February 2007

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Fabian Barnes celebrates 20 years of performance and outreach.

Hip Hop, You Don't Stop

Learn how to develop a comprehensive hip-hop program that's right for your school.

Few Good Men

Young men may just be discovering dance during their college years. Here's how to draw them into the dance studio and encourage their growth.

Fashion

Outfits that will make your male dancers want to shake a leg

Make Your Studio Boy-Ready

Apply these simple tips to help male dancers feel welcome at your facility.

Fair Play

Make sure your male and female students are treated equally.

Edward Villella

A conversation with the legendary dancer-turned-artistic director. He emphasizes artistry in his teaching.

Performance Planner: West Side Story Update

Convert this audience favorite into your own recital.

Music to Your Ears

Five programs for editing music for recitals and competitions

Smart Moves

ArtsSmarts is part of a grassroots effort to bring arts into the classroom.

Ask the Experts

Answers to questions about paying employees under the table, studio flooring and pushy parents

B is for Budget

Keep your recital spending under control with our handy budget worksheet.

Teachers Trending
Alwin Courcy, courtesy Ballet des Amériques

Carole Alexis has been enduring the life-altering after-effects of COVID-19 since April 2020. For months on end, the Ballet des Amériques director struggled with fevers, tingling, dizziness and fatigue. Strange bruising showed up on her skin, along with the return of her (long dormant) asthma, plus word loss and stuttering.

"For three days I would experience relief from the fever—then, boom—it would come back worse than before," Alexis says. "I would go into a room and not know why I was there." Despite the remission of some symptoms, the fatigue and other debilitating side effects have endured to this day. Alexis is part of a tens-of-thousands-member club nobody wants to be part of—she is a COVID-19 long-hauler.

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Teachers Trending
Annika Abel Photography, courtesy Griffith

When the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May catalyzed nationwide protests against systemic racism, the tap community resumed longstanding conversations about teaching a Black art form in the era of Black Lives Matter. As these dialogues unfolded on social media, veteran Dorrance Dance member Karida Griffith commented infrequently, finding it difficult to participate in a meaningful way.

"I had a hard time watching people have these conversations without historical context and knowledge," says Griffith, who now resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, after many years in New York City. "It was clear that there was so much information missing."

For example, she observed people discussing tap while demonstrating ignorance about Black culture. Or, posts that tried to impose upon tap the history or aesthetics of European dance forms.

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Studio Owners
Courtesy Tonawanda Dance Arts

If you're considering starting a summer program this year, you're likely not alone. Summer camp and class options are a tried-and-true method for paying your overhead costs past June—and, done well, could be a vehicle for making up for lost 2020 profits.

Plus, they might take on extra appeal for your studio families this year. Those struggling financially due to the pandemic will be in search of an affordable local programming option rather than an expensive, out-of-town intensive. And with summer travel still likely in question this spring as July and August plans are being made, your studio's local summer training option remains a safe bet.

The keys to profitable summer programming? Figuring out what type of structure will appeal most to your studio clientele, keeping start-up costs low—and, ideally, converting new summer students into new year-round students.

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