August 2016 | Season Opener | Table of Contents

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Summer is in full swing, and it’s game on for the new dance season. Need information on fresh ways to launch the season; intro classes for boys; hired help for marketing, social media, staff recognition, community birthday parties, and other non-teaching responsibilities, unconventional ways to teach ballet, or teacher evaluations and pay?

Plus, life as an adjunct professor; online dance history archive from the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Jacob’s Pillow Dance, the Dance Heritage Collection, and many more; and the International Dance Entrepreneurs Association.

All that and more is right here. Just keep reading!

Throughout the month of August, we’ll be publishing selected stories online, with most content available by September 1.

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Tamsin Nutter and Thom Watson

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Facing the Barre and Lifted Balances
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Military Tap Dance
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | “Relinquish Your Ribs” and Rhythmic Turns
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Introducing Freestyle
By Samara Atkins

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Bulletin Board
Pin. Post. Share.

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 | Dance Class Matters
By Kerry Ring

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

College Close-Ups | University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students.

FEATURES 
Season Opener
Soccer, Superheroes, and Dance
By Brian McCormick
Boys-only classes offer fun, male, bonding, and athleticism—and a gateway to formal training.

Mindful Marketing | Beyond the Open House
By Tiffany R. Jansen

Ballet Scene | Innovation Meets Tradition
By Joseph Carman
Using alternative methods to teach ballet.

Tell It Like It Is
By Jill Randall
A system of teacher evaluations and pay increases promotes communication and job satisfaction.

Bright Biz Idea | Social Media Gurus and Sunshine Directors
By Gina McGalliard
Studio owners look beyond front desk staffers for help with their businesses.

Shopping Spree (available in print edition only)
Dance decor, clothing, bags, music, teaching aids, and more.

Higher-Ed Voice | Life as an Adjunct
By Ann Murphy
The realities of teaching in college and university dance programs.

Treasure Troves of Dance
Research and resources are only clicks away via online archives.

That’s the I.D.E.A.
By Karen White
New organization focuses on the entrepreneurial side of dance education.


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.