For 10 years, Anthony Morigerato judged competitions using almost the same score sheets he got when he was a comp kid. "I thought to myself, 'Why haven't they changed at all? Why are they so general?'" As a tap dancer, Morigerato found that only one word ("feet") on the judge's sheet applied to him. "It's not useful to tell a person to go work on their arms, feet or legs. The competition should be as educational as possible," says Morigerato, executive producer and artistic director of AM Dance Productions.
Small businesses across the U.S. are keeping careful tabs on their states' reopening schedules and making changes to their business models accordingly. As pandemic-related guidelines and timelines evolve, it's important that you have a multilayered plan for the gradual reopening of your studio—one that prioritizes your dancers' and staff's health, reassures families that it's safe to return and allows you to operate your business to the fullest extent. Keep in mind that flexibility will be key: It's possible your state may experience a spike in new cases of COVID-19, requiring your studio's plan to take a step or two backward before it moves forward again.
Here are four crucial steps to preparing your studio for a flexible, responsive and well-considered reopening.
Picture the knee joint as a crowded intersection in a busy city, with people and cars moving through it: up and down, from side to side. When this junction is flowing smoothly, traffic is a breeze and it is easy to get to where you need to be. But when there is an accident or stalled vehicle anywhere linked to the crossing, your route is derailed.
"The knee doesn't work in isolation," says Marissa Schaeffer, a physical therapist at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. "It is constantly affected by forces above and below."
Photo courtesy of Schaeffer<p>A more honest and efficient turnout may be less than 180 degrees.<span></span></p>
Dancers are resilient by nature. As our community responds to COVID-19, that spirit is being tested. Dance Teacher acknowledges the tremendous challenges you face for your teaching practice and for your schools as you bring your offerings online, and the resulting financial impact on your businesses.
Perhaps we can take hope from the knowledge of how we've managed adversity in the past. I'm thinking of the dance community in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I'm thinking of 9/11 and how that changed the world. I'm thinking of the courageous Jarrah Myles who kept her students safe when the Paradise wildfire destroyed their homes. I'm thinking of Jana Monson who rebuilt her studio after a devastating fire. I'm thinking of Gina Gibney who stepped in to save space for dance in New York City when the beloved Dance New Amsterdam closed.
We're living in unprecedented times, and for many of us, that means unprecedented screen time. (So please cool it with your Screen Time notifications, Apple.)
For dancers used to moving their bodies and working collaboratively, social distancing at home can come with particular challenges—not to mention the fact that many dance artists are out of work and losing income.
We rounded up the best apps to make this difficult period a bit easier—whether you need a distraction, a workout, a meditation or some inspiration:
Getty Images<p>When we change our routines, it's easy to forget to drink enough water. <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/waterlogged-drink-more-water/id352199775" target="_blank">Waterlogged</a> gives personal reminders to ensure you're staying hydrated, and allows you to set goals and track your water consumption over time. </p>
Getty Images<p>If yoga is more your speed, try <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/yoga-down-dog/id983693694" target="_blank">Down Dog</a>, which features a wide variety of classes—now free, at least until April 1.</p>
Getty Images<p>Depending on where you live, it's still safe and permissible to go for a run (as long as you stay six feet away from others!). Plus, it's probably good for everyone's sanity to get outside once a day. The free <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/nike-run-club/id387771637" target="_blank">Nike Run Club</a> app has guided runs from both trainers and celebrities like Bill Nye and Kevin Hart. </p>
Getty Images<p>If you're a dancer who's always shied away from using your voice, now's the perfect time to strengthen your singing skills. Let Liz Caplan, vocal coach to the Broadway stars, teach you her ways, with vocal warm-ups, breathing exercises and more <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/liz-caplan-vocal-coach/id1328550092" target="_blank">on her app</a>.</p>
Q: I don't have the turnout I wish I had. I'm somewhat knock-kneed and I'm wondering if this is affecting my rotation.
Q: My teen says she wants to quit dance, but I'm not so sure she should. She's very talented, and I think she's just tired. Plus, we've paid for the semester and recital. Help!