May 2011

Editor's Note: National Tap Dance Day is May 25

Roxane Butterfly

Teaches a Jimmy Slyde-inspired tap sequence.

Performance Planner: Heroes and Legends

The Walh Performing Arts Studio recital theme

"Play Ball"

Enhance young dancers' coordination with props

Learning the Rhythms of a School

After-school tap in Minnesota



High Five

Shirley and Michele Larkin

Peter Boal

Restaging Giselle for the Pacific Northwest Ballet


New and best-selling styles for every class you teach

Nina Buisson

Zen and the Art of Dancer Maintenance

First Aid Kit 101

Prepare for emergencies with a well-stocked studio.

Ann Miller

The famous legs of Golden Age movie musicals

Creating Artist Citizens

Juilliard's summer grants send dancers all over the world.

Spruce up your Studio

Prioritize upgrades to your space.

Rachel Neville, courtesy DTH

A new three-summer collaboration between Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Dance Theatre of Harlem will contribute to conversations on race, activism and equity in the arts, while also exploring creative projects and learning opportunities.

Kicking off the partnership in June, DTH focused on the development of The Hazel Scott Project, a new work by choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher. Scott was a Black piano virtuoso and Hollywood trailblazer who risked her life and career through outspoken civil rights activism. In the spirit of her example, Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of theater, and John Heginbotham, director of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, co-taught a summer theater course that challenged students to create dance as a tool for social change.

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Sponsored by A Wish Come True
Courtesy A Wish Come True

Studio owners who've been in the recital game for a while have likely seen thousands of dance costumes pass through their hands.

But with the hustle and bustle of recital time, we don't always stop to think about where exactly those costumes are coming from, or how they are made.

If we want our costumes to be of the same high quality as our dancing—and for our costume-buying process to be as seamless as possible—it helps to take the time to learn a bit more about those costumes and the companies making them.

We talked to the team at A Wish Come True—who makes all their costumes at their factory in Bristol, Pennsylvania—to get an inside look at what really goes into making a costume, from conception to stage.

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Teaching Tips
Courtesy Jill Randall

Fall may be fast-approaching, but it's never too late to slip in a little summer reading—especially if it'll make you all the more prepared for the perhaps crazier-than-usual season ahead.

Here are six new releases to enrich your coming school year:

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