October 2008

A Family Affair

Denise Wall shares her secrets for turning out some of today's top dancers, including her famous sons.

The Cream of the Crop

Four veteran teachers weigh in on how to take star pupils from great to amazing.

Calm, Cool & Carefree

Our roundtable of experts offers tips for controlling competition stress.

2009 Competition Guide

An inside look at 155 events in the U.S. and abroad

Training Future Stars

DT talks to Scott Wise and Elizabeth Parkinson about their studio FineLine Theatre Arts.

Fashion

Costumes to make your holiday production shine

Andrew Palermo and Taye Diggs

The artistic directors of dre.dance share their creative processes and hopes for their budding contemporary company.

Hip-Hop Fusion

Dancer/choreographer Luam looks beyond traditional hip-hop tracks for music that makes her move.

Performance Planner: The People in Your Neighborhood

Take a cue from N-Step Dance Center and create a show based on local businesses and workers.

Parents as Partners

Getting parents involved can help grow your dance program.

Constructing Criticism

Lean to use the power of positive reinforcement in the classroom.

Talent Search

How arts education expert Barry Oreck's system can help you spot and nurture talented kids

Under Your Wing

Why mentoring is worthwhile, and how to get started

Jerome Robbins

Broadway innovator and ballet genius

Nutcracker Nouveau

Holiday show alternatives to The Nutcracker

Nutrition for Tots

Dancers are never too young for positive health messages.

Sleep Essentials

Make your dream of restful nights a reality.

Going Freelance

A guide to taking your choreography to new audiences—and dancers

Strategic Scheduling

Customer convenience is the key to creating a successful schedule.

Money Moves

10 steps to save your business during slow times

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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