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


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.



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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