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Articles by Jen Jones Donatelli

Just Dance

October 1, 2013 by

Sheryl Murakami’s bold moves
Inside Hollywood’s EDGE Performing Arts Center, five industrial spotlights illuminate a dim room, making it seem more like a stage than a sweaty studio. At various points during the lively jazz funk … Continue reading

Forever Young

March 1, 2013 by

Under visionary artistic director Jodi Maxfield, the Brigham Young University dance team opens doors for career-minded dancers.
When Jodi Maxfield first took the field alongside her fellow Brigham Young University Cougarettes in the late 1970s, their … Continue reading

Two to Tango

April 1, 2012 by

Studio directors handle the delicate dance of co-ownership.
Are two heads really better than one? Many studio owners agree that having a partner to help take on the often overwhelming to-do list can be an invaluable … Continue reading

Where Ballet Meets Ballroom

March 30, 2012 by

Kim DelGrosso’s trailblazing crossover studio model
There it is: that invisible line in the sand that typically divides ballroom studios from other types of dance studios. On the surface, it makes good business sense. After all, … Continue reading

Feel-Good Fundraising

March 1, 2012 by

Want to teach your dancers to pirouette with purpose? Get inspired by these successful dance fundraisers.
What happens when you combine tap dancing, a good cause and eight spunky women who also happen to be breast … Continue reading

Into the Great Wide Open

October 1, 2011 by

The glossy world of competition is known for developing star power in the dancers who inhabit it—and with good reason. After all, the convention floor provides an exciting place where dancers can truly hone and … Continue reading