Welcome to 2024, dance teachers!
Whether you love or hate making New Year’s resolutions, one thing’s for sure: the changing of the calendar is a great time to reflect on our teaching practices and set realistic goals for the next 12 months and beyond. Thankfully, our topics on DanceTeacher+ this month will inspire you to do just that.
In our Technique column, you’ll discover ways to help your students develop their creativity in art forms outside of dance. Although dance and choreography are intertwined, they’re often taught as separate skills in the studio setting, but planting choreographic seeds in your students’ ongoing training will serve them well as they grow as dancers.
If your goals for 2024 also include expanding your summer offerings, you’ll be interested in our story on best practices for hosting summer intensives at your college department or studio. You’ll find all the advice on hiring guest instructors, classes to offer, marketing tips, and more. And while you’re at it, be sure to also check out our Summer Study Guide.
Maria Torres—one of our 2023 Dance Magazine Award honorees—shares several foundation rhythms of Latin jazz, paired with a short warm-up in our Lesson Plan column. You’ll also hear from Bollywhack creator Kumari Suraj, Kansas City Ballet’s Naomi Tanioka, and Charles Rosario on why his mentor Ariel Serrano has made the biggest impact on his professional dance career.
Nominations are now open for the 2024 Dance Teacher Awards. Remember to submit your nominations via this form by Sunday, March 31.
We have lots more exciting things planned for 2024, so stay tuned to learn more in the coming weeks.
Wishing you success in 2024,