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The 2013 Dance Teacher Awards: Stacy Reischman Fletcher

July 1, 2013 by

Role model for self-sufficiency in Mississippi
Stacy Reischman Fletcher has earned quite the nickname from her students at The University of Southern Mississippi: “God.” “Everything she does is gold,” says 2009 graduate Lauren Soutullo Smith. … Continue reading

Abby Lee Miller

October 1, 2012 by

Sorting the reality from the reality TV
“Girls, you’re wearing two-piece costumes. Either sit down and do a hundred sit-ups, or paint the abs on. One or the other. Let’s go,” barks Abby Lee Miller to … Continue reading

The 2012 Dance Teacher Awards: Liz Schmidt

July 1, 2012 by

Training competition students in technique and character

In one week in January, Liz Schmidt got married and moved her studio, Spotlight Dance Works in Chesterfield, Michigan, to a new location, nearly doubling its space. While juggling … Continue reading

Spotlight On: Carole Royal

April 1, 2012 by

Seen & Heard At the Dance Teacher Summit
Royal Dance Works
Phoenix, AZ
Number of students: 500
Years open: 32
Dance Teacher: What is the biggest piece of advice you have for other business owners?
Carole Royal: For the first years … Continue reading

Spotlight On: Bonnie Schuetz

March 1, 2012 by

Seen & Heard At the Dance Teacher Summit
 Boni’s Dance & Performing Arts Studio
Number of students: 1,600
Number of company students: 150
The Woodlands and Magnolia, TX
Years open: 29
Dance Teacher: Your company students perform over 12 times per … Continue reading

Give Me a Break

February 29, 2012 by

Prepare to take some time away from your studio.
Sabrina Miller-Helma, owner of Miller’s dance studio, inc., never considered taking time off from her business; her only vacations were working ones—traveling with students to competition or … Continue reading