Dear DT+ Community,
With fall in full swing, there are as many exciting things to look forward to as there are challenges to work through this dance season.
For starters, scheduling conflicts. If you’re a dance teacher of high school dancers, you know exactly what I’m talking about. From prom to ACT tests to extracurriculars, dance educators are constantly experiencing the stress and anxiety that comes from students missing rehearsals or having major conflicts with performance dates. But don’t fear. We’ve got you covered with tactics you can use to ensure your students have a well-rounded dance as well as high school experience.
Also, if you’re a studio owner, you’ll find expert advice on the do’s and don’ts of hiring guest teachers at your dance studio—from scheduling to compensation to leveling—to ensure each guest teacher feels welcome and conducts a successful class.
Our Technique & Artistry story focuses on teaching your students to use their arms for artistic expression. Let’s face it: When students are focused on mastering complex footwork or nailing a combination, the arms can sometimes feel and look like an afterthought. But when it comes to performing onstage, the way dancers present themselves to an audience makes an intentional and expressive use of the upper body and arms a vital skill.
Melanie George—jazz dancer, educator, dramaturg, and scholar—talks about her teaching philosophy and the value of jazz music education in her movement classes in our Office Hours column. And in our Studio Owner Spotlight column, Michèle Assaf shares her vision for the annual international dance festival World Dance Movement.
You’ll also enjoy in-depth profiles of established artists and educators in the dance world. This month, our dancer spotlight is on Omari Wiles who shares his thoughts on melding dance styles and his most influential dance teacher. Maryland Youth Ballet’s Ethan Brown shares his teaching warm-up and what he wears to teach. And Makayla Ryan shares why tap dancer and choreographer Anthony Morigerato has been one of the most meaningful teachers in her life.
In true DT+ spirit, there’s always so much to look forward to, including more dance icons in our Dance History column and a special Halloween-themed story. So keep your eyes peeled.