Royal Ballet "Whizz Kid" Takes His Next Step

Let your students know…there’s nothing they can’t do!

26-year-old Liam Scarlett, a dancer with the Royal Ballet School since 2005, is—in a word—retiring, and shifting his focus to choreography. He has been appointed the Royal’s first ever artist-in-residence, a position created specifically for him.

Scarlett’s first choreographic work for the company, Asphodel Meadows, earned him a nomination for an Olivier Award in 2010. He also recently set a piece on Miami City Ballet for the 2013 season, which you can glimpse in DT January's cover story on MCB's recently departed artistic director Edward Villella (single issues will be available for purchase in our webstore after Jan 2). The young dancemaker says he has five new pieces in the works right now, and his first full-length ballet for the Royal is set to premiere in May, 2013.

We’re eager to see what this rising young talent produces in this next stage of his already impressive career!

Photo courtesy of The Independent.


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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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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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