September 2008

Southern Charm

As director of dance at the University of Alabama, Cornelius Carter opens up a world of possibilities for his students.

Battle of the Budget

With university budget cuts on the horizon, dance departments are taking action now in hopes of staying afloat.

Audition Advice

Faculty members from top university dance programs offer insights into their audition processes.

The 2008 Dance Teacher Awards

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fernandez-Flores, Kee-Juan Han, Jan van Dyke and Sanja Korman.

Non-Majors Welcome

Dance faculty from five schools talk about integrating students with little or no dance experience into their programs

Hip Hop Goes to College

Hip hop has swept the nation, but what is its place in higher education?

2008 Higher Ed Guide

Details on more than 150 college and university programs

Stuck on the Sidelines

The pros and cons of surgery for dance teachers

Fashion

More than 30 audition looks to wow the judges

Finding the Artist Within

Alic Teirstein helps teen dancers get in touch with their creative spirit.

In Full Bloom

Carol Bristol-Henry has planed the seeds of change at Compton Dance Theatre.

Performance Planner: School Days

Create a recital based on High School Musical and prepare for a sold-out show.

Ballet Basics

Master teacher Eleanor D'Antuono reveals her go-to music for class.

Lar Lubovitch

The choreographer celebrates the 40th anniversary of his company while looking ahead.

The Modern Mode

Reap the benefits of adding modern to your studio's roster.

It Takes Two

Teach your students the skills needed to master partnering.

Joyous Jumps

Tips to help your ballerinas reach their full jump potential

Irmgard Bartenieff

Movement innovator

From the Ground UP

A look at the changing role of higher ed in supporting dance in the public sector

Picture Perfect

How to hire a great photographer

The "It" Factor

Can stage presence be taught? DT Investigates.

From the Mat to the Barre

Incorporate yoga into your classroom to benefit dancers of all ages.

Fancy Footwork

Find out how to spot dancers' most common foot problems—and nip them in the bud.

Tipping the Scale

Two dance educators share their successes and failures in maintaining a healthy weight.

Welcome Home

The business benefits of keeping alumni part of your dance family

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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