April 2008

Southern Trailblazer

Much more than a dance teacher at a public school, Kelly Burnette reveals the secrets to her success.

Progress Report

No Child Left Behind seems to have left the arts behind, but educators and advocates are working to turn the tide.

Good to Go

DT's guide to traveling with props, costumes and accessories in tow

In Good Company

What you need to know when starting a school dance troupe

Cool Enough for School

Public school dance teacher Freddie-Lee Heath shares classroom music even a picky preteen could love.

Fashion

The latest hip-hop styles to hit the scene

Carmen deLavallade

The genre-defying performance legend shares her formative influences and creative process.

Performance Planner: A Year of Dance

Take your audience on a 12-month whirlwind with this show-stopping recital theme.

Robert Joffrey

A groundbreaking teacher, dancer and choreographer

Studio Sounds

Tips on finding and working with musicians for class and performance

Staff Savers

An insider's take on keeping and motivating employees

Teaching Tips
@jayplayimagery, courtesy Kerollis

In the spring of 2012, Barry Kerollis was abruptly forced into treating his career as a small business. Having just moved cross-country to join BalletX, he got injured and was soon let go.

"I'd only ever danced with big companies before," the now-freelance dance-teacher-choreographer-podcaster recalls. "That desperation factor drove me to approach freelancing with a business model and a business plan."

As Kerollis acknowledges, getting the business of you off the ground ("you" as a freelance dance educator, that is) can be filled with unexpected challenges—even for the most seasoned of gigging dancers. But becoming your own CEO can make your work–life balance more sustainable, help you make more money, keep you organized, and get potential employers to offer you more respect and improved working conditions. Here's how to get smart now about branding, finances and other crucial ways to tell the dance world that you mean business.

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Courtesy Oleson

American dance educator Shannon Oleson was teaching recreational ballet and street-dance classes in London when the pandemic hit. As she watched many of her fellow U.S. friends pack up and return home from their international adventures, she made the difficult choice to stick with her students (as well as her own training—she was midway through her MFA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).

Despite shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders, she was able to maintain a teaching schedule that kept her working with her dancers through Zoom, as well as lead some private, in-home acro classes following government guidelines. But keeping rec students interested in the face of pandemic fatigue hasn't been easy.

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Teaching Tips
Jill Randall

Whether you're in need of some wintertime inspiration or searching for new material for your classes, these six titles—ranging from personal stories, classroom materials, detailed essays and coursebooks—are worthy picks to add to your pedagogy bookshelf.

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