October 2014 | Table of Contents

Recital RoundupOctober 2014

Volume 19 | Issue 8 | Buy a print copy

It’s showtime! Our annual recital issue includes costume know-how from the experts, tips on creating memorable finales, smart scenic design and staging strategies, ways to maximize your program book, and the latest recital costumes. Get ready for a great show!

Plus, ballet in Cleveland, haunted house fundraisers, top college tap programs, and more.

COLUMNS
On My Mind | Words from the Publisher
By Rhee Gold

EditorSpeak
By Cheryl A. Ossola and Lisa Okuhn

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Flexed Feet
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Slaps and Flaps
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Opening and Closing Rituals
By Bill Evans

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Battles and Nae Naes
By Geo Hubela

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Music Periods: Medieval & Renaissance
By Nina Pinzarrone

Ask Rhee Gold
Advice for dance teachers

DEPARTMENTS
Mail
Words from our readers

FYI
What’s up in the dance community

Teacher in the Spotlight | Susu Hale Prout
Teachers who make a difference 

Classroom Connection
By Dana Aniello and Debra Danese
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

Thinking Out Loud | Dream Big, Plan Bigger
By Jennifer Smith

College Close-Ups | Oklahoma City University Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

FEATURES 
Recital Roundup
Super Staging 
By Elizabeth Zimmer
For performances that educate students and entertain audiences, look beyond steps to the dynamics of space, time, and place.

Cut, Line, and Shine
By Mary Ellen Hunt
What’s good and what’s not in costuming your kids.

Program Books With Punch
By Misty Lown
Make a profit, a keepsake, and a positive impression.

Ready, Set, Show! 
By Christina Raymond
Spice up your recitals for years to come with versatile modular set pieces.

Artwork Meets Footwork 
By Megan Donahue
Dances with a fine-arts theme make a unique recital concept.

A Fabulous Finish
By Lea Marshall
Cap off a great recital with a finale that fits.

Making an Entrance 
By Julie Holt Lucia
Creative lobby displays wow crowds before the show begins.

Magic Touch 
By Larry Sousa
How to punch up a show with projections.

Ballet Scene | Ballet in Cleveland
By Rita Felciano
If one determined woman gets her way, Ohio’s second-largest city will see a resurgence in ballet.

Bright Biz Idea | Frightful Fundraising
By Christina Raymond
A haunted house fundraiser makes competition costs a little less scary.

Higher-Ed Voice | Top Tap Programs
By Ryan P. Casey
Step aside, ballet and modern-tap stakes a claim in higher-ed.


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.