March-April 2016 | Table of Contents

Mar '16_Cover_FBModern & Contemporary Dance

Volume 21 | Issue 3 | Buy a copy

Thinking about implementing a modern dance program? We’ll make it easy: in this issue you’ll discover a how-to guide for assessing your readiness, finding teachers, educating your clients, and choosing the right styles for your students; a primer on six major methods; the history and influence of the Peabody Institute; and inspiration from dance photographer Lois Greenfield’s dramatic images. Welcome to your modern home!

Plus, a dance mom’s podcast on ballet world success, a profile of jazz powerhouse Jackie Sleight, our annual list of tap festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and more!

Cover photo of dancers Andrew Claus, Eileen Jaworowicz, and Aileen Roehl by Lois Greenfield, 2008

COLUMNS
On My Mind
By Rhee Gold
Words from the publisher

EditorSpeak
By Thom Watson and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pivot Points and Partner Walks
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Riffs
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Parallel and Taylor Chassé
By Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Back Spin and Sweep
By Anthony “Ynot” DeNaro

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Polonaise vs Mazurka
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 | The Unseen Student
By Avis Sauls

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

College Close-Ups | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers.

FEATURES 
Modern & Contemporary Dance
Bright Biz Idea | Isadora, Martha, and You
By Jill Randall
Introducing your students to modern dance.

Modern Dance ABCs
By Tamsin Nutter
The essentials of six major methods.

Unparalleled Peabody
By Jennifer Kaplan
How a music conservatory went modern (dance) and made its mark on history.

Moving Still (available in print edition only)
A photo essay of selections from Lois Greenfield’s latest book.

Ballet Scene | Making It
By Karen White
A dance mom’s quest for information becomes a podcast on ballet world success.

Powerhouse of Jazz
By Joseph Carman
The dance dynamo and life force that is Jackie Sleight.

Tap Festivals
A 2016 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.