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.

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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