On My Mind | The end of an era

Words from the publisher

This July marks 14 years since we launched Dance Studio Life magazine. Skeptics told me that a print magazine for dance teachers wouldn’t fly, but my gut told me to go for it. Dance education is one of the greatest professions in the world, and I knew that with a magazine I could share inspirational stories and offer insights that would help teachers grow as mentors and leaders, and encourage studio owners to confidently strive for business success.

Photo by Mim Adkins

DSL has not only survived, but thrived! Between Goldrush (the magazine’s initial name) and Dance Studio Life, our team of talented editors, writers, designers, salespersons, and support staff has published more than 129 issues.

Yet now it is time for change. It’s no secret that print publications face many challenges in this increasingly digital world. We have considered several options, but relaunching the brand in a digital format would require huge investments in time, staffing, and finances—and no guarantees.

After months of soul-searching and a personal desire to slow down, I have made the decision that the October 2018 Dance Studio Life will be the final issue. This special issue will feature a look back at the poignant stories and important people who filled our pages these past 14 years. I invite our advertisers to join in this celebration of our supporters, columnists, readers, and our art.

Although the October issue will be the end of an era, I know that DSL has made a difference in the dance education field, and that my mission of encouraging and inspiring educators and studio owners will continue through I.D.E.A., the DanceLife Teacher Conference, and the DanceLife Retreat Center.

I look forward to sharing some of our future endeavors with all of you in our October issue. Thank you to the DSL editors, writers, and management team, as well as our advertisers, who made this all possible. I appreciate your continued support as we make this transition.

Enjoy the journey!