December 2008

Renaissance Woman

Former Ailey dancer Sharron Miller has built a model private studio/K–12 partnership

12 Months of Fundraising

Ideas to last through the coming year

Convention Compass

Heading to a convention? Prepare your students for what to expect so they can make the most of it.

2009 Convention Guide

Details on more than 100 events this coming year

 

Fashion

27 styles to keep students warm this winter

Creative Direction

Choreographer Jon Lehrer lets us in on some of the tunes that inspire him.

Above and Beyond

13 creative ways to enrich your students' dance education outside of the classroom

Marius Petipa

Legendary ballet choreographer

Making Connections

Find out how one young dance teacher built a thriving program from scratch in rural Vermont.

Stepping Stone

Glendale Community College is paving the way for budding dancers.

Face Value

When it comes to facial expressions onstage, how much is too much?

Retiring Gracefully

Tips for stepping down when you're ready to close the curtain on your studio director days

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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Teachers Trending
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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