September 2014 | Table of Contents

September 2014Competition Time!

Volume 19 | Issue 7 | Buy a print copy

This issue, jam-packed with competition know-how, will help you and your students put your best foot forward. Learn how to pull your team together and what comp directors are thinking, and listen to the lowdown from three longtime judges, plus one on the international scene.

Plus, notating choreography, Latin dance clubs, a collaborative Arkansas dance troupe, and more.

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

EditorSpeak
By Cheryl A. Ossola and Karen White

2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Cambré Devant and Dèrriere
By David Arce

2 Tips for Tap Teachers | Tap Improvisation
By Thelma Goldberg

2 Tips for Modern Teachers | Spatial Intent and Pulls
By Bill Evans

2 Tips for Hip-Hop Teachers | Partnering
By Geo Hubela

2 Music Tips for Dance Teachers | Melody and Harmony
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 | Candice Beatty
Teachers who make a difference 

Classroom Connection
By Laurel Soderstrom-Davis and Kerry Ring
Ideas to incorporate into your curriculum

Thinking Out Loud | Emphasis on Artistry
By Katie Miller

College Close-Ups | University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
What students need to know about college and university dance programs.

FEATURES 
Competition Time!
In This Moment
By Selby Wynn Schwartz
What defines good performance and how to help students discover themselves onstage.

Team Unity 
By Holly Derville-Teer
Events, games, and activities designed to help competition dance groups perform as one.

Tap on the International Stage 
By Diane Gudat
A judge’s-eye view of a championship competition in Germany.

Kids for Kids 
By Kay Waters
Giving is at the heart of a competition that rewards student fundraisers.

The Inside Scoop
Competition directors’ thoughts on choreography, memorable dances, and positive trends.

Write It Down 
By Diane Gudat
Part 2: Notating choreography.

The Competition Scene 
By Karen White
How it’s changed and what it offers, through the eyes of three judges.

Mind Games 
By Kerry Ring
Investing in dance pays off with a win–win attitude.

Cultural Connection
By Jennifer Kaplan
Latin dance clubs help kids find roots, discover traditions.

Onstage Options
By Mary Ellen Hunt
Three ways to offer students performance experience beyond the norm.

Ballet Scene | Welcome to Pineapple Tree
By Joseph Carman
Dance troupe lets Arkansas locals collaborate, create, and perform.

Bright Biz Idea | Nonprofits: Step by Step
By Misty Lown
4 directors on the realities and rewards of running a nonprofit school.


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.