Posts Tagged ‘hip hop’

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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Culture Shock

What happened while you were reading DSL? Plenty. by Karen White Blink your eyes, and 14 years have gone by. Technological and cultural developments over the past decade and a half have had an undeniable impact on the dance education industry, the jobs we do, and the kids we teach. Let’s stroll back in time…

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The Boys of Temecula

Cross-training, pro mentors, and motivation are a winning mix for Temecula Dance Company’s male dancers by Joseph Carman “Don’t make it look like step aerobics,” hip-hop choreographer and teacher Erik Saradpon shouts over “Uptown Funk.” “The dip is on 7. Zap the arms vertically from the armpit.” The male students—38 in this particular rehearsal—ace the…

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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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FYI | Jazz History Unspools in Transmission

What’s up in the dance community Some of the towering figures in jazz dance—including some you might not know of—discuss the art in Transmission, a documentary now in production. “When you ask people, ‘What is jazz?’ everyone has their own view,” assistant director/choreographer Zak Nemorin told Dance Studio Life. “We’re using the concept of the…

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Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Scaffolding Difficult Moves

by Samara Atkins Difficult moves in a routine—for example, the running man and cadence for youth, the Robocop for adults, and the Roger Rabbit for everyone—can be daunting. You can make them less daunting by introducing basic concepts to students early in class, and by using a variety of approaches.   Introduce basic concepts during…

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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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Growing Pains

Healthy student enrollment is vital to financial success. Here’s how to make it happen. by Andrea Ekmark Whether your ideal student enrollment is 250 or 2,500, healthy class sizes and a vibrant student population are keys to your studio’s financial success. Yet as you move toward your enrollment goal, there may come a time when…

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FYI | This Summer, the Dance Party Is in Detroit

What’s up in the dance community The Motor City will be revved up August 10 to 12 as more than 50 local, national, and international dancers and companies converge on the Detroit Dance City Festival (DDCF). Artists hailing from Spain to South Korea will perform and teach workshops in modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop, followed…

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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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EditorSpeak | Learning to Love Dance

The college professor had a question: “Why don’t dance studios do more concert dance?” In one sense, the answer is easy: “Because we’re not a concert dance company or a college dance department.” Those exist in their own spheres where they are valued for what they are. (I doubt many modern-based concert companies constantly face…

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Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs

by Samara Atkins To make sure my students are ready to receive what I’m teaching, I start every class with a three-song warm-up. The first song is medium to fast tempo, and I focus on moves that loosen the muscles and get the blood pumping. I may introduce a few difficult moves here, giving students…

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Room to Move

Improv study can boost students’ creativity, resourcefulness by Bonner Odell For dance students, the phrase “let’s improv” can evoke a range of emotions: anxiety, excitement, insecurity, curiosity, or all of the above. Educators are responding to the ever-growing influence of improv as a training tool by incorporating it into contemporary, hip-hop, and jazz lessons—or even…

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Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Rhythm Skills

by Samara Atkins Rhythm is at the heart of doing hip-hop dance well. The most amazing hip-hop dancers in the game now are revered for their skill in playing off a song’s many rhythms. To practice catching nuanced rhythmic changes, try this exercise I call “the ever-evolving soundscape.” Students stand in a circle, facing inward.…

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FYI | CCC’s Hip-Hop Minor a Major Deal

What’s up in the dance community Columbia College Chicago’s new interdisciplinary hip-hop studies minor, a 21-credit program launched in December 2017, features core classes on hip-history history and culture, plus practice-based learning. The minor is open to students in any major: dance students are encouraged to take technique classes and complete a dance internship, whether…

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Ballet Beyond Borders

Montana dance festival has global reach by Bonner Odell The snow-capped mountains surrounding Missoula, Montana, might seem like a surprising backdrop to a dance festival featuring some of the world’s most elite dancers and teachers. But Missoula is the birthplace of the Vienna International Ballet Experience USA (VIBE USA), which last year alone drew more…

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In a World

World of Dance unites global community through events and media by Ryan P. Casey Most dancers will tell you that they can’t scroll through social media sites without seeing videos of stylishly dressed dance troupes showing off their best moves to today’s hit music. Currently, more than 5,000 of these videos are from World of…

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Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Low-Stress Cypher Exercises

by Samara Atkins Tip 1 The street dance cypher can cause some apprehension for beginners, kids, or anyone who is unfamiliar with the concept. It’s helpful to remember that many of us come from cultures that for centuries have engaged in singing and dancing in communal circles. With some tips and exercises, anyone can approach…

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Hip-Hop Toolbox

21 basic moves to know & teach by Samara Atkins Every dance genre has a basic vocabulary of widely recognized steps or moves. Hip-hop is no different, although it doesn’t have codified curriculums. There are moves that most hip-hop dancers consider essential to their repertoire and which hip-hop teachers, therefore, should have in their teaching…

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FYI | Sweating With the Alpacas

What’s up in the dance community What’s an alpaca’s favorite style of dance? “Hip-hop,” said Ann Patman of 313 Farms in Anola, Manitoba, Canada, which this summer began offering AlpacaZone Dance & Fitness classes. Patman told Dance Studio Life that two of her nine alpacas keep curiously close to the instructor leading the Poppin’ Pacas…

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FYI | Club’s Training Program Marks 75th Year

What’s up in the dance community   Tradition and innovation met August 12 as the Dance Teachers’ Club of Boston’s Dance Education Training Course celebrated its 75th anniversary during graduation ceremonies at the Hilton Boston/Woburn. The 69 soon-to-be teachers, clad in white formal wear, promenaded in a grand march before family, faculty, and alumni just…

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Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Building Community in Class

by Samara Atkins Tip 1 Dance educators understand the importance of harmony in the classroom. Remarkable ideas come alive when everyone feels inspired to create together. When you are teaching, you are the host of a classroom for a block of time. Accomplishing your goals will hinge on the class’ collective energy and vibe. You…

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Media Hub | Martha & Niki

Media Hub | Onscreen, on the page, and online Martha & Niki directed by Tora Mkandawire Mårtens In 2010 African-born dancers Martha Nabwire and Niki Tsappos became the first women to win France’s Juste Debout, the biggest international street dance competition. This documentary follows the hip-hop world champions as they take part in competitions where they…

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February 2017 | Rhythm Works Wonders

by Karen White

Guided by occupational therapists, early childhood development specialists, and pediatric physical therapists, Gomez created a system for teaching hip-hop that could be understood by students with learning differences and special needs and that could help these students reach some of the physical, social, and cognitive goals set by their medical teams.

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