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.

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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