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3 Dance-Specific Podcasts You'll Love on Your Daily Commute

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You can also enjoy them at home or use them in a college-level course you are teaching. They are multipurpose resources for artists.


Dance Like Everyone's Watching

Andrea Muhlbauer's podcast features interviews with dancers throughout the United States as well as internationally based artists. She has produced more than 100 to date. Muhlbauer does an excellent job capturing many different viewpoints and paths in the field, highlighting artists eager to share a great variety of career paths and dance styles with the wider dance community through the podcast format. You will hear thoughtful conversations with Broadway artists, commercial dancers, college professors, performers, choreographers and teaching artists.


Dance Place Radio

The nonprofit Dance Place in Washington, DC, offers a podcast as a way for audience members to engage with upcoming guest artists and events. Listen before or after you see a show. Co-hosts Christopher K. Morgan and Amanda Blythe conduct the interviews and offer a window into process and projects.


The Dance Union

New York City–based artist J. Bouey launches a podcast each Tuesday, co-hosted by Bessie Award–winning dancer, choreographer and writer Melanie Greene. The Dance Union podcast feels like hanging out with friends in a living room, having a lively and in-depth conversation about the dance field. It uses humor and personal stories to explore each topic, ranging from self-care to teaching and auditioning.

Teacher Voices
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Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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Teachers Trending
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It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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Music
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Securing the correct music licensing for your studio is an important step in creating a financially sound business. "Music licensing is something studio owners seem to either embrace or ignore completely," says Clint Salter, CEO and founder of the Dance Studio Owners Association. While it may seem like it's a situation in which it's easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission—that is, to wait until you're approached by a music-rights organization before purchasing a license—Salter disagrees, citing Peloton, the exercise company that produces streaming at-home workouts. In February, Peloton settled a music-licensing suit with the National Music Publishers' Association out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. Originally, NMPA had sought $300 million in damages from Peloton. "It can get extremely expensive," says Salter. "It's not worth it for a studio to get caught up in that."

As you continue to explore a hybrid online/in-person version of your class schedule, it's crucial that your music licenses include coverage for livestreamed instruction—which comes with its own particular requirements. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about music licensing—in both normal times and COVID times—as well as some safe music bets that won't pose any issues.

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