August 2007

The Classic

At 93, Frederic Franklin is still dancing, staging ballets and providing inspiration for generations of dancers.

Learning Long-Distance

Everything you need to know about distance-learning programs

Building Memory

Help your students increase their dance memory with these exercises.

Pre-Class Planning

Tips for getting ready for the new semester

Backward Thinking

When it comes to creating a unit plan, you might want to start at the end.

Planning for Growth

Advice on increasing tuition rates without losing clientele

Fashion

Dancewear for teachers

Chuck Davis

The African dance pioneer marks his 70th birthday this year and the 30th anniversary of his DanceAfrica Festival.

Mindful Learning

Eric Franklin shares a variety of ways to use imagery in the studio.

A Winning Combination

Balancing competition and recreational dancers

Antony Tudor

A pillar of 20th-century ballet

Performance Planner: Going to the Chapel

Use a wedding tradition to guide your next recital

2007 Music Guide

The latest class and performance music releases from more than 25 companies

The Art of Breathing

Techniques for using breath to improve concentration, endurance, coordination and expressiveness

Waivers 101

A guide to protecting your studio with liability waivers

Teaching Tips
Courtesy Jill Randall

Fall may be fast-approaching, but it's never too late to slip in a little summer reading—especially if it'll make you all the more prepared for the perhaps crazier-than-usual season ahead.

Here are six new releases to enrich your coming school year:

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Sponsored by A Wish Come True
Courtesy A Wish Come True

Studio owners who've been in the recital game for a while have likely seen thousands of dance costumes pass through their hands.

But with the hustle and bustle of recital time, we don't always stop to think about where exactly those costumes are coming from, or how they are made.

If we want our costumes to be of the same high quality as our dancing—and for our costume-buying process to be as seamless as possible—it helps to take the time to learn a bit more about those costumes and the companies making them.

We talked to the team at A Wish Come True—who makes all their costumes at their factory in Bristol, Pennsylvania—to get an inside look at what really goes into making a costume, from conception to stage.

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Studio Owners

Jana Belot's 31-year-old New Jersey–based Gotta Dance has six studios, 1,720 students and, usually, 13 recitals. In a normal year, Belot rents a 1,000-seat venue for up to 20 consecutive days and is known for her epic productions, featuring her studio classes and Gotta Dance's pre-professional dance team, Showstoppers. Until March, she was planning this year's jungle-themed recital in this same way.

When the pandemic hit, Belot soon decided to do a virtual recital instead. Due to the scale of the production—300 to 500 dancers performing in each of the 13 shows—postponing or moving to an outdoor venue wasn't practical. (Canceling, for her, was out of the question.)

Unsurprisingly, Belot's virtual recital was just as epic as her in-person shows—with 10,000 submitted videos, animation, musicians and more. Here's how it all came together, and what it cost her.

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