March 2008

The Journey Within

The Juilliard School's anatomy expert Irene Dowd instructs students on the inner workings of dance.

Injury Intervention

Facts all dance teachers should know to prevent seven common injuries

Positive Reflections

Help students obtain a healthy body image.

A Better Barre

10 ways to shape up students' demi pliés, relevés and more

 

Fashion

New spins on the classic tutu

Ask the Experts

Tips on team-building and how to handle a student's poor academic performance

Modern Marvels

Liven up modern class with Bill Evans' expressive selections.

Performance Planner: Viva Las Vegas!

Channel the thrill of Sin City for your next show.

Jock Soto

The former New York City Ballet principal talks about transitioning from the stage.

Alwin Nikolais

Artist and pioneer of motion

Going Public

Three dance educators share insights on making the switch from private studios to public school.

Learning on the Move

Forget textbooks—dance is the lesson plan for today.

Making Fundraising Fair

How to organize a fuss-free event

In Good Company

Learn how your students can place first in etiquette

On the Side

Three studio owners dish on the perks and challenges of running a successful side business.

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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