In September many high school dancers’ thoughts turn toward college: Should they apply or not, and if so, where and what to study? Is it best to major in dance, or attend a school where one can dance while getting a nondance degree? Needless to say, it’s a tough decision and your students can use your help.
That’s why Dance Teacher compiles a Higher Ed Guide (in our print and digital editions) with contact information for the most respected college dance programs. We also recommend you keep a copy of the Dance Magazine College Guide in your studio. Updated annually, the College Guide includes details about dance degrees, a convenient comparison chart and a geographic address index. Plus it gives perspectives from dancers and other advisors about finding the right program, how to pay for it and what to expect once enrolled. You can order the new edition at www.dancemagazine.com/college.
When you welcome new students to your classes, do you find that many need a particular correction? In “Oh No! My Students Are…," the DT editors posed this question to a diverse group of teachers. We loved their responses and think you will, too. Is there a technique issue that you find yourself addressing repeatedly? If so, let us know what it is. Like us on Facebook and join the discussion in our September timeline.
It’s not too early to start thinking about costumes for your holiday recital. DT fashion editor Andrea Marks has compiled a great selection of our favorite styles for our print and digital editions. And watch for our upcoming annual costume preview, this year in both the October and November issues, along with advice on care, fitting and alterations.
Finis Jhung's career as a professional dancer began in 1960 in the Broadway and national companies of Flower Drum Song. The Korean-Scottish-English Hawaii native then went on to dance with San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, found his own company, Chamber Ballet USA, and teach his unique classical ballet style to professionals and amateurs all over the world. Now, at age 80, his teaching has gone full circle back to the basics, primarily focusing on what he calls his "adult babies"—absolute and advanced adult beginners—at The Ailey Extension in New York City.
As the director of dance at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Belmont, Massachusetts, Istvan Cserven organizes the biannual student showcases, prepares dancers for competition and trains new instructors. On top of all that, he teaches the upper-level technique classes. A former ballroom champion in Hungary, he is well-acquainted with both rhythm and smooth ballroom-dance styles.
In an event inspired by the words of President John F. Kennedy, The Washington Ballet will perform the world premier of WHO WHEN WHY this Saturday, June 24, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard.
After having spent a lifetime looking at ourselves in the mirror, constantly appraising, who of us wouldn't want to take a dance class in the dark? Two Australian dance students, Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett, had the same thought in 2009 when they founded No Lights No Lycra, a global dance community that offers dancers and nondancers alike the chance to get their groove on in a dark space, where there's no light, no Lycra, no technique, no teacher and no steps to learn. It's just a place to lose yourself in the music and find your own dance mojo. The event became so popular that it spread past its Melbourne beginnings, first throughout Australia and now, globally.
Four incredible educators: Joanne Chapman, Claudio Muñoz, Pamela VanGilder and Kathleen Isaac foster their students' love of dance, whether instilling artistry, offering rigorous training or giving special needs students an outlet through movement.