Hello fabulous artists,
Our NovDec issue is a culmination of 8 months preparation and is very fabulous – if I do say so myself! Four years ago dancetrain initiated its National Student Star Award (NSSA) program. NSSA was designed to showcase the achievements of 18 exceptional student dancers from across Australia. I interview each recipient as well as work one-on-one with them during a photoshoot to capture two beautiful dance images. This experience along with coverage and acknowledgement in a National publication is unique and highly valued amongst our NSSA recipients. I personally love touring Australia for this award as I get to work with each artist. They are all so different, and yet equal in their determination and work ethic, spending this time with them is very special. I also get an insight into each students dance world, across genres, different states and ages. This information feeds future dancetrain editorial. Special gratitude goes to each Director from the below institutions who have selected this years NSSA recipients. The Australian Ballet School, Tanya Pearson Academy, Royal Academy of Dance Australia, National College of Dance, Alegria Dance Studio, Lee Academy, ED5International, Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, Queensland National Ballet School, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Expressions Dance Company Youth Ensemble, Sheridan’s Studio 1, Danielle’s Studio of Dance, Jane Moore Academy of Ballet, Village Nation, Joanne Grace School of Dance, The Boys Summer School and Terry Simpson Studios.The NSSA is sponsored by: BLOCH, Energetiks, Capezio, Studio 7 Dancewear, Grishko and Jenser Australia who each provide one beautiful outfit for the NSSA recipients to wear and keep.This issue I have commissioned a piece by seasoned journalist, Juliette Brodsky on how our industry might move forward, working with government, so that our training industry can adhere to national standards that are world recognised. It is a hot topic I know but her impartial insights are very interesting and worth consideration.Whilst I am on the topic of accreditation the NovDec issue lists a number of reputable part-time schools from across the country. Our number one goal is to educate parents on the importance of choosing an accredited school. dancetrain notes that its reference to the word ‘accredited’ describes dance schools that are affiliated with a Syllabi and or Association and has students attend exams annually. I have two dancing daughters, aged 7 and 13 so I have a clear insight into this world and the expectations on both children and parents. The dancing diary really has gone nuts and it is up to us as parents to keep a level head and make sure our children are not being overloaded. Choosing to only associate with businesses that are accredited will increase the likelihood of professional and sustainable growth, which will have a flow on affect to our children’s futures.
There are loads of photo spreads from my travels in this issue: ATOD International Dance Awards held in Brisbane, comdance WA Convention, NSW State Dance Festival – Saying It Without Words, QLD Ballet Academy Elite Training Series in Sydney, IPA Workshops, Premier State Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, Wakakirri 2019 and The Conlan College’s production of The Enchanted Rose. So if you were performing at any of theses events there is a very good chance you are in our NovDec issue!As in every issue there is a smorgasbord of dancer heath articles which will help you in your every day classes. And one of my favourite pieces in this issue is from dance teacher guru, Jason Winters. He gives some amazing insight into the challenges teachers face today as well as some wonderful tips to help teachers engage and alleviate their students ‘mobile device’ anxiety. Very very cool.Remember subscribing to dancetrain not only connects you with other like-minded dancers it supports all of this wonderful information to be researched, written and produced!til next issuexoxoDanielledancetrain’s editor, dance specialised photographer and dance mum Subscribe to dancetrain and read it together with your child or students. In doing so you help to support more great articles and information to be created and shared. And I promise, you will really love it!