Posts Tagged ‘costumes’

Choreography Conundrum

Do songs move you? Or are you captured by costumes? compiled by Debra Danese When it’s time to choreograph, we all look for the idea that will spark our creativity. Inspiration doesn’t always come quickly—or easily. Here at Dance Studio Life we noticed that when it comes to recital choreography, some teachers start with a…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Become a Classroom Zen Master

by Susan Bennett We think of a Zen master as a wise and hyperaware person who brings goodness and joy, practices deep contemplation, and has great insight. With the following tips, such mastery in the preschool dance classroom can be yours. Contemplate deeply what is developmentally appropriate for your preschool students. A master teacher should…

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Road Trip—With Kids

Group travel is an adventure. Plan ahead and leave the headaches at home. by Chris Koseluk Organizers at Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios, based in North Andover, Massachusetts, faced the mother of all travel nightmares in 2016 when a Lufthansa pilot strike grounded 197 dancers, parents, and coaches set to leave for the IDO World Tap…

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Taking Care of Business | Ban the “Can’t Afford It” Blues

by Teri Mangiaratti “I can’t afford it.” We often default to this refrain when deciding whether to buy new equipment, take a vacation, hire staff, sign a new lease, or make any other expensive change. And yes—at times we can’t afford what we want. But other times we can with the help of research and…

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Dollars, Cents & Due Diligence | You Need a Business Plan—and Here’s Why

by Bruce Lubatkin Don’t have a business plan? You’re not alone. Yet a business financial plan—also called a profit and loss statement (P&L) or simply a budget—is a crucial tool for small business owners. If used vigilantly, it will help you monitor and improve your studio’s financial health.   Why do I need a business…

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2018 Dance Studio Life Generous Heart Awards

Join us in saluting dance humanitarians making a real difference Generosity permeates the dance education industry. You don’t have to look far to see a studio owner absorbing tuition costs for a needy student, a teacher missing a family gathering to attend an important rehearsal, or studio families stepping up to help another family in…

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Competition Zone | Getting Tough With Team Drama

by Joan F. Smith Mama drama might garner high ratings for reality television series, but nobody wants to experience it in real life. Louise Taitz, owner/artistic director of On Your Toes Academy of Dance in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, co-founder of Dance Teachers Forum, and competition judge, stops drama before it starts by setting (and upholding)…

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FYI | Ballet in a Box Takes Dance on the Road

What’s up in the dance community All kids should experience dance, Redondo Ballet founder Francesca Stern believes, so she and company co-artistic director Donna Perkins created Ballet in a Box: boxes containing all the elements—leotards, tights, costumes, shoes, music, story, and accessories—to stage a Redondo Ballet dance. Boxes are gifted to underserved children, whether dance…

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Package Deal

Bundling fees can make studio life simpler by Tiffany R. Jansen Dance training is many things, but free isn’t one of them—there are fees for costumes, competitions, team attire, recital tickets, and photos, to name a few. Which means you may be spending lots of time invoicing, chasing, and collecting payment. Now imagine switching from…

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The Anatomy of a Recital Postmortem

Your recital may be over, but don’t bury it just yet by Tiffany R. Jansen Pulling off a successful recital feels great, but there is nearly always room for improvement. That’s why it’s a good idea to break down your most recent recital shortly after it’s done to determine what worked, what didn’t, and how…

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Editor Speak: The 15-Minute Recital

“Families, come on in,” said my daughter’s dance teacher, giving us her beautiful smile. I peeked into the studio and saw kids adjusting ribbon skirts and neck kerchiefs. “Costumes!” I said in surprise. “Aren’t costumes the whole point?” asked another mother, grinning. I didn’t expect costumes that April afternoon because this wasn’t a recital—just a…

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October 2011 | Don’t Sew? So What?

I attend several recitals per year. I know how much effort every studio owner puts into the details of the show, whether it’s a big extravaganza or a concert-setting performance. You agonize over the selection of music, costumes, and scenery. Everything should go smoothly, especially since you planned everything so carefully.

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2 Piece Costume?

She’s 12 years old, loves to dance and feels confident because she’s pretty good at it. Teacher makes the choice to put the girl’s class in a 2-piece costume.. . girl is too big for a 2-piece costume.

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Dancing With the Spirits

“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, preserve us Good Lord!” implored a medieval Scottish prayer. Perhaps this sentiment was understandable in an era when life was more frightening and much shorter than in the present. Today, however, people seem to seek out a good scare, and Halloween, with its ghosts, witches, monsters, and black cats, is more popular than ever. Can dance studios take advantage of this popularity by attracting audiences to Halloween-themed shows?

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Put Some Show in Your Biz

As you start thinking about your school’s annual holiday show, you’re probably focusing on interesting choreography and entertaining ideas. But how about some spectacular props and costumes? Putting the “show in your biz” doesn’t need to be an expensive venture if you are creative.

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Costumes Like a Pro

Recital season comes with what most school owners consider to be one big headache: costumes. If the mere mention of the word makes you want to hide in the nearest closet, it’s time to revamp your approach to purchasing and distributing costumes. With some forethought and organization, outfitting your students for your school’s annual show can be a pleasure and not a pain.

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Recitals on a Shoestring

When it comes to recital time, do you dream about putting on that perfect fantasy production? Well, think again—it might actually be the right time to consider cutting back. “Cut back!” you say. “Forget it! Last year’s recital was really good and I am going to have to do something to top it.” But cutting back on recital expenses might be the best business move you could ever make.

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Ballet Scene | Tutus and Tiaras

The vivid imaginative power of children is plainly visible when they dress up as fairies, monsters, or ballerinas. Yet among these fantasies, the dream of being a ballerina has the potential to become a reality. Roxey Ballet’s Tutus and Tiaras program aims to introduce children to storytelling and ballet, revealing some of the magic behind the curtain. It helps children to understand that the incredibly graceful dancer under that beautiful or fanciful costume is a real person. And it helps the dancers continue their professional development.

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Common Ground | Dancing Behind the Scenes

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Shakespeare’s famous line from A Midsummer Night’s Dream applies easily to those of us whose true love is dance. Though you may begin your study of dance at age 5 with visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy dancing in your head, you may discover, at 20, that ballet is no longer your thing and you’ve fallen in love with lighting design. Many paths wind through the dance world that do not involve choreographing or performing dance. Weighing in on these “alternative” dance careers are several experts who tell us how they got started, what they like most and least, and what to keep in mind if your own path points in one of these directions.

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On My Mind | December 2007

What does the holiday season mean to dance teachers? For many the Nutcracker season is in full swing, while others are rehearsing for that special holiday performance. Some are frantically getting their costume orders together and others are locked in their studios trying to get their competition choreography looking halfway decent before the first time out. For these teachers, the few days they will have off this holiday season won’t come quickly enough—or last long enough.

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Closets Full of Costumes

Ask studio owners to name one of the most time-consuming tasks they face and they’re likely to say, “Costumes!” There’s a lot on a school owner’s plate when it comes to putting on a performance.

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