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So, You Think You Can Ace College Dance?

August 20, 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about the transition from college to the professional field of dance and all the places that dance study can take you. So it was fun when a friend asked me to think about study skills for dancers just entering college. If you and I were to sit down for coffee, read on for some ideas I’d encourage you to think about and discuss with your new classmates.

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Dance and Parenthood: A Case Study

March 02, 2014

Despite the daunting landscape for independent and freelance dance professionals, we’re seeing encouraging trends in how some dance companies regard the family lives of their employees.

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Balancing Acts: Dancers and Their Experiences With Motherhood

February 27, 2014

George Balanchine didn't hide his disapproval of dancers having children.  Doubtless, such overt pressure from a director would not fly anymore, but many issues that more indirectly discourage parenthood have not changed. Dancers still deal with issues like taking parental leave, juggling child care, physical recovery from childbirth, and health care.

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A Dancer & Health Insurance

January 14, 2014

I have been without health insurance for one year, three months, and 10 days as of today. I am 27 years old, physically active, have no chronic health problems that require treatment or medication. I don’t smoke. I only drink on occasion (and then in moderation), and as a freelance dancer and part-time non-profit administrator in New York, I make about $22,000 a year after taxes. I am at once exactly the kind of person the Affordable Care Act was written for, and exactly the kind of person they are afraid won’t sign up.

If I choose not to sign up I will be penalized $224 (1 percent of my income). Read on to find out more about the options Alexander Thompson faces.

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No CommentsTags: Commentary · From The Studio · Health Care

Ballet’s Biggest Annual Party: Freelancing ‘The Nutcracker’

December 19, 2013

The period between Black Friday and Boxing Day is commonly the most financially rewarding for big and small businesses alike. Ballet is no exception. During this period, ballet companies across the country throw their biggest annual holiday party, which helps keep many a ballet company afloat, providing essential operating funds. Just as big and small businesses benefit from holiday spending, freelance dancers like Barry Kerollis benefit from The Nutcracker. Read on to see how this Philadelphia-based dancer navigates the ups and downs of Nutcracker madness.

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What I Learned From Ballet

December 10, 2013

I am passionately in love with being onstage. It’s terrible. The can’t-eat-can’t-sleep-euphoric kind of love. When you find that love early in life it’s hard for much of anything else to stand up in comparison. And when it does, you fall in deep because that’s the only way you know how.

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Autism-Friendly Performances Offer Potential To Bring In New Dance Audiences

October 22, 2013

For parents of children on the autism spectrum or families coping with a member with social cognitive disorders, finding artistic and cultural activities that are appropriate can be challenging, if not impossible. A number of theater and dance companies are beginning to offer these families options for a non-judgmental, expressive theater-going experience. Read on to see how companies are adapting classics like The Nutcracker and creating new works for this small but important -- and growing -- segment of their audiences.

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No CommentsTags: Education · Engagement · From The Studio

Social-Media Whore Versus Savvy Self-Brander

July 09, 2013

The first time I joined in the social-media craze was back in 2004, right after I had joined Pacific Northwest Ballet. I had friends that had been using Myspace for a couple of years, but I felt that there was no real reason for me to join in the fun. Little did I know that social-media would eventually take over my entire idea of communication, nor did I envision that it would become one of the greatest tools to market businesses to mass audiences.

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No CommentsTags: From The Studio · Technology

Dance/USA Honors a Legend: Philadanco’s Joan Myers Brown

June 07, 2013

Joan Myers Brown has had an extraordinary career. The founder of Philadanco!, one of Philadelphia's preeminent dance companies, as well as the driving force behind both the International Conference of Black Dance Companies and the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Myers Brown has lent her artistic guidance, her nurturance of many dancers and choreographers, her visionary leadership and grace under fire to many in the dance field. On June 13, she will be honored by Dance/USA for her contributions to the field. Read this personal account about Joan from long-time Philadelphia dance critic Merilyn Jackson.

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No CommentsTags: 2013 Annual Conference · From The Studio · Mind of the Artist · Special Report

How To Work With a Lighting Designer

May 20, 2013

The word “design” implies both planning and execution.

Many people think lighting design is created in the technical rehearsal. This is not so. Others see the myriad pieces of arcane drawings and paperwork that surround the professional designer and think that they constitute the design. Again, not so.

The lighting design is created in the designer’s head over the course of several weeks before the production loads into the theater. Read on for a perspective on working with lighting designers.

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