September 2007

Dancing Through History

University of Wisconsin–Madison marks the 80th anniversary of its dance program, the oldest in the country.

The 2007 Dance Teacher Awards

Congratulations to Andrea Paris, Linda Muir Finney, Tom Ralabate and Freddie-Lee Heath.

Creative Costuming

Savvy solutions for creating affordable performance pieces

Identity Crisis

Does dance belong in the classroom or the gym? Educators weigh in.

Lessons to Go

The unique lesson plans to save for a rainy day

Cultural Encounters

Teachers explain the importance of incorporating cultural dance into their curriculum.

Taking the Initiative

A nonprofit group in Detroit steps up to the plate to foster arts programs for students in need.

Performance Planner: From Screen to Stage

Build your next show around favorite onscreen dance moments.

Fashion

Hot hip-hop costumes

Christopher d'Amboise

The former New York City Ballet dancer speaks about his most creative project yet.

Spotlight

Ellen Robbins on what she does best—nurturing young dancers

Playing Favorites

Learn to monitor favoritism in your classroom.

Erick Hawkins

A modern dance maverick

Double Duty

What to do when your studio dancers decide to attend a performing arts high school

A Different Kind of Dance

One courageous dance educator's story of life with breast cancer

Ask the Experts

Answers to your questions about chatty teens and hydration

Lose Your Voice?

Ways to care for one of your most valuable teaching tools

Harness the Power of the Web

Give your site extra bite.

Money Matters

A guide for collecting delinquent payments

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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