January 2017 | A World of Dance

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January 2017 | Volume 22 | Issue 1 | Buy a copy

Every January we wander the vast and varied world of dance, in which each culture puts its own spin on the art form. Travel along with us this month as we take a backstage tour of college bhangra competitions, uncover the spirit and wisdom of flamenco, visit a high school’s world dance classes, and explore the intersection of traditional and contemporary hula.

Plus, we take a look at studio vending machines and options for leasing vs buying, teaching classroom etiquette beginning with the youngest students, and more.

Let’s go!

On the cover: young hula dancers perform at Kapiolani Park in Honolulu, Hawaii.

COLUMNS
On My Mind
Words from the publisher.

EditorSpeak
Tamsin Nutter and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Height and Control in Grande Jeté
David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Making Tap Dances
Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Eye Contact in Partnering and Safe, Silent Rolls
Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Creative Exercises to Process Emotion
Samara Atkins

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Les Ballets Russes and Les Sylphides
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).

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

College Close-Ups | University of North Carolina–Greensboro
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers.

FEATURES
A World of Dance

Igniting the Soul
by Joseph Carman
Students young and old connect with the style and spirit of flamenco.

Going Global
by Bonner Odell
World Dance program at San Francisco School of the Arts breaks new ground in public education.

Language of the Heart
by Constance Hale
An excerpt from The Natives Are Restless: A San Francisco Dance Master Takes Hula Into the 21st Century. 

Teaching Traditions
by Constance Hale
Patrick Makuakāne’s San Francisco hula classes echo those in Hawaii—except when they don’t.

Having a Blast With Bhangra
by Jennifer Kaplan
Campus communities embrace and adapt a traditional Punjabi dance for the competition stage.

Around the World (available in the print edition only)
Costumes and backdrops with an international flair.

Bright Biz Idea | Concessions Convenience
by Tiffany R. Jansen
Is a vending machine right for your studio?

Rules = Respect
by Debra Danese
Teaching classroom etiquette yields good behavior at the studio 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.