August 2015 | Table of Contents

Season Opener

Volume 20 | Issue 6 |  Buy a print copy

For a bright start to a new season, we’ve got tips for going green and saving money, strategies for filling in for absent teachers, and studio spaces that double as theaters.

Plus, part 3 of our series on opening a new school, floor barre techniques, dance as an academic teaching aid, and more.

Throw open the doors!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Tamsin Nutter and Lisa Okuhn

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Port de Bras: Basics and Generosity
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Waltz Clog and Bell
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Focal Points and Weight Shifts
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Hand Styles and Backslide
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Romantic Period
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Bulletin Board
Pin. Post. Share.

Mail
Words from our readers

FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Page Turners
Books of note (new and not).

Moving Images
Videos of note (new and not).

Thinking Out Loud | Teaching Tradition
By Kerry Ring

Teacher in the Spotlight | Toni Zeakes Copeland
Teachers who make a difference 

Mindful Marketing | Teen Talk
By Carlye Cunniff

College Close-Ups | California Institute of the Arts
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Performance Corner
Our sneak peek at shows we’d love to see.

Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students.

FEATURES 
Season Opener
Quick-Change Artists
By Irene Hsiao
How schools make studio spaces double as theaters.

Think Eco
By Julia Holt Lucia
Ecological and economic ways to invest in your school – and the planet.

Temp Teachers
By Elizabeth Zimmer
Strategies for subbing in the dance world.

Bright Biz Idea | Primed for Success
By Christina Raymond
Part 3 in a series about business basics for aspiring school owners.

Ballet Scene | Floor It
By Joseph Carman
Good things happen when ballet gets horizontal.

Lighting the Way
By Karen White
Em’s Spotlight unites a community through dance.

Learning on Their Feet
By Joseph Carman
How dance and movement help kids with academics.

Higher-Ed Voice | Artist Residencies
By Lea Marshall
Reciprocity between faculties and guest artists is key to success.

Upstairs, Downstairs
By Karen White
A dance studio is both home and school for the King family.


Dance Studio Life, a magazine with a back-to-basics approach, is a division of the Rhee Gold Company, whose mission is to be at the forefront of dance and education by promoting the highest possible standards in teaching. Dance Studio Life understands the soul of the teaching field.