Recommended: 4 Books for Your Dancers

American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History

by Margaret Fuhrer

Voyageur Press; 288 pages; $45

Legendary dancers and choreographers like Fred Astaire, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Martha Graham jump off the pages of this beautiful coffee-table book on the history of American dance, by Dance Spirit editor in chief Margaret Fuhrer.

Isadora Duncan in the 21st Century: Capturing the Art and Spirit of the Dancer's Legacy

by Andrea Mantell Seidel

McFarland; 272 pages; $40

Duncan expert Andrea Mantell Seidel, who reconstructed and performed the work of Isadora Duncan for more than 35 years, goes in-depth into the technique and repertory of one of modern dance's iconic founders.

Studying Dance: A Guide for Campus and Beyond

by Karen Schupp

Human Kinetics; 182 pages; $39

In this guide for first-year college dance students, Arizona State University professor Karen Schupp gives a comprehensive overview of dance, covering topics like dance genres, careers in dance and current trends in dance and the arts.

Swan Lake Coloring & Craft Book

by Vanessa Salgado with Donna Salgado

Crafterina; 44 pages: $12.99

The story of Swan Lake unfolds on the coloring and activity pages in this book for children ages 3–12, a new release from Crafterina, created by dancer and teacher Vanessa Salgado to help parents reinforce ballet lessons at home.

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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