Just a quick update to let you know that Rhee Gold’s DanceLifeTV, which I wrote about in an earlier post, will premiere in just a short while – 4pm E.S.T. to be exact. Few details about what the first episode will contain, how the information will be presented, or how often episodes will air have been released but I guess we can find out together! I suspect that if you miss Episode #1, it will be showing at the site for a period of time. Stay tuned for some of my thoughts on this new resource. I look forward to hearing yours!
After having some internet issues during the original airing of this webisode, I was able to watch now that they have it up on dancelifetv.com. Here are a few of my thoughts. I encourage you to add your own in the comments below this post.
Where the Magic Happens
This, it seems, will be a regular segment spotlighting dance studios located throughout the U.S. In the premiere episode the studio featured is none other than The Gold Studio in Brockton, Massachusetts. It’s a heartwarming piece that gives some insight into the Gold philosophy of dance education which has much to do with fostering self-confidence, integrity, and dedication through dance.
Mrs. Complains A’lot
A humorous take on dance parents that most any teacher or studio owner can appreciate, this segment is cute and far from mean-spirited. It’s that little slice of truth that will make teachers nod their heads and chuckle at the comments and questions we field on a regular basis. What else is there to do but laugh, really?
A feature in DanceStudioLife Magazine, Rhee answers questions sent to him by readers. Once again, the core values of the Gold philosophy come through in this suggested response to stolen choreography.
Behind the Scenes of Costume-Making
I have to say I’d never thought about what goes into pumping out thousands of dance costumes come recital time each year. In this piece we get a look at the inner workings of the Dansco costume factory.
Dance teachers are special people and this segment will remind you why (in case you’ve forgotten or need to take a moment to recognize and appreciate the job that you do).
A Lifetime of Dance
Celebrating a lifetime of dance and a long teaching career, Georgia Deane, will be 90 years old in June. I hope I look that good at 90. Perhaps her love for teaching and for dance have kept her young. Georgia seems to think so: “Everyone should dance. It keeps everything moving in your body so you don’t expire.”
DanceLife TV reflects the focus of Rhee Gold’s mission in the dance world. A positive and encouraging voice, these videos give a little morale boost to hard-working teachers. At 20-or so minutes, the video might be nice to wind down with at the end of a difficult day at the studio. So far, the content is not offering tools that will specifically help you in the craft of teaching or in the tasks at your studio but rather stories that will give you the lift you need to soldier on and remind you why it is you teach in the first place. I’ll be curious to see if future episodes contain more information that teachers can act upon in the classroom or in the running of their business because, ultimately, I think this is what will keep busy people coming back for each webisode.
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world. Read Nichelle’s posts.