February 2015 | Table of Contents

Mind Your BodyFebruary 2015

Volume 20 | Issue 2 | Buy a print copy

This month we focus on wellness, of both mind and body. Gone are the days of harsh teaching methods that promoted unhealthy mindsets; today there are widespread efforts to make dance training good for body and soul. You’ll discover how one school tends to both, how a team of dancers delivers Mindful Practice to private studios, and how to help teens in trouble.

Plus, month-by-month business goals, paving the way for freshman dance majors, post-performance feedback at USA IBC, our annual roundup of teacher training options, and more.

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Cultural Citizens
By Cheryl A. Ossola

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Glissades in Petit Allegro
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Swing’s the Thing
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Arms and Legacies
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Basic Top Rock and Imagery
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Classical Period: Part 1
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Page Turners
Books of note (new and not).

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Chauniece Conner Thompson
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Hard, Good Work
By Lisa Okuhn

Classroom Connection
By Michelle Knell and Holly Derville-Teer
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

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

FEATURES 
Mind Your Body
Mindful Practice
By Joseph Carman
Teaching dance students how to be healthy in mind and body.

Finding the Joy
By Heather Wisner
Building – or rebuilding – healthy minds and bodies.

Teens in Trouble
By Elizabeth McLain
What to do when a student’s personal crisis invades the studio. 

Bright Biz Idea | Calendar It!
By MaryBeth Kemp
Month-by-month steps to a better business.

Ballet Scene | Offstage Insights
By Karen White
At the USA IBC, post-performance evaluations are part of the learning process.

Higher-Ed Voice | College Prep
By Kerry Ring
Readying freshman dance majors to learn and succeed – and have fun.

Summertime Teacher Training
Your guide to workshops and intensives across the U.S. and beyond.


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.