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Media Hub | Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era

Boston Ballerina: A Dancer, a Company, an Era   by Laura Young and Janine Parker As a charter member of Boston Ballet and its predecessor, New England Civic Ballet, Laura Young has been affiliated with the company longer than any other dancer in its history. Both a memoir of her personal journey and a fascinating…

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Media Hub | Jacob’s Pillow 2017 Premieres

Jacob’s Pillow 2017 Premieres A collection of works that premiered during the 85th anniversary season at Jacob’s Pillow, including dances from Dance Heginbotham, Pilobolus, Joseph Wiggan and Josette Wiggan-Freund, Jessica Lang Dance, Doug Varone, Compañía Irene Rodríguez, and Reona Seo. Available at danceinteractive.jacobspillow.org/.

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Ask Rhee Gold | Changing with the times

Advice for Dance Teachers Hello Rhee, I remember that you spoke years ago at Project Motivate about how teachers can assure that their male students look masculine by having them do the same arm positions as the girls, but with fists instead of feminine hands and such. When I judge, I often comment on this,…

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Media Hub | Step Up: High Water

Step Up: High Water This entry in the Step Up series centers on twins Tal and Janelle, who move from Ohio to Atlanta, home of High Water—the city’s most competitive performing arts school. As they attempt to navigate their new world—on and off the dance floor—they discover just how deep they’re willing to dive to…

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Curating Cunningham

Cunningham Technique teachers ensure a lasting legacy by Joseph Carman At New York City Center’s fifth floor studio in midtown Manhattan, former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Jennifer Goggans leads 25 students through the rhythms and intricacies of technique that she learned firsthand from Cunningham himself. A pianist sets the tempo, punctuating it with occasional…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Thank-you card etiquette

Advice for Dance Teachers Hi Rhee, This year I started working at a new studio, and was overwhelmed with gifts at Christmas. I spent almost two hours writing thank-you notes, then started to panic about forgetting someone or overlooking a gift, and maybe causing offense. In one small class I received gifts from all students…

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Media Hub | Bobbi Jene

Bobbi Jene directed by Elvira Lind After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene leaves behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, and returns to the U.S. to create her own boundary-breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await…

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Expect the Unexpected

  Thinking about emergency preparedness now can avoid headaches later by Chris Koseluk The recital was special, and a success. Nicole Drouin Amayo and her students at Karen’s Dance Studio had dedicated the May 21, 2011, performance to Amayo’s mother, who had founded the Joplin, Missouri, studio in 1971 and died just that January. Yet…

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Ask Rhee Gold | Setting policies for dance trips

Advice for Dance Teachers Dear Rhee, Some of my studio parents have backed out of our upcoming performance trip to Disney, causing a lot of issues at the studio and stress for me. These same parents still want to attend this spring’s competitions. The Disney trip was our original plan—the competitions weren’t added until later.…

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On My Mind | Making fulfillment a priority

Words from the publisher You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. One day while I was scrolling through Instagram, those words stopped me cold. It was the start of the year—the time when people face the future with fresh attitudes and resolutions. When I read the quote, I was scheduling a year of…

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Who Was Gail Grant?

We know her indispensable ballet dictionary—but do we know her? by Karen White After Cassandra Macino closed her long-running studio, she decided—as many owners do—to accept a teaching job at another studio. On her first day, she noticed copies of Gail Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet on a table around which several…

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FYI | Special-Needs Team’s Competition Dreams

What’s up in the dance community Dance educator Kim Smith’s search for a dance program that could accommodate her autistic daughter came up short, so in 2015, she created her own. A Chance to Dance welcomes dancers of all abilities at North Carolina studio Miss Donna’s School of Dance; owner Donna Mitzel, Smith’s former teacher,…

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In My Humble Opinion | Sacred Spaces

  Sacred Spaces by Casey C. Davenport Before performing, I always had to be alone in my space. As a teacher, it’s the same—I need my 15 minutes by myself. The quiet before the storm, I guess. Before the school opens, I sip a cup of warm black coffee in the still studio. With just…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Exploring Personal Space & Group Shapes

by Susan Bennett Modern dance allows preschoolers the freedom to explore and enjoy movement, personal space, and group shapes without the rigidity of technical steps or formations. The rewards of this freedom are coordination and confidence. Explore levels. Say, “Without touching anyone, make your body as tall or high as you can.” Many students will…

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Steps Toward Creation

Budding choreographers learn basics in choreography class by Joseph Carman Jessica Totaro had taught for three years at Dance for Joy studio in Brielle, New Jersey, when she decided she wanted to pass on the choreographic skills that she had honed while earning her BFA at Rutgers University. Totaro approached studio owner Kimberly Houli about…

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FYI | Jazzing Up Online Resources

What’s up in the dance community Trial and error helped Atlanta Dance Central founder Charlotte Foster Williamson develop Physio Jazz, a dance and fitness program that emphasizes functional movement for students with Down syndrome, autism, and sensory processing disorders. And now she’s sharing her knowledge with other dance educators on a new website, physiojazz.com. Information…

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Editor Speak | The Pain of Pointe

I’ve been carrying a chip on my shoulder for more than 30 years, and it has to do with dancing on pointe, or rather, stumbling around the dance studio in pointe shoes. When classes began the fall I was 10 years old, my ballet teacher made an announcement that came as a surprise: we were…

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Spring Cleaning

Suggestions for making your dances sparkle and shine Cleaning dances. It’s a dirty job, but we all have to do it! Whether students will be performing in a recital, spring showcase, or competition, you don’t want them going anywhere near a stage until you’ve wiped away all the sloppy steps, crooked lines, and cringe-worthy counts.…

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FYI | Ballet in a Box Takes Dance on the Road

What’s up in the dance community All kids should experience dance, Redondo Ballet founder Francesca Stern believes, so she and company co-artistic director Donna Perkins created Ballet in a Box: boxes containing all the elements—leotards, tights, costumes, shoes, music, story, and accessories—to stage a Redondo Ballet dance. Boxes are gifted to underserved children, whether dance…

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