September 2006

The Music Man

2006 Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award winner LaVaughn Robinson believes the feet are the greatest musical instruments of all.

The 2006 Dance Teacher Award Recipients

Congratulations to Jon Cristofori and Kathleen Sinclair, Cookie Joe, Suzanne Salapa and Mary Ann Laverty

In Good Hands

Learn how to protect against claims of molestation and sexual misconduct, while creating a safe environment in which students feel comfortable and parents reassured.

Four Favorites

Teachers share their favorite lesson plans for elementary, junior high and high school students

An Ap-Parent Opportunity

Ways to get parents involved in your dance program

The 2007 Convention Guide

Convention directors and teachers share their top ten tips for getting the most of the experience, PLUS 95 dance events to help you choose the one that's right for you.

David Howard

The renowned ballet instructor shares lessons learned over a lifetime of teaching.

Tackling the Taboo

Tips for addressing sensitive issues with students entering puberty

When Students Get Personal

Advice on being sensitive—yet professional—when students confide their personal problems

José Limón

A former José Limón Dance Company member offers personal and historical accounts of the life and work of this modern dance legend.

Performance Planner: Once Upon a Time

Give your school year a fairy-tale ending with these recital ideas.

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions on workers' compensation and setting a "hair policy" for your studio

Fashion

Hip hop costumes to add an urban edge to your next performance

A Better Back

9 tips for relieving tension in your back while improving your posture, strength and flexibility

Finding a Good Fit

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes. Learn which organizational structure might be right for your studio.

News
Clockwise from top left: Courtesy Ford Foundation; Christian Peacock; Nathan James, Courtesy Gibson; David Gonsier, courtesy Marshall; Bill Zemanek, courtesy King; Josefina Santos, courtesy Brown; Jayme Thornton; Ian Douglas, courtesy American Realness

Since 1954, the Dance Magazine Awards have celebrated the living legends of our field—from Martha Graham to Misty Copeland to Alvin Ailey to Gene Kelly.

This year is no different. But for the first time ever, the Dance Magazine Awards will be presented virtually—which is good news for aspiring dancers (and their teachers!) everywhere. (Plus, there's a special student rate of $25.)

The Dance Magazine Awards aren't just a celebration of the people who shape the dance field—they're a unique educational opportunity and a chance for dancers to see their idols up close.

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Leap! Executive Director Drew Vamosi (Courtesy Leap!)

Since its inaugural season in 2012, Leap! National Dance Competition has been all about the little things.

"I wanted to have a 'boutique' competition. One where we went out to only one city every weekend, so I could be there myself, and we could really get to know the teachers and watch their kids progress from year to year," says Leap! executive director Drew Vamosi. According to Vamosi, thoughtful details make all the difference, especially during a global pandemic that's thrown many dancers' typical comp-season schedules for a loop. That's why Leap! prides itself on features like its professional-quality set design, as well as its one-of-a-kind leaping competition, where dancers can show off their best tricks for special cash and merchandise prizes.

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Health & Body
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The term "body shaming" might bring up memories of that instructor from your own training who made critical remarks about—or even poked and prodded—dancers' bodies.

Thankfully, we're (mostly) past the days when authority figures felt free to openly mock a dancer's appearance. But body shaming remains a toxic presence in the studio, says Dr. Nadine Kaslow, psychologist for Atlanta Ballet: "It's just more hidden and more subtle." Here's how to make sure your teaching isn't part of the problem.

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