project, an initiative of the Jerome Robbins Foundation that will provide full funding for rehearsal space, casting consultants, dramaturgical advisors, and stipends to writers, directors, and choreographers looking to create dance-driven musicals. According to a Broadway World article, this…

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FYI | Tackle Preschool Pressures With Studio to Go

What’s up in the dance community Imagine striding into your preschool classes with curriculum, music, activities, and props ready to go—without the need to spend countless hours in preparation. Educators Robyn Donaldson, Leah Matthews, and Lauren Nolan were imagining that dreamy scenario when they launched Studio to Go in Atlanta this fall. Studio to Go’s…

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FYI | Sequins and Sensitivity at Curtain Call

What’s up in the dance community Which costume catalog would be representative of most studios’ student populations: one with images of pouty models in sensual poses or one showing dancers of various body shapes and sizes, skin tones, and abilities, wearing age-appropriate costumes and just being kids? Leslie Scott, founder of Youth Protection Advocates in…

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FYI | Choreography Assistant App

What’s up in the dance community Stuck in a choreography slump? Surprisingly, there’s an app for that. Dance Maker, a free app from the Dance Education Laboratory at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, offers tips, prompts, and guidance to help dance teachers create choreography. Users can choose from hundreds of pre-selected themes such as…

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FYI | Applause Continues for NYCDA Foundation

What’s up in the dance community Dance legends and learners alike celebrated New York City Dance Alliance Foundation’s ongoing advocacy of arts education and training at the annual Bright Lights Shining Stars event held October 1 in New York City. Established in 2010 by jazz icon and educator Joe Lanteri, the NYCDA Foundation has provided…

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FYI | There’s No Place Like (a New) Home

What’s up in the dance community It’s a scenario familiar to artists: move into a neglected urban area, make it hip and desirable, and then get shoved aside to make room for new residents attracted by all that hipness. Dance studio educators—with their modest revenues and need for sizable square footage—are particularly vulnerable. The downtown…

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FYI | The Swing Never Stops at Lindy Hop Championships

What’s up in the dance community When many ballet, tap, and jazz students turn 18, they stop dancing. But lindy hop students never stop. “Lindy hoppers start dancing as children and keep dancing until they die,” Paulette Brockington, American Lindy Hop Championships founder, told DSL. About 400 participants—from competitors ages 10 and older to spectators,…

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FYI | DTCB College Fair: A Study in Dance Higher Ed

What’s up in the dance community “Saying you want to be a dance major is just the first step,” Diane Jacobowitz, executive/artistic director of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit dance education program Dancewave, told DSL. “Other young dancers might be sitting on the fence, considering whether or not to major in dance. Knowledge better equips you to…

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