October 2007

Right on the Mark

Dance Precisions' owner and director, Edith Montoya, has a winning philosophy.

Past, Present and Future

As competitions proliferate, teachers reflect on how they've changed—and where they're headed.

In Good Shape

Give your choreography an edge with outstanding formations.

Navigating the Commercial World

Tips to help students break into commercial dance

2008 Competition Guide

A guide to more than 150 events in the upcoming year

Fashion

Festive costumes for the season

Performance Planner: Flying Colors

Make a visual splash with a multicolored recital.

Raymond Lukens

A force behind New York University and ABT's new master's program in ballet pedagogy discusses what makes a good teacher.

Ask the Experts

Advice on setting up an online registration system and tips to optimize students' down time

Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn

Modern dance pioneers

Speaking the Same Language

Using dance to teach ESL students

Charting the Course

How colleges and universities can devise meaningful program assessments

Green Learning

Turn your studio into an environmentally friendly place to learn.

The Truth About Pesticides & Organics

Find out why and when buy organic.

Banish Burnout

Test how well you can spot students who need a break with our handy quiz.

 

 

Teachers Trending
Alwin Courcy, courtesy Ballet des Amériques

Carole Alexis has been enduring the life-altering after-effects of COVID-19 since April 2020. For months on end, the Ballet des Amériques director struggled with fevers, tingling, dizziness and fatigue. Strange bruising showed up on her skin, along with the return of her (long dormant) asthma, plus word loss and stuttering.

"For three days I would experience relief from the fever—then, boom—it would come back worse than before," Alexis says. "I would go into a room and not know why I was there." Despite the remission of some symptoms, the fatigue and other debilitating side effects have endured to this day. Alexis is part of a tens-of-thousands-member club nobody wants to be part of—she is a COVID-19 long-hauler.

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Teachers Trending

Annika Abel Photography, courtesy Griffith

When the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May catalyzed nationwide protests against systemic racism, the tap community resumed longstanding conversations about teaching a Black art form in the era of Black Lives Matter. As these dialogues unfolded on social media, veteran Dorrance Dance member Karida Griffith commented infrequently, finding it difficult to participate in a meaningful way.

"I had a hard time watching people have these conversations without historical context and knowledge," says Griffith, who now resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, after many years in New York City. "It was clear that there was so much information missing."

For example, she observed people discussing tap while demonstrating ignorance about Black culture. Or, posts that tried to impose upon tap the history or aesthetics of European dance forms.

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Studio Owners
Courtesy Tonawanda Dance Arts

If you're considering starting a summer program this year, you're likely not alone. Summer camp and class options are a tried-and-true method for paying your overhead costs past June—and, done well, could be a vehicle for making up for lost 2020 profits.

Plus, they might take on extra appeal for your studio families this year. Those struggling financially due to the pandemic will be in search of an affordable local programming option rather than an expensive, out-of-town intensive. And with summer travel still likely in question this spring as July and August plans are being made, your studio's local summer training option remains a safe bet.

The keys to profitable summer programming? Figuring out what type of structure will appeal most to your studio clientele, keeping start-up costs low—and, ideally, converting new summer students into new year-round students.

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