December 2015 | Table of Contents

Dec '15_Cover_DTS_Large_220x299Musical Theater & Hip-Hop

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As Pippin‘s original Leading Player, Ben Vereen sang about being “On the Right Track.” This month, we’ll help get your musical theater and hip-hop programs on track. Along with a one-on-one with Vereen, you’ll find stories about campus hip-hop clubs, one studio’s focus on musical theater, and another’s jazz and hip-hop outreach.

Plus, hip-hop and rap on Broadway, a studio that focuses on drop-in classes for adults, how to teach dance history in and out of the classroom, and a dance history quiz.

As Vereen sang in Pippin’s opening number, “Join us.”

Cover photo of Ben Vereen by Don Jones Photography

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Tamsin Nutter and Lisa Okuhn

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers |  Tombé Pas de Bourrée and Royale
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Sound Quality
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Using the Legs, Encouraging the Individual
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Geometry and Fundamentals
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Leitmotifs and National Dances in Coppélia
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Mail
Words from our readers

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 | Hip-Hop at Home on Broadway
By Elizabeth Zimmer 

Teacher in the Spotlight | Brynn Weinzirl
Teachers who make a difference

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

College Close-Ups | Duke University
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students.

FEATURES 
Musical Theater & Hip-Hop
Broadway’s Ben Vereen
By Karen White
Offstage, a brilliant performer shines his light on young dancers and society.

Make Mine Musical Theater
By Irene Hsiao
New Jersey dance studio puts performing arts classes front and center.

Higher-Ed Voice | Hip-Hop’s Campus Communities
By Rita Felciano
University student groups from coast to coast find a home in hip-hop.

Reaching Out With Jazz
By Karen White
Patti Rutland closed one school and opened another – this time to pursue her calling.

Name That Dancer
By Ryan P. Casey
Quick, easy, and fun ways to teach dance history, in the classroom and beyond.

Bright Biz Idea | From Personal Journey to Brand
By Irene Hsiao
Drop-in classes for adults blend fitness, fun, and a fiery need to dance.

Onstage Nationwide
Our exclusive list puts competitions and conventions at your fingertips.


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.