Magazine article Dance Teacher

Dancemakers Inc

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Dancemakers Inc

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Many people remark that DanceMakers Inc. feels like a new convention-even though it's turning 37 this year. And they're right: "In the last 10 years, we've brought In a lot of fresh energy," says co-owner and creative director Bradley Taylor.

Part of the company's energy comes from DanceMakers' faculty, which includes celebrities like Erica Sobol, Kathryn McCormick, Robert Roldan and Dejan Tubic, to name just a few. Justin Giles will also be appearing in select cities. This year, Taylor is committed to giving students across the country the same inspiring experience. "I want to offer a consistent faculty," he says. No matter which of the 19 convention tour stops a dancer might attend, "it is our goal you'll learn from every single person on our roster."

DanceMakers utilizes the most current technology available: Not only can teachers register online, students' competition critiques are also available for download. Studios get password-protected logins, and they can even upload music directly to DanceMakers' site.

DanceMakers Collective program is getting an update: In addition to the 12 senior dancers who fly to L.A., meet with talent agents and assist DanceMakers faculty on tour, DanceMakers is starting a JV Collective program for two junior and two teen dancers. "We take care of expenses for a minimum of four cities, where they assist classes in their own levels and experience some of what the older kids do," Taylor says.

And while DanceMakers' Hollywood connection is strong, the organization cares about students' educations-and this year they're expanding their awards and scholarship opportunities. …

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