Spotlight On: Phyllis Balagna

Balagna (in black) teaches her students how to make the most out of the competition experience. Seen and Heard at the  Dance Teacher Summit Steppin’ Out—The Studio Lee’s Summit, Missouri 450 students Phyllis Balagna has been taking her students to conventions and...

Big Ballroom Takes Ohio

Tony Meredith, on the June 2008 cover of DT with his partner, Melanie LaPatin. Heads up, ballroom fans! The largest pro/am ballroom competition in the world is happening next week. For the 37th year, dancers of all ages and experience levels will take the floor at the...

Seen and Heard at the Dance Teacher Summit: Mandy Moore

You can catch this lady teaching at this weekend’s Dance Teacher Summit in NYC! We hope to see you there. Check out Mandy Moore’s thoughts on tricks, “floppy anger dancing” and more in her interview with DT: Moore (right) teaching at JUMP To...

DT Staff's Favorite Covers of 2013: Artistic Fusion

In the December issue, DT staff reflects on their favorite covers of the year. Editor in chief Karen Hildebrand picked June. “My vote goes to the Studio Business issue with Jennifer Owens and Julie Jarnot of Artistic Fusion. I have deep admiration for artists...

Flying Taps & Ninja Temples

How to Survive Competition Catastrophes                                     Students of The Dance Studio of Fresno will never be caught walking from the dressing room to the stage without their flip-flops, and for good reason. This year, one of them stepped on an open...

Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture

Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture by Hilary Levey Friedman 298 pages, $29.95 For her book Playing to Win, Harvard graduate Hilary Levey Friedman spent nine months observing competitive dance through the lens of two Boston-area dance studios...

Sick of fouettés!

Q: I’m so sick of seeing other competition teams doing fouetté turns to the same old song, but I worry that deviating from such an obviously successful formula won’t translate into competition success. What do you think? A: I understand exactly what you...

Preventing Trophy Envy

Q: Once the awards have been handed out at competitions, my kids’ reactions are all over the place if we don’t have a clean or even sweep of awards. Do you have any recommendations on how to deal with resulting jealousy issues and self-confidence problems that pop up?...

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