Magazine article Dance Teacher

East Coast vs. West Coast

Magazine article Dance Teacher

East Coast vs. West Coast

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When you're on the road as much as Stacey Tookey, a typical month might include trips to cities from Orlando to Long Beach and in between. So, does the teaching experience change from east to west? We asked Tookey and three other traveling professionals to weigh in. -JJD

"There is a really strong work ethic and training focus on the East Coast, whereas dancers train a bit more sporadically on the West Coast. I think it reflects the type of work generally taking place on each coast: L.A. is full of commercial jobs that are short gigs-lots of stop and start. In New York, there are a lot more long-term jobs like company work and Broadway." -Stacey Tookey

"On the East Coast, kids are obsessed with lululemon and traditional styling, whereas on the West Coast, you have kids expressing themselves through fashion like sunglasses, hats and wristbands. It's about your look, your edge, your vibe. …

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