Posts Tagged ‘Bonner Odell’

Performing Outside the Box

Year-end alternatives to the traditional dance recital by Bonner Odell Annual dance recitals are near-sacred rituals in the dance world. They’re milestones for young dancers—opportunities to showcase their progress, work with their classmates as a team, and hone their performance skills. But recitals can also be stressful and expensive for studio staff and families alike.…

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A Culture of Kindness, by and for Kids

National Wingman for Dance empowers students to create a welcoming environment by Bonner Odell Every seasoned dance teacher knows what it’s like to face a less-than-ideal group dynamic in the studio. Whether the challenge is de-escalating drama, incorporating a new or shy student, or assimilating a dancer with learning differences, teachers may be unsure how to…

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March-April 2011 | Assert Yourself!

Picture yourself in this scenario: It’s recital day. You arrive nice and early at the performing arts center your studio rented on the local high school campus. When you finally hunt down the facility manager (who said he would meet you in the lobby at noon), you learn that he neglected to mention a little detail when you booked the space. High school graduation will be happening in the gym at the same time as the recital.

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October 2010 | Beginning Ballet, Big Ambition

“It’s never too late to live your dream.” Ask an adult who always wanted to be a ballet dancer but never had the training, and you are likely to hear that ballet is one realm where this rosy maxim doesn’t apply.

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July 2010 | Hip-Hop With a Handshake

If you want to start a business from scratch, be wary of partnering with someone you have not known for a long time. That’s advice that studio owner Heidie Sharpe heard more than once—from her family, her friends, her business planner, her tax attorney.

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May-June 2010 | Higher-Ed Voice | Dance Diplomats

What dancer doesn’t dream of traveling the world, pursuing a dance dream to exotic parts of the globe? Such experiences aren’t reserved only for those lucky few who dance professionally for international touring companies. In reality, a whole world (no pun intended) of opportunities exists to pursue a love of dance abroad through cross-cultural dance research.

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For Love of the Body

Perhaps dance studio owners would do well to start posting the following disclaimer on their front doors: “Warning: Dance can change the course of your life.” It’s a truth that Marjie Major, a physical-therapist-turned-studio-owner in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, can attest to firsthand. Prescribed ballet classes at age 3 to correct her severely turned-in hips, Major developed a fascination for the human body through dance that started her on a career path in rehabilitation. She never imagined it would one day lead her straight back to the studio.

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Higher-Ed Voice | Making the Leap to Academia

It’s a thought on the minds of more dance studio teachers these days than ever before: “Maybe I should get into college teaching.” At a time when small businesses are taking a financial hit and funding for professional dance companies is waning, more and more artists, students, and instructors are looking to colleges for career opportunities in dance. Some are lured by the prospect of artistic rigor, others by the opportunity to work with pre-professional dancers. Still others seek access to resources for art making: student repertory companies to set work on, studio space, technology.

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