January 2008

The Power of Two

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride have revitalized the Charlotte dance scene at the helm of North Carolina Dance Theatre.

Around the World in 80 Days

This summer, why not take your students on a field trip?

Adding It Up

How the National Association of Schools of Dance is addressing increased pressure for numbers-based assessment.

Fashion

New looks for teachers.

Tunes for Tots

Olga Berest's favorite music selections

Performance Planner: Battle of the Sexes

Turn this age-old feud into a fun-themed recital for your school.

New Year, New You

Nine ways to reignite your creative spark this year

Pirouettes 101

Tips on mastering this basic ballet turn

Shane Sparks

The confident and charismatic choreographer from "So You Think You Can Dance"

Michel Fokine

The father of modern ballet

Starting from Scratch

How a Florida dance teacher started a program that has grown to 150 students in just two and a half years

You Be the Judge

Dance teachers who've also judged offer tips on how to make the most of critiques.

Making the Cut

Three dance program faculty members share their audition approaches.

Summer Study and Continuing Education 2008 Guide

More than 120 programs around the country

Making Sense of Soy

We look beyond the hype to separate fact from fiction.

Build a Better Business

10 business resolutions for the new year

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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