Posts Tagged ‘recital’

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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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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Safe Spaces

Smart ways to handle backstage access during recitals by Heather Wisner With so much happening onstage during recitals, it could be easy to miss what’s happening backstage. But for the sake of security—not to mention organization—it’s vital to have a plan in place to control backstage access. Dance Studio Life spoke with studio owners across…

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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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On My Mind | Where your true success lies

Words from the publisher As we produce our final competition issue, I’m grateful for the competition and convention businesses that have supported Dance Studio Life. As someone who grew up competing as a student, prepared students for competition as a teacher, and served as a competition director, I have always known the good that the…

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Competition Zone | The Value of Understudies

by Joan F. Smith Dance professionals understand the practical mechanics of working with people. Sickness, injuries, and life events are unavoidable—so what’s a team to do? Understudies are a smart solution. You can avoid reblocking choreography if prepared understudies can step in when other dancers are absent or injured. The studio where I work has…

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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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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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Ask Rhee Gold | Announcing the sale of your studio

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I have owned my studio for 25 years. I’ve been suffering from burnout for the last three years, and today feel fortunate that I’ve found someone to purchase my studio. She is a wonderful person and I am so happy for her and my dance family. This is my…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Asking for a raise

Advice for dance teachers Dear Rhee, I teach more than 20 hours a week. I love the kids, and my own children, who also dance, are with me at the studio. My dance life feels right. After our recital, I received a call from a studio owner whose business is located about 15 minutes away…

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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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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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Spring Cleaning

Suggestions for making your dances sparkle and shine Cleaning dances. It’s a dirty job, but we all have to do it! Whether students will be performing in a recital, spring showcase, or competition, you don’t want them going anywhere near a stage until you’ve wiped away all the sloppy steps, crooked lines, and cringe-worthy counts.…

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Tips for Tap Teachers | Improving Step Recall

by Thelma Goldberg With recital season upon us, let’s talk about memory and how to help our students strengthen their long-term recall of tap steps. Memories form when our neurons get fired up and make connections (or synapses) with one another to form a pattern of activity. During the memory encoding stage, dancers learn movements…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Roll Out

Ideas and advice from teachers Many teachers work throughout the year with the end goal of a performance in mind, be it a holiday revue, a spring ballet, a recital, competition routines—or, in many cases, all of the above. During a particularly hard time, I was dealing with “all of the above.” I was not…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Starting Choreography

Ideas and advice from teachers Many dance teachers enjoy choreographing recital pieces, yet others find it a daunting task. It’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin, or how to get around a creative roadblock. Here are a few simple choreographic ideas that will help you get over those hurdles and create a dance that…

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Collective Wisdom | Classroom Connection: Trading Places

Ideas and advice from teachers There is nothing better than a faculty that works together like a well-oiled machine. Individual teachers can support each other within their own classrooms by creating lesson plans that support and echo each other’s work. Around mid-year, I’ll sometimes invite other classes to visit mine and share their recital or…

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The Price of Rights

Learn to navigate music licensing by Chris Koseluk Can you imagine dance classes without music? The tunes that fill the studio as your students’ feet hit the floor are necessary tools of the trade. But studio owners and teachers should know there is a cost. You are legally obligated to obtain permission for the songs…

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Dance With Destiny

Milk Carton on a String changes its students’—and its founder’s—lives Introduction by Alaina Leary Photos and captions by Caroline Poppell Shortly after a massive earthquake rocked Haiti in 2010, Caroline Poppell—who was pursuing a dance career in New York City at the time—took a mission trip to the country, an experience that rocked her world.…

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Boost studio and recital attendance by creating a video trailer by Debra Danese Creating video trailers that highlight your studio and students is a great way to promote your program or recital. Taylor Sibrava-Kokoszka, co-founder of Dance Arts Center of St. Charles in St. Charles, Illinois, and Morgan Hansmeier, social media director/instructor at Llaina’s Dance…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Performance Prep

by Susan Bennett Tip 1 Preschool encompasses a wide age range, from children in diapers to kids soon entering kindergarten. As your older students prepare for competitions and recitals, make sure to consider what type of performance might suit your preschoolers’ developmental needs, as well as the needs of their families and your studio. Consider…

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Time on Your Side

Get organized with recital and competition timelines by Debra Danese A million tiny details can bedevil your recital and competition planning. There are costumes and music to choose, dates and personnel to book, families to notify, and pieces to create and refine. Creating a month-by-month timeline can help you break down and organize these big…

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Ask Rhee Gold | The Importance of the Recital

Advice for dance teachers | The Importance of the Recital Dear Rhee, At the end of last season, I had parents who were upset because they thought the recital experience was too much trouble. One parent actually sent me an email to say her child would not be returning unless I decided to drop the…

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July 2017 | Ask Rhee Gold | Retaining Recital Choreography

Advice for dance teachers | Retaining Recital Choreography Dear Rhee, What are your strategies to help students retain recital choreography? This year was especially hard, which resulted in a lot of stress for my students and me. I know I must be missing some tricks of the trade. Any expertise is appreciated. —Mikala Hi Mikala,…

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