April 2005

A Tale of Two Teachers

Beth Piler and Kathy Willsey's shared teaching philosophy is the perfect ingredient for studio success.

To See or Not To See

DT tackles the controversial issue of letting parents observe class.

Trick or Treat?

Incorporate acro into your choreography and safely teach your students new skills.

All Abroad!

Plan an overseas tour that your dancers will never forget.

A Taste of the Real World

Guide your students through the internship process.

$ummer $chool

Make extra money during your summer vacation, while widening your expertise and gaining new experience.

Fashion

Matching costumes for boys and girls.

From Russia to Rio

Former Ballets Russes ballerina Tatiana Leskova on old-school discipline

The Perfect Pirouette

Master teacher nancy Bielski reveals the ingredients for a turn that's spot-on.

Performance Planner: The Way We Were

Take a trip down memory lane with a "Dance Through the Decades"-themed recital.

Marie Taglioni

A ballerina who shaped the artform at the pinnacle of the Romantic era

Joint Effort

Don't let pain from arthritis keep you out of the classroom.

Weighing Your Options

Navigate the tricky waters of independent contractor status.

Show of Gratitude

Thank your customers on a ballet-ribbon budget.

Studio Owners
Courtesy Tonawanda Dance Arts

If you're considering starting a summer program this year, you're likely not alone. Summer camp and class options are a tried-and-true method for paying your overhead costs past June—and, done well, could be a vehicle for making up for lost 2020 profits.

Plus, they might take on extra appeal for your studio families this year. Those struggling financially due to the pandemic will be in search of an affordable local programming option rather than an expensive, out-of-town intensive. And with summer travel still likely in question this spring as July and August plans are being made, your studio's local summer training option remains a safe bet.

The keys to profitable summer programming? Figuring out what type of structure will appeal most to your studio clientele, keeping start-up costs low—and, ideally, converting new summer students into new year-round students.

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Dancer Diary
Claire, McAdams, courtesy Houston Ballet

Former Houston Ballet dancer Chun Wai Chan has always been destined for New York City Ballet.

While competing at Prix de Lausanne in 2010, he was offered summer program scholarships at both the School of American Ballet and Houston Ballet. However, because two of the competition's winners that year were Houston Ballet's Aaron Sharratt and Liao Xiang, dancers Chan idolized, he turned down SAB. He joined Houston Ballet II in 2010, the main company's corps de ballet in 2012, and was promoted to principal in 2017. Oozing confidence and technical prowess, Chan was a Houston favorite, and even landed himself a spot on Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch."

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Music
Mary Mallaney/USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, courtesy Osato

In most classes, dancers are encouraged to count the music, and dance with it—emphasizing accents and letting the rhythm of a song guide them.

But Marissa Osato likes to give her students an unexpected challenge: to resist hitting the beats.

In her contemporary class at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles (which is now closed, until they find a new space), she would often play heavy trap music. She'd encourage her students to find the contrast by moving in slow, fluid, circular patterns, daring them to explore the unobvious interpretation of the steady rhythms.

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