January 2008

The Power of Two

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride have revitalized the Charlotte dance scene at the helm of North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Around the World in 80 Days

This summer, why not take your students on a field trip?

Adding It Up

How the National Association of Schools of Dance is addressing increased pressure for numbers-based assessment.


New looks for teachers.

Tunes for Tots

Olga Berest's favorite music selections

Performance Planner: Battle of the Sexes

Turn this age-old feud into a fun-themed recital for your school.

New Year, New You

Nine ways to reignite your creative spark this year

Pirouettes 101

Tips on mastering this basic ballet turn

Shane Sparks

The confident and charismatic choreographer from "So You Think You Can Dance"

Michel Fokine

The father of modern ballet

Starting from Scratch

How a Florida dance teacher started a program that has grown to 150 students in just two and a half years

You Be the Judge

Dance teachers who've also judged offer tips on how to make the most of critiques.

Making the Cut

Three dance program faculty members share their audition approaches.

Summer Study and Continuing Education 2008 Guide

More than 120 programs around the country

Making Sense of Soy

We look beyond the hype to separate fact from fiction.

Build a Better Business

10 business resolutions for the new year

Health & Body
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Talar compression syndrome means there is some impingement happening in the posterior portion of the ankle joint. Other medical personnel might call your problem os trigonum syndrome or posterior ankle impingement syndrome or posterior tibiotalar compression syndrome. No matter what they name it—it means you are having trouble moving your ankle through pointing and flexing.

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Scott Robbins, Courtesy IABD

The International Association of Blacks in Dance is digitizing recordings of significant, at-risk dance works, master classes, panels and more by Black dancers and choreographers from 1988 to 2010. The project is the result of a $50,000 Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

"This really is a long time coming," says IABD president and CEO Denise Saunders Thompson of what IABD is calling the Preserving the Legacy and History of Black Dance in America program. "And it's really just the beginning stages of pulling together the many, many contributions of Black dance artists who are a part of the IABD network." Thompson says IABD is already working to secure funding to digitize even more work.

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Studio Owners
The Dance Concept staff in the midst of their costume pickup event. Photo courtesy of Dance Concept

Year-end recitals are an important milestone for dancers to demonstrate what they've learned throughout the year. Not to mention the revenue boost they bring—often 15 to 20 percent of a studio's yearly budget. But how do you hold a spring recital when you're not able to rehearse in person, much less gather en masse at a theater?

"I struggled with the decision for a month, but it hit me that a virtual recital was the one thing that would give our kids a sense of closure and happiness after a few months on Zoom," says Lisa Kaplan Barbash, owner of TDS Dance Company in Stoughton, MA. She's one of countless studio owners who faced the challenges of social distancing while needing to provide some sort of end-of-year performance experience that had already been paid for through tuition and costume fees.

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