September 2017 | Competitions and Conventions

Competitions and Conventions

September 2017 | Volume 22 | Issue 7 | Buy a copy

It takes courage to stand before others who sit in judgment. Whether on the competition stage or in convention classes, dance students dare to share their art and their hearts with complete strangers. Exhilarating and emotional, these events test our beloved students in so many ways. This season, may they soar.

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

On the cover: Madisyn Brillo (Carlsbad Dance Centre) and Elisse Chow (Evoke Dance Movement) at MOVE Productions national finals 2013. Photo by Kit Chow, Jakrel Photography


On My Mind | Words from the publisher.

New Year, New You
Karen White
The XX Files
Heather Wisner

Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Can Your Students Tell Modern From Contemporary?
Amber Perkins

Tips for Tap Teachers | Take the Shuffle From Simple to Complex
Thelma Goldberg

Tips for Preschool Teachers | Performance Prep
Susan Bennett 

Taking Care of Business | Four Steps to Setting and Reaching Your Goals
Teri Mangiaratti 

Teacher Tune-Up | Keeping Current
Sandi Duncan

Ask Rhee Gold | Advice for dance teachers
Choreographer contracts
The hows and whys of class placement


FYI | What’s up in the dance community
Giordano Foundation Holds Benefit
Naharin to Vacate Artistic Director Post
Club’s Training Program Marks 75th Year
Peabody Dance: From Dalcroze to Degree

Media Hub | Onscreen, on the page, and online
Rebels on Pointe
Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance
Joffrey Elite

In My Humble Opinion | Better Behavior = Better Conventions
Erik Saradpon

Studio Style | Dance Images Dance & Music Center
Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces.
Heather Turbeville 

Competition Zone | A New Awareness of Age-Appropriateness
Karen White

Collective Wisdom | Ideas and advice from teachers
Classroom Connection: Pre-Class Prep
Classroom Connection: Four-Step Formula

Did You Know? | Kate Harpootlian


Tune In, Turn Off
by Melissa Hoffman
The benefits of finding a work–life balance.

Talk Therapy
by Maureen Janson
How to prepare for challenging questions and difficult conversations.

Competitions and Conventions
A Day in the Life of Joffrey Elite
by Joseph Carman
The pre-professional dance team takes the competition stage.

Agree to Agree
by Tiffany R. Jansen
Write a studio agreement you and your competitive students can live with.

Rules of Engagement
by Lea Marshall
Defining—and enforcing—ethical competition behavior.

Grand Tour
by Kay Waters
The unconventional history of dance conventions.

Dances on Demand
by Rita Felciano
How to stay fresh when you’re choreographing multiple dances a year.