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Please Don’t Tap on the Glass

November 1, 2014 by

Studio directors share viewing policies that work.
 
Crafting a class observation policy that makes students, teachers and parents happy is no easy feat. After all, shows like “Dance Moms” make it seem normal for parents to … Continue reading

NDEO Takes Chicago

November 1, 2014 by

Collaboration is the name of the game at this year’s national conference.

 
This year at its annual conference held in Chicago, the National Dance Education Organization preaches collaboration inside and outside the classroom.
“The world of dance … Continue reading

The Judges’ Lament

October 1, 2014 by

Choreography trends that competition judges would love to lose 

By the end of competition season, judges have seen it all—amazing routines, one-of-a-kind props and costumes and many stand-out dancers. But there are some things they wish … Continue reading

Early Exit

September 1, 2014 by

Should your students consider a three-year college plan? 
After high school, Melissa Meng’s parents and teachers encouraged her to pursue a college degree, but the aspiring ballerina wasn’t convinced that giving up four of her precious … Continue reading

The Flexion Connection

August 1, 2014 by

Coaching dancers with poor spinal flexion
As a young competition dancer, Lauren Saglimbene struggled with spinal flexion, or the curving of the spine that contracts the front of the body and elongates the back. “My modern … Continue reading

There’s a Place for Us

August 1, 2014 by

Jason Warley turns rejection into opportunity at Center Stage Dance & Theatre School.

When dancers walk into their first rehearsal for The Ensemble, they’re rarely happy to be there. After all, membership in this company was probably … Continue reading