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September 2008

Southern Charm

As director of dance at the University of Alabama, Cornelius Carter opens up a world of possibilities for his students.

Battle of the Budget

With university budget cuts on the horizon, dance departments are taking action now in hopes of staying afloat.

Audition Advice

Faculty members from top university dance programs offer insights into their audition processes.

The 2008 Dance Teacher Awards

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fernandez-Flores, Kee-Juan Han, Jan van Dyke and Sanja Korman.

Non-Majors Welcome

Dance faculty from five schools talk about integrating students with little or no dance experience into their programs

Hip Hop Goes to College

Hip hop has swept the nation, but what is its place in higher education?

2008 Higher Ed Guide

Details on more than 150 college and university programs

Stuck on the Sidelines

The pros and cons of surgery for dance teachers

Fashion

More than 30 audition looks to wow the judges

Finding the Artist Within

Alic Teirstein helps teen dancers get in touch with their creative spirit.

In Full Bloom

Carol Bristol-Henry has planed the seeds of change at Compton Dance Theatre.

Performance Planner: School Days

Create a recital based on High School Musical and prepare for a sold-out show.

Ballet Basics

Master teacher Eleanor D'Antuono reveals her go-to music for class.

Lar Lubovitch

The choreographer celebrates the 40th anniversary of his company while looking ahead.

The Modern Mode

Reap the benefits of adding modern to your studio's roster.

It Takes Two

Teach your students the skills needed to master partnering.

Joyous Jumps

Tips to help your ballerinas reach their full jump potential

Irmgard Bartenieff

Movement innovator

From the Ground UP

A look at the changing role of higher ed in supporting dance in the public sector

Picture Perfect

How to hire a great photographer

The "It" Factor

Can stage presence be taught? DT Investigates.

From the Mat to the Barre

Incorporate yoga into your classroom to benefit dancers of all ages.

Fancy Footwork

Find out how to spot dancers' most common foot problems—and nip them in the bud.

Tipping the Scale

Two dance educators share their successes and failures in maintaining a healthy weight.

Welcome Home

The business benefits of keeping alumni part of your dance family

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With Thanksgiving approaching, we're all ruminating on the things we are most thankful for in the world. Of course, as dance teachers, our students are always at the top of our list. They make us laugh, they make us cry and sometimes they make us want to pull our hair out, but at the end of the day, they are the reason for everything we do in the studio each day. To get you thinking about how much you love your dancers, here are five videos of kids dancing that are sure to make your heart happy! We want to see the dancers you're thankful for this season, too, so share your favorite videos on social media, tag us and include #gratitudedance in the caption. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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Dancer Health
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No matter how hard I work to change it, I'm often told that I have a shallow plié. Is there any hope for improving the depth of my plié through special stretches to make it juicier? I'm doing a lot of exercises, but I don't seem to getting any results. Looking forward to reading your advice. Thanks!

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Videos

When New York City–based dancer Dan Lai began choreographing Figure 8, he had a specific vision in mind. Inspired by a song by FKA Twigs, he wanted the movement to represent the music's "dark and twisted vibe." "My thought process was to make shapes and phrases that were abstract and unique that complimented the intricate beats of the music," he says.

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Dance Buzz
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Science has proven again, again that dancing is just, well, good for you. And not even in moderation. Like drinking water or laughing, there's no such thing as too much dancing. So, let's rejoice for this new dance perk to add to the list.

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Dancer Health
To make dancers stronger and less injury-prone, Burns Wilson suggest adding floor barre or conditioning classes. Photo courtesy of Burns Wilson

With a career spanning 30-plus years in the dance field, Anneliese Burns Wilson has cultivated a unique perspective on health and injury prevention for dancers. From teaching ballet to teaching anatomy, she then founded ABC for Dance, which publishes dance-teaching materials. Now through research for her next book, which will focus on training the female adolescent dancer, she's delving even deeper into topics many dance teachers have overlooked.

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Erdmann (left) on set for Hairspray Live. Courtesy of Erdmann

When Wicked ensemble member Kelli Erdman was training at Westlake Dance Center in Seattle, her teacher Kirsten Cooper taught her that focused transitions would be pivotal to her success as a dancer. Now as a professional, Erdmann applies this advice to her daily performances, asserting that she will never let the details of her dancing get blurry.

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How-To
Photo by Nancy Adler, courtesy of Maria Hanley

When a principal, teacher, or parent walks into a room and sees 20 children rolling around on the floor and then leaping for the sky (learning about level changes), or jumping about like frogs (in a role-playing improvisation activity), they might not always understand what's going on. That's why Deborah Damast, clinical assistant professor and artistic advisor of the dance education program at NYU Steinhardt, offered up several responses as to why this type of movement—often a precursor to formal ballet/tap/jazz classes—is so very important.

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