While planning this issue, it struck me with new clarity the way teachers are constantly pulled in two directions: You take class and you give class. So will you enroll for a workshop this summer or will you teach one? The 2011 Dance Teacher Summer Study issue offers plenty of options, whether you seek a program for yourself or for your students.
In “Finding the Right Fit,” Hannah Maria Hayes shows how several instructors take a proactive role in their students’ summer study plans. And contributing editor Kate Lydon, who is on the faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s summer intensives, has compiled a survival guide for teachers. It’s full of tips for planning your classes, managing a diverse group of students and staying healthy when you’re stretched (stressed?) to the max.
I hope your new year is off to a great start. It certainly holds a lot of promise for Valentina Kozlova, the glamorous former Bolshoi and New York City Ballet star featured on the cover. She’s launching a new international ballet competition this May. We had the privilege of watching a private coaching session the afternoon we visited her sun-drenched studio. And we got to play with her dog!
At Dance Teacher, we’re constantly looking for fresh perspectives. For 2011, I’m pleased to introduce new columnists for “Ask the Experts”: Veteran studio owner Kathy Blake and her daughter and business partner Suzanne Gerety will discuss the business concerns that keep you up at night. Send your questions to associate editor Courtney Allen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best for a great new year,
Karen Hildebrand, Editor in Chief