March 2005

Walking the Walk

Fosse disciple Chet Walker on carrying on the master's legacy and advancing an undervalued artform in the U.S.

Three Easy Pieces

Give your students a taste of Chet Walker's choreography with these three combinations.

Feet of Strength

Help students to develop their foot muscles.

Jumping for Joy

Causes and treatments for students with jumper's knee

Family Style

A guide for involving parents in nutrition education

Road to Recovery

A dance educator shares how she bounced back from a serious injury.

Lower Back Basics

3 exercises for building abdominal and back strength

Performance Planner: It's a Jungle Out There

Creative scenery and inspirational music ideas for a rainforest-themed recital

Martha Graham

Modern dance pionner

The More, The Merrier

a guide to growing your dance department's ticket sales

Star of San Juan

School founder Lolita San Miguel shares future career plans on the eve of her retirement.

Music to the Feet

Havana, Cuba-based dance teacher Isaias Rojas Ramirez offers advice for teaching Latin dance.

K-12: Howdy, Partner!

Ideas for collaborative projects with dance programs in higher education and the private sector

The Jitter Bug

Techniques for taming stage fright

Profitable Promises

7 steps to simplify your life and boost your income

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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