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.


Hot hip-hop costumes

Christopher d'Amboise

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


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

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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