Dance in Unexpected Places

If you haven't seen the documentary Being Elmo, consider renting it for your next movie night. In it, puppeteer Kevin Clash recounts his story of developing what's arguably the most lovable muppet on "Sesame Street"—Elmo. But the best part of the film is the footage of Clash's mentor, Kermit Love.


The puppeteer and designer who helped Jim Henson create Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster, Kermit Love first met Henson while working at Judson Dance Theater. But Love's dance roots run even deeper: He's the man behind Twyla Tharp's signature backless tuxedos for Eight Jelly Rolls, the sailor suits for Jerome Robbin's first ballet Fancy Free and the 16-foot Mother Ginger for the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker—not to mention his 40 year working relationship with George Balanchine. (Click here to read more about Kermit Love and his work in dance.)


Although his dance background isn't mentioned in the film, it's worth seeing the kooky costume designer in action. (And the film is great!)



Photo of Kermit Love and Mr. Snuffleupagus in 1985, courtesy of Sesame Workshop






Teacher Voices
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Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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Securing the correct music licensing for your studio is an important step in creating a financially sound business. "Music licensing is something studio owners seem to either embrace or ignore completely," says Clint Salter, CEO and founder of the Dance Studio Owners Association. While it may seem like it's a situation in which it's easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission—that is, to wait until you're approached by a music-rights organization before purchasing a license—Salter disagrees, citing Peloton, the exercise company that produces streaming at-home workouts. In February, Peloton settled a music-licensing suit with the National Music Publishers' Association out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. Originally, NMPA had sought $300 million in damages from Peloton. "It can get extremely expensive," says Salter. "It's not worth it for a studio to get caught up in that."

As you continue to explore a hybrid online/in-person version of your class schedule, it's crucial that your music licenses include coverage for livestreamed instruction—which comes with its own particular requirements. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about music licensing—in both normal times and COVID times—as well as some safe music bets that won't pose any issues.

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