Lisa Rumbauskus is the co-Founder and Co-Director of Moving Youth Dance Company in Cranford, New Jersey as well as an active teacher and choreographer. Lisa holds a BFA in Dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, is a member of Actors Equity Association and is an ABT® Certified Teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3. She has choreographed for The Gershwin Theatre (NYC), DisneyDowntown, Mount Washington Valley, Hamilton Stage and Virginia Repertory Theatre. She performed in the Broadway national tour of Swing!, has performed in New York City with the Metropolitan Opera and at other regional theaters throughout the country.
I recently came across a post on social media from a studio owner that I could not ignore. In this post, she explained that a mother at her studio breastfeeds her baby in the lobby of her studio. She went on to say that when this mother nurses her baby, (deep breath...prepare yourself, people) her breast is exposed.
How does your studio handle enrollment for boys? Photo courtesy of Shona Roebuck
I recently set up a classical ballet partnering master class for my youth dance company. A pas de deux class, if you will—think Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, etc., chock full of promenades, pirouettes and lifts.
I knew we would have plenty of girls interested in signing up, but enlisting boys is always a challenge.
Without much thought, we offered it for free to boys who attended because, here's the thing: no boys = no class. At least, in a ballet partnering class—every Sugar Plum Fairy needs a Cavalier, right?
Dancers await to audition for Ballet West. Photo by Jim Lafferty.
Do you have students considering a career in dance? The reality is that it takes more than just good training. Lisa Rumbauskas, co-founder and co-director of Moving Youth Dance Company in Cranford, New Jersey, danced professionally before teaching and choreographing full-time. Getting hired takes more than being a good dancer, she says.
Here are five ways Rumbauskas says dance educators can prepare students for success.
As I sit here writing this, I'm watching my boys (ages 3 and 1) playing in the living room. They are roaring like dinosaurs and catching the sunlight projected onto the rug. For a moment there is peace. Peace? I should be moving and doing one of the many million, billion things I need to do: plan classes, work on programming, cut music, choreograph, laundry, clean the house, start dinner.