Dos and Don’ts for Competition

October 15, 2005 by

Top competition judges tell DT what they love to see in competition—and what studios should avoid. 
-Pick appropriate music.“Music should be something a dancer relates to. Seeing an 11-year-old emote to a song about reflection upon … Continue reading

Start Your Own Dance Company, Part 1

September 15, 2005 by

Even Balanchine had a few false starts before he launched New York City Ballet. Advance planning and a thoughtful approach can give you the necessary boost to help survive the difficult first years. In this … Continue reading

How to Start a Charter School

August 16, 2005 by

After two decades of preparing young dancers for professional careers, Hannah Raiken-Schulman was ready to challenge herself with something new. She didn’t want to give up teaching dance. That, she loved. But after a long … Continue reading

Technical Theater Know-Hows to Enhance Your Recital

August 15, 2005 by

You know in your mind’s eye exactly what you want your recital to look like onstage. But when you get to the first tech rehearsal, you end up spending an hour trying to find the … Continue reading

Selecting Age-Appropriate Costumes, Music, and Choreography

August 15, 2005 by

What is age-appropriate and what is not? In many cases, children under 14 are given choreography, music and costuming that may be acceptable for an 18-year-old, but are too suggestive for younger teens.
There is a … Continue reading


August 1, 2005 by

Americans spend more than $13 billion a year on chocolate, proving that while we may be trying to be more health conscious, we just can’t resist the sweet stuff. And, with Charlie and the Chocolate … Continue reading