December 2011

Editor’s Note: The Convention Issue

Red Hot

The inspiring drive of “Glee” choreographer Brooke Lipton

Holidays in Every Way

Sharing ideas for a cheerful and inclusive season

Kristin Altfather

How I teach the Rockette style

2012 Convention Guide

The hottest events for you and your students


High Five

Cris Judd’s advice for students

Postmodern Crosspollination

A conversation with John Jasperse


Outfits as versatile as the curriculum you teach

Keeping Classical (But Not Conventional)

Duncan Cooper’s music choices for ballet center work

My Personal Fitness Pan

How three teachers find the time to stay in shape

Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

The composer who created The Nutcracker and redefined classical music

Mastering the Master Class

How to make the most of this unique teaching opportunity

Boys Will Be Boys

Keep male students engaged in dance class.

Tale as Old as Time

Studio owners reflect on their longevity.

Rachel Neville, courtesy DTH

A new three-summer collaboration between Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Dance Theatre of Harlem will contribute to conversations on race, activism and equity in the arts, while also exploring creative projects and learning opportunities.

Kicking off the partnership in June, DTH focused on the development of The Hazel Scott Project, a new work by choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Scott was a Black piano virtuoso and Hollywood trailblazer who risked her life and career through outspoken civil rights activism. In the spirit of her example, Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of theater, and John Heginbotham, director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, co-taught a summer theater course that challenged students to create dance as a tool for social change.

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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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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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