January 2018 | The Language of Dance

The Language of Dance

January 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 1 | Buy a copy

Dance moves us because it speaks to us. We respond to the formal structure and grace of ballet, the community connection of ethnic dance, the brawn and animation of hip-hop. Whatever the spoken language of the dancer, the dance asks us, “Are you alive? Do you feel? Shall you join?” Yes, yes, and yes.

Throughout the month of January, we’ll be publishing selected stories online, with most content available by February 1.

On the cover: Jordan Young dances with Afriky Lolo, a West African dance company based in St Louis, Missouri, under the direction of Diadie Bathily. Photo by Benjamin Gandhi-Shepard.


On My Mind | Words from the publisher.

The Language of Dance
Heather Wisner
The Sad Tale of the Stolen Props
Karen White

Tips for Tap Teachers | Three-Sound & Four-Sound Cramp Rolls
Thelma Goldberg

Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Classroom Improv
Amber Perkins 

Tips for Preschool Teachers | Teaching Global Dance
Susan Bennett

Taking Care of Business | Five Steps to Stepping Back
Teri Mangiaratti 

Teacher Tune-Up | Who Am I?
Sandi Duncan

Ask Rhee Gold | Advice for dance teachers.
Parents who don’t get along
The importance of being on time
Selling your studio


FYI | What’s up in the dance community.
Record-Breaking Tutu Raises Funds
Puerto Rican Studio Is a Good Neighbor After Hurricane Hits
Illinois Student Achieves Rare Cecchetti Status
De Mille Muse Gemze de Lappe Dies

Media Hub | Onscreen, on the page, and online.
Bare Feet
Inside the Dancer’s Art
The Paris Opera
The Tap Love Tour podcast

Competition Zone | Nonconforming Contemporary
Amber Perkins

Studio Style | Boston Ballet School Newton Studio
Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces.
Heather Turbeville

Did You Know? | History Connection
Smitten With Astaire

Collective Wisdom | Ideas and advice from teachers.
Classroom Connection: We’ve Got Spirit
Classroom Connection: Teacher, May I?

The Language of Dance
In a World
by Ryan P. Casey
World of Dance unites global community through events and media.

Ballet Beyond Borders
by Bonner Odell
Montana dance festival has global reach.

Geography of Ballet
by Joseph Carman
A historical overview of ballet’s beginnings.

Pep in Their Steps
by Lea Marshall
Latin Ballet of Virginia boosts student confidence with Be Proud of Yourself

The Price of Rights
by Chris Koseluk
Learn to navigate music licensing.

Contemporary Cool
Show off your flair with contemporary costumes and trendy backdrops.