February 2008

The House That Homer Built

Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center's founder Homer Hans Bryant has been nurturing and supporting dancers since 1990.

2008 Music Guide

More than 25 music distributors offer selections for class and recital

The Dos and Don'ts of Hip Hop

Teacher Pat-Y-O shows how to get the hip-hop look right.

Get Your Groove On

Choreographers Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo share their favorite hip-hop tracks.

Team Dynamics

Solutions for minimizing conflict and creating a cohesive competition team

Cover to Cover

Nine new dance titles

Ask the Experts

Performing background checks and the right time to start competition

Performance Planner: All You Need Is Love

For your next recital, put L-O-V-E center stage.

Asadata Dafora

A pioneer of African-based dance in the U.S.

Three K–12 dance teachers share tips for keeping classrooms in check.

Discipline Dilemmas

Studio owners weigh in on the best ways to make students behave.

Fuel Your Teaching

Simple steps to nourish your mind and body for a full day of teaching

Where the Heart Is

Creating an inviting studio environment will keep dancers and their families coming back for more.

The Floor Factor

Key questions you should ask to make sure you choose a safe, comfortable and long-lasting floor surface

Building a Dance Library

Enhance our students' education by creating a studio resource library.

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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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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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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