February 2016 | Table of Contents

DSLCovFeb16Eye on Choreography

Volume 21 | Issue 2 | Buy a print copy

If you’re a dance teacher, you’re a choreographer – and we’ve got stories that will spark your creativity: dances for a tiny stage, new versions of a postmodern classic, an original ballet, RDA’s National Choreography Intensive, and other fresh ideas and innovative approaches to dancemaking.

Plus, how to identify training plateaus and help students through them, our annual guide to summertime teacher training workshops and intensives, and more!

Cover photo by Francesco Caprio.

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Karen White and Cheryl A. Ossola

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Starting Barefoot, and Stretching With Ronds de Jambe
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Paddle and Roll
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Hinges and Finding Shapes in Space
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Two Choreography Strategies
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Bournonville’s Napoli
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 | Acing Auditions
By Brent Thiessen

Teacher in the Spotlight | Pamela Caira
Teachers who make a difference

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

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

Dance History Quiz
Fun facts for teachers and students.

FEATURES 
Eye on Choreography
Reimagining Rosas danst Rosas
By Elizabeth Zimmer
The worldwide reach and universal appeal of an online postmodern choreography.

Prince, Feather, Hummingbird
By Karen White
Vision and hard work pay off with a student-written original ballet.

Teaching What Can’t Be Taught
By Joseph Carman
The National Choreography Intensive helps young dancemakers learn to create.

Small Stage, Big Ideas
By Heather Wisner
Theater-in-the-round shows on a pint-size scale teach creativity and adaptation.

Bright Biz Idea | Dance School Startup
By Julia Holt Lucia
A Founders’ Club helps a school build a foundation before opening its doors.

Ballet Scene | Tales of Two Teachers
By Toba Singer
Fresh voices enrich the offerings at San Francisco Ballet School.

Higher-Ed Voice | Shifting Gears
By Kerry Ring
How to identify and help students through training plateaus.

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.