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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

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

A Sunny Summer Forecast

December 23, 2011 by

Structuring an ideal summer session for you and your students
Though we’re still bundled in winter jackets, it’s time to start thinking about your studio’s summer session. After all, parents will soon start to research their … Continue reading

Caught on Camera: A Revealing Look at the Juilliard Seniors

December 16, 2011 by

Last night was opening night of the Juilliard School’s fall production, “New Dances: Edition 2011.” And don’t let the free tickets fool you… While most college productions are crowded with performers’ classmates, parents and friends, … Continue reading