Editor's Note: Fall Training Issue

In September many high school dancers’ thoughts turn toward college: Should they apply or not, and if so, where and what to study? Is it best to major in dance, or attend a school where one can dance while getting a nondance degree? Needless to say, it’s a tough decision and your students can use your help.


That’s why Dance Teacher compiles a Higher Ed Guide (in our print and digital editions) with contact information for the most respected college dance programs. We also recommend you keep a copy of the Dance Magazine College Guide in your studio. Updated annually, the College Guide includes details about dance degrees, a convenient comparison chart and a geographic address index. Plus it gives perspectives from dancers and other advisors about finding the right program, how to pay for it and what to expect once enrolled. You can order the new edition at www.dancemagazine.com/college


When you welcome new students to your classes, do you find that many need a particular correction? In “Oh No! My Students Are…," the DT editors posed this question to a diverse group of teachers. We loved their responses and think you will, too. Is there a technique issue that you find yourself addressing repeatedly? If so, let us know what it is. Like us on Facebook and join the discussion in our September timeline.


It’s not too early to start thinking about costumes for your holiday recital. DT fashion editor Andrea Marks has compiled a great selection of our favorite styles for our print and digital editions. And watch for our upcoming annual costume preview, this year in both the October and November issues, along with advice on care, fitting and alterations.

Teaching Tips
A 2019 Dancewave training. Photo by Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave

By now, most dance educators hopefully understand that they have a responsibility to address racism in the studio. But knowing that you need to be actively cultivating racial equity isn't the same thing as knowing how to do so.

Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

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Higher Ed
The author, Robyn Watson. Photo courtesy Watson

Recently, I posted a thread of tweets elucidating the lack of respect for tap dance in college dance programs, and arguing that it should be a requirement for dance majors.

According to onstageblog.com, out of the 30 top-ranked college dance programs in the U.S., tap dance is offered at 19 of them, but only one school requires majors to take more than a beginner course—Oklahoma City University. Many prestigious dance programs, like the ones at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, don't offer a single course in tap dance.

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After months of lockdowns and virtual learning, many studios across the country are opening their doors and returning to in-person classes. Teachers and students alike have likely been chomping at the bit in anticipation of the return of dance-class normalcy that doesn't require a reliable internet connection or converting your living room into a dance space.

But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

So as much as everyone wants to get back to normal—teachers and studio owners included—erring on the side of caution with your dancers' training will be the most beneficial approach in the long run.

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