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.

Music
Allie Burke, courtesy Lo Cascio

If you'd hear it on the radio, you won't hear it in Anthony Lo Cascio's tap classes.

"If I play a song that my kids know, I'm kind of disappointed in myself," he says. "I either want to be on the cutting edge or playing the classics."

He finds that most of today's trendy tracks lack the depth needed for tap, and that there's a disconnect between kids and popular music. "They have trouble finding the beat compared to older genres," he says.

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Teachers Trending
Courtesy Lovely Leaps

After the birth of her daughter in 2018, engineer Lisa McCabe had reservations about returning to the workforce full-time. And while she wanted to stay home with the new baby, she wasn't ready to stop contributing financially to her family (after all, she'd had a successful career designing cables for government drones). So, when she got a call that September from an area preschool to lead its dance program, she saw an opportunity.

The invitation to teach wasn't completely out of the blue. McCabe had grown up dancing in Southern California and had a great reputation from serving as her church's dance teacher and team coach the previous three years (stopping only to take a break as a new mother). She agreed to teach ballet and jazz at the preschool on Fridays and from there created an age-appropriate class based on her own training in the Cecchetti and RAD methods. It was a success: In three months, class enrollment went from six to 24 students, and just one year later, McCabe's blossoming Lovely Leaps brand had contracts with eight preschools and three additional teachers.

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News
Courtesy Shake the Ground

Dance competitions were among the first events to be shut down when the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in the U.S. in mid-March, and they've been among the last able to restart.

So much of the traditional structure of the competition—large groups of dancers and parents from dozens of different studios; a new city every week—simply won't work in our new pandemic world.

How, then, have competitions been getting by, and what does the future look like?

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