Magazine article Dance Teacher

Spotlight on Denise Wall

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Spotlight on Denise Wall

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Co-owner, Denise Wall's Dance Energy

Virginia Beach, VA

200 students

At the Dance Teacher Summit, crowds of participants pack Denise Wall's seminars on teaching alignment. The 2012 DT Lifetime Achievement Award-winner and 30-year studio owner has a knack for communicating technique to her students. Many have gone on to perform professionally all over the world, including her son, "SYTYCD" star and Shaping Sound co-founder Travis Wall.

Dance Teacher: What surprised you most at this year's Summit?

Denise Wall: When the question of teacher salaries came up at the studio owners' seminar, it was surprising how different everyone's answer was. Some people are paying so low, I'm not sure how they get people to work for them. You're not just paying for the hours of teaching, you're paying for their knowledge and the time spent preparing for the class. At the same time, I know there's a wide pay range depending on location. You expect places like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to have higher salaries, but some other places were paying their teachers at even higher rates.

DT: The age-old question of how to deal with Intrusive parents came up during the studio owners' seminar, as well. What Is your solution?

DW: I try to be an open book. In the fall, I held a big open house at the studio for my new parents to let them know what we're all about. I asked all my teachers to talk about themselves and their backgrounds. …

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