Magazine article Dance Magazine

Practical Dance: Success Seminars for Teachers

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Practical Dance: Success Seminars for Teachers

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Expert Advice on Running Studios

AT "PRACTICAL DANCE: Success Seminars for Teachers," dance teachers and a panel of experts discussed the sometimes thorny issues of dance studio management. The seminars, held Oct. 22 at New Jersey's Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Meadowlands, were sponsored by Dance Magazine and presented by the United Dance Merchants of America, producers of an annual costume preview show.

Conference rooms were packed with over a hundred teachers and studio owners. Seminars focused on legal issues, competition preparation, studio marketing, and the technical aspects of staging recitals.

Marian Horosko, Dance Magazine's associate editor/education, led the session on legal concerns, and teachers expressed particular interest in music issues that have been covered extensively in the magazine. Horosko also addressed injury lawsuits and laws governing physical contact. Steve Mooser, from the Dancers' Injury Prevention Program, added suggestions on preventing litigation.

Dance competition experts Bob Rizzo and Cathy Roe revealed what judges look for at dance competitions, and offered tips on presentation, choreography, and style. Dr. Judy Kupersmith, associate professor of Neuropsychiatry at Texas Tech University and a former dancer, tackled complex competition issues, including dealing with parents, preparing children for success as well as failure, and meditation techniques to help students cope with stress.

A group of panelists, representing five national dance organizations--American Dance Award, New York City Dance Alliance, Dance Olympus, Starpower, and Starquest--joined a subsequent question and answer session which focused on how winning and losing competitions affects a dance studio's success. …

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