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Articles by Alison Feller

High Five: Pet Peeves

April 6, 2012 by

Whether it’s bad behavior during awards or lip-syncing onstage, it seems every competition judge has a pet peeve or two. DT talked to three competition insiders: Phyllis Balagna of Steppin’ Out—The Studio; Lauren Adams, faculty … Continue reading

High Five with Kristy Ulmer

February 27, 2012 by

Dance Teacher asked Kristy Ulmer of KJ Dance Designs in Plano, Texas, to share her business and personal New Year’s resolutions.
 
In the Studio
 
1 Continue to offer continuing education to my staff. It’s important to motivate … Continue reading

High Five on Professional Development

January 31, 2012 by

Studio directors discuss professional development.
“I love taking classes and exposing myself to different styles of dance. I am also a judge for several dance competitions. By traveling around the country during the season I am … Continue reading

High Five with Cris Judd

November 30, 2011 by

Conventions provide a perfect opportunity for your students to expand their dance horizons. As a teacher, the last thing you want is for your dancers to show up unprepared or, worse, to act inappropriately. (No, … Continue reading

High Five on Managing Company Costumes

October 31, 2011 by

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could quickly pick costumes for your dancers, order them and be done with the process? Of course, that’s never the case. Instead, you spend weeks analyzing the options in … Continue reading

High Five on Competition Rules and Expectation

September 30, 2011 by

Between choreography, costuming and scheduling, you’ve got more than enough to stress you out during the competition and convention season. The last thing you need to worry about is your dancers—and their families—adding unnecessary pressure. … Continue reading