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Billy Bell

September 1, 2015 by

Music to inspire creativity
Billy Bell’s dance career revolves around creation—crafting new opportunities for himself, inventing new movement and inspiring new dancers. After his remarkable technique and ethereal movement quality got him to the Top … Continue reading

Is This the End of Jazz?

August 1, 2015 by

Seven experts share their thoughts on the state of jazz today and the role of dance educators in shaping its future.
If you offer jazz in your studio, the style is most likely rooted in theatrical … Continue reading

To Facebook or Not to Facebook?

July 1, 2015 by

Studio owners share social-media policies that work.
Keeping up with the constant changes in social media may seem impossible. Even if you could remember the differences between pinning, snapping, tweeting and vining, you can’t possibly monitor … Continue reading

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