April 2006

Pushing the Limits

Sheila Barker shares her energetic approach to teaching jazz.

Performance Planner: Cultural Exchange

Create a recital exploring the dance traditions of different cultures.

Dance Teacher's Musical Top 50

10 judges offer their thoughts on the best—and worst—competition songs.

Cutting Competition Costs

Studio directors share how they save money during competition season—and what they think is worth paying for.

Fun with Fundraising

Fresh ideas to try with your competition squad

It's a Small World, After All

Costumes to take your dancers on a trip around the globe

Get Into the Act

Tap into one of today's hottest markets by adding a movement class for actors and singers to your schedule.

Rhapsody in Blue

New York City-based teacher and choreographer Rhapsody James shares a demanding jazz combination.

Pierre Dulaine

A conversation about Take the Lead, the new film based on his experiences teaching ballroom dance to inner-city children.

Ask the Experts

Questions on late payments, multi-floor studios and correcting head alignment

Bob Fosse

This jazz legend injected swagger, nuance and desire into the American musical.

Health Watch

DT takes a look at the role faculty members play in helping college students overcome eating disorders.

Classroom Collaboration

How to convince your academic colleagues to incorporate dance into their classes

Dancing Around the Diet Issue

The truth about 8 popular diets


Teachers Trending
Annika Abel Photography, courtesy Griffith

When the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May catalyzed nationwide protests against systemic racism, the tap community resumed longstanding conversations about teaching a Black art form in the era of Black Lives Matter. As these dialogues unfolded on social media, veteran Dorrance Dance member Karida Griffith commented infrequently, finding it difficult to participate in a meaningful way.

"I had a hard time watching people have these conversations without historical context and knowledge," says Griffith, who now resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, after many years in New York City. "It was clear that there was so much information missing."

For example, she observed people discussing tap while demonstrating ignorance about Black culture. Or, posts that tried to impose upon tap the history or aesthetics of European dance forms.

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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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