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You’re Out!

How to keep your studio running smoothly when you take time off by Jennifer Rienert Opening a dance studio, being your own boss, and creating your own work schedule is a dream come true for so many dance educators. But being the boss can also mean that the business relies on you to an exorbitant…

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Dancing at Disney

What to know before you go by Debbie Werbrouck Your kids are happy with the performing opportunities you provide: an annual recital, maybe a spring show or competition season, appearances at community events. But what if your students could perform in the Happiest Place on Earth? The Disney Performing Arts Program provides in-park educational workshops,…

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A Place in the Sun

Use summer camps to boost studio revenue and enrollment by MaryBeth Kemp Ah, summer! For many people, it’s the season of taking it easy. That’s certainly not the case at dance studios that fill their summer schedules with dynamic and creative camp programs. Traditionally, studios mimicked the public school year: open September to June, closed…

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Geography of Ballet

A historical overview of ballet’s beginnings by Joseph Carman Who can take credit for ballet? Many people believe ballet to be a French invention, but the history of this art form is actually much more interesting and complicated than that. Ballet’s hub shifted from one century to the next, and European schools profoundly influenced one…

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Pep in Their Steps

Latin Ballet of Virginia boosts student confidence with Be Proud of Yourself program by Lea Marshall When Ana Ines King moved from Colombia to Richmond, Virginia, in 1994, her daughter was just 11 years old. The transition was hard for them both—neither spoke English when they arrived—but King’s daughter found it particularly difficult. The only…

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The Price of Rights

Learn to navigate music licensing by Chris Koseluk Can you imagine dance classes without music? The tunes that fill the studio as your students’ feet hit the floor are necessary tools of the trade. But studio owners and teachers should know there is a cost. You are legally obligated to obtain permission for the songs…

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Ballet Beyond Borders

Montana dance festival has global reach by Bonner Odell The snow-capped mountains surrounding Missoula, Montana, might seem like a surprising backdrop to a dance festival featuring some of the world’s most elite dancers and teachers. But Missoula is the birthplace of the Vienna International Ballet Experience USA (VIBE USA), which last year alone drew more…

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In a World

World of Dance unites global community through events and media by Ryan P. Casey Most dancers will tell you that they can’t scroll through social media sites without seeing videos of stylishly dressed dance troupes showing off their best moves to today’s hit music. Currently, more than 5,000 of these videos are from World of…

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Learning Language, Step by Step

Dance Another the World teaches English through dance by Lea Marshall Maybe learning English is easier when you’re dancing instead of sitting in a classroom. Dawn Mann made this surprising discovery in 2008, when she was teaching English as a second language (ESL) at Dong Thap University in Cao Lanh, Vietnam. “My background’s in classical…

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Falling Back in Love With Your Studio

What to do when the going gets rough by Julie Erika Lawton All dance studio owners experience heart-wrenching lows in their careers: the stress of owning a small business, long work weeks, and challenging moments with students and parents are just some of the contributing factors. Occasionally, bad times and tough luck can lead studio…

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Curtain Up | Scout the competition scene with our comprehensive guide

From winter competitions to summer national galas to fall intensives, there are exciting learning and growing opportunities for dancers of any age. In our annual listing, you’ll find the right fit from among nearly 125 competitions and conventions, ranging from old favorites to intriguing new options.

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Dance With Destiny

Milk Carton on a String changes its students’—and its founder’s—lives Introduction by Alaina Leary Photos and captions by Caroline Poppell Shortly after a massive earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, Caroline Poppell—who was pursuing a dance career in New York City at the time—took a mission trip to the country, an experience that rocked her world.…

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Dancing for Darby

  Parents’ loss becomes dance world’s gain by Maureen Janson Valerie Jones travels the country attending dance recitals; in the spring of 2017 alone, the Huntsville, Alabama, resident saw 10 different recitals in 6 different states. But in each dark auditorium, she waits for one dance in particular: the one performed by students with special…

