October 2005

One of the Guys

At Houston's Westside High School, Ricky Cardenas uses dance—and his own example—to encourage success in academics and in life.

Studio Management Software 101, Part 1

DT surveyed studio owners about what it's like to use one of four programs on a daily basis

Nationals Diary

Follow along as studio owner Sarah-Jane Measor prepares students for Las Vegas Nationals.

From the Judges' Table

Top competition judges tell DT what they love to see in competition—and what studios should avoid.

Healthy Trails

Seven tips to keep your students' bodies performance-ready while on the road

Competition Guide

Everything you need to know about more than 135 events

Performance Planner: Road Trip U.S.A

Take your students on a voyage around the country with a United States-themed recital.

And Now for the Girls

Give your female dancers a taste of Bournonville technique with this combination.

Agnes de Mille

A dancer, choreographer and writer who helped shape American dance

Dance to the Write Beat

How to use dance to help students become better writers

Making the Grade

Tips for effectively evaluating college-level dance assignment

Fashion

Get into the holiday spirit with these costumes.

News
Clockwise from top left: Courtesy Ford Foundation; Christian Peacock; Nathan James, Courtesy Gibson; David Gonsier, courtesy Marshall; Bill Zemanek, courtesy King; Josefina Santos, courtesy Brown; Jayme Thornton; Ian Douglas, courtesy American Realness

Since 1954, the Dance Magazine Awards have celebrated the living legends of our field—from Martha Graham to Misty Copeland to Alvin Ailey to Gene Kelly.

This year is no different. But for the first time ever, the Dance Magazine Awards will be presented virtually—which is good news for aspiring dancers (and their teachers!) everywhere. (Plus, there's a special student rate of $25.)

The Dance Magazine Awards aren't just a celebration of the people who shape the dance field—they're a unique educational opportunity and a chance for dancers to see their idols up close.

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Leap! Executive Director Drew Vamosi (Courtesy Leap!)

Since its inaugural season in 2012, Leap! National Dance Competition has been all about the little things.

"I wanted to have a 'boutique' competition. One where we went out to only one city every weekend, so I could be there myself, and we could really get to know the teachers and watch their kids progress from year to year," says Leap! executive director Drew Vamosi. According to Vamosi, thoughtful details make all the difference, especially during a global pandemic that's thrown many dancers' typical comp-season schedules for a loop. That's why Leap! prides itself on features like its professional-quality set design, as well as its one-of-a-kind leaping competition, where dancers can show off their best tricks for special cash and merchandise prizes.

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Health & Body
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The term "body shaming" might bring up memories of that instructor from your own training who made critical remarks about—or even poked and prodded—dancers' bodies.

Thankfully, we're (mostly) past the days when authority figures felt free to openly mock a dancer's appearance. But body shaming remains a toxic presence in the studio, says Dr. Nadine Kaslow, psychologist for Atlanta Ballet: "It's just more hidden and more subtle." Here's how to make sure your teaching isn't part of the problem.

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