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Candid Conversation With Judges & Choreographers: What They Want You To Know


Kyle Rostan

Originally from Youngstown Ohio, started dancing in High School at Steppin’ Out Dance Center under the instruction of Rose Taylor, and Richard Dickinson's Great Lakes Festival Ballet School. He attended Point Park University, concentrating in Jazz and choreography. Although he tends to focus on Contemporary and Ballet these days, he has strong performance credits and knowledge of Tap, Musical Theater, And Modern, as well as holds certifications in Pilates and Aerial Arts. Currently artistic director at The Next Step Dance Studio, inc. in Evansville Indiana, Kyle also guest teaches at studios around the country, as well as judges and teaches master classes internationally for Encore Talent Competition, Shine Dance Competition, and of course StarQuest International. 

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Lindsay Via

Lindsay Via hails from Raleigh, NC, but currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she is a full-time dancer & dance teacher of the award winning competitive team, Triple 7 Dance Company. Having over 23 years of dance experience behind her, Lindsay received her training from CC& Co Dance Complex and Pierrette Sadler Dancers.  Lindsay also trained in the dance and theater department of East Carolina University, where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and studied Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Choreography and Modern extensively. Her professional credits include being dancer in the Atlanta Falcons Halftime show with Georgia Lottery, and “Dirty Grandpa” starring Zac Efron and Robert De Niro. 

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Jodie Points

First trained by Skip Sigel and Pandy Foreman, she became the Cecchetti Ballet Company Dance Captain in Pittsburgh, PA, before moving to New York to major in Dance at Hofstra University. Training with Lance Westergard, Robin Becker, Kathy McCann-Buck, and Amy Marshall, Jodie was on the executive board of several dance organizations and has had her work featured at ACDFA. Jodie is trained in many styles of dance including Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theater, Tap, and Jazz, but she emphasizes a strong balletic and technical background for all dancers.  

She is on the Master Class faculty of DMA and teaches guest workshops in the Northeast.

Dismantling Racism in the Dance Studio and Beyond


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Join Dance Teacher, J. Bouey and more soon to be announced guests for a workshop on dismantling white supremacy in the dance studio and beyond, with interactive conversations on (but not limited to!) creating a nurturing environment for students experiencing racism; how to talk to students about race; the responsibility of dance teachers in anti-racist work; and following Black leadership in the dance community.

Dance Teacher is for dance educators everywhere—from K-12 to private studios, conservatories to universities. Dance Teacher brings teachers everything they need to nurture the next generation of dancers: Expert advice on creating a healthy learning environment; best practices for managing a strong business; the latest trends in costumes and choreography; and tips for communicating with both dancers and their parents.

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How To Leverage The Dance Studio Experience To Elevate A Dancers Career


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