Just for fun

3 Ballerina Cakes That Are Sure to Be the Hit of Your Next Studio Party

Cake tutorials are really having a moment on social media these days. If you're like us, you can't go more than five posts on the explore page without one popping up. Honestly, we're not mad about it! They're mesmerizing.

Today we decided to share three dancer cake tutorials with you, so you can take the fun into your own studios. Try them out and bring them to your next studio-wide party. It's sure to be a hit! Take a picture of the cakes you make and share them with us on our Facebook page.

We can't wait to see your scrumptiously dancey creations!

1. Ballerina Barbie cake

Ballerina Barbie Cake! Easy Ballet Tutu Cake with Matching Cupcakes! www.youtube.com

2. Pointe shoe fondant dream

Ballerina Cake Tutorial! www.youtube.com

3. Tutu party time!

Ballerina Cake How To Cook That Ann Reardon Ballet Cake www.youtube.com

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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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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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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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