June 2012

Built To Last

Denise Blackstone's studio supports her passion and her family

Creating the Dream Studio

Decisions behind four recent renovations

Diana Byer

How I teach Ceccetti

Surviving the Storm

Three studios triumph in the face of disaster

Sew You Think You Can Dance

A conversation with "SYTYCD" costume designer Soyon An

Teachers' Tools

Up Close with Tracie Stanfield

Fashion

Street-smart looks for the studio or stage, plus shoes

Clear and Concise

Music for students new to improvisation

Snap, Crackle, Pop

An innocent noise could be a warning of future injury

Hanya Holm

Bringing German expressionism to America

Raising the Barre

Curing bad barre habits

A Model for State-Funded Arts Education

The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities

 

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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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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Teaching Tips
Jill Randall

Whether you're in need of some wintertime inspiration or searching for new material for your classes, these six titles—ranging from personal stories, classroom materials, detailed essays and coursebooks—are worthy picks to add to your pedagogy bookshelf.

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