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A Year in Review: ​DT’s​ 2018 Cover Story Roundup

2018 was an incredible year here at Dance Teacher, and we can't let it go without one final homage to the cover stories we absolutely loved! Check out these 12 standout features you'll want to read again and again (go ahead, nothing's stopping you!), and let us know over on our Facebook page what your favorite piece of the year was!


January—55 Years of Giordano Dance

Photo by Quinn Wharton

In January we got to learn about how Nan Giordano is keeping alive the legacy of her father Gus Giordano, one of the original architects of jazz dance. Go check it out!

February—5 Powerhouse Couples Who Teach

Photo by Jim Lafferty

In February we were inspired by some seriously talented teaching teams, who are actual couples in real life! Give it a read, and prepare to swoon!

Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton

Randi Kemper and Hefa Tuita

tWitch and Allison Holker

Simon Ball and Frances-Perez Ball

Kirven and Antonio Douthit-Boyd

March—Stephanie Saland: Reconnecting to Joy

Photo by Lindsay Thomas

In March we came to know the life and career path of Balanchine protégé Stephanie Saland. This is a must-read!

April—Martha Nichols: A Leap of Faith

Photo by Jim Lafferty

In April, the ever beautiful Martha Nichols graced our cover and shared with us the five times she went her own way. She's a force! Now go give her story a read!

May—What Is It About Utah?

Photo by Kim Raff

In May we heard from three studio owners who have a major influence on the booming studio market in Utah. That state is doing something right, and these ladies are here to tell you what that is!

June—Cynthia Harvey

Photo by Kyle Froman

June brought us some insight from Cynthia Harvey as she takes the helm at American Ballet Theatre's JKO School.

July—Julie Kent

Photo by Rachel Papo

In July, Julie Kent was DT's 2018 Award of Distinction honoree and took her place among other historic ballet leaders. Here she talks about her leadership role as artistic director of The Washington Ballet.

August—d. Sabela Grimes 

Photo by Rose Eichenbaum

In August, d. Sabela Grimes made a compelling case for hip hop in higher education. He wants it to be accessible for all dancers!

September—Teamwork: Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken at Smith College

Photo by Christopher Duggan

In September, Angie Hauser and Chris Aiken shared three lessons on teamwork they derived from their experiences working together at Smith College, where they currently share a teaching position in the department of dance.

October—Brian Friedman on Insta-Fame and Staying Power

Photo by Lee Cherry

In October, Brian Friedman sat down with DT to give us some insight into his impressive staying power in the dance industry.

November—Edward Ellison's Impossible Dream

Photo by Jim Lafferty

In November, we learned about how Edward Ellison is molding ballet's future with his intentionally small yet successful school, Ellison Ballet.

December—The Multifaceted Francesca Harper

Photo by Kyle Froman

In December we learned about the influence of Francesca Harper, and the role of improvisation in contemporary ballet.

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A 2019 Dancewave training. Photo by Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave

By now, most dance educators hopefully understand that they have a responsibility to address racism in the studio. But knowing that you need to be actively cultivating racial equity isn't the same thing as knowing how to do so.

Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

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According to onstageblog.com, out of the 30 top-ranked college dance programs in the U.S., tap dance is offered at 19 of them, but only one school requires majors to take more than a beginner course—Oklahoma City University. Many prestigious dance programs, like the ones at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, don't offer a single course in tap dance.

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But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

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