Letter From the Editor: Starting the Dance Year Strong
September 1, 2023

Dear DT+ Community,

It’s here—the bustle of a brand-new school year!

Apart from handling new registrations and student orientations, it’s time to think about how you can set yourself up for success this year. Luckily, DanceTeacher+ has got you covered with plenty of teaching resources right at your fingertips.

In our Teaching Tips column, you’ll find tried-and-tested teaching strategies that you can incorporate into your own practice. For instance, if you’re working with adult students this year, you might be asking yourself, “How far can I push them?” Two master teachers share their advice on best practices. You’ll also learn the do’s and don’ts when having guest teachers at your studio and how you can help make the experience stress-free and valuable for all.

In our Health & Body column, you’ll find ideas for snacks that you can prepare in advance to fuel your body throughout the busy fall season. Our Technique & Artistry column offers tips on helping your students use breath, momentum, and musicality to achieve an airy movement quality that they can apply to various iconic dance roles and movement styles. And in our Lesson Plans column, Peter Chu shares a series of warm-up exercises that focus on the spine, in addition to a short piece of choreography—all embodying the ethos behind his “chuthis.” ideas class.

Candace Brown, who teaches street jazz at Broadway Dance Center and Millenium Dance Complex, shares her specially curated music mix for dance class, and Dr. Julie B. Johnson, chair and assistant professor of Dance Performance & Choreography at Spelman College, talks about how she fosters agency and empowerment among her students.

You’ll also enjoy in-depth profiles of established artists in the dance world. Dandara Veiga talks about embarking on a new professional adventure, Katia Bode opens up about running Woodbury Dance Center’s competition program, and Miami City Ballet’s Ariel Rose offers his gratitude to choreographer Francis Patrelle.

And as always, there’s lots more coming your way on DT+ in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned.

I wish you a very happy and healthy school year!

With excitement,
Reanne Rodrigues
[email protected]

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