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A Community Takes Care of Its Own

Dance world comes together for an awards show like no other by Tamsin Nutter Dateline: Hollywood. The red carpet buzzed as women in floor-length gowns and men in sharp suits posed for photographers before filtering into the historic Avalon Theater. It was a typical La-La Land scene, but this event—the 2017 Industry Dance Awards &…

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Mia Michaels’ Next Move

Choreographer shares her skills—and her philosophy—in online subscription series by Karen White It might seem utterly unbelievable, but there was a time when Mia Michaels questioned whether she knew how to make a dance. She did know, of course. In fact, choreography came so easily to Michaels that she figured she must be doing something…

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ABCs in Action, From Apple to Zigzag

Inspire young dancers with this alphabet of playful images Now I know my ABCs, next time won’t you dance with me? A major accomplishment for many children is learning their ABCs. Once they’ve mastered these 26 letters, children are on their way to words—which, in turn, lead to songs and stories, ideas and imagination. But…

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What a Concept!

Rhiannon Archerelle’s Ballet Concepts class reframes classical training by Mary Ellen Hunt Initially, Rhiannon Archerelle’s Ballet Concepts class—which weaves together several strands of dance education, including history, anatomy, somatic practice, improvisation, and choreography—was designed to engage students who didn’t particularly enjoy taking ballet. Archerelle, 39, first developed the class while she was teaching at The…

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The Manly Arts

Focus turns to male dancers at National Dance Education Organization symposium by Ryan P. Casey The sprawling hills and lush greenery of Morgantown, West Virginia, served as the backdrop for “Men in Dance: Bridging the Gap,” the first symposium sponsored by the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) to focus on male participation in dance. Approximately…

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Bolshoi Ballet on the Big Screen

Using live performance cinema as a teaching tool by Joseph Carman Few experiences educate a dancer like seeing an inspiring program of live dance. When a budding ballerina witnesses a world-class ballerina dancing onstage, a dream crystallizes. Second to that, seeing one of the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema productions, broadcast from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre into…

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Hip-Hop Toolbox

21 basic moves to know & teach by Samara Atkins Every dance genre has a basic vocabulary of widely recognized steps or moves. Hip-hop is no different, although it doesn’t have codified curriculums. There are moves that most hip-hop dancers consider essential to their repertoire and which hip-hop teachers, therefore, should have in their teaching…

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A Little Friendly Competition

  Professional association unites industry businesses for the good of all by Kay Waters Multi-city dance conventions and competitions have been around since the 1950s (see “Grand Tour,” September 2017). The dance convention and competition industry hasn’t, however, consistently had a professional association that could bring together competition directors to discuss shared interests. The Association…

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10 Ideas to Keep Your Recital Running Smoothly

by Mary Constantine-Nelson Want a smoother, less stressful recital? Who doesn’t? Here are 10 tips to try. 1. Be positive. Have fun! It may sound trivial, but make up your mind to be positive. Even if stressful situations prevent you from truly enjoying yourself, be a good actor and remain upbeat. Your attitude will influence…

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Package Deal

Bundling fees can make studio life simpler by Tiffany R. Jansen Dance training is many things, but free isn’t one of them—there are fees for costumes, competitions, team attire, recital tickets, and photos, to name a few. Which means you may be spending lots of time invoicing, chasing, and collecting payment. Now imagine switching from…

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The Anatomy of a Recital Postmortem

Your recital may be over, but don’t bury it just yet by Tiffany R. Jansen Pulling off a successful recital feels great, but there is nearly always room for improvement. That’s why it’s a good idea to break down your most recent recital shortly after it’s done to determine what worked, what didn’t, and how…

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Media Hub | New Work Created at the Pillow

New Work Created at the Pillow This Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive playlist features clips of performances by artists who created work at Jacob’s Pillow over the course of its nearly 85-year history. Includes Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc.; Trisha Brown Dance Company; and Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers. Available at danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/playlists.

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