July 2018 | Holiday Shows + Choreography

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


On My Mind | Words from the publisher.

Are My Kids Safe at Your Studio?
Tamsin Nutter
Learning to Love Dance
Karen White

Tips for Tap Teachers | Pre-Tap for Preschoolers
Thelma Goldberg

Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Stretch, Strengthen, and Share Weight
Amber Perkins

Tips for Preschool Teachers | Jump on the Beat
Susan Bennett

In My Humble Opinion | Scared of Babies? Don’t Be.
Andrea Ekmark

Taking Care of Business | Five Steps to Managing Marketing
Teri Mangiaratti

Teacher Tune-Up | Create
Sandi Duncan

Ask Rhee Gold | Advice for dance teachers.
Keeping your recital short and sweet
Asking for a raise
Announcing the sale of your studio


FYI | What’s up in the dance community.
Teacher Training Focuses on Ballet Technique
Pillow Unearths Dance Treasures
Dancing in the Lumberyard
RDA Leadership Shifts

Media Hub | Onscreen, on the page, and online.
Dance With Miss Kim
The Creative Formula
Tallulah’s Nutcracker
Tap Heat

Competition Zone | B – I – N – G – O
Joan F. Smith

Wearing It Well | Clients Are Sold on Seasonal Show Rental Program
Heather Turbeville

Did You Know? | Dance History Quiz
A mainstay of three music shows
A dance arranger’s job
The drama of Nureyev
Garth Fagan’s questionable decision
Jose Greco on the big screen
America’s national dance
Martha Graham’s designer
Onscreen dance training master

Collective Wisdom | Ideas and advice from teachers.
Choreography Assistants

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.

Creative Casting
by Jeanne Palmer-Fornarola
Schools attract publicity and create community by filling Nutcracker non-dancing roles with local celebrities.

Holiday Hype
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. 

Seasonal Showtime
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.

Delicate Dance
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
Tamsin Nutter 

Em’s Spotlight | Letting New Dancers Shine
Heather Wisner

Patti Rutland Jazz | Making the Most of a Second Chance
Alaina Leary