September 2014

East Coast, West Coast

by Karen Hildebrand

Breeding Hybrids

Los Angeles gets a high-profile interdisciplinary college dance program.

Taking a Mid-Career Leap

Cherylyn Lavagnino leaves university administration to pursue her artistic career.

Touchdowns and Tour Jetés

A Brooklyn studio attracts young athletes to the barre.

Megan Williams

How I teach modern


Dazzled and Decked

Andrea Miller

Onward and upward

Teachers’ Tools

Up close with Smuin Ballet’s Amy London

Paul Vasterling

Music for Ballet

Safe, Sensational Flexibility

Alternatives to dangerous stretching practices

Agnes de Mille

Bringing emotionally driven dance to Broadway

Make ’Em Laugh

Six tips for incorporating comedy into your choreography

I Gave $10,000 and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt

10 ways to attract and reward donors

Higher Ed Guide

• 152 places to get a dance degree


Early Exit: Strategies for graduating in three years

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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