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Articles by Fiona Kirk

First Steps

January 3, 2011 by

How community college dance programs serve students aiming for four-year degrees
Willie Brown, Jr., didn’t know much about dance until a dance coordinator at his school, Greenfield Community College (GCC) in Greenfield, Massachusetts, encouraged him to … Continue reading

Calling it Quits

December 1, 2010 by

Every dance teacher has a similar story about “the one who got away”: the stellar student who had the physique and technique to become a professional dancer, but who chose to quit dance completely. “Devastated” … Continue reading

Progress Report

December 11, 2009 by

For many dance studio owners, the idea of conducting staff evaluations is daunting. Many teachers are former students, and owners take pride in maintaining the “family atmosphere” of their studio. So to actually sit down … Continue reading

Smart Marketing

September 8, 2009 by

With the economy still sput-tering along, dance teachers shouldn’t rely on last year’s marketing tactics to get them through the seasons ahead. Instead, be creative and devise a new plan to get potential students in … Continue reading

Face to Face: Bette White Fernandez

July 15, 2009 by

Bette White Fernandez first graced the pages of DT—then called Dance Teacher Now—in its inaugural “Spotlight on Successful Teachers” (Summer 1979). And the former Rockette has remained true to her life’s work. Only briefly sidelined … Continue reading

Lights, Camera, Action!

June 8, 2009 by

While the majority of dance studios now have websites, the idea of adding video footage to showcase their facility, teaching style, faculty and students is just catching on. When Tude Della Maggiore O’Connell, the owner … Continue reading