Posts Tagged ‘Heather Turbeville’

From the Heart

Tales of largesse and kindness were DSL mainstays by Heather Turbeville Above a childlike drawing of a dancer onstage are the words “The stage is like a second home for me.” The author of this statement is Amy, a student in Dance Another World, which teaches English through dance to nonnative speakers. Her grasp of…

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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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EditorSpeak | A Pretty Good Magazine

“Just reading through the August magazine, and thinking that we put out a pretty good magazine.” Tamsin Nutter, DSL associate editor, made that comment one July afternoon. She was one of five editors, an art designer, and a production manager still here as DSL wound down to its end. Because of the months-in-advance work schedule…

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Studio Style | Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces

Dance Innovations Dance Center by Heather Turbeville Recital season is one of the most hectic and stressful times of the year for studio owners. As if regular show prep pressures weren’t enough, the day before her recital in June 2016, Katie Fitzpatrick’s landlord dropped a bomb on her: he would not be renewing her lease.…

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Wearing It Well | Clients Are Sold on Seasonal Show Rental Program

by Heather Turbeville What’s better than a holiday show with Sugar Plum fairies, penguins, and peppermint patties? A holiday show that doesn’t require students to buy all of those costumes. All 200 students at Dance With Miss Lindsay in Palm Springs, California, rent costumes that range from T-shirts and leggings to platter tutus with sequined…

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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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Editor Speak | The Pain of Pointe

I’ve been carrying a chip on my shoulder for more than 30 years, and it has to do with dancing on pointe, or rather, stumbling around the dance studio in pointe shoes. When classes began the fall I was 10 years old, my ballet teacher made an announcement that came as a surprise: we were…

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Wearing It Well | Costume Cleaning Tips from The Line Up

by Heather Turbeville Let’s be honest. What do your students’ dance costumes smell like after a performance? What about after three or four performances? And what stains have the garments accumulated—makeup, self tanner, permanent marker? But you can’t wash those sequined leggings or that rhinestone-studded biketard, can you? Yes, you can. According to Deb Erickson,…

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Studio Style | Southwest Synergy Dance

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Southwest Synergy Dance is not just a dance studio. According to studio owner and artistic director Connie O’Reel, it’s also a comfortable, safe, and fun place to be. This focus on family friendliness guided the build-out of the studio’s new space a few years ago.   A…

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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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Editor Speak | Improvisation and Inspiration

The modern dance classes I took as a child started with every dancer taking a turn in the circle, improvising to whatever word the teacher called out—red, bumblebee, wooden. I loved it. In high school, I improvised a 30-second or so solo at winter guard competitions, flag and all. But now, the word “improvisation” and…

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Studio Style | LoMastro Performing Arts Academy

Makeovers, renovations and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Stick with what works. That’s the philosophy that Loren LoMastro Specht, owner/director of LoMastro Performing Arts Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, has followed in all of her studio build-outs. Since 2007 LoMastro Performing Arts Academy has offered dance classes, including ballet, pointe, contemporary/modern, jazz, tap, and conditioning,…

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Studio Style | Dreams Dance Academy

Dreams Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville Growing pains. They aren’t just muscle aches that wake up kids in the middle of the night. Jenny O’Brien’s Dreams Dance Academy experienced growing pains almost from the beginning. Located in St. Charles, Illinois, Dreams Dance Academy offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, contemporary, modern,…

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Studio Style | Dance Images Dance & Music Center

Makeovers, renovations, and dream spaces by Heather Turbeville Dance requires an array of skills, such as balance, coordination, and great timing. These skills also come in handy when you’re managing a dance studio renovation. Dance Images Dance & Music Center, located in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, has been serving students just under 3 years…

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Studio Style | West Valley Dance Academy

West Valley Dance Academy by Heather Turbeville What’s the best way to approach a build-out for your brand-new dance studio? If you’re Lisa Tran—a dancer who has a civil engineering degree and a husband who works as an electrical engineer—you do most of it yourself. “I think [having engineering degrees] definitely influenced our decision to…

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August 2016 | EditorSpeak

“The Teachers in My Village”: It takes a village to raise a child, the proverb says. As I type these words, it’s the last week of school—recitals over, summer stretching ahead—but when they appear in print, it will be August and time to gear up for the fall. At both times in the year, my mind dwells on my village, and especially on the teachers.

“New Season’s Greetings”: This is the time of year when we welcome students back into the dance studio. The new school season is also an apt time to reflect, as Tamsin does above, on the value of teachers—and, I would add, support staff.

To that end, among the stories in this issue designed to help you make the most of the new season, you’ll find one about best practices for teacher evaluation, compensation, and pay increases, and another about studio owners who delegate tasks and programs—social media and marketing, children’s birthday parties, preschool programs, staff recognition, and more—to paid support staff positions.

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