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July 2014 | Mail

The article [“Viva Villella!” March/April 2014] was a great tribute to Edward Villella. Yes, viva Villella! I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Dance Masters of America National Convention.

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May-June 2014 | Mail

Thank you so much for the article [“J.U.i.C.E.-d Up in L.A.: Hip-hop collective offers support and encourages creativity,” February 2014]. The magazine is beautiful and the article is fantastic—what a wonderful piece for J.U.i.C.E.!

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March-April 2014 | Mail

I had to let some time go before I responded to “Happy Ending” by Amy Moy in your October issue [“Thinking Out Loud”]. The studio I work at is all about family as well. We support each other through the tough times, which hit home for me when I’d been on the wild ride of my mother’s illness. After the year-end show, I let my dancing ladies know that I probably wouldn’t have my mom much longer. The next day my mom went into the hospital for the last time; a week later I saw my dancing ladies at the funeral, and a month later they were at my home for our annual picnic.

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February 2014 | Mail

The [September] convention/competition issue had so many great tips and ideas, and I “borrowed” my favorite one. I had buttons made that said “Awesome Dancer” and told my dancers to give them to a dancer who inspired them at the convention. It was touching to hear the reasons they gave the buttons away.

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January 2014 | Mail

I think “On My Mind” in the October issue is the most profound—and shortest and simplest and to the point—ever! I hope every dance teacher in America will sit back and ask, “Who, me?” Thank you!

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December 2013 | Mail

Thank you for the wonderful article about NBS’ Assemblée Internationale festival [“Assemblée Internationale 2013: Canada’s international festival proves there are no borders, nationally or technologically, in ballet,” by Joseph Carman] in the September issue of DSL. It looked great! Hopefully you’ll be able to join us for the next AI!

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November 2013 | Mail

I read the July issue with the story of the Christmas Butterfly [“Tempting Twists on Tradition”]. I enjoyed it greatly, but was wondering if there was a CD of all the songs from the story.

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October 2013 | Mail

Commenting on “Micromanaging Moms” [by Karen White, EditorSpeak] in the August [2013] issue: One of the first topics I cover in DANC 216: Creative Dance for Children is choosing age-appropriate themes, music, and costumes. I show my class a half-dozen YouTube videos of little girls wiggling self-consciously onstage to “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” in studio recitals. (I stop at six because it gets ridiculous at that point, though there are a bazillion recital dances to this same tired old song out there.) We have a discussion of why teaching young girls to be ashamed of their bodies might not be a positive way to build confidence and a positive body image.

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September 2013 | Mail

I just received the issue of Dance Studio Life that includes the “Teacher in the Spotlight” feature with Dede Miles Burger [August 2013]. The feature is just wonderful and I was proud to nominate Dede! Thank you so much for honoring her; she truly is a mentor and inspiration to our kids—especially mine!

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August 2013 | Mail

As an avid reader and admirer of Dance Studio Life, I firmly believe that Rhee Gold and all the contributors to the magazine have made many significant positive changes in the realm of studio ownership. Upon reading any issue I am not just informed about my business but also encouraged in regard to whatever challenge I might face.

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July 2013 | Mail

I wanted to thank you for including me in the article on seniors [“Aging Boomers, Dance Boom,” May/June 2013]. I was so pleased to be interviewed with such an amazing group of instructors who have a passion for the same demographic. Thank you so much!

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May-June 2013 | Mail

Words from our readers Thank you so much for this extraordinary spread in the magazine [“Capturing the Truth,” March/April 2013]! It’s rare, I’ve found, that my work and my words are presented with such care and beauty. I am really moved by your sensitive and thoughtful presentation. I hope your readers enjoy it. Rose Eichenbaum…

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February 2013 | Mail

I am currently the proud owner of a subscription to Dance Studio Life and about 25 copies of the issue with this article [“Through the Lens of Gaga,” November 2012]. To say I was floored, honored, flattered, and humbled would be a huge understatement. What a lovely article, what beautiful writing, glorious sentiment, and honest reporting. I was blown away by the depth of the piece and its completeness. Ohad [Naharin] would be very proud indeed.

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January 2013 | Mail

I can’t begin to express what a beautiful job you did capturing the essence of our ballet scholarship competition [“Classical in Connecticut,” September 2012]. Thank you for bringing such exposure to the dance community and beyond. It also brought recognition to our CDA [Connecticut Dance Alliance] organization. I appreciate your quoting me on the educational aspect and opportunity it provides for growth. We want to continue to deliver that each year.

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December 2012 | Mail

Your September issue was a beautiful tribute to the dance world. I was very grateful to read about Dance Excellence and Annie McQuitty [“An Excellent Option”]. My studio has had the honor of representing Texas at Dance Excellence on more than one occasion. It was a fantastic experience for my studio and me. I commend [McQuitty] for producing this wonderful experience for young dancers.

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November 2012 | Mail

It feels good to read about other young women who have chosen this path [“What They Do for Love,” July 2012]. I took over my mother’s business at age 23 and I have had so many moments of doubt about myself and my abilities to succeed at such a young age. When you surround yourself with people who believe in you, and when you trust that you have been living this life since you were born (for all us studio babies), it becomes clear that there is no better person than you to carry the torch.

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August 2012 | Mail

I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect representation of BalletBarreNone—and right before the Dance Teacher Summit! I am so grateful to you for this phenomenal exposure.

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July 2012 | Mail

I think all dance teachers are in the mind-set of “no one cares” around recital time. That is where I was a few weeks ago. During a lunch with my competition families, we were discussing the stress of this time of year.

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May-June 2012 | Mail

I love my article [“Jivin’ With Joe,” December 2011]! You really captured the essence of who/what I am! I believe it’s one of the best articles ever written about me. Thanks so much!

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March-April 2012 | Mail

I cried when I saw the news that modern dance legend Ruth Currier had passed [“FYI,” December 2011]. I first encountered Ruth at the Limón school; she became the director shortly after José Limón died.

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February 2012 | Mail

So inspired to see so much work go into such a worthy cause [“A Shoe Show With Heart,” October 2011]! The ripple effect is always there; we just need more people to throw the first stone. Congratulations on a wonderful show and community service.

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January 2012 | Mail

Thank you for the beautiful article on Young Dancemakers Company [“Show on the Road,” November 2011], so articulately written by Elizabeth Zimmer. It was featured expertly in an especially readable layout, the photos perfectly chosen and placed.

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December 2011 | Mail

Thank you for inviting our studio to be a part of the October issue. I loved the diversity of ideas regarding recitals. One thing I love about your magazine is that it reminds me that I am not alone in this wonderful business of teaching dance.

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November 2011 | Mail

Words from our readers You put together more practical content than all of the dance magazines combined. Thank you for your passion and spirit. Victoria Hunt Highland Dance Academy Sammamish, WA Thank you so much for the features on my products in your August edition. I had a very good month in August thanks to you.…

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