November 2008

Seeing Double

DT chats with Hollywood's hottest dancing duo, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo.

2009 Costume Guide

More than 60 stagewear styles for 2009.

Quick Fixer-Uppers

A designer shares simple techniques for customizing costumes.

Costume Call

6 steps to a smooth costume-ordering process

The ABCs of Costume Care

Tips and tricks from the pros on washing, drying and storing your performance wear

Barbara Karinska

Costume couturier

Performance Planner: Imagination Station

Put a dreamy spin on your recital with this theme.

Theatrical Flair

Choreographer, teacher and dancer Joshua Bergasse shares five picks for musical theater.

Daniel Ulbricht

The New York City Ballet principal talks about his latest role—teacher.

In the Swing

Tips for finding the momentum and strength for great jazz jumps

A Common Language

Integrating ESL students into your dance classes

Community Connection

Interested in academia or looking to broaden your reach? Teaching a community college can help.

Going for Ballet Gold

Advice on preparing students for the special world of ballet competitions

Menopause Matters

Steps to surviving the symptoms of menopause in and outside the dance studio

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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