January 2007

Champion for Change

LeAnn Haggard brings a wealth of love, life experience and can-do attitude to Indianapolis's North Central High School.

Understanding the New Learner

Find out how you can engage and interact with today's tech-savvy crop of students.

Fashion

Costumes to help dancers step into new roles

Performance Planner: A Girl's Best Friend

Create a glittering recital inspired by George Balanchine's Jewels.

2007 Summer Study & Continuing Education Guide

Details on more than 90 events in the United States and abroad

George Balanchine

Innovator of American ballet

Suzanne Farrell

The former New York City Ballet principal talks about her life as an educator.

Mother Nurture

At Booker T. Washington School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, Lily Cabatu Weiss is busy training the next generation of professional dancers.

We Got the Beat

Helping your students become musical dancers can be as easy as 1,2,3.

Developing Team Players

It's the start of a new school semester. Here's how to make sure all your teachers, new and veteran alike, are on the same page.

Up in Arms

Four techniques to refine your students' arm movements

Stepping Into the Unknown

Tips and strategies for helping your students avoid potential pitfalls when performing in an unfamiliar venue

All Together Now

Dance pros share their secrets for successful synchronization.

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions about teaching older dancers, business expenses and different ballet methods

College Orientation

Three seasoned instructors offer advice to first-time professors.

Resource Room

Want to know where to apply for a grant, or how to find a good lesson plan? We've put together a sampling of K-12 resources to help you find your way.

Happy Feet

Good foot health is vital to maintaining and enjoying a dance career.

Tame Your Temperature

8 tips for keeping your utility bills under control

Work the Network

Strategies for making valuable connections at conferences and seminars

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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