Whether you’ve been teaching for what feels like forever, are new to the profession, or are thinking about taking the next step, this issue has great advice, resources, and experiences to inform your practice!
Teachers, you are such an important part of students’ lives – the bonds formed, experiences and passions shared – the impact you have on your students (and their parents) can last a lifetime, and for most it does!
If you’re looking to compliment your current teacher qualifications or researching the options available, the list of syllabi & associations gives you fantastic insight into the educational philosophies, benefits, professional development, and process to becoming a dance teacher with each association.
We spoke with over 70 dance specific businesses that provide support services for studio owners to draw out their expertise, knowledge and advice – all of these suppliers : photographers, videographers, backdrops, insurance, studio supplies and travel companies, are as passionate about dance as you are!
Joanne Grace-Morgan and her student Mimi Bostock grace the cover of this issue. Mimi nominated her teacher for the dancetrain + Capezio Best Teacher Award this year. Her heartfelt and clever poem about her dance teacher Miss Jo was a standout. Both came in for the cover shoot with Dani Brown and took home a Capezio outfit valued at $200 each!
How do you feel about touch in dance classes?
Deidre Kelly discusses this highly sensitive topic with RAD teachers from all over the world, gaining insight into the impact culture, politics, age and location have on teaching practice in dance classes today.
Teachers will love the advice on dealing with parents, pay rates, and how to sell your studio when the time comes.
Not to mention specific and targeted advice to help prevent injuries for hypermobile dancers, the history of pilates and dance, benefits of dancing barefoot, and the risks of oversplits and forced turn-out on young growing bodies.
We have advice from our new contributor Amelia Baxter on how teachers can help students to set specific, achievable goals and keep them on the right track. As well as thoughtful tips to help teachers through the emotional rollercoaster that is a student leaving for another dance school.
We chat with Michael Dameski, 2014 SYTYCD winner, on being in both the Broadway production and film Newsies. Bianca Bulle, The Los Angeles Ballet Company Principal Dancer, gives us fantastic insight on dancing in the US, obtaining a visa, finding the right pointe shoe for you and so much more!
The dancers coming through are something to behold – captured by our very own editor Danielle Brown: Prudence Caldwell, Alycia Trainor from The McDonald College and The Next Step Performing Arts, Claire Males from Ev&Bow Full-Time Training, Janae Kerr from Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, and Isabella Bonanno from Donna Jean Dance Force & Newtown High School for the Performing Arts.
Teachers – from all of us a massive THANK YOU!!!
P.S. Remember to send us in a pic for Lights, Camera, Action – see if you can find yourself or your friends on pages 68-69!
Email Dani your photo, dancer’s name, studio name and competition (if applicable), and we’ll pop it in the next available issue: