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21 Questions, College Edition

July 1, 2015 by

What to ask to find the right college and dance program
 
Moe Renteria knew she wanted to study modern dance in college. What she didn’t know was that “modern” can be very different from program … Continue reading

Grace Under Pressure

June 1, 2015 by

Help students overcome anxieties and remember why they dance. (Because it’s fun!)
At The Dance Zone in Henderson, Nevada, a young dancer rehearses her jazz routine for the team’s weekend competition. At 9 years … Continue reading

Say It, Don’t Plié It

January 29, 2015 by

Exercises to help dancers build verbal confidence
Michelle Chassé sees it often: expressive, energetic dancers whose personalities shrink as soon as they are asked to speak. “When I’m auditioning people, I can tell a lot about … Continue reading

Destination Dance

April 1, 2014 by

Should your students consider studying abroad?

Studying abroad has long been a staple of a well-rounded college experience. But in the past, the lack of dance-focused programs, together with the rigorous requirements of a BFA track, … Continue reading

Navigating the Social Divide

February 1, 2014 by

An international dance club can help you build community.
American schools today are more diverse than ever before. Students must navigate increasingly complex social divides, ranging from differences of ethnic background to the age-old lines between … Continue reading

10 Minutes to Impress

January 1, 2014 by

Help your students make the most of their summer intensive audition videos.

A summer intensive director sits bleary-eyed in front of a monitor for the fourth hour straight, viewing videos of one eager applicant after … Continue reading