August 2008

Guiding Light

Judith Jamison, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, is the recipient of this year's Dance Teacher Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Gift of Dance

We celebrate just some of the ways dance teachers have touched the lives of their students.

Best of Back-to-School Advice

It's that time again—the start of a new dance year! Read on for tips from seasoned pros.

 

Teaching Creativity

Letting your students experiment with choreography is crucial to helping them develop as artists.

Fashion

New looks for ballet class

Reaching for New Heights

Brooklyn-based Dancewave may be geared toward kids, but it's anything but child's play.

There's No Place Like Home

Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice in Overland Park, Kansas, makes Broadway dreams come true.

Performance Planner: On the Radio

Look no further than the radio for your next recital theme.

Tap Tunes

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards shares her favorite tap-appropriate tracks from OutKast's Idlewild.

Andy Blankenbuehler

In the Heights Tony Award-winning choreographer talks about the future of musical theater.

No Peeking

Are your students suffering from mirror dependency? Try these tips to help them kick the habit.

Mind Over Matter

When nothing else seems to work, use easy-to-understand imagery to help your students grasp technique.

A Parent's Perspective

One mother describes her search for a preschool dance class for her daughter and how she chose among four Bay Area programs.

Honor Roll

Discover how The National Honor Society for Dance Arts can benefit your students and school.

Staging Tudor

A professor shares how she prepared her students to perform Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies.

Lincoln Kirstein

Founder of The School of American Ballet and New York City Ballet

Competing with the Clock

Make rehearsals count with your strategies to best utilize your—and students'—time.

2008 Music Guide

Most popular releases for class and performance

To the Pointe

A guide to organizing a pointe-shoe clinic in your studio

The Art & Science of Pliés

Techniques for improving this essential movement

Boost Your Bottom Line

Five ways to diversify—and increase—your revenue stream

Jock Jams

Learn how to attract athletes to your dance studio.

Teachers Trending
Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy. Photo courtesy Dance With Me

Listening to Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy riff together makes it crystal-clear why each has mastered the art of partnering in the ballroom—they've long been doing this dance in real life as brothers and business partners.

Along with their "Dancing with the Stars" pedigree (and a combined three mirror-ball trophies between them), Maks and Val (and their father, Sasha) also run Dance With Me, a dance company hosting six ProAm Dancesport competitions annually and running 14 brick-and-mortar studio locations across the U.S.

Last year, the pair launched an online component, Dance & Co. The online video platform offers beginner through advanced instruction in not only ballroom but an array of other styles, as well as dance fitness classes from HIIT to yoga to strength training. "DWTS" fans will recognize such familiar faces as Peta Murgatroyd, Jenna Johnson, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater, along with Maks and Val themselves.

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Teaching Tips
@jayplayimagery, courtesy Kerollis

In the spring of 2012, Barry Kerollis was abruptly forced into treating his career as a small business. Having just moved cross-country to join BalletX, he got injured and was soon let go.

"I'd only ever danced with big companies before," the now-freelance dance-teacher-choreographer-podcaster recalls. "That desperation factor drove me to approach freelancing with a business model and a business plan."

As Kerollis acknowledges, getting the business of you off the ground ("you" as a freelance dance educator, that is) can be filled with unexpected challenges—even for the most seasoned of gigging dancers. But becoming your own CEO can make your work–life balance more sustainable, help you make more money, keep you organized, and get potential employers to offer you more respect and improved working conditions. Here's how to get smart now about branding, finances and other crucial ways to tell the dance world that you mean business.

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Teachers Trending
Courtesy Oleson

American dance educator Shannon Oleson was teaching recreational ballet and street-dance classes in London when the pandemic hit. As she watched many of her fellow U.S. friends pack up and return home from their international adventures, she made the difficult choice to stick with her students (as well as her own training—she was midway through her MFA at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).

Despite shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders, she was able to maintain a teaching schedule that kept her working with her dancers through Zoom, as well as lead some private, in-home acro classes following government guidelines. But keeping rec students interested in the face of pandemic fatigue hasn't been easy.

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