May 2016

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  • “There’s nothing solo about the solo.” —Leah Cox

    By Karen Hildebrand

  • Leah Cox’s Trajectory from Performer to Dean of the American Dance Festival

    By Rachel Rizzuto

  • Best Practices for Studio Management

    By Nancy Wozny

  • Best Practices for Studio Management: How Does It Work When You Work with Your Spouse?

    By Nancy Wozny

  • Maguette Camara: How I Teach West African

    By Rachel Caldwell

  • Ask the Experts: Explaining Choreography Letters to Parents

    By Joanne Chapman

  • Face to Face: Dorothy Gunther Pugh

    By Rachel Rizzuto

  • Teachers’ Tools: Nancy Murphy

    By Rachel Caldwell

  • Music: Brian McGinnis

    By Alyssa Marks

  • Health: How to Make Sense of Serving Size

    By Andrea Marks

  • History: The Nicholas Brothers

    By Rachel Caldwell

  • Theory & Practice: How to Master the Pirouette

    By Julie Diana

  • Higher Ed: VCU Professor Scott Putman’s Structural Reeducation Practice

    By Rachel Caldwell

Teacher Voices
Photo courtesy Rhee Gold Company

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, there has been a shift in our community that is so impressive that the impact could last long into our future. Although required school closures have hit the dance education field hard, what if, when looking back on this time, we see that it's been an incredible renaissance for dance educators, studio owners and the young dancers in our charge?

How could that be, you ask?

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Photo by Yvonne M. Portra, courtesy Faulkner

It's a Wednesday in May, and 14 Stanford University advanced modern ­dance students are logged on to Zoom, each practicing a socially distanced duet with an imaginary person. "Think about the quality of their personality and the type of duet you might have," says their instructor Katie Faulkner, "but also their surface area and how you'd relate to them in space." Amid dorm rooms, living rooms, dining rooms and backyards, the dancers make do with cramped quarters and dodge furniture as they twist, curve, stretch and intertwine with their imaginary partners.

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Securing the correct music licensing for your studio is an important step in creating a financially sound business. "Music licensing is something studio owners seem to either embrace or ignore completely," says Clint Salter, CEO and founder of the Dance Studio Owners Association. While it may seem like it's a situation in which it's easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission—that is, to wait until you're approached by a music-rights organization before purchasing a license—Salter disagrees, citing Peloton, the exercise company that produces streaming at-home workouts. In February, Peloton settled a music-licensing suit with the National Music Publishers' Association out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. Originally, NMPA had sought $300 million in damages from Peloton. "It can get extremely expensive," says Salter. "It's not worth it for a studio to get caught up in that."

As you continue to explore a hybrid online/in-person version of your class schedule, it's crucial that your music licenses include coverage for livestreamed instruction—which comes with its own particular requirements. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about music licensing—in both normal times and COVID times—as well as some safe music bets that won't pose any issues.

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