Letter From the Editor: Celebrate Summer—And Join Us at the Dance Teacher Awards
July 3, 2023

Dear DT+ Community,

Summer can mean a lot of things for dance teachers. Relieved at the break from the daily grind, some educators might be taking the chance to regroup and sink into their own creative practices. For those working at intensives, this period might be busier than ever. And others might already be busy planning for the school year ahead. Whatever this season holds for you, we hope you’re taking some time to step outside of the studio and soak up the sun. 

Here at Dance Teacher, summer means the annual Dance Teacher Awards. And we’re extending a special invitation to you to come celebrate with us as members of the DT+ community. This year’s ceremony will begin at 6 pm on Thursday, August 10, at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City, followed by a cocktail party. Tickets are available for purchase here; DT+ members can use event code YQ7Z3297 for $20 off. We hope that some of you will join us to cheer on fellow dance educators Sheila Barker, Hilary Cartwright, Irene Dowd, Ana Marie Forsythe, and Caridad Martinez. 

This month, in addition to bringing you in-depth profiles on our five incredible award winners, we’re excited to offer you a range of new, exclusive content. We’ll hear from three experienced educators on how to make it as an open-class teacher, and take a deep dive into how to address residual dance trauma in adult students. In our Health & Body column, registered dietitian Rachel Fine shares her favorite summer superfoods, and Dr. Stephen Gray explains the differences—and benefits—of both acupuncture and acupressure. On July 10, we’ll celebrate jazz icon Gus Giordano’s birthday in our Dance History column. And we’ll learn how Rockette Alexis Payton balances her dance career and graduate studies in environmental sciences and engineering. 

July will also mark Reanne Rodrigues’ return to the role of editor in chief. It’s been an enormous pleasure filling in for her for the past four months and getting to know this dedicated community of dance educators. Thank you all for welcoming me so warmly! 

Best wishes,

Chava Pearl Lansky

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