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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Darla Hoover was at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's studios running a rehearsal in 2014 with director Marcia Dale Weary. Hoover had just returned the day before from staging a ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jet-lagged, she mixed up her words when giving a correction.

Weary took Hoover's hand and gently said, "Honey, you work too hard."

Hoover, and the students, had a good laugh.

"Are you kidding me?" Hoover replied. "You're the one who made this monster. There is no off switch!"

Weary founded CPYB in 1955, and it quickly became an internationally known school that has produced countless principal dancers. Famous for her high standards and tough work ethic, Weary instilled those qualities in Hoover, who served as associate artistic director at CPYB under Weary, as artistic director at Ballet Academy East's pre-professional division in New York City and as a répétiteur for the Balanchine Trust.

Hoover took over as artistic director at CPYB in the spring this year after Weary died suddenly, and while she's committed to continuing Weary's legacy, students have begun to see some of Hoover's vision as well.

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Studio Success with Just for Kix
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Cindy Clough, executive director of Just For Kix, has been called the Queen of Fundraising by colleagues. A studio owner and high school dance coach with over four decades of experience, Clough is known for her smart and successful fundraising ideas.

Now, Just For Kix has created a new online tool to help everyone tackle their fundraising goals, whether you're raising money for uniforms, extra classes, or to cover the cost of travel for your dance team's next convention.

Clough shared a few of her best fundraising tips, including everything you need to know about the new tool:

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Professions across the globe hold yearly conferences, and the dance industry is certainly no exception. Annual conferences exist for dance teachers, dance medicine professionals, dance educators and more. Taking the time out to attend them can be well worth your while for a number of different reasons. Let's take a closer look at four of them.

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Ailey II artistic director Troy Powell teaching an Ailey Workshop at NYCDA. Courtesy NYCDA

Back in 2011 when Joe Lanteri first approached Katie Langan, chair of Marymount Manhattan College's dance department, about getting involved with New York City Dance Alliance, she was skeptical about the convention/competition world.

"But I was pleasantly surprised by the enormity of talent that was there," she says. "His goal was to start scholarship opportunities, and I said okay, I'm in."

Today, it's fair to say that Lanteri has far surpassed his goal of creating scholarship opportunities. But NYCDA has done so much more, bridging the gap between the convention world and the professional world by forging a wealth of partnerships with dance institutions from Marymount to The Ailey School to Complexions Contemporary Ballet and many more. There's a reason these companies and schools—some of whom otherwise may not see themselves as aligned with the convention/competition world—keep deepening their relationships with NYCDA.

Now, college scholarships are just one of many ways NYCDA has gone beyond the typical weekend-long convention experience and created life-changing opportunities for students. We rounded up some of the most notable ones:

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Your year-end recital is your studio's pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Not only is it the time for your dancers to celebrate what they've accomplished during the year, it's your opportunity to demonstrate to parents firsthand the value of a dance education. A successful recital can also grant your school an influential role in the local community. Whether a prominent conservatory or a small-town studio, and whether your dancers win competitions or take classes once a week, your year-end recital is the chance for your dancers—and your program—to shine.

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Q: How do you approach gender when teaching in 2019? When I was training, male dancers were encouraged to make their movement masculine, while female dancers were encouraged to keep their movement feminine. Today, gender has become much more fluid, and the line between masculine and feminine performance has blurred. How does that impact the way we should be teaching?

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New York City–based pre-professional training troupe Z Artists Group, along with dancers from eight professional companies in the city, are joining together to combat gun violence with, "DANCERS DEMAND ACTION," a performance aligning art with activism at The Joyce Theater, this Monday, November 11, at 7:30 pm.

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Last week, 2019 DT Awardee Marisa Hamamoto and her partner Piotr Iwanicki brought their boundary-breaking work to the "Good Morning America" stage in a segment highlighting her inclusive dance company Infinite Flow.

Infinite Flow is a Los Angeles–based wheelchair ballroom dance company (the first of its kind in the U.S.) that incorporates an equal number of disabled and nondisabled dancers, as well as a range of styles like hip hop, contemporary and other partner dances.

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Since she was hired in 2006 to create a dance program at Washington & Lee University in Virginia, Jenefer Davies has operated as, essentially, a one-woman show. She's the only full-time faculty member (with regular adjunct support). Over the last 13 years, she has created a thriving program along with a performance company—at a school with fewer than 2,500 students—by drawing on her admittedly rare strength: aerial dance.

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Savion Glover is one of the biggest names in the dance world, and perhaps the biggest in the tap world. The trailblazing hoofer's hard-hitting, rhythmically intricate style has fundamentally altered the tap landscape.

Glover is also a master teacher. But during his many years on the scene, he's never appeared regularly at a major dance convention. That is, until this season: Glover is now teaching at JUMP Dance Convention, scheduled to appear at approximately 15 more cities on its 2019–2020 tour.

We talked with JUMP director Mike Minery, himself a gifted hoofer, about working with a living legend—and how Glover is already changing the convention class game.

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Dance Teacher Tips
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Though she loved choreographing, the high school student showcase wasn't quite enough for Julie Deleger, a recent graduate of The College Preparatory School in Oakland, California. The answer for her was an independent-study project during her last semester there. "Choreography is so personal that sometimes you need to take more or less time with it," she says. "Doing it on my own was really helpful. I let the project guide me rather than having to adhere to a specific set of rules."

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Dancer Health
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Q: My 5-year-old daughter is pigeon-toed. Do you have any suggestions to help her correct this?

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