Technology: Trello

Project management tool; free for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire and Windows 8

Tired of dealing with the disorganization that comes with lengthy e-mail threads and ubiquitous sticky notes? Trello is a project management tool that organizes and streamlines your planning. Create virtual bulletin boards for studio projects—one for recital planning, for example—and invite your staff to participate. Within each board, you can create task lists (“Choose recital costumes") and then add individual items, called cards (“Tuesday mini tap and jazz, 6–8 pm"; “Wednesday baby ballet, 5–6 pm"), to each list. You can assign an item (or even an entire task list) to a staff member by dragging and dropping her icon. Add due dates, color-coding and necessary details to your inner obsessive-compulsive delight. Members check off tasks as completed, so it's easy to keep up with progress. And once you create an account, your bulletin boards automatically sync across all connected devices as you add information and make changes.


Courtesy Meg Brooker

As the presidential election approaches, it's a particularly meaningful time to remember that we are celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, when women earned the right to vote after a decades-long battle.

Movement was more than a metaphor for the fight for women's suffrage—dancers played a real role, most notably Florence Fleming Noyes, who performed her riveting solo Dance of Freedom in 1914 to embody the struggle for women's rights.

This fall, Middle Tennessee State University director of dance Meg Brooker is reconstructing Dance of Freedom on 11 of her students. A Noyes Rhythm teacher and an Isadora Duncan scholar, Brooker is passionate about bringing historic dance practices into a contemporary context.

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Justin Boccitto teaches a hybrid class. Photo courtesy Boccitto

Just as teachers were getting comfortable with teaching virtual classes, many studios are adding an extra challenge into the mix: in-person students learning alongside virtual students. Such hybrid classes are meant to keep class sizes down and to give students options to take class however they're comfortable.

But dividing your attention between virtual students and masked and socially distant in-person students—and giving them each a class that meets their needs—is no easy feat.

Dance Teacher asked four teachers what they've learned so far.

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All photos by Ryan Heffington

"Annnnnnnd—we're back!"

Ryan Heffington is kneeling in front of his iPhone, looking directly into the camera, smiling behind his bushy mustache. He's in his house in the desert near Joshua Tree, California, phone propped on the floor so it stays steady, his bright shorty shorts, tank top and multiple necklaces in full view. Music is already playing—imagine you're at a club—and soon he's swaying and bouncing from side to side, the beat infusing his bones.

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