Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

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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Handing Over the Keys

Maybe the best buyer for your studio is right under your nose by Chris Koseluk Owning and operating a dance studio was your career goal. It took years of work, struggle, and sacrifice, but you did it—and you’re proud of it. But nothing lasts forever, and the day may come when you realize it’s time…

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May-June 2016 | College Close-Ups | West Texas A&M University

“Feels like home” is the motto of Canyon, Texas, a thriving, intimate town in the Texas Panhandle that’s home to West Texas A&M University, or WT. Not far from Palo Duro Canyon State Park, home of the nation’s second-largest canyon, WT has a kindred adventuring spirit that also runs through its dance program. The program is committed to providing real-world experiences inside and outside the university setting.

The WT dance program is anchored by a performance-oriented BFA degree. Faculty aim to develop well-rounded performers with ample exposure to a range of styles and experiences, intellectually and physically, at home and abroad. National and international guest artists who visit each year have taught classes and choreographed for the program in numerous styles: ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip-hop.

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July 2014 | From Swing to Hoedown

In the Lone Star State, Texas A&M University’s Aggie Wranglers have achieved legendary status. Whenever this exhibition country-and-western dance team, established and run by Texas A&M students, performs at halftime shows or Disney World, on cruise ships, or even in Qatar, their routines—blending swing, polka, and hoedown moves, with complex partnering—bring down the house. Since 1999, a former Aggie Wranglers dancer, Sharon Toups, has passed along that couples-dance style to kids ages 5 to 18, who have achieved celebrity status in their own right.

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