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Editor's Note: The Next Step

Dance Retailer News

Dear Readers, as editor of DRN, I’ve always encouraged change. As you know, simply changing your displays or marketing strategy can help sales. This month things are changing at DRN, too, and it’s my pleasure to introduce you to its new editor in chief, Colleen Bohen.

Since taking over at DRN three years ago, I’ve been excited to work in such a lively industry covering so many people who are passionate about their business. It’s time for me to go on to a new opportunity, but I’m not leaving DRN altogether. You’ll continue to see my byline in the magazine.

All my best to you.

—Libby Dowd

I’m thrilled to step into Libby’s editorial shoes at DRN. As the dance retail industry’s leading magazine, DRN delivers all of the news and information you need to run your business. We intend to carry on that tradition, helping you grow as the magazine enters its second decade.

It’s exciting to have the chance to delve into the dance retail market—especially at a time when the economy is poised for resurgence—because dance has always been an essential part of my life. I most recently served as the managing editor of DRN’s sister publication Dance Spirit, and I spent 16 years studying dance and competing with my local studio when I was growing up. I look forward to sharing strategic business knowledge with a community of small business owners who cater to young, optimistic dancers, just like I once was.

Dig into our fabulous shoe issue! Then, send me an e-mail at to let me know what you think. Tell me what you hope to see in DRN going forward, and fill me in on your business. I can’t wait to hear from you.

—Colleen Bohen