March-April 2015 | Table of Contents

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Volume 20 | Issue 2 | Buy a print copy

If you’ve ever wondered whether you should teach modern dance, you’re going to love our March/April issue. We touch on the what, why, and how of modern dance classes, explore how American Dance Legacy Initiative is keeping modern’s history alive, look inside a Gaga class, and investigate contact improvisation and Horton technique.

Plus, how one school serves its community through an arts preschool, Girl Scout badge program, toddler playtimes, and art classes; our annual guide to tap festivals in the U.S. and abroad; and more.

Kick off your shoes and get ready to go modern!

Selected content will be published online throughout the months of March and April, with all content available in early May.

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak | Points of Connection | Embracing Mistakes
By Cheryl A. Ossola and Tamsin Nutter

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Finger Turns
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Soft Shoe
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Focus and Shaping Momentum
By Toni Pierce-Sands

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Drop-Freeze and Dolphin Dive
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Classical Period: Part 2
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).

Moving Images
Videos of note (new and not).

Mail
Words from our readers

Teacher in the Spotlight | Ellen Dyer
Teachers who make a difference 

Thinking Out Loud | Discovering Gaga
By Irene Hsiao

Classroom Connection
By Kerry Ring
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

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

FEATURES 
Modern & Contemporary Dance
Make It Modern
By Lisa Okuhn
Why and how to teach modern dance to young students.

Etudes for the Ages
By Karen White
American Dance Legacy Initiative keeps modern dance history alive for students.

Kids in Contact
By Elizabeth Zimmer
How contact improvisation benefits dancers from tykes to teens and beyond. 

Midwest Modern
By Christina Raymond
How Horton technique shaped a Twin Cities school.

Bright Biz Idea | Dance & Diversify
By Julie Holt Lucia
Turn to community needs in expanding a dance school’s scope.

Tap Festivals
A 2015 guide to tap festivals in the U.S. and abroad.


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.