While some of us are once again resolving to lose a few pounds or live within a budget, our cover subjects this month inspire us to think bigger for the new year. Yvette L. Campbell, John-Mario Sevilla and Seán Curran (shown at right with writer Rachel Berman) represent the breadth of dance in New York City, from teaching artists to schoolchildren to performers and choreographers. Their comments about the state of arts education are both broad and personal. And their insight is particularly apt, considering that each has made a career on the professional concert stage. In “Making It in New York,” the three share their new year’s resolutions and more.
If your goals for 2014 include continuing education, you’ll be interested in the Summer Study Guide. There are plenty of programs for teachers, as well as some great recommendations for your students. Dancers can often benefit from the change in perspective that an outside summer intensive delivers. Instead of seeing their departure as a loss in your studio revenue, you can add value to your business by helping them get accepted into a program that will serve them well. One way to do this is to arrange a summer study audition video session. See “10 Minutes to Impress” for tips on making an effective video.
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Dance Teacher Awards. We’re accepting recommendations for outstanding educators in three categories: Studios and Conservatories, K–12 and Higher Ed. Look for details on dance-teacher.com, and e-mail your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1. Then be sure to join us at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City, August 1–3, for the awards presentation.
Wishing you success in 2014,
editor in chief