Teaching Tips

Stock Up for Summer Programs with 5 Sales Going On Right Now

With the long, super-sweaty days of summer intensives fast approaching, there has possibly never been a better time to make sure your dancewear drawer is full—and fully equipped!—for whatever your training and performance plans might be.


Having extra pairs of tights on hand is never not a good idea. Capezio is here to help with 25% off all tights across their entire website and at Capezio stores. Just apply the promo code TIGHT25 at checkout.
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In need of some flashy new kicks for summertime hip hop classes? Bloch Inc.'s S0923 sneaks are down to $52.15 from $74.50—that means you save $22.35. Only select sizes are left, so hurry over to the Sale section of Bloch Inc.'s site.


There are so many cute styles at justforkix.com that it's really, really hard to close that tab without picking out several styles. This weekend, that danger actually works in your favor: Now through Sunday, you'll get 20% off all orders over $45 when you use the offer code JUNE18.



Now through June 10, when you spend $75 at danskin.com, you get 20% off (automatically applied at checkout). Pick out just $25 more of hot athleisure-y dancewear styles and you'll get 30% off the total.


This two-way bra top is just $7.25 right now at discountdance.com. And get this: When you buy 1 item from Discount Dance Supply's online clearance section, it's an additional 10% off. 2 items? 20%! And so on up to 40% off already marked-down styles (while supplies last).

Happy shopping, dancers!

Teaching Tips
A 2019 Dancewave training. Photo by Effy Grey, courtesy Dancewave

By now, most dance educators hopefully understand that they have a responsibility to address racism in the studio. But knowing that you need to be actively cultivating racial equity isn't the same thing as knowing how to do so.

Of course, there's no easy answer, and no perfect approach. As social justice advocate David King emphasized at a recent interactive webinar, "Cultivating Racial Equity in the Classroom," this work is never-ending. The event, hosted by Dancewave (which just launched a new racial-equity curriculum) was a good starting point, though, and offered some helpful takeaways for dance educators committed to racial justice.

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Higher Ed
The author, Robyn Watson. Photo courtesy Watson

Recently, I posted a thread of tweets elucidating the lack of respect for tap dance in college dance programs, and arguing that it should be a requirement for dance majors.

According to onstageblog.com, out of the 30 top-ranked college dance programs in the U.S., tap dance is offered at 19 of them, but only one school requires majors to take more than a beginner course—Oklahoma City University. Many prestigious dance programs, like the ones at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, don't offer a single course in tap dance.

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After months of lockdowns and virtual learning, many studios across the country are opening their doors and returning to in-person classes. Teachers and students alike have likely been chomping at the bit in anticipation of the return of dance-class normalcy that doesn't require a reliable internet connection or converting your living room into a dance space.

But along with the back-to-school excitement, dancers might be feeling rusty from being away from the studio for so long. A loss of flexibility, strength and stamina is to be expected, not to mention emotional fatigue from all of the uncertainty and reacclimating to social activities.

So as much as everyone wants to get back to normal—teachers and studio owners included—erring on the side of caution with your dancers' training will be the most beneficial approach in the long run.

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