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

Teacher Voices
Photo courtesy Rhee Gold Company

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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Teachers Trending
Photo by Yvonne M. Portra, courtesy Faulkner

It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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Music
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Securing the correct music licensing for your studio is an important step in creating a financially sound business. "Music licensing is something studio owners seem to either embrace or ignore completely," says Clint Salter, CEO and founder of the Dance Studio Owners Association. While it may seem like it's a situation in which it's easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission—that is, to wait until you're approached by a music-rights organization before purchasing a license—Salter disagrees, citing Peloton, the exercise company that produces streaming at-home workouts. In February, Peloton settled a music-licensing suit with the National Music Publishers' Association out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. Originally, NMPA had sought $300 million in damages from Peloton. "It can get extremely expensive," says Salter. "It's not worth it for a studio to get caught up in that."

As you continue to explore a hybrid online/in-person version of your class schedule, it's crucial that your music licenses include coverage for livestreamed instruction—which comes with its own particular requirements. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about music licensing—in both normal times and COVID times—as well as some safe music bets that won't pose any issues.

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