September 2007

Dancing Through History

University of Wisconsin–Madison marks the 80th anniversary of its dance program, the oldest in the country.

The 2007 Dance Teacher Awards

Congratulations to Andrea Paris, Linda Muir Finney, Tom Ralabate and Freddie-Lee Heath.

Creative Costuming

Savvy solutions for creating affordable performance pieces

Identity Crisis

Does dance belong in the classroom or the gym? Educators weigh in.

Lessons to Go

The unique lesson plans to save for a rainy day

Cultural Encounters

Teachers explain the importance of incorporating cultural dance into their curriculum.

Taking the Initiative

A nonprofit group in Detroit steps up to the plate to foster arts programs for students in need.

Performance Planner: From Screen to Stage

Build your next show around favorite onscreen dance moments.

Fashion

Hot hip-hop costumes

Christopher d'Amboise

The former New York City Ballet dancer speaks about his most creative project yet.

Spotlight

Ellen Robbins on what she does best—nurturing young dancers

Playing Favorites

Learn to monitor favoritism in your classroom.

Erick Hawkins

A modern dance maverick

Double Duty

What to do when your studio dancers decide to attend a performing arts high school

A Different Kind of Dance

One courageous dance educator's story of life with breast cancer

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions about chatty teens and hydration

Lose Your Voice?

Ways to care for one of your most valuable teaching tools

Harness the Power of the Web

Give your site extra bite.

Money Matters

A guide for collecting delinquent payments

Teachers Trending
Alwin Courcy, courtesy Ballet des Amériques

Carole Alexis has been enduring the life-altering after-effects of COVID-19 since April 2020. For months on end, the Ballet des Amériques director struggled with fevers, tingling, dizziness and fatigue. Strange bruising showed up on her skin, along with the return of her (long dormant) asthma, plus word loss and stuttering.

"For three days I would experience relief from the fever—then, boom—it would come back worse than before," Alexis says. "I would go into a room and not know why I was there." Despite the remission of some symptoms, the fatigue and other debilitating side effects have endured to this day. Alexis is part of a tens-of-thousands-member club nobody wants to be part of—she is a COVID-19 long-hauler.

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Teachers Trending

Annika Abel Photography, courtesy Griffith

When the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May catalyzed nationwide protests against systemic racism, the tap community resumed longstanding conversations about teaching a Black art form in the era of Black Lives Matter. As these dialogues unfolded on social media, veteran Dorrance Dance member Karida Griffith commented infrequently, finding it difficult to participate in a meaningful way.

"I had a hard time watching people have these conversations without historical context and knowledge," says Griffith, who now resides in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, after many years in New York City. "It was clear that there was so much information missing."

For example, she observed people discussing tap while demonstrating ignorance about Black culture. Or, posts that tried to impose upon tap the history or aesthetics of European dance forms.

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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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