Teachers & Role Models
Boyd teaches musical theater and jazz with the L.A.-based competition and convention Hollywood Vibe. Photo courtesy of Boyd

The Industry Dance Awards and Cancer Benefit Show named Season 7 "So You Think You Can Dance" runner-up Kent Boyd Favorite Convention Teacher. And it's not like we're surprised. Known for his quirky sense of humor and ability to connect with his students, he's never been one to shy away from what's on his mind.

Here, Boyd gets up-close and personal with DT at his home in Los Angeles.

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Teachers & Role Models
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Dance teachers are a special breed of people. Known to eat, sleep and breathe their trade, they can be found living at the studio, sporadically shouting out "5, 6, 7, 8" and choreographing in random locations like the grocery-store line.

In an effort to find out what characteristics and quirks are unique to our community, we asked people to comment on Facebook answering this simple question: You know you're a dance teacher when...

Thanks to all who commented! It was a tough decision, but here are our favorites.

WARNING: You might relate to a few. 😊

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Dance Buzz
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In the wake of the shocking allegations made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, millions of women and men have come forward with their own accounts of sexual harassment. Based on the admissions from the #MeToo, we now know one thing is for certain: Sexual harassment is a pervasive problem within our culture. The dance world and industry is no exception.
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Dance Buzz

Hands-on teaching needs to be approached in a delicate fashion, according to MOST dance teachers. But in a recent video that surfaced online, a ballet teacher is correcting a student's turnout, which is one of the most common corrections given, and appears to have gone too far.

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How-To

Introducing and teaching rhythm can seem easy, but in reality it can prove to be a complicated concept—especially for younger dancers to grasp. At Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance in New York City, Los Explorers for 4- to 5-year-olds uses classic salsa and tango music to help kids acquire rhythmic awareness.

Here Rebecca Tsivkin, early childhood programs associate, and Kiri Avelar, associate school director, offer exercises to help youngsters feel the beat.

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Teachers & Role Models
Watmora Casey's students compete at Youth America Grand Prix, where he was named Outstanding Teacher in 2011. Photo by Kristie Kahns

Dance Teacher asked nine respected instructors to identify the most common technique mistakes they see when addressing a group of students for the first time. Here, they discuss the origins of these problems and offer their best solutions.

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How-To
Photo by Bridget Lujan, courtesy of Juneau Dance Theatre
  • Start with a good preparation. Plié in fourth, keeping the hips square and the back knee straight. Arms are in fourth. Texas Ballet Theater School associate director Kathryn Warakomsky encourages students to keep their heels down and use the whole foot on the floor, rather than rolling forward on the arches or letting the front foot slide into the turn first: "You want to go down into the floor and push from the back foot to go up."
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Each year, the Dance Teacher Awards honor four outstanding educators for their contributions to the field. Recipients have included studio owners, professors, program directors and more whose specialties run the gamut of dance genres. We need your help to find this year’s best in the profession. Do you know a teacher who deserves to be recognized as a leader and role model? Nominate him or her for a 2017 Dance Teacher Award! Your nomination should include the following:

1. Award category: Studios and Conservatories; Colleges and Universities; K–12.

2. School or studio name and location, nominee’s position at the institution.

3. Nominee’s contact info.

4. Your relationship to the nominee.

5. In 200 words or less, tell us why this teacher deserves an award. What are his/her leadership qualities, for instance, and list some notable accomplishments. Feel free to include any helpful photos or videos, as well!

Send nominations by March 1, 2017. You can fill out the form below, send us an e-mail (rrizzuto@dancemedia.com) or mail nominations to:

2017 Dance Teacher Awards

attn: Rachel Rizzuto

Dance Teacher magazine

333 Seventh Ave., 11th Floor

New York, NY 10001

DT Awards will be presented at the Dance Teacher Summit. Nominees must be available to attend.

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