Keep a Costume Scare from Turning into a Nightmare

Dealing with Costume Company Customer Service

The words ‘costume season’ can send chills down a studio owner’s spine. If (or when) something goes wrong with your dance costume order, follow these tips when dealing with a costume company’s customer service department.

History Moves: Using the Creative Process to Explore Dance History

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When working with students on choreography it’s possible to get them thinking beyond steps to a more robust concept of creative process that encourages thoughtful choices about all areas of production. Heather demonstrated this with her previous article. This time, she goes a step further, showing you ways to connect these ideas with dance history to enrich students’ understanding.

The Nutcracker: Unwrapped

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Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes of The Nutcracker in one of America’s largest ballet companies? From 7000 lbs of hand-torn snow to tangled flying cooks, take a peek, as we talk with Production Director, Tom Boyd and Wardrobe Manager, Laura Lynch.

Creative Process: 10 Ideas for Moving Beyond the Steps

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The ways movement is inspired, how it is developed, edited, and finally presented is a process. Concert dance is all about the intent and the journey, which lead to the product. If this idea is new to you, here is a ten-step list of how to engage in a process from K-12 teacher, Heather Vaughan-Southard.

Approaching Choreography for Musical Theatre

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When approaching choreography for musical theatre, it is important that the strategy differs from that of a recital dance production. I’d like to offer an approach to this particular creative process by looking at the various components of choreography for the stage and suggesting tips for effective preparation and collaboration.

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