Holiday Shows + Choreography
July 2018 | Volume 23 | Issue 5 | Buy a copy
After the chaotic rehearsals and costume complications, bad weather cancellations and panicked moments, sour moods (your studio parents), and sore feet (your own), the curtain rises on your holiday show. Oh, joy! Contrary children turn into angels—literally—and past struggles fade as goodwill envelopes all. This magic—that is your gift.
Throughout July, we’ll be publishing selected stories online, with most content available by August 1.
On the cover: photo by Stephen Jennings
Are My Kids Safe at Your Studio?
Learning to Love Dance
Tips for Tap Teachers | Pre-Tap for Preschoolers
Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Stretch, Strengthen, and Share Weight
Tips for Preschool Teachers | Jump on the Beat
In My Humble Opinion | Scared of Babies? Don’t Be.
Taking Care of Business | Five Steps to Managing Marketing
Teacher Tune-Up | Create
Ask Rhee Gold | Advice for dance teachers.
Keeping your recital short and sweet
Asking for a raise
Announcing the sale of your studio
Competition Zone | B – I – N – G – O
Joan F. Smith
Wearing It Well | Clients Are Sold on Seasonal Show Rental Program
Did You Know? | Dance History Quiz
Collective Wisdom | Ideas and advice from teachers.
Ideas Merry and Bright
A Nutcracker to Call Your Own
by Casey C. Davenport
When it comes to creative inspiration, there’s no place like home.
by Jeanne Palmer-Fornarola
Schools attract publicity and create community by filling Nutcracker non-dancing roles with local celebrities.
by Chris Koseluk
Fun promotions catch customers’ attention during the hectic holiday season.
A Camp With Character
by Michelle Wurtz
Girls, boys—and dads—ease into ballet through Nutcracker camps.
Unwrap these new holiday costumes and backdrops.
Movement With a Message
by Joseph Carman
In creating her socially aware choreography, Jessica Starr starts with her students’ stories.
by Heather Wisner
A teacher’s recital choreography isn’t working. Now what?
2018 Dance Studio Life Generous Heart Awards
Dancers Against Cancer | Personal Stories Move Organizers to Action
Em’s Spotlight | Letting New Dancers Shine
Patti Rutland Jazz | Making the Most of a Second Chance