Flying Taps & Ninja Temples

October 1, 2013 by

How to Survive Competition Catastrophes

Students of The Dance Studio of Fresno will never be caught walking from the dressing room to the stage without their flip-flops, and for good reason. This year, one of them … Continue reading

Smart Spotting

May 31, 2013 by

Protect yourself in acro class.
Early in her teaching career, Joanne Chapman struggled with regular neck pain and couldn’t figure out what was causing it. “I went to the chiropractor and he said, ‘You … Continue reading

Face to Face: One Hot Tamale

October 1, 2012 by

A conversation with Mary Murphy
It’s hard to imagine “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Mary Murphy anywhere else but on TV. Her ear-piercing enthusiasm for the performances that send the most talented dancers on … Continue reading

Creating the Perfect Look

October 1, 2012 by

Makeup for your team
You’ve been doing your own stage makeup for years, and you know what colors work. But when designing a uniform look for students with a range of skin tones, it can get … Continue reading

Crossing Borders

September 1, 2012 by

Planning a class trip
During the past seven years, Deborah Lysholm has taken students on trips to Mexico, Japan, England and Spain through her studio’s travel-study program. Each trip lasts 8 to 14 days and involves … Continue reading

High Five: Pet Peeves

April 6, 2012 by

Whether it’s bad behavior during awards or lip-syncing onstage, it seems every competition judge has a pet peeve or two. DT talked to three competition insiders: Phyllis Balagna of Steppin’ Out—The Studio; Lauren Adams, faculty … Continue reading