Posts Tagged ‘advice’

Words of Wisdom

A 23-columnist salute to 11 years of ideas, insight, and inspiration by Tamsin Nutter Some days you just need a little advice and encouragement—whether on preschoolers, degagés, or taxes—to pin on the staff bulletin board or mull over in the bathtub at night, from a trusted friend who’s been there, done that, and understands exactly…

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Variations on a Theme

Recital themes open up creative possibilities—and can be super fun for everyone by Karen White To theme or not to theme? Many studio educators ponder that question when recital planning time rolls around. Some believe recital themes are limiting and shy away, while others might feel their previous attempts at themes fell flat and weren’t…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Different rates for different work

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, You talk about hiring directors for different programs like preschool or summer sessions, but how can a studio owner afford to pay an hourly teaching rate to a teacher functioning as a director? Should I hire an outside person who could be paid less? Your input would be appreciated.…

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Ask Rhee Gold | No-text policy

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, Is it OK for parents to contact dance teachers through text messages? I feel like I am at work 24/7 because there are messages waiting for me when I wake up, and more messages come in all day and night. I never have the chance to fully get away…

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Studio Style | Performer’s Edge Dance Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville What do you do when your studio is bursting at the seams near the happiest place on earth? Performer’s Edge Dance Center (PEDC) built an entirely new space. The studio, which serves approximately 500 students with Mom & Me, combo, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, acro, contemporary,…

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Ask Rhee Gold | A passion for dance, at any size

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I have a student who has sized out of all the costume companies’ charts. She has been with me since she was a baby and is only 13 years old. She loves to dance, but I don’t know what to do if she registers again this year. Should I…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Stepping back

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I am proud to have made it through many trials and tribulations during 27 years of studio ownership. My business has been a godsend, and I love that I have created a special studio community where 200 kids feel safe. Although I see myself continuing to run the business…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Saying no to perks for friends

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I’m a new studio owner. Many of my students are the children of parents who are my friends or people I grew up with. In the beginning, I thought I was lucky to have all this support from people who cared about me. But as I enter my business’…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: The Mirror and Me

Ideas & advice from teachers The mirror is one of a dance teacher’s most prized tools and a student’s best friend. Teachers use it while demonstrating to observe students’ technique and behavior, and students can keep an eye on what their bodies—and those of their classmates—are doing right or wrong. Unfortunately, the mirror is so…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Keeping your recital short and sweet

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I just finished my 27th recital and should be thrilled, but I know my clients were upset. The show was almost four hours long. It’s time for a change, but I need some advice about how others do it. As it is now, my show consists of all the…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Choreography Assistants

Ideas & advice from teachers Between dances for recital and competition, dance teachers often choreograph 20 or more pieces in a year—a number that can be overwhelming. It’s often a challenge to find the inspiration you need to create unique pieces. After a while, you feel that all your dances look the same. When I’m…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Focus on the positive

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I am in my seventh season of studio ownership, but the past couple of years have not been easy. The business has grown so much that the studio has moved into larger spaces twice. My faculty is up to 21, with 6 office employees. All that is good, but…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Staying in the know

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, After 26 years of owning my studio, I have stepped back from being at the studio every day. I enjoy doing my daily office work in my home office where I am not distracted by all the goings-on when the studio is in full swing. Yet I’m starting to…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Creating new opportunities for students

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I’ve been in business for 17 years. Lately I have been losing students because they want more than a weekly class, but can’t or don’t want to make the commitment to our competitive team program. They feel they have gone as far as they can go. Is there something…

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Handing Over the Keys

Maybe the best buyer for your studio is right under your nose by Chris Koseluk Owning and operating a dance studio was your career goal. It took years of work, struggle, and sacrifice, but you did it—and you’re proud of it. But nothing lasts forever, and the day may come when you realize it’s time…

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Studio Style | BPM Dance Complex

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Sometimes all the stars align. “Everything fell into place,” Blake Piatczyc says of launching his dance school, BPM Dance Complex. “That’s how I know that this thing was meant to be.” But Piatczyc, a professional dancer, began the journey toward studio ownership in an inauspicious way: he…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Changing with the times

Advice for Dance Teachers Hello Rhee, I remember that you spoke years ago at Project Motivate about how teachers can assure that their male students look masculine by having them do the same arm positions as the girls, but with fists instead of feminine hands and such. When I judge, I often comment on this,…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Thank-you card etiquette

Advice for Dance Teachers Hi Rhee, This year I started working at a new studio, and was overwhelmed with gifts at Christmas. I spent almost two hours writing thank-you notes, then started to panic about forgetting someone or overlooking a gift, and maybe causing offense. In one small class I received gifts from all students…

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Steps Toward Creation

Budding choreographers learn basics in choreography class by Joseph Carman Jessica Totaro had taught for three years at Dance for Joy studio in Brielle, New Jersey, when she decided she wanted to pass on the choreographic skills that she had honed while earning her BFA at Rutgers University. Totaro approached studio owner Kimberly Houli about…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Prop Playtime

Ideas and advice from teachers Props add excitement and spark imagination—and can serve as a much-needed energy release—in classes of children ages 2 and a half to 5. Ribbons. At the beginning of class, dancers visit my ribbon wall to select a prop, which they wave as they move about to familiar music. Beginning class…

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Ask Rhee Gold | New Music Choices

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, I’m frustrated and want to pick your brain about music. I spend endless hours making it easy for my staff to choose fun and interesting music for recital dances. I research new music every week. I set up Spotify playlists and provide Kindles in every classroom with playlists for…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Selling Your Studio

Advice for Dance Teachers Hi Rhee, I have been teaching for 42 years and I’m ready to retire. I have a beautiful studio in the center of a very nice town. My teachers love to teach but no one wants to take over. Is there any procedure to follow? I am not sure where to…

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Ask Rhee Gold | The Importance of Being on Time

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, I have been teaching for 25 years, and I’ve owned my studio for four and a half years. I’ve become increasingly concerned that parents don’t seem to be aware of the importance of bringing their children to class on time. This year, tardiness is at an all-time high. At…

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Studio Style | Boston Ballet School Newton Studio

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville “It’s a dream come true,” says Tamara King, principal of Boston Ballet School’s new Newton, Massachusetts, studio, which opened in September. It’s not hard to see why she loves the space. At 26,550 square feet, it has seven studios, state-of-the-art HVAC and acoustic systems, high-end fixtures, and…

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