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
Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy. Photo courtesy Dance With Me

Listening to Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy riff together makes it crystal-clear why each has mastered the art of partnering in the ballroom—they've long been doing this dance in real life as brothers and business partners.

Along with their "Dancing with the Stars" pedigree (and a combined three mirror-ball trophies between them), Maks and Val (and their father, Sasha) also run Dance With Me, a dance company hosting six ProAm Dancesport competitions annually and running 14 brick-and-mortar studio locations across the U.S.

Last year, the pair launched an online component, Dance & Co. The online video platform offers beginner through advanced instruction in not only ballroom but an array of other styles, as well as dance fitness classes from HIIT to yoga to strength training. "DWTS" fans will recognize such familiar faces as Peta Murgatroyd, Jenna Johnson, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater, along with Maks and Val themselves.

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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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Teachers Trending
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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