The ubiquity of social media can occasionally result in unwanted attention, and as a studio owner or teacher, it’s in your best interests to keep your Facebook profile—or your studio’s profile—squeaky clean. But Facebook’s intricate privacy settings can be confusing, and many social apps and games are granted access to your personal data and sensitive information. Enter secure.me, an app that acts as your personal public relations rep. After scanning your profile, the app identifies any potential problems, like personal information that would be better off kept private, or harmful or negative posts by you or your Facebook friends. Secure.me also inspects every social app you use and identifies which ones you should be cautious of, before they become a threat to your privacy. This app will even flag photos of you (including those not yet tagged, thanks to facial recognition) that shouldn’t be shared. With this kind of security technology in place, potential students (and parents) will see only the content that doesn’t put your reputation at risk.
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
Since 1989, tap dancers have been celebrating National Tap Dance Day (NTDD) on and around May 25, the birthday of tap dance legend Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. This year, prime events are happening in Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.
When you think of a major basketball team's dancers or cheerleaders, you probably picture the Laker Girls—scantily clad, with shiny curls cascading down their backs. You definitely don't picture a group of 15 40-years-old-and-up "seniors," mean-mugging and ripping off breakaway pants. But the New York Liberty's Timeless Torches do exactly that, and they routinely bring down the house during halftime at the WNBA games where they perform.
The exhibit Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972 is filled with exhibits, performances and conferences honoring the three postmodern dance living legends.