July 2016 | Salute to the Holidays | Table of Contents

Jul '16_Cover_DTS_Large_216x294Salute to the Holidays

July 2016 | Volume 21 Issue 5 | Buy a copy

Sugar plum fairies, trick-or-treating, fireworks—holidays are made of traditions. This month we honor holiday traditions but approach them in new ways. Get prepared with creative show concepts, a how-to guide to marketplace events, ideas for teaching dance history, event marketing strategies, and of course the latest holiday-themed costumes and backdrops.

Plus, student-focused custom calendar for fundraising, marketing, and information; how and why sister studios share ideas, advice, and resources; a Las Vegas choreographic “marriage” between Nevada Ballet Theatre and Cirque du Soleil; and more.

There’s something here for everyone!

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Thom Watson and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Multiple Ronds de Jambe
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Counterpoint
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | True Side Bends and the Pinkie Proposal
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Beginners’ Dive and the Dodger
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
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 | Holidays and History Go Hand-in-Hand
By Karen Searles

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

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

Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers.

FEATURES 
Celebrating the Holidays
Creative Concepts
By Joseph Caraman
Four unique holiday shows that suit dancers of all ages.

Bright Biz Idea | Making Merry, Making Money
By Claudia Bauer
Houston Ballet’s holiday market extraordinaire offers tips for success at any size.

Hope for the Holidays
By Elizabeth Zimmer
An Arizona studio makes a Christmastime show an occasion for charity.

Mindful Marketing | “Sell” Your Studio at Holiday Events
By Hedy Perna

Save the Date
By Heather Wisner
Turn the page on the new year with student-focused studio calendars.

Sister Studios
By Mary Ellen Hunt
When school owners share ideas, advice, and resources, everyone wins.

Ballet Scene | Tying the Knot in Vegas
By Rachel Berman
Nevada Ballet Theatre teams up with mighty Cirque du Soleil in a choreographic collaboration.


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.