Letter From the Editor: Summer Is Here—and So Is the 2024 Dance Teacher Live Workshops & Awards Event!
June 1, 2024

Summer can mean different things to dance teachers. For some, it’s a chance to take a break from the daily grind and soak up the sun. For others, summer intensives heat up schedules even more.

Here at Dance Teacher, the summer is an especially exciting time of year because we get to celebrate some extraordinary dance educators in our community. I’d like to extend a special invite to you to join us for the 2024 Dance Teacher Live Workshops & Awards on Thursday, August 1, from 9 am–3 pm, at The Ailey Studios in New York City.

This enriching, celebratory event includes insightful, expert-led workshops, panel discussions, a networking luncheon with leading dance educators, and more. You’ll also get the chance to be a part of the much-loved Dance Teacher Awards ceremony, this year honoring Terese Capucilli, Dr. Diane Duggan, Jackie “Miss Funk” Lopez-Foaad & Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad of Versa-Style Street Dance Company, Dre Torres, and our Awardees of Distinction, Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag. Get your tickets now with code DTMEMBER to receive $35 off your purchase. We can’t wait to see you there!

In addition to bringing you in-depth profiles of our incredible awardees this month, we’re excited to offer you a range of new, exclusive content. 

In our Technique & Artistry column, you’ll find expert tips on teaching your students to wing and sickle their feet. Depending on the styles of dance you teach, these positions might seem small, but they’re actually somewhat advanced and should be taught with an approach that balances safety, injury prevention, and technique.

Later this month, Alexander Campbell, the new artistic director of the Royal Academy of Dance, talks about his long connection to the organization, dance educator Anabella Lenzu expresses why sticking with one music album sets up an explorative, emotional landscape for class, and David Leventhal discusses the impact of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD® program. And, if you’re a studio owner, you’ll want to read a lawyer’s professional advice on why it’s important to pay attention to state laws to avoid putting your business at risk.

We’ll also be highlighting dance legend Hanya Holm, who brought German expressionism to America. (Look for her in our Dance History column.) And we’ll find out how renowned ballet stars Lauren Lovette and Lauren King are cultivating a dance education community at Nantucket Dance Festival, which runs July 9–14.

With excitement,
Reanne Rodrigues
[email protected]

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