May 2013

Editor's Note: Off to an Early Start

by Karen Hildebrand

Twin City Titans

Tu Dance Center fills an unmet need in Minneapolis–St. Paul.

Building Body and Brain

Tips for teaching 3- to 6-year-olds

Courtney Runft

How I teach pre-tap

Making It Stick

Help your dancers learn movement faster.

Face to Face

A conversation with "So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley

Teachers’ Tools

Up Close with Cindera Che

Mike Minery

Music for rhythm tap


Trendy looks for your tiny performers

Summer Cross-Training

What a dancer should know

History Lesson Plan: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

Tap star of vaudeville, Broadway and film

The Great Debate

When a parent says “no” to dance in college

Event-Planning Toolbox

Three great ideas, with marketing and budget tips

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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