Add to that the folks we interviewed for this issue, and it feels like we’ve been in the same room with an A-list of people who make things happen in our world. Can we just say how fun it is to be in the presence of Mandy Moore? From the minute she arrived for her Sunday sessions at the Summit, you could feel her energy fill the space—and her three classes were packed.
And it was exciting to see this month’s cover star, Derek Mitchell, show his work onstage as a finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards. We know him as you see him in this issue (Technique)—a dedicated and popular street jazz instructor at Broadway Dance Center. So we were surprised and pleased to see his fantastic musical theater piece for the A.C.E. Awards, We Both Reached for the Gun. It’s a good thing the DT editors weren’t on the judging panel, because we’re somewhat partial! (Judging honors fell to Dance Magazine editor in chief Jennifer Stahl, Andy Blankenbuehler, Ray Leeper, Benoit-Swan Pouffer and Nina Vance of Capezio). Check out our photos of the winners.
Speaking of judges, in the 2014 Dance Teacher Competition and Convention Guide, we talked with four who see a lot of competition numbers. They call out five popular trends you would do well to avoid. In “It Takes Heart to Win Trophies,” three studio company directors, each with different backgrounds and studio demographics, share their very human approaches to competition. And if you’ve considered inviting a guest artist to choreograph for your performance company, you’ll want to read “Be Our Guest” for perspectives from both host and guest.
You don’t have to run a competition company (and we know that many of you don’t!) to enjoy this issue. For instance, we take seriously the need for dancers to understand their historical lineage. Erick Hawkins is the latest in our series of dance history lesson plans. Editor Rachel Rizzuto points out why his work matters today. In “Copying Choreography,” an entertainment lawyer answers your questions about how to protect your work—yes, it involves YouTube. And in “Bridging the Gap,” three college dance professors outline ways you can better prepare your seniors for their first year of college.
We hope your fall season is off to a great start.
Photo by Matthew Murphy