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Alvas Barres Floors Mirrors

Contact: Michelle Torres
San Pedro, CA
Category: Floors, Barres & Mirrors

Connect with Alvas on social media:
Facebook: @alvasbfm
Instagram: @alvasbfm


Contact: Sativa Martin
Yorba Linda, CA
Category: Dancewear

Dance Paws

Contact: Amy Rothstein
Cambridge, MA
Category: Shoes

Connect with Dance Paws on social media:
Twitter: @dancepaws

Discount Dance

Contact: Sativa Martin
Yorba Linda, CA
Category: Dancewear

Connect with Discount Dance on social media:
Facebook: @discountdance
Instagram: @discountdance

Elevé Dancewear

Contact: Lisa Choules
Kansas City, MO
Category: Dancewear

Connect with Elevé Dancewear on social media:
Facebook: @elevedancewear
Instagram: @elevedancewear
Twitter: @Elevedancewear

Glam'r Gear

Contact: Steve McKelvey
Grandview, MO
Category: Retail Suppliers

Miguelito's Dancing Shows & Supplies, INC

Contact: Gilbert Rivera
San Antonio, TX
Category: Shoes, Retail Suppliers

Nutcracker Ballet Gifts

Contact: Esmee Dorf
Asheville, NC
Category: Accessories & Gifts

Pillows For Pointes

Contact: Tony Cosentino
Commack, NY
Category: Accessories & Gifts

Connect with Pillows for Pointes on social media:
Facebook: @pillowsforpointes
Instagram: @pillowsforpointes

Teachers Trending
Photo courtesy TUPAC

When legendary Black ballet dancer Kabby Mitchell III died unexpectedly in 2017, two months before opening his Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, his friend and business partner Klair Ethridge wasn't sure she had what it took to carry his legacy. Ethridge had been working with Mitchell to co-found TUPAC and planned to serve as its executive director, but she had never envisioned being the face of the school.

Now, Ethridge is heading into her fourth year of leading TUPAC, which she has grown from a fledgling program in an unheated building to a serious ballet school in its own sprung-floor studios, reaching hundreds of students across the Tacoma, Washington, area. The nonprofit has become a case study for what it looks like to carry out the vision of a founder who never had the chance to see his school open—and to take an unapologetically mission-driven approach.

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Sponsored by A Wish Come True
Courtesy A Wish Come True

With so much else on your plate, from navigating virtual learning to keeping your studio afloat, it can be tempting to to cut corners or to settle for less in order to check "costumes" off of this season's to-do list. Ultimately, though, finding a costume vendor you trust is paramount to keeping your stress levels low and parent satisfaction high, not to mention helping your students look—and feel—their absolute best. Remember: You are the client, and you deserve exceptional service. And costume companies like A Wish Come True are ready to go above and beyond for their customers, but it's important that you know what to ask for. Here are some tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your costume company.

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Higher Ed
Charles Anderson (center) in his (Re)current Unrest. Photo by Kegan Marling, courtesy of UT Austin

Given the long history of American choreographers who have threaded activism into their work—Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, Donald McKayle, Joanna Haigood, Bill T. Jones, Jo Kreiter, to name a few—it's perhaps surprising that collegiate dance has offered so little in the way of training future generations to do the same.

Until now, that is. Within the last three years, two master's programs have cropped up, each the first of its kind: Ohio University's MA in community dance (new this fall), and the University of Texas at Austin's dance and social justice MFA, which emerged from its existing MFA program in 2018. These two programs join the University of San Francisco's undergraduate performing arts and social justice major, with a concentration in dance, which has been around since 2000.

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