September 2005

DC's Grande Dame

The legendary career of DT Lifetime Achievement Award winner Mary Day

The 2005 Dance Teacher Award Recipients

Congratulations to Rose Marie Floyd, Earl Mosley, Barbara Allegra Veriezza and Tad Williams

2006 Convention Guide

Details on more than 80 events

Rethink the 3 Rs

Use these lesson plans to combine dance with language arts, math and science.

Meet the Parents

Get mom and dad involved in their children's dance education by holding orientation meetings.

Performance Planner: Movie Magic

Bring Hollywood to your studio with a movie-themed recital.

Bournonville for Boys

A lesson in Bournonville technique for your male students

Louis XIV

King of France, dancer and early patron of ballet

Fighting Fear

Overcoming four of the most common emotional hurdles for beginning teachers

The Old College Try

Tips for transferring your skills from the private sector to the college or university classroom

Bearing the Torch

Modern dance mogul Gus Solomons Jr on teaching artistry in higher ed

A Firm Foundation

Tatiana Tchernova teaches ballet basics with a focus on history and a sense of humor.

Balanced from the Core

Three yoga-inspired sequences to build your students' core strength

Fashion

Street-savvy costumes for your hip-hop numbers; plus shoes

How to Start a Dance Company, part 1

The first steps in getting a dance company off the ground, from setting goals to raising money

Playing With the Big Boys

Attract a corporate sponsor to your dance company

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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Dancer Diary
Claire, McAdams, courtesy Houston Ballet

Former Houston Ballet dancer Chun Wai Chan has always been destined for New York City Ballet.

While competing at Prix de Lausanne in 2010, he was offered summer program scholarships at both the School of American Ballet and Houston Ballet. However, because two of the competition's winners that year were Houston Ballet's Aaron Sharratt and Liao Xiang, dancers Chan idolized, he turned down SAB. He joined Houston Ballet II in 2010, the main company's corps de ballet in 2012, and was promoted to principal in 2017. Oozing confidence and technical prowess, Chan was a Houston favorite, and even landed himself a spot on Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch."

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Music
Mary Mallaney/USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, courtesy Osato

In most classes, dancers are encouraged to count the music, and dance with it—emphasizing accents and letting the rhythm of a song guide them.

But Marissa Osato likes to give her students an unexpected challenge: to resist hitting the beats.

In her contemporary class at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles (which is now closed, until they find a new space), she would often play heavy trap music. She'd encourage her students to find the contrast by moving in slow, fluid, circular patterns, daring them to explore the unobvious interpretation of the steady rhythms.

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