March-April 2017 | Contemporary & Modern Dance

Contemporary & Modern Dance

March/April 2017 | Volume 22 | Issue 3 | Buy a copy

Daring, grounded, and free, modern dance once was, by definition, contemporary. Modern dance gave dancemakers fresh, new ways of approaching movement with styles and vocabulary still very much alive in the studio and onstage. Now contemporary dance, which counts modern as an influence, does the same. From the classroom to the commercial arena, contemporary dance inspires educators and creators to seek out the latest in music, message, and movement. Read on!

Throughout the month of March, we’ll be publishing selected stories online, with most content available by April 1.

On the cover: photo by RJ Muna of ODC/Dance company members (left to right) Chin-Chin Hsu, Anne Zivolich-Adams, and Yayoi Kambara in Brenda Way’s In the Memory of the Forest

COLUMNS
On My Mind
Words from the publisher.

EditorSpeak
Thom Watson and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Pliés and Tours in Men’s Class
David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Finishing Touches
Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern & Contemporary Teachers | Changing Front and Sharing Weight
Patrick Corbin

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Classic ’90s Hip-Hop: The Reebok
Samara Atkins

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | The Ballets Russes and Petrushka
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 | How to Create a Modern Dance Curriculum
Nicole Sasala Lobuzzetta

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

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

Collective Wisdom
Ideas and advice from our readers.

FEATURES
Contemporary & Modern Dance 

Cool and Contemporary
by Thom Watson
4 choreographers share inspiration, approaches, and advice.

Exploring Contemporary Dance
by Heather Wisner
What it is—and what it can do for your students and your school.

Costumes Count
by Tiffany R. Jansen
How four teachers find the best fit for their dancers.

Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them
Teachers and choreographers share songs and musical advice for contemporary dance.

A Step Ahead
by Karen White
Fusionworks’ public school residencies teach academic concepts through modern dance.

Higher-Ed Voice | A Teaching Lab for Creativity
by Tamsin Nutter
Montana college students get hands-on experience teaching kids.

Tap Festivals
Our 2017 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.