July 2015 | Table of Contents

July 220x299High-Flying Holidays

Volume 20 | Issue 5 | Buy a print copy

It’s summer, but our holiday issue brings the cool, from tap-dancing Christmas trees to our annual list of holiday-themed costumes and backdrops. Explore Nutcracker history and trivia, imaginative variations of this holiday classic, and ideas for marketing your school’s Nutcracker. 

Plus, our second annual “Generous Heart” Awards, a successful dancer-run ballet company in Minnesota, part 2 of our business basics series on opening a new school, and more.

Let it snow!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Balance: Beyond the Classroom
By Cheryl A. Ossola

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Moving Into Attitude Derrière & Développé
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Teaching MusicalityBy Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Listening and Tuning In
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Freezes and Levels
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Classical Period: Part 4
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Bulletin Board
Pin. Post. Share.

Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers

FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Page Turners
Books of note (new and not).

Moving Images
Videos of note (new and not).

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Anna Marie Leo
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Speaking With Sensitivity
By Janice Lynn Brougher

Mindful Marketing | Creativity Makes the Most of Nutcracker
By Nina Koch

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

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

FEATURES 
The Dance Studio Life “Generous Heart” Awards
By Tamsin Nutter, Lisa Okuhn, Thom Watson, and Karen White
4 who innovate, influence, inform, and inspire.

High-Flying Holidays
Not Your Grandmother’s Nutcracker
By Joseph Carman
The strange history and inventive renderings of a beloved ballet.

A Tree Dances in Alameda
By Karen White
Dance/10’s holiday focus pays off – in more ways than one.

Bright Biz Idea | Primed for Success
By Christina Raymond
Part 2 in a series about business basics for aspiring school owners.

Ballet Scene | Artists in Charge
By Lisa Okuhn
Dancer-run Saint Paul Ballet gets a new structure and finds new life.

Say What?
By Serena Greenslade
Good communication starts with how you speak.


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